Phillip F. Cramer


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Phil enjoys working with clients to solve problems and devise remedies. He specializes in plaintiff’s recovery cases, particularly in the field of antitrust, where he assists corporate claimants obtaining recoveries, which have totaled nearly $1 billion.  Phil also assists his clients in other commercial litigation, including insurance coverage, false claims, property rights, and complex business disputes. A particularly rewarding area of his practice is representing clients in high profile civil rights cases, having brought cases to vindicate immigrant rights, women’s rights, voting rights, privacy rights, prisoner rights, death penalty relief, and marriage equality.  For these efforts, he has received the Tennessee Bar Association’s Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award and the ACLU-TN Benjamin Pressnell Award.  Phil is also an adjunct Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School.

Prior to joining Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison where he currently serves as a managing member, Phil worked as a trial attorney in the Honors Program of the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, which he has now parlayed into representing corporate clients seeking to recover losses as a result of antitrust violations.  Read more about these current efforts in his blog post, From Cost-Containment to Profit-Center.

After law school, Phil served as law clerk to the Honorable Karen LeCraft Henderson, United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  Phil graduated with a 4.0 from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he served as senior articles editor for the Vanderbilt Law Review and was a John Wade Scholar and Order of the Coif.  He graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond,  here he won a national debate championship and received the University’s top award, the Mace Award while also being selected for the USA  Today All-Academic Team.

A former Rhodes Scholar finalist, Mr. Cramer is the author of three books, including a recent book recounting journeys within both his church and the Supreme Court in the fight for marriage equality, The Fight for Marriage: Church Conflicts and Courtroom Contests.  He is also the author of the books “Deep Environmental Politics” and “Rethinking Environmental Protection” – as well as “Constructing Alternative Avenues of Jurisdictional Protection: Bypassing Burnham’s Roadblock Via 1404(a),” published in the Vanderbilt Law Review.

Phil is married to Anna Johnson Cramer and the proud father of three daughters.  When not traveling with his family, spending time with his daughters, or woodworking, Phil is very active in his church, Belmont United Methodist Church, where he has served as Chair of the Board and of the Reconciling Committee, among other roles.

Selected Experience

  • Tanco v. Haslam, consolidated with Obergefell v. Hodges, 135 S. Ct. 2584 (U.S. 2015) (marriage equality)
  • In re: American Express Antitrust Litig., E.D.N.Y. (individual merchant antitrust litigation)
  • In re: Payment Card Interchange Fee & Merch. Disc. Antitrust Litig., E.D.N.Y. (individual merchant antitrust litigation)
  • In re: TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litig., N.D. California (opt out/in merchant antitrust claim)
  • In re: Packaged Seafood Products Antitrust Litig., S.D. California (representing individual direct action large purchasers)
  • In re: Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litig., N.D. Illinois California (representing individual direct action large purchasers)
  • Opry Mills Mall Limited Partnership, et al. v. Arch Insurance Company, et al., (Tenn. Ct. App. Jan. 26, 2018) (brought in as appellate counsel and successfully reversed largest jury verdict in Tennessee)
  • George v. Haslam, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 85657 (M.D. Tenn. July 1, 2015) (voting rights)
  • Renteria-Villegas v. Metro. Gov’t, 382 S.W.3d 318 (Tenn. 2012) (immigrant rights)
  • Villegas v. Metro. Gov’t of Davidson County, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 45792 (M.D. Tenn. Apr. 27, 2011) (women, prisoner, and immigrant rights)
  • Affinion Benefits Group, LLC v. Econ-O-Check Corp., 784 F. Supp. 2d 855 (M.D. Tenn. 2011) (antitrust and tortious interference)
  • Williams v. State Volunteer Mut. Ins. Co., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 111462 (W.D. Ark. Sept. 28, 2011) (insurance coverage and bad faith)
  • Rogers v. State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company, 2008 Tenn. App. LEXIS 268 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2008) (insurance coverage)
  • Matthews v. Storgion, 174 Fed. Appx. 980 (6 Cir. 2006) (insurer liability)
  • State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company v. Clark, No. 03-03-0145 (M.D. Tenn. 2003) (insurance coverage and bad faith)
  • United States ex rel. Tomlin v. Royco, No. 3:02-1179 (M.D. Tenn. 2004), aff’d No. 05- 5270 (6th Cir. 2006), perm. for cert. denied (U.S.S.C. 2006) (False Claims Act)
  • McRedmond v. Estate of Marianelli, 2006 Tenn. App. LEXIS (Tenn. Ct. App. 2006) (shareholder derivative case)
  • Venezia v. 12th & Div. Props., LLC, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 66544 (M.D. Tenn. July 30, 2009) (real property rights)
  • Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation v. Fisk University, No. 05-2994 III (Tenn. Chanc. Ct. 2008) (charitable gift law)
  • Allen v. Day, 2006 Tenn. App. LEXIS 542 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2006) (Public Records Act)
  • Hermosa Holdings, Inc. v. Mid-Tennessee Bone & Joint Clinic, P.C., 2009 Tenn. App. LEXIS 282 (Tenn. Ct. App. Mar. 16, 2009) (commercial dispute)
  • Tomlin v. IMRAC Corp., No. 01C1513 (Tenn. Cir. Ct. 2004) (trade secret and breach of contract claims)

Professional Activities

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Vanderbilt Law School
  • Member of the Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations
  • Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law
  • Taught various CLE seminars, including insurance coverage, False Claims Act and punitive damages

Civic Activities

  • Various pro bono representations
  • Belmont United Methodist Church

Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Comments

Peer Review Ratings attest to a lawyer’s legal ability and professional ethics in specific Areas of Practice, and reflects the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and Judiciary. Peer reviewers are anonymous members of the Bar and Judiciary (lawyers and judges) across multiple jurisdictions and geographic locations. They are from similar areas of practice and/or industry as the lawyer being rated, who know or have worked with the lawyer under review and are able to rate them on their professional ethical standards and legal ability.

Posted by a In-house Counsel on 07/18/13

5.0 out of 5.0

Phil Cramer has rendered excellent service to my company for a number of years, and I give him my highest commendation.

Posted by a Private Practice Lawyer on 06/20/13

5.0 out of 5.0

Phil is an excellent lawyer and deserving of Martindale’s highest rating. It has been my pleasure to work with him on my antitrust matters, and I look forward to our next case.

Posted by a Private Practice Lawyer on 07/03/13

4.4 out of 5.0

Phillip is an excellent attorney. He well represents his clients’ interests and does so in a manner in an honest and forthright manner.

Posted by a In-house Counsel on 06/24/13

5.0 out of 5.0

Mr. Cramer has always exhibited the highest quality legal expertise in the various areas of the law in which his guidance and legal skills have been required.

Posted by a Judge on 06/20/13

5.0 out of 5.0

Phillip appears in court and his work is impeccable, as his is conduct and ethical moorings.

Posted by a Private Practice Lawyer on 06/20/13

5.0 out of 5.0

Have opposed Phil. He is an excellent lawyer.

Posted by a Private Practice Lawyer on 06/16/13

5.0 out of 5.0

I have recently had a case against Phillip Cramer and can attest that he is an excellent attorney, very professional and knowledgeable. Mr. Cramer is a well-respected member of the Bar.

Posted by a Private Practice Lawyer on 06/12/13

4.8 out of 5.0

Phil is an outstanding lawyer. I would give him the highest rating available.

Posted by a Private Practice Lawyer on 06/12/13

5.0 out of 5.0

Phil Cramer is an excellent lawyer who worked with me on a medium sized insurance coverage case. His performance was outstanding and I would recommend him to others without reservation.


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