Judge Kevin Sharp

Kevin Sharp

Judge Kevin Sharp

Nashville Managing Partner


Judge Kevin Sharp is the Managing Partner of Sanford Heisler Sharp’s Nashville office. 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.

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, Nashville, TN 1993
  • B.S. Christian Brothers College, Memphis, TN 1990, summa cum laude
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee - Chief Judge, October 2014 to April 2017 - Judge, May 2011- September 2014
  • United States Navy, Petty Officer, Patrol Squadron 17, Barbers Point, HI 1982-1986
  • U.S. Congressional Office of Compliance, Attorney, Washington, DC. 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
  • American Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Admitted, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
  • Admitted, U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee
  • Admitted, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee
  • Admitted, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • Admitted, U.S. Supreme Court
  • Sustaining Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Napier-Looby Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Nashville Bar Foundation
  • 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

Major Cases


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. Read More


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. Read More


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. Read More


Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, represents an anonymous female partner at Proskauer Rose, LLP, who is suing the prominent international law firm for $50 million for alleged gender bias in her compensation and other conditions of employment. Read More


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