Judge Kevin Sharp is the Managing Partner of Sanford Heisler Sharpâ€™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 courtâ€™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 â€œSome People are Gay. Get Over It!â€; 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 Airportâ€™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.
Education J.D., Vanderbilt University School of Law, Nashville, TN 1993 B.S. Christian Brothers College, Memphis, TN 1990, summa cum laude
Public Service 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
Private Practice 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 Bar Admissions Tennessee, 1993
Court Admissions U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit U.S. Supreme Court
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 Lawyersâ€™ 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 Gehrigâ€™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