John E. Haubenreich

A seasoned litigator who has won jury verdicts for clients in both state and federal court, John Haubenreich approaches every engagement from the perspective of the client’s short- and long-term strategic objectives. John has extensive experience with government enforcement actions and white-collar criminal matters. Hospitals, health systems, home health agencies and other healthcare providers turn to John for assistance with government investigations, and he has successfully resolved False Claims Act allegations on behalf of clients with the Department of Justice. He also represents clients in environmental litigation and enforcement actions brought by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

John’s entertainment law practice includes the representation of several high-profile recording artists in copyright litigation, trademark disputes and other civil litigation. He has successfully obtained jury verdicts on behalf of entertainment clients and secured both declaratory judgment and monetary damages. Additionally, John represents clients in internet domain name disputes.

Before he began his legal career, John was a member of Teach for America, and he taught English at Barringer High School in Newark, NJ. He remains deeply involved in educational issues.


  • Defense of federal criminal case resulting in dismissal of indictment for witness tampering
  • Representation of multiple publicly traded international oil and gas companies in negotiations with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
  • Representation of several whistleblowers in federal and state qui tam actions covering Medicare, TennCare, and the Federal Acquisition Regulation
  • Defense of local and national healthcare companies in federal False Claims Act cases
  • Corporate investigation and criminal defense of national company with $1.3 billion market cap
  • Successful jury trial representing Garth Brooks in federal court on various contract and declaratory judgment claims
  • Representation of major music artist in copyright and trademark infringement lawsuit in federal court
  • Successful jury trial and record wrongful death verdict in Rutherford County, Tennessee


  • Member, Nashville, Tennessee, and American Bar Associations

Prior Affiliations

  • Associate, Neal & Harwell, PLC, Nashville, Tenn., 2010-2015
  • Intern, Mayor’s Office of Children and Youth, Nashville, Tenn., 2009-2010
  • Corps Member, Teach for America, 2004-2006
    • English Teacher, Barringer High School, Newark, N.J.


  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 2010
    • Articles Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review
    • Stanley D. Rose Memorial Book Award for Offender Fees: Revenue, Impact on Offenders, and Behavioral Incentives
    • Myron Penn Laughlin Note Award
  • Master of Public Policy, Vanderbilt University Peabody College, Education
  • B.A., Duke University, Political Science and English, 2004
    • Graduation with Distinction

Legal Services

Industries Served

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee

Court Admissions

  • All State and Federal Courts Tennessee

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John is a film photography enthusiast and a founding member of the Nashville Community Darkroom, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit contributing to arts education in Nashville. He and his wife are raising a daughter and a son.