John E. Haubenreich

John Haubenreich combines an investigator’s instincts with a trial lawyer’s viewpoint to offer strategic counsel to clients facing high-stakes challenges. Whether conducting sensitive and confidential investigations or adeptly litigating disputed claims, John maximizes his clients’ ability to meet their objectives while minimizing potential liability or disruption to business operations.

Corporate boards and general counsel are among those who routinely turn to John for internal investigations when speed, discretion, and accuracy are essential. Skilled at fact-finding and legal analysis, John’s internal investigation experience combines witness interviews with a sophisticated understanding of forensic data gathering, database reviews, and document analysis to provide clients with comprehensive insight, detailed reports and strategic recommendations.

In the courtroom, John is a seasoned litigator who has won jury verdicts for clients in both state and federal courts. He has handled many government enforcement actions involving the False Claims Act, in addition to copyright and trademark litigation, civil disputes and other business litigation, and state and federal environmental regulatory matters.

Hospitals, health systems, home health agencies and other healthcare providers in particular rely on John for assistance with internal and government investigations, and he has successfully resolved False Claims Act allegations on behalf of clients with the Department of Justice. He also provides counsel to manufacturers, energy companies and other heavy industry clients in environmental litigation and enforcement actions brought by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

Additionally, John has significant entertainment law experience that includes the representation of 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.


  • Internal investigations for Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies involving collection of data and other evidence, locating and interviewing witnesses, and inspecting facilities
  • Counseling corporate boards, general counsel, legal  departments, and individuals on reporting obligations and representing them through all phases of government investigations
  • Assisting clients in responding to grand jury subpoenas, civil investigative demands, civil subpoenas, and other document and witness interview requests
  • Defense of multiple companies in federal and state False Claims Act cases
  • Multiple representations of major entertainment clients in copyright infringement and other related lawsuits
  • Representation of multiple publicly traded international companies at multi-billion dollar Superfund site
  • Representation of multiple publicly traded international oil and gas companies in negotiations with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
  • Defense of federal criminal case resulting in dismissal of indictment for witness tampering


  • Member, Nashville, Tennessee, and American Bar Associations

Prior Affiliations

  • Neal & Harwell, PLC, Nashville, Tenn.
  • Corps Member, Teach for America
    • English Teacher, Barringer High School, Newark, N.J.


  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School,
    • 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,
    • Graduation with Distinction

Legal Services

Industries Served

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee

Court Admissions

  • All State and Federal Courts Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Up Close

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. Prior to becoming an attorney, John taught high school English in Newark, N.J. as a Teach for America corps member. He continues to be involved in educational issues.