aubrey harwell, Jr.
Aubrey B. Harwell Jr. is the co-founding and managing partner of Nashville law firm Neal and Harwell, where he specializes in crisis management, white-collar criminal defense work, and commercial litigation. Since April 16, 2013, he has represented Pilot Flying J, the largest travel center company in America and one of the largest privately-held corporations in the country.
Mr. Harwell represents numerous high profile clients including former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo, Bridgestone/Firestone Corporation, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Atmos Energy and Vanderbilt University. He has been counsel for numerous public officials, including judges, governors, congressmen, state senators, mayors and state attorneys general. He is named one of the “Best Lawyers in Tennessee” by Business Tennessee magazine, a mid-South “Super-Lawyer” and selected in Who’s Who Legal (Business Crime) by the International Bar Association, and noted as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” for the past 25 years. He was named the 2014 Trial Lawyer of the Year by SEABOTA. In 2015 he was honored by the Nashville Bar Foundation with the David Rutherford Award.
The American Academy of Trial Attorneys recognized him as one of the 100 premier trial attorneys in Tennessee for 2015.
Mr. Harwell is on the Board of Directors of Ingram Industries, Inc., and FCA Venture Partners I, II, III, IV and V. Until recently, he was on the Board of Piedmont Natural Gas. He holds the Jennings A. Jones Chair of Excellence in Free Enterprise, Jennings A. Jones College of Business, Middle Tennessee State University.
Mr. Harwell’s civic activities include serving on the Boards of Trust of the Meharry Medical College (Vice Chair), the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (Past Chair), Middle Tennessee Council, Boy Scouts of America (Past President), the Nashville School of Law (Vice Chair), the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (Past Chair), The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, the Easter Seals Society (Past Chair), the Music City Bowl (past Chair) and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is the past Chairman of the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. He was formerly the National Treasurer of the Boy Scouts of America, and remains on the Executive Board of the National Council, Boy Scouts of America.
A graduate of Vanderbilt University and the Vanderbilt University School of Law, Mr. Harwell has taught at the Vanderbilt University School of Law, served on the Law School’s board, and now serves as vice chair of the Board of Trustees for the Nashville School of Law. He is a life member of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference, past president of the Nashville Bar Association, past president of the Tennessee Chapter and member of the National Board of Directors of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).