Bill Ramsey

William T. Ramsey


Bill Ramsey joined Neal & Harwell in 1981. The primary focus of his practice is complex civil and criminal litigation. He also has a significant entertainment law practice representing high-profile artists and entertainers. In addition, he represents several music business managers, financial managers, talent agents, publishers, and labels in a variety of litigation matters. Bill is a true advocate for his clients and routinely receives the most desired results – many of which cannot be disclosed due to confidentiality reasons. In recognition of his work, Bill is named as one of Billboard’s 2024 Top Music Lawyers.

Bill has always been interested in technical issues and applies that experience to the practice of law. He and his friend, Philip Hampton, started the “Bill and Phil Show.” They travel to various organizations and trade shows to share the latest tech gadgets for work and entertainment. They also write a monthly article for the Nashville Bar Journal and many other legal publications. Bill is the recipient of the 2024 David Rutherford Award, which is given to the Nashville Bar Association Fellow who exemplifies professionalism, charitable contribution in the legal field and in the community as a whole, and the spirit of collegiality among the bench and bar.

Bill owns and operates his family’s farm in Viola, Tennessee, where he was born and raised. He applies the wisdom he learned from his father and other farmers to all aspects of his life, including the practice of law.

Professional & Civic Affiliations
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Tennessee Bar Association
  • Fellow, Nashville Bar Foundation
  • Past President and Member, Nashville Bar Association
  • Member, Harry Phillips Inn of Court
  • Nashville Bar Foundation Board of Directors
  • Former Board Member, Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Former Board Member, Tennessee Dance Theatre
  • Former Member, Review Panel for the Metro Nashville Arts Commission
  • Race Director, Music City Triathlon (1989-2007)
  • Pro Bono Volunteer, Nashville Bar Association
  • The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 – Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Entertainment Law – Music
  • 2023 Mid-South Super Lawyers
  • Billboard’s 2023 Top Music Lawyers
  • Billboard’s 2024 Top Music Lawyers
  • University of Tennessee College of Law, 1980, J.D.; member of the Order of the Coif and Law Review; awarded the Michie Law Publishing Award for graduating first in his class
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, 1973, Mechanical Engineering, high honors