William L. Harbison

Professor of Contracts
Voice: 615-742-7359

Sherrard & Roe, PLC
150 Third Avenue South, Ste 1100
Nashville, TN 37201


Firm, Company, or Court
Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, B.A., 1977

Juris Doctor
Harvard University, 1980, cum laude

Bar Admissions
Tennessee 1980
United States Supreme Court

Court Admissions (and Year)
Tennessee State Courts, 1980
Tennessee Federal Courts, 1980
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1982
Supreme Court of the United States, 2014

Professional Memberships & Activities
Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations
Past President, Nashville Bar Association
President, Tennessee Bar Association, 2015
Fellow, Nashville Bar Foundation, Tennessee Bar Foundation, American Bar Foundation
President-elect of the Tennessee Bar Association, 2014-2015
Member, Tennessee Supreme Court Board of Law Examiners
Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
Past president, Nashville Bar Foundation, 2002-2006
Former general counsel to the Tennessee Bar Association
Lecturer for Tennessee and Nashville Bar Associations
Member and past president of the Nashville Estate Planning Council
Selected by the Tennessee Supreme Court to serve on the Board of Professional Responsibility Advisory Committee
Hearing panel member of the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility

Civic Memberships & Activities
Belmont United Methodist Church
Past member, Metropolitan Planning Commission
Various charitable boards

Accolades & Distinctions
Joe Henry Award, Tennessee Bar Association, 1984
Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Award, Tennessee Bar Association, 2013
Benchmark Litigation “Local Litigation Star” 2013-2015
Named Nashville Scene‘s Nashvillian of the Year, 2015

Publisher of several articles in the Tennessee Bar Journal

Significant Cases
Served as counsel in Tanco v. Haslam, which went on to become part of the Obergefell v. Hodges marriage equality case before the Supreme Court of the United States.

In the Media
In connection with various cases, including the Juana Villegas case (shackled by sheriff’s department while in labor), Georgia O’Keefe case involving Fisk University and the Stieglitz Art Collection, pending challenge to the validity of Amendment 1 to the Tennessee Constitution, and various other cases.