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Kent Alan Halkett

Litigation Attorney at Brentwood, TN

5.0   4 reviews
  • State Years
    Tennessee - TN 7 years
    California - CA 41 years
  • Licensed for 7 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2017
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1982
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Kent

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Kent is an experienced attorney with broad and deep experience handling complex commercial disputes and litigation. He has practiced at the trial and appellate levels in state and federal courts, peer review proceedings, arbitrations, and mediations.

He has an established record of successful outcomes for plaintiff and defendant clients in litigation, and clients with legal issues and disputes outside of litigation.

In addition, Kent is the author of several articles on areas of interest in the legal community, published in the California Lawyer, Los Angeles Lawyer, and Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL) Report.

Kent is actively involved with Vanderbilt Law School (VLS). He serves as the attorney advisor for the VLS student volunteers at the Shade Tree Clinic (a Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic), where Vanderbilt Medical School students provide free care to uninsured patients, and law students provide legal analysis, needs assessments and referral services. In addition, he has been the Class Agent for VLS Class '81, a guest speaker at VLS, and a judge for VLS' Moot Court and Mock Trial exercises.  In February 2020, the Winter 2020 issue of the Vanderbilt Law magazine published an article, entitled: Judge Thomas Varlan '81, A Profile by Kent Halkett '81, written by Kent.

Kent is licensed to practice in Tennessee and California.


Law Offices of Kent A. Halkett
2205 Husker Ct
Brentwood, TN, 37027-2210

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Posted by Molly | May 28, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Medical Legal Partnership
Kent gives up his Saturdays every week to assist and advise Vanderbilt law students at Vanderbilt's free medical clinic. The students gain invaluable experience through working with Kent and watching him work with the diverse clients and their varied legal needs. He devises trainings and opportunities for students to continue to expand their legal knowledge outside the classroom.
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Posted by Peter | May 27, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Understands What Is Truly Important
Kent and I first met when our daughters were playing AYSO soccer. He was/is approachable, engaging, intelligent, and someone you trust almost immediately. For me the measure of a man is how he interacts with his family and Kent sets the bar for all of us. Later when I had a sensitive legal issue, Kent was the first person I called. He was extraordinarily professional yet understanding on a personal level. He seemed to never forget we were husbands and fathers first and foremost. Later Kent advised my wife on some IP matters and again, he was thorough and profoundly human. In this day when professional services providers are so transactional, Kent remains the one setting the bar for competence and compassion. My family and I trust him in all matters from the legally complex to the personally sensitive.
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Posted by Emily | May 27, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Law Student
Kent has served as our supervising attorney for our school's Medical Legal Partnership over the past year and has done an incredible job educating students about how to interact with clients and what kinds of questions to ask them. He has a great demeanor with clients and knows how to make people feel comfortable while asking the tough questions and getting to the bottom of whatever issue the client is dealing with.
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Posted by TonyOJ | May 12, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Kent is through with his recommendation...he provides outstanding and excelent legal help in the federal legal sector. I met Kent on his outstanding assistance in providing legal assistance on his free time. Los Angeles needs more attorneys like Kent.


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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services
  • 2017 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Law Offices of Kent A. Halkett
  • 2015 - Present
  • Partner
  • Musick Peeler & Garrett
  • 2004 - 2014
  • Partner
  • Miller & Holguin
  • 2000 - 2004
  • Partner
  • Sidley & Austin
  • 1990 - 2000
  • Associate
  • Kadison Pfaelzer Woodard Quinn & Rossi
  • 1981 - 1987
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  • Vanderbilt University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • University of California Berkeley
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1978

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Butler v. Maharishi University of Management
  • Wrongful death of college student on campus. Case dismissed at initial pleading stage. Judgment of dismissal upheld on appeal.
  • D.C. v. Harvard-Westlake School
  • Cyber-bullying of high school student by classmates. Complete defense ruling in binding arbitration. Trial court confirmed arbitration award and entered monetary judgment for an elite private school. Merits of judgment affirmed on appeal.


  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • California Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • International Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Association of Colleges and University Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2014
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Volunteer Atty Honor Roll 2017
  • US District Court, Central Dist. of Calif. (Los Angeles)
  • 2017
  • Volunteer Atty Honor Roll 2016
  • US District Court, Central Dist. of Calif. (Los Angeles)
  • 2016
  • AV - Highest Possible Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 1994


  • International Litigation News
  • The Long-Arm Reach of the Internet: Internet Users Could Be Subject to Personal Jurisdiction in Distant Forums
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

  • TALS' Equal Justice University Conf. 2017
  • Direct Examination
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Unknown Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I work with Kent at Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS). Our team of attorneys provides free legal advice to low-income Tennesseans through our helpline, 844-HELP4TN. When Kent joined TALS, he brought with him decades of complex litigation experience and a deep knowledge of legal strategy. His legal acumen has truly improved the service we offer and benefited our helpline callers. Additionally, Kent is able to quickly build relationships of trust with his clients. He cares about his clients and it's reflected in strong client satisfaction survey results, often accompanied by personal anecdotes about positive interactions callers had with Kent."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the pleasure of working for and with Kent, and my career has benefited from what I learned from him. His knowledge of the intricacies of litigation, and the thoroughness with which he approaches each task, is something every litigator should aspire to. Plus, he's a great guy. I would not hesitate to call on Kent if I needed a lawyer, and I would not want to face him on the other side of the courtroom."
Litigation Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"Kent is a lawyer's lawyer. He not only has extraordinary intellect and analytical abilities, he is a zealous advocate for his clients, pays meticulous attention to detail, provides superior client service, and practices in accordance with the highest ethical standards. Kent represents everything that is exemplary about the legal profession. If I had a legal problem, Kent would be my first call."
Litigation Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Kent on a number of matters. He is an extraordinarily competent attorney who adheres to the highest ethical standards."
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Brentwood Litigation Lawyer Kent Alan Halkett
Kent Alan Halkett
Litigation Attorney
Brentwood, TN
Licensed for 41 years