William L. Harbison


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Bill Harbison works primarily in the areas of corporate law and trusts and estates. He also handles litigation in those same practice categories.

Mr. Harbison graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and received his bachelor’s degree with highest honors in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Education & Bar Admissions


  • J.D., Harvard, 1980
  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1977

Bar Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • Tennessee
Recognition & Publications


  • Woodward/White: The Best Lawyers In America 2001-Present (Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Elder Law; Litigation-Trusts and Estates; Trusts and Estates)
  • Woodward/White: The Best Lawyers In America Lawyer of the Year 2019 (Elder Law)
  • Woodward/White: The Best Lawyers In America Lawyer of the Year 2018, 2024 (Trusts and Estates)
  • Woodward/White: The Best Lawyers In America Lawyer of the Year 2014, 2017 (Bet-the-Company Litigation)
  • Woodward/White: The Best Lawyers In America Lawyer of the Year 2011, 2013, 2015, 2024 (Litigation-Trusts and Estates)
  • Benchmark Litigation 2013-Present (“Litigation Star”)
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers 2006-Present (Litigation)
  • Attorney for Justice Tennessee Supreme Court Pro Bono Service Award 2015-2017, 2020, 2022
  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers 2006-Present (Estate and Trust Litigation) (Tennessee Top 100, 2011, 2014, 2019) (Nashville Top 50, 2013-2014, 2019)
  • 2015 Nashvillian of the Year
  • ACLU Bill of Rights Award 2015
  • Nashville Business Journal Best of The Bar 2008-2009, 2011-2015
  • Attorney of the Month as featured in Attorney at Law Magazine, December 2015
  • Recipient of the 2012 Tennessee Bar Association’s Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Award
  • Business TN Magazine 150 Best Lawyers – 2010
  • The Best Attorneys Network 2007-2008 (Commercial/Business Litigation and Wills)
  • The Best of the U.S. LLC 2006-2008 (Trusts and Estates, Tax Law and Commercial Litigation)
  • Tennessee Bar Journal Pro Bono Honor Roll 2001-2002
  • Tennessee Bar Association Joseph W. Henry Award 1985
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Professional & Civic Activities

Professional Activities

  • President of the Tennessee Bar Association 2015-2016
  • Member of the Tennessee Supreme Court Board of Law Examiners
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Past president of the Nashville Bar Association
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Fellow
  • Member of the Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations
  • Tennessee Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Nashville Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Past president of the Nashville Bar Foundation, 2002-2006
  • Former general counsel to the Tennessee Bar Association
  • Lecturer for the 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
  • Publisher of several articles in the Tennessee Bar Journal

Civic Activities

  • Past member of the Nashville Metropolitan Planning Commission

Bill’s Blog Posts


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