Judge Sharp is the Managing Partner of Sanford Heisler Sharp’s Nashville office, which opened in the spring of 2017. 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.
As a client of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, I had the opportunity of working with its attorneys at multiple locations: Ms. Ella Zheng and Mr. Yikai Wang (in San Francisco), Ms. Leigh Anne St. Charles and Messrs. Kevin Sharp and Jonathan Tepe (in Nashville), and Mr. Andrew Melzer (in New York). Collectively the SHS team represented the highest level of professionalism, integrity, and passionate care for justice that I have ever witnessed in my career.
Like many individual plaintiffs, I was faced with a corporate defendant that was much more resourceful. The SHS team never showed any hesitation in representing me or wavered in their resolution to right the wrong. The attorneys and assistants worked through maternity, coronavirus infection, over-night depositions and many other challenges for nearly three years to ultimately deliver a resounding success!
I am forever indebted to Sanford Heisler Sharp’s perseverance and kindness. Last three years were such a lifetime experience that I will never forget.David Chen
Words cannot adequately express my gratitude to Kevin Sharp and the Sanford Heisler Sharp team in Nashville. Their sound guidance, disciplined approach, expertise and overall dedication to my well-being resulted in a settlement that allowed me to leave a toxic workplace environment involving sexual harassment, discrimination, and an unwillingness to address bad behavior.
Knowing their expertise, track record and unwavering commitment to fighting issues in the workplace, Sanford Heisler Sharp was the natural choice in representation. Not only did they help me in achieving a successful settlement, but they also delivered a message to my former employer, a large multi-national corporation, that unequal treatment and harassment of female employees is unlawful, unacceptable, and, if continued, will result in significant financial and brand reputation consequences.
One should never find themselves a victim of harassment and discrimination in the workplace; however, if you do, it would serve you well to have Sanford Heisler Sharp on your side. A Former Client
About Joining Sanford Heisler Sharp
I would not have left the bench for just any firm. I liked my role as a judge and was proud to have been selected by President Obama to serve in the judiciary. However, David Sanford and I have been friends for over a decade, and the firm that he and Jeremy Heisler built is the best in the country at what they do. So the chance to be a part of a group of smart, talented and, above all, dedicated individuals working toward a social justice end was an opportunity I could not let pass.
On Equal Opportunity and Equal Justice
Growing up, my father, a former army paratrooper and Memphis firefighter, instilled in me a love of country and a sense of duty. And on multiple occasions, I have taken my own oath to support and defend the constitution of the United States. I became a lawyer to fulfill those commitments, and there is no worthier means for realizing the ideals embodied in our constitution than fighting for equal opportunity and working toward a more just society.
On His Time in Public Service
It has been my great honor to serve this nation and the citizens of Tennessee as a federal judge, and, since 2014, the District's Chief Judge. Having worked in all three branches of government, first as a sailor in the U.S. Navy, then as a lawyer for the U.S. Congress Office of Compliance, and as a member of the judiciary, I have witnessed the dedication and sacrifice of the men and women who have chosen to put country above self. They have inspired me and, I hope, made me a better citizen.
Judge Kevin Sharp is the Nashville Managing Partner of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, a national law firm with offices in the District of Columbia, New York, California, Tennessee, and Maryland, and a Co-Chair of the firm’s Public Interest Litigation Practice Group. He joined the firm after serving as a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee from May 2011 through April 2017, including service from 2014 to 2017 as the court’s Chief Judge. Judge Sharp received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law and his B.S. from Christian Brothers College.
In his judicial role, Judge Sharp handled many high-profile cases, including Young v. Giles County Board of Education, granting an injunction against school officials who prevented a student from wearing a shirt that read “Some People are Gay. Get Over It!”; Rodriguez v. Providence Community Corrections, Inc., halting the practice of a private probation company, in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment, seeking to jail probationers when the only violation alleged was nonpayment of court costs and fines; and Marshall v. ESPN, Inc., et al., a case garnering national attention addressing the right of publicity by college athletes.
Judge Sharp is presently lead counsel in the General Electric ERISA Class Action in which the plaintiffs assert GE and the Plan violated the Federal Employee Retirement Security Act by breaching their fiduciary duties and engaging in prohibited transactions and unlawful self-dealing detrimental to the named plaintiffs and the class. He is also lead counsel in a wrongful termination lawsuit against the Metro Nashville Airport brought by the Airport’s former President and CEO. Additionally, Judge Sharp is lead counsel in an age discrimination collective action against Volkswagen of America and VW AG currently filed in the federal district court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. He further represents multiple Virginia localities, including the City of Alexandria, the City of Winchester, the City of Martinsville, Arlington County, Dickenson County, Lee County, Loudoun County, and Washington County, Virginia, in opioid epidemic investigations and lawsuits that were the first in the Commonwealth pursuing legal action against opioid manufacturers, distributors and pharmacy benefit managers.
Earlier in his career, Judge Sharp served as an attorney in the Office of Compliance of the U.S. Congress from 1996 to 1997. Prior to attending college, he served in the United States Navy, specializing in in-flight communications aboard the P-3 Orion operating in antisubmarine warfare and reconnaissance capacities. Currently Judge Sharp is working with several national organizations on criminal justice and sentencing reform issues.
- J.D., Vanderbilt University School of Law, 1993
- B.S., Christian Brothers College, summa cum laude, 1990
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee - Chief Judge, October 2014 to April 2017; Judge, May 2011 to September 2014
- United States Navy, Petty Officer, Patrol Squadron 17, Barbers Point, HI, 1982-1986
- U.S. Congressional Office of Compliance, Attorney, Washington, D.C., 1996-1997
- Drescher & Sharp, P.C., Nashville, TN, Shareholder, 2003-2011
- Stokes, Bartholomew, Evans & Petree, P.A., Nashville, TN - Member, Litigation Section; Co-Chair, Employment Law Group, 1997-2003; Associate Litigation, Federal and State, 1993-1996
- Tennessee, 1993
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
Memberships & Activities
- Sustaining Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation
- Fellow, Napier-Looby Bar Foundation
- Fellow, Nashville Bar Foundation
- Member, American Bar Association
- Member, Nashville Bar Association
- Member, Tennessee Bar Association
- Member, Federal Bar Association
- Member, National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
- Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Class, 2005
- Board member, Tennessee Supreme Court Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection, 2004-2009
- Member, TBPR Disciplinary Hearing Committee, 2000-2006
- Special Disciplinary Counsel to the Tennessee Supreme Court, 2001
- Former president, ALS Association, Tennessee Chapter (nonprofit organization dedicated to serving patients and families living with Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
- Volunteer Counsel, Jeanne A. Carpenter Epilepsy Legal Defense Fund, 2005-2010
- Former board member (2001-2004) and legal counsel (1994-2004), Girl Scout Council of Cumberland Valley
Sanford Heisler Sharp LLP is currently evaluating whether Allstate mismanaged its 401(k) plan.
The Relator’s Complaint alleges that in 2013, Roche paid Humana a kickback in exchange for Humana placing Roche’s diabetes testing products on its Medicare Advantage formularies.
The German automakers’ “Pact for the Future” labor campaign eliminates 7,000 jobs in the Americas primarily held by workers born between 1995 and 1960.
The Complaint alleges that Navistar used false and misleading documents to support alleged “commercial prices” of vehicle components, including the chassis, engines, and suspension systems.
Fauquier County, Virginia, filed the lawsuit in state court against more than 15 opioid manufacturers, distributors, and PBMs.
Montgomery County filed the lawsuit in state court against more than 15 opioid manufacturers, distributors, and PBMs — including pharmaceutical titan Purdue Pharma and worldwide distributor McKesson.
Lee County and the City of Norton filed the lawsuit in state court against more than 15 opioid manufacturers, distributors, and PBMs — including pharmaceutical titan Purdue Pharma and worldwide distributor McKesson.
The Complaint on behalf of InnoGrit’s co-founder Yuhui (David) Chen alleges breach of contract, promissory fraud, retaliation, wrongful termination, and shareholder direct and derivative claims.
The Complaint alleges MNAA refused to allow former President and CEO Robert Wigington to resume his job duties and responsibilities when he returned to work after recovering from liver transplant surgery.
Martinsville and Henry County filed the lawsuit in state court against more than 15 opioid manufacturers, distributors, and PBMs — including pharmaceutical titan Purdue Pharma and worldwide distributor McKesson.
Norton Rose Fulbright/Chadbourne & Parke LLP Gender Discrimination Class Action – $3.1 Million Settlement
According to Plaintiff Kerrie Campbell, a nationally recognized trial lawyer and partner in Chadbourne’s Washington, DC office, female partners at the firm are excluded from positions of decision-making authority and receive less pay and bonuses even when they out-perform their male counterparts. There is only a one-tier partnership, with every partner characterized as an equity partner.
According to the complaint, Home Depot has selected multiple poorly-performing funds for its 401(k) plan, allowed investment advisers to charge its employees unreasonable fees, and turned a blind eye to a kickback scheme between an investment adviser and the plan’s recordkeeper.
Page County filed the lawsuit in state court against more than 15 opioid manufacturers, distributors, and PBMs — including pharmaceutical titan Purdue Pharma and worldwide distributor McKesson.
The Complaint asserts that GE and the Plan violated the Federal Employee Retirement Security Act (ERISA) by breaching their fiduciary duties and engaging in prohibited transactions and unlawful self-dealing detrimental to the three named plaintiffs individually and as representatives of a class.
Galax and Giles County filed the lawsuits in state court against more than 15 opioid manufacturers, distributors, and PBMs — including pharmaceutical titan Purdue Pharma and worldwide distributor McKesson.
- Sanford Heisler Sharp Announces an $8.3 Million Arbitration Award in Co-Founder Dispute Case Against InnoGrit Corporation, Shanghai InnoGrit, and InnoGrit CEO
- The American Lawyer Trailblazers – 2021 South
- Eight Sanford Heisler Sharp Attorneys Listed In 2022 Best Lawyers
- Home Depot, Workers Both Seek Early Win In 401(k) Class Suit
- Sanford Heisler Sharp Files Motion For Summary Judgment Against Home Depot For Mismanagement Of Its 401k Plan
- Transamerica Inks $5.4M Deal To Settle ERISA Class Action
- Allstate Says Employees In ERISA Suit ‘Lost Nothing’
- Navistar Settles Marine Corps Fraud Case For $50M
- Sanford Heisler Sharp Announces $50 Million Settlement In False Claims Act Case Against Navistar Defense and Navistar International
- Did an innocent man die? Ledell Lee and a questionable Arkansas death sentence
- National Civil Rights Museum and FAMM Host Journey to Justice Virtual Screening and Panel on Trial Penalty
- How Kim Kardashian, fmr. Pres. Trump and a team of civil rights attorneys freed Chris Young
- Humana, Roche Settle False Claims Act Lawsuit, Agree to Pay $12.5M
- Roche, Humana settle kickback allegations
- Whistleblower Gets $3.6M In FCA Deal With Roche, Humana
- Humana settles False Claims Act lawsuit for $12.5M
- Humana And Roche Settle False Claims Act Lawsuit For $12.5 Million
- This former prisoner had an unlikely supporter: the judge who sentenced him
- Chris Young reunites with former judge, advocate
- Benchmark Litigation Reviews – Sanford Heisler Sharp
- Enforcement, legality of mask mandates
- Kim Kardashian’s ‘Justice Project’ shows how youngsters get harsh sentences due to a law that insults judges
- The Execution of Nick Sutton
- Roger Stone Judge Strikes Blow For Judicial Independence
- 2021 South Trailblazer, The American Lawyer
- 2020 Benchmark Litigation Labor & Employment Star - South in the practice area of Labor & Employment
- 2020-21 Lawdragon 500 Plaintiff Employment Lawyer
- 2019 Attorney for Justice, the Tennessee Supreme Court
- 2019 Benchmark Litigation Labor & Employment Star - South in the practice area of Labor & Employment
- 2018 Benchmark Litigation Labor & Employment Star - South in the practice area of Labor & Employment
- Nashville Business Journal’s Best of the Bar (2003, 2005-2009)
- “Mid-South Super Lawyers” (2007 – 2010)
- 2008–2010 and 2020-22 Best Lawyers in America – Recognized for work in the field of “Employment Law - Individuals”
- Included in Corporate Counsel magazine’s feature The 2009 Best Lawyers Annual Guide to Labor and Employment Law
- Awarded “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell
- Listed in Who’s Who in American Law