Mariam Stockton Examines Diversity within the Legal Profession

N&H attorney Mariam Stockton published the below article “Closing the Gap” in the LAW Matters September 2019 issue.  The article provides insight on diversity within the legal profession and how joining organizations can provide a platform of empowerment and collaboration necessary to create a more inclusive profession. […]

Five at Neal & Harwell Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© 2020

Five attorneys at Neal & Harwell, PLC are listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020. The Best Lawyers in America© is widely regarded as the preeminent guide to legal excellence in the United States. 


Phil Elbert Named TTLA Outstanding Trial Lawyer of the Year

Phil Elbert is the recipient of the 2019 Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA) Outstanding Trial Lawyer of the Year award.  This award is given annually to honor a Tennessee attorney who has demonstrated superior skills and outstanding achievements in civil justice. […]

Attorney Callie Hinson Joins Neal & Harwell, PLC

Callie K. Hinson has joined Neal & Harwell, PLC, as an Associate attorney. Her practice focuses on domestic law including divorce, child custody, child support, prenuptial agreements, and adoptions. Hinson also has experience in insurance defense, premises liability, appeals and contract disputes.


Bill Ramsey Hosts 25th Annual Ode to Otha on June 1

The 25th Annual Ode to Otha Turner, hosted by N&H’s own Bill Ramsey, will take place on June 1, 2019 from 2-9 p.m. Enjoy the outdoors for a casual, family-friendly day of music and dancing, food and drinks, and the centuries-old fife and drum tradition that Otha’s family proudly carries on. […]

Chambers USA 2019 Recognizes Neal & Harwell Attorneys and Litigation Practice

Neal & Harwell, PLC was recognized for its General Commercial Litigation – Tennessee practice in the 2019 edition of Chambers USA directory of recommended lawyers and law firms. In addition, four members of Neal & Harwell are included in the 2019 Chambers USA Guide. 


N&H Represents Whistleblower in $63.5 Million Settlement of False Claims Act Case Against Pathology Lab

Neal & Harwell attorneys James F. Sanders, William T. Ramsey and Nathan C. Sanders represent a former senior vice president of commercial operations at Miraca Life Sciences in a False Claims Act whistleblower action brought against Inform Diagnostics, formerly known as Miraca Life Sciences Inc. […]

Attorney Mozianio “Trey” S. Reliford joins Neal & Harwell

Attorney Mozianio “Trey” S. Reliford has joined Neal & Harwell, PLC, as an Associate. He has experience in the areas of complex white collar and regulatory defense, securities, antitrust, employment and intellectual property law. 

“We are pleased to welcome Trey to Neal & Harwell,” said Ronald G. Harris, member. “He brings a wealth of litigation experience that will be valuable to our team and clients.”


Jury Renders $9 Million Verdict in Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Saint Thomas Heart

On Friday, January 18, a jury returned a $9 million verdict against Saint Thomas Heart for negligence that caused the death of our client’s husband. The jury found the physicians of Saint Thomas Heart negligent for failing, despite multiple opportunities, to properly diagnose Mr. Patterson’s cardiac condition and order the implantation of an internal cardiac defibrillator to protect him from risk of fatal arrhythmia. Neal & Harwell attorneys Phil Elbert and Jeffrey Zager represented the Plaintiff. […]

Neal & Harwell Named Tier 1 Metro “Best Law Firm” in Four Practice Areas by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in 2019

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® have released the 2019 “Best Law Firms” rankings. Neal & Harwell has received Tier 1 rankings in Nashville for Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: White – Collar, and Litigation: Bankruptcy.


Six at Neal & Harwell Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2019

Six attorneys at Neal & Harwell, PLC, are listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019.


The Fifth Amendment Act of Production Doctrine and the Collective Entity Rule

Jim Thomas recently published the below article. He specializes in federal criminal defense and appellate practice.


NBJ Online Features Bill & Phil’s Summer Gadgets

The Nashville Bar Association Online features Bill Ramsey and Philip Hampton’s review of summer gadgets.


N&H Proudly Supports the 2018 Race to Beat Lewy

N&H is a proud sponsor of the MOAB 2018 Race to Beat Lewy as the team embarks on a 930 mile Race Across the West to raise awareness and funds for the Lewy Body Dementia Association. […]

Bill Ramsey Hosts the 24th Annual Ode to Otha

The 24th annual Ode to Otha, hosted by N&H’s own Bill Ramsey, will take place on June 2, 2018 from 2-9 p.m.  Join us for a one-of-a-kind birthday celebration that honors the life and music of Otha Turner. […]

NBJ Online Features Bill & Phil’s Gadget of the Month

The Nashville Bar Association Online features Bill Ramsey and Philip Hampton’s review of the eMeet OfficeCore M1 Conference Speaker and the Bose Sounlink Micro.  […]

Nashville Business Journal Names N&H Attorneys Best of the Bar

The Nashville Business Journal released its annual Best of the Bar winners, which include Neal & Harwell attorneys Jim Thomas, Bill Ramsey, and Trey Harwell[…]

N&H Attorneys Obtain $213,000 Judgment in Federal Jury Trial

N&H attorneys Steve Montgomery and Jay Harbison recently secured a $213,000 jury verdict on behalf of a Neal & Harwell client in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.  […]

N&H Attorneys Secure Temporary Injunction for American Baptist College

The Chancery Court for Davidson County has issued a temporary injunction in favor of N&H client American Baptist College (the “College”), a landmark institution of higher education.   […]

N&H Welcomes Steve Groom

N&H is pleased to announce that Steve Groom has joined the firm as of-counsel. Steve is a seasoned attorney and business executive with more than 40 years experience helping companies solve problems, resolve disputes and manage crises. […]

Arrin K. Richards Joins Neal & Harwell

Arrin K. Richards has joined Neal & Harwell, PLC, as an associate. He will work in the areas of commercial transactions, bankruptcy, commercial real estate, and civil litigation. […]

N&H Attorneys Secure Two Appellate Wins

Neal & Harwell’s Appellate Practice Group recently secured two unanimous decisions from state and federal courts of appeals. […]

N&H Presents the Gerry Neenan Memorial Annual Golf Tournament

Neal & Harwell, PLC proudly presented the 2017 Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce Gerry Neenan Memorial Golf Tournament on September 5, 2017 at the Hermitage Golf Course in Old Hickory, Tennessee. […]

A Brief Review of Fair Use in Litigation

No, Dr. Smith, producing the articles you relied on for your expert testimony would not be copyright infringement.

A Brief Review of Fair Use in Litigation

By A. Scott Ross

Litigate long enough and eventually you will hear it. You request a key document and get the response: “Sorry, that document is ‘copyrighted.’ Making a copy for you would be copyright infringement.” […]

Bitcoin, Ether, Cryptocurrency & Such

By Bill Ramsey & Phillip Hampton

Yes, we know—Cryptocurrency is not a “gadget.” We do love our gadgets, but we love money, too, because it can buy us more gadgets. So, writing about BitcoinEther, and other cryptocurrency seems a natural fit for our monthly gadget. And, since this topic is so nerdy, it really appeals to us. […]

N&H Hosts Watergate CLE and an Evening with John Dean

John Dean, former legal counsel to President Richard Nixon, presented his Watergate CLE on the morning of August 29, 2017, and then unearthed part of Neal & Harwell’s history at a reception hosted at the firm later that evening.  Transformed from star witness to historian of an era that altered American politics, Dean displayed the same mastery of the facts that made him “Mean John Dean” during the Watergate Senate hearings and trial […]

N&H Attorneys Secure Unanimous Decision by the Tennessee Supreme Court in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

In an issue of first impression, the Tennessee Supreme Court reached a unanimous decision, reversing the dismissal of a wrongful death lawsuit filed without a lawyer in Linda Beard v. James William Branson and Trinity Hospital, L.L.C.  N&H attorneys Phil Elbert, Jim Thomas, and Jeffrey Zager represent the appellant, Linda Beard. […]

Injury Damages Under Tennessee Law – Lessons from a Recent Federal Trial

By A. Scott Ross

We recently won a defense verdict for Hankook Tire in the Western District of Tennessee, Eastern Division.[1]  The plaintiff was paralyzed from the neck down.  Workers compensation had paid more than $1.75 million in past medical expenses, and the plaintiff also sought millions in future life care expenses. […]

N&H Attorneys Obtain Defense Verdict and Win for Hankook Tire

After a two week jury trial in the Western District of Tennessee, N&H attorneys Scott Ross and Isaac Sanders, along with their co-counsel at DLA Piper, secured a defense verdict and win for Hankook Tire.   […]

Nashville Business Journal Interviews 2017 Best of the Bar Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, Aubrey Harwell, Jr.

Original post from the Nashville Business Journal. […]

Bill Ramsey Hosts an Ode to Otha Turner

The 23rd annual Ode to Otha Turner, hosted by N&H’s own Bill Ramsey, will take place on June 3, 2017 from 2-9 p.m.  Join us for a one-of-a-kind celebration that honors the life and music of Otha Turner. […]

Scott and Heather Ross Proudly Support the Nashville Diaper Connection Warehouse

Attorney Scott Ross and his wife, Heather, are supporters of the Nashville Diaper Connection Warehouse, which is the only nonprofit of its kind in the Nashville area.  […]

Aubrey Harwell Receives Best of the Bar Lifetime Achievement Award

The Nashville Business Journal honored Aubrey Harwell with its first-ever lifetime achievement award. […]

N&H Attorneys Win Best of the Bar

The Nashville Business Journal released its annual Best of the Bar winners, which include Neal & Harwell attorneys David Thompson and Bill Ramsey. […]

Rob Peal Discusses Military Judicial Proceedings with WKRN

Rob Peal sat down with WKRN anchor, Bob Mueller, to shed light on Article 32 hearings. […]

Aubrey Harwell on Finding a Box of Lost Innocence

Feature from Attorney at Law Magazine […]

Neal & Harwell’s Open House Celebrates New Space

After settling into our new space, we recently opened our doors to over 400 members of the bench and bar, clients, friends, and family members during our two night open house event.  We cannot express enough gratitude to our clients, friends, and colleagues for making our new space feel like home.   […]

The Act of Production Doctrine

By James G. Thomas

By way of case law examples, this article illustrates how the “act of production doctrine” can (and should) be used as a shield in criminal defense practice.  As will be seen, the doctrine may offer protections even when the act of production has been statutorily immunized under 18 U.S.C. §§ 6002-6003. […]

WKRN Features Rob Peal’s Dedication to Veterans Through TVAP Event

Neal & Harwell attorney and former marine, Rob Peal, was interviewed by WKRN following the announcement  of  a free scuba diving event for disabled veterans.  Peal along with his cousin Martin Hampton, a firefighter and former marine, decided to give back to the disabled veterans in their community […]

Neal & Harwell Founding Member Aubrey Harwell, Jr. Appears in February Special Report on News 2 WKRN

Black history month-Heroes of Tennessee salutes local leaders for their outstanding contributions.   As a Nashville native Harwell shares his personal perspective with Anne Holt. […]

MNAA Board Member Trey Harwell Breaks Ground for Airport Expansion with Mayor Barry and Board

Trey Harwell, a commissioner on the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) board, participated in a groundbreaking event this week, along with Mayor Megan Barry and other members of the board. […]

Tennessee Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Constitutional Challenge

The Tennessee Supreme Court has granted an application for permission to appeal, challenging the constitutionality of Tennessee Code Annotated § 29-26-121(f) under the Separation of Powers Doctrine of the Tennessee Constitution. […]

Neal & Harwell Lawyers Win Damages Ruling, Limiting Medical Expenses to Amounts Actually Paid

The United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee granted partial summary judgment to tire manufacturer Hankook on several important damages questions.  Among them, the Court ruled the plaintiff could recover as damages only amounts actually paid for medical treatment of his injuries. […]

Neal & Harwell Attorneys Win Summary Judgment for Tire Manufacturer

Neal & Harwell attorneys, Scott Ross and Isaac Sanders, secured a summary judgment ruling in favor of their client, Hankook Tire Company, Ltd., with respect to Plaintiffs’ claims for failure to warn and punitive damages in a products liability case.   […]

Court of Appeals Affirms Ruling, Dismisses $13,000,000 Claim Against Bank

The Tennessee Court of Appeals recently affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of a $13,000,000 claim […]

WKRN Features Trey Harwell, Chairman of the Legal Aid Society’s Equal Access to Justice Program

WKRN aired a holiday edition of Positively Tennessee featuring the Legal Aid Society’s impact on the community it serves. […]

Neal & Harwell Lawyers Win Summary Judgment for Tire Distributor

Judge Daniel Breen, United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, granted summary judgment in favor of Hankook Tire America Corporation in a product liability action. […]

Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce Establishes the Gerry Neenan Award, Appoints Steve Montgomery to the Board

Several Neal & Harwell attorneys were in attendance at the Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce Membership Annual Awards Breakfast where Aubrey Harwell, Jr. recognized and remembered his law partner and 2016 Chamber President, Gerry Neenan. […]

Bill & Phil’s Stocking Stuffers 2016 Edition

Post by Bill Ramsey and Phillip Hampton […]

Google Home Digital Assistant Test Drive

by Bill & Phil

Over a year ago when Amazon introduced the Amazon Echo device it was a surprise hit. We quickly bought it and drug it around with us to demonstrate at all of our Bill & Phil Show presentations. […]

WKRN Interviews Aubrey Harwell, Jr. After Firm Uncovers Jim Neal’s Infamous Watergate Closing Agrument

James F. Neal’s 159-page Watergate closing argument was uncovered during Neal & Harwell’s recent move. WKRN reporter, Erik Egan, sat down with Aubrey Harwell, Jr. to discuss the memories of his colleague and mentor, Jim Neal. See the interview here.

Court Declares Statute Allowing Ex Parte Interviews Unconstitutional

On November 18, 2016, the Sixth Circuit Court for Davidson County, Tennessee entered a Memorandum Order declaring that Tennessee Code Annotated § 29-26-121(f)(1) and (2) violate the separation of powers doctrine and are unconstitutional. […]

Neal & Harwell Moves to the Gulch


Neal & Harwell is moving to the brand new Capstar building! Effective Monday November 21, 2016, our new address will be: 1201 Demonbreun Street, Suite 1000, Nashville, TN 37203. […]

Neal & Harwell Earns Tier 1 Rankings in “Best Law Firms” for 2017

U.S. News – Best Lawyers 2017 edition of “Best Law Firms” ranks Neal & Harwell’s Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Commercial Litigation, White-Collar Criminal Defense, and Litigation-Bankruptcy practices with a Tier 1 ranking […]

Neal & Harwell Receives Nashville Business Journal’s 2016 Corporate Giving Award

On November 3, 2016, the Nashville Business Journal honored Neal & Harwell at its 2016 Corporate Giving Awards, making this the second year in a row Neal & Harwell received the esteemed recognition. […]

An Attorney’s Duty of Technical Competence

Bill Ramsey recently presented “An Attorney’s Duty of Technical Competence” at the University of Tennessee College of Law, which can be accessed from this link: technical-competence-presentation

Will You Lose Your Job to Automation?

Will Robots Replace Lawyers?

Bill Ramsey, Phillip Hampton & Erik Lybeck


N&H is Moving to the Gulch

Neal & Harwell will occupy at least one floor of the 15-story building built at 1201 Demonbreun in Nashville, about 26,000 square feet. Construction is in process, which means Neal & Harwell’s move will occur in November 2016.

Read the Article

Charles Barrett Leads $7B RICO Class Action

U.S. District Judge David Herndon issued an order on September 16, 2016, certifying a class action comprised of approximately 4.7 million auto insurance policyholders who were deprived of a 1999 judgment against State Farm. […]

New Associate – Erik C. Lybeck

Erik C. Lybeck has joined Neal & Harwell, PLC as an associate attorney. He will focus on general litigation.

Mr. Lybeck earned his J.D. at Vanderbilt University Law School in 2016. He received his Bachelor of Arts, English, from University of South Carolina, Honors College. […]

Liz Tipping Named 40 Under 40 by the Nashville Business Journal

Neal & Harwell is pleased to announce that Liz Tipping, a member of the executive committee, was named to the Top 40 Under 40 by the Nashville Business Journal. Read Liz’s interview with the Nashville Business Journal here.

Reflections on Miranda’s Fiftieth Anniversary

By James G. Thomas

On June 13, the Supreme Court’s decision in Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966), turns fifty. Miranda has been described as the “centerpiece of the Warren Court’s revolution in American criminal procedure.” In relatively recent memory, the Court itself has characterized Miranda as “part of our national culture.” […]

Nathan C. Sanders Joins Neal & Harwell, PLC

Nathan C. Sanders has joined Neal & Harwell, PLC, as an associate. Sanders will focus on general litigation.

Sanders was previously an associate with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York City, where he assisted with commercial and […]

Wi-Fi Home Stereo Grudge Match:

Chromecast Audio Vs. Airplay Vs. Sonos

Post by Bill Ramsey

Our love of music is legendary—from Robben Ford to Amos Lee to Lake Street Dive to BØRNS.  We’ve even been known to listen to a little Tim McGraw, Wiz Khalifa, and Ziggy Marley from time to time. […]

Reflections on Deputy Attorney General Yates’ Published “Remarks” About Her Eponymous Memo

By James G. Thomas

As by now is well-known to the white collar defense bar, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates last month issued a memorandum to all federal prosecutors entitled “Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing.”

Aubrey Harwell, Jr. Takes Home the Prestigious Applause Award

The Tennessee Performing Arts Center presented its esteemed Applause Award to Aubrey Harwell, Jr. on August 27, 2016, in recognition of his distinguished contribution to the arts. TPAC’s President and CEO, Kathleen O’Brien, presented the award, finding the words of the great William Shakespeare most appropriate for the occasion, “he doth bestride the narrow world / Like a Colossus”


Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Post by Bill Ramsey

Just as surely as the days start getting longer and warmer as the calendar flips into Spring, we begin to get antsy as Samsung and Apple start their annual rollout of new phones. Not content with last year’s “must have” technology, we usually raid the Spring Break trip fund to pad Samsung’s and Apple’s bottom line by buying their latest and greatest. […]

Gadget of the Month – IOS 9 and Apple Watch OS 2

Post by Bill Ramsey

IOS 9 and Apple Watch OS 2

Where Is the Love?

As you all know, Bill has always been a fan of Apple and the innovations it has introduced over the years. […]

Neal & Harwell Awarded Nashville Business Journal’s Corporate Giving Award

The Nashville Business Journal awarded Neal & Harwell with its Corporate Giving Award on November 12, 2015. The Corporate Giving Award recognizes Neal & Harwell’s philanthropic efforts and financial contributions to charitable organizations in the community. […]

Gambits of Desperation: The White House Five Defense Lawyers – Rolling Stone Magazine

The personalities and techniques of the attorneys who stand between the accused and the clink. […]


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