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Michael T. Harmon

Representing financial institutions, healthcare companies, owners and developers, and other businesses, Michael Harmon brings an even-tempered intensity to help solve his clients disputes.  Michael’s clients describe him as a strategic and focused advocate in civil litigation and commercial disputes.  While he was in law school Michael simultaneously earned an M.B.A., and clients value his understanding of their business objectives as he develops effective dispute resolution strategies.

Banks, bank holding companies, broker-dealers and other financial services clients rely on Michael to guide them through disputes, including litigation related to interest rate swaps and derivatives. He also defends financial services clients against allegations of fraud and complaints brought with regulators. Michael has earned a reputation for getting results in matters involving technical financial issues and complex contractual relationships. He has successfully represented banks and other financial institutions in trial, through evidentiary hearings in arbitration, and before regulatory bodies.  For years, Michael has represented Capital Markets divisions of financial institutions in swaps and derivatives litigation and workouts related to interest rate swaps.  Michael also represented a group of five national lenders in a dispute with the lead bank of a syndicated credit facility. After a two-week evidentiary hearing, arbitrators in the dispute held that the Waller clients had no liability in the matter. 

In addition to his extensive financial services experience, Michael represents healthcare and real estate clients in contractual disputes ranging from investor lawsuits to real estate leasing litigation.

Professional

  • Member, Nashville and Tennessee Bar Associations
  • Member, Harry Phillips Chapter of the American Inns of Court

Prior Affiliations

  • Investment Services Advisor, 401(k) Services Representative, Merrill Lynch, 2002-2004

Education

  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 2008
    • Moot Court Board
    • Mock Trial Board
    • Mock Trial Competition Top Litigator
    • Lightfoot, Franklin and White Best Oralist Award
  • M.B.A., Vanderbilt University Owen School of Management, 2008
    • Beta Gamma Sigma
  • M.P.P., with distinction, Australian National University, 2002
    • Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar
  • B.A., magna cum laude, University of South Carolina, Political Science, 2001
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Legal Services

Industries Served

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, All District Courts in Tennessee

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For Michael, an ideal weekend is a trip to a new place with family and friends.