Kevin H. Sharp

Top rated Employment & Labor attorney in Nashville, Tennessee

Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP
Kevin H. Sharp
Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP

Practice Areas: Employment & Labor, Employee Benefits, Civil Rights; view more

Licensed in Tennessee since: 1993

Education: Vanderbilt University Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2010, 2022
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Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP

611 Commerce Street
Suite 3100
Nashville, TN 37203 Visit website


Kevin H. Sharp is the Co-Vice Chairman of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP and works from the firm’s office in Nashville, Tennessee. He is also the Co-Chair of the firm’s Public Interest Litigation Group. His practice areas focus on civil litigation matters, including qui tam and whistleblower matters, products liability claims, malpractice cases, ERISA claims, civil rights, and criminal matters. He has also represented clients in many class action cases. 

Having handled many high-profile cases, Mr. Sharp has gained invaluable experience and is the go-to attorney for civil or criminal law cases, as well as handling petitions for Executive Clemency. He is a fierce and tireless advocate for the rights and liberties of his clients. He ensures his clients are well informed of their cases from beginning to end, and he upholds their interests and needs. He goes the extra mile for his clients and handles all cases efficiently and cost-effectively. 

Mr. Sharp served as a Chief Judge at the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee and as an attorney with the U.S. Congress Office of Compliance. Before pursuing law, he served in the U.S. Navy as a petty officer in Patrol Squadron 17 in Hawaii. 

Graduating summa cum laude, Mr. Sharp has a Bachelor of Science degree from the Christian Brothers College. He earned his Juris Doctor from the Vanderbilt University Law School. He is admitted to practice in the state of Tennessee and before the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Middle, Western and Eastern Districts of Tennessee, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. 

Actively affiliated with many prominent legal associations, Mr. Sharp has memberships in the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Nashville Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, and the National Employment Lawyers Association. He is a fellow of the Napier-Looby Bar Foundation, the Nashville Bar Foundation, and a sustaining life fellow of the American Bar Foundation. 

Honored for his remarkable contributions to the legal field, Mr. Sharp has received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating, the AV Preeminent* peer-review rating, and he was listed in Who’s Who in American Law. He has been selected to the list of The Best Lawyers in America in employment law. Benchmark Litigation named him to its list of Labor & Employment Star – South, and Lawdragon named him to its list of 500 Plaintiff Employment Lawyers. The Tennessee Supreme Court named him to the 2019 Attorney for Justice list and The American Lawyer listed him in the 2021 South Trailblazer. 

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Employment & Labor: Employee, Employee Benefits, Civil Rights, Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff, Employment Litigation: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Class Actions, Discrimination, Employment Discrimination, Employment Law - Employee, Race Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination

  • 50% Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 20% Employee Benefits
  • 10% Civil Rights
  • 10% Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
  • 10% Employment Litigation: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1993, Tennessee

Professional Webpage:

  • United States of America ex rel. Derrick v. Hoffman-La Roche LTD et al.
  • U.S. ex. Rel Duquoin Burgess v. Navistar
  • Judge Sharp is the Managing Partner of Sanford Heisler Sharp’s Nashville office. He joined Sanford Heisler Sharp after serving as a judge on the U.S District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee from May 2011 through April 2017, serving from 2014 to 2017 as the Court’s Chief Judge., Meet Nashville Managing Partner Kevin Sharp
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Voted by peers to Nashville Business Journal's Best of the Bar (2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
  • Best Lawyer, Best Lawyers in America
  • Listed in Who’s Who in American Law in 1992, 1993, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001
  • Awarded “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Included in Corporate Counsel magazine’s feature The 2009 Best Lawyers Annual Guide to Labor and Employment Law
  • Best Lawyers in America – Recognized for work in the field of “Employment Law - Individuals”,
  • “Mid-South Super Lawyers” (2007 – 2010)
  • “Mid-South Super Lawyers” (2007 – 2010)
  • Nashville Business Journal’s Best of the Bar (2003, 2005-2009)
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in Tennessee
  • Attorney for Justice, the Tennessee Supreme Court, 2019
  • Lawdragon 500 Plaintiff Employment Lawyer, 2020-22
  • South Trailblazer, The American Lawyer, 2021
  • Benchmark Litigation Labor & Employment Star – South in the practice area of Labor & Employment, 2021
  • Labor & Employment Star - South, Benchmark Litigation, 2020
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyer, Lawdragon, 2020
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100, National Trial Lawyers Association, 2020
  • Labor & Employment Star - South in the practice area of Labor & Employment, Benchmark Litigation, 2019
  • Attorney for Justice, Tennessee Supreme Court, 2019
  • Labor & Employment Star - South in the practice area of Labor & Employment, Benchmark Litigation, 2018
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • President, ALS Association Tennessee Chapter
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Former member, TN Board of Professional Responsibility Disciplinary Hearing Committee
  • Former board member (2001-2004) and legal counsel (1994-2004), Girl Scout Council of Cumberland Valley  
  • Volunteer Counsel, Jeanne A. Carpenter Epilepsy Legal Defense Fund, 2005-2010
  • Former president, ALS Association, Tennessee Chapter (nonprofit organization dedicated to serving patients and families living with Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
  • Special Disciplinary Counsel to the Tennessee Supreme Court, 2001
  • Member, TBPR Disciplinary Hearing Committee, 2000-2006
  • Board member, Tennessee Supreme Court Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection, 2004-2009
  • Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Class, 2005
  • Member, National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member, Nashville Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Fellow, Nashville Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Napier-Looby Bar Foundation
  • Sustaining Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Tennessee, 1993
  • Board member, TN Supreme Court Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection
Educational Background:
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Christian Brothers College, summa cum laude, 1990

Office location for Kevin H. Sharp

611 Commerce Street
Suite 3100
Nashville, TN 37203

Phone: 615-245-6960


5 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2010, 2022

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