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A recent exAmple of the firm’s

tenaciousness was a case where the

insur-ance companies offered to settle with the

firm’s client for $4 million, but Kinnard and

Daniel Clayton turned the offer down and

obtained a $22 million verdict. Together the

firm’s attorneys have successfully tried more than 250 cases in front

of juries, including several historical record-breaking verdicts in

different counties in Middle Tennessee.

the firm hAs been rAted As A tier one lAw firm in nAshville

in in the areas of plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation and medical

malpractice litigation, and its attorneys have received numerous

awards and legal recognitions for their work. Attorneys Mark S.

Beveridge, Clayton and Kinnard were all selected for inclusion in

this year’s edition of

The Best Lawyers in America

®

. Kinnard was

also recognized by

Best Lawyers

as “Personal Injury Litigation

Lawyer of the Year” in Nashville and was inducted into the highly

prestigious Inner Circle of Advocates in 2010.

Attorneys At the firm Are not just AdvocAtes for their

clients: from annual support of Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee

to participation with Wounded Warriors Project and Not Alone,

the firm continually gives back to Middle Tennessee and works to

advance both local and national causes. “We are proponents of

safety, accountability and justice within our society,” Kinnard says.

K i n n a r d , C L a y t o n & B e v e r i d g e

K

innArd, clAyton & beveridge hAs provided high-quAlity

legal services to victims of others’ negligence for more

than 30 years. The firm’s dedicated attorneys bring more

than 100 years of combined experience to the

investiga-tion, negotiation and litigation of serious personal injury,

vehicular accidents, product liability, medical malpractice

and wrongful death cases.

“by limiting the scope of our prActice to helping seriously

injured clients or those who have lost a loved one, we are able

to maintain high standards of professionalism, dedication and

personal attention on every case,” says Randy L. Kinnard.

KinnArd founded the firm in 1977 when he begAn prActicing

law in Nashville. As a new, young attorney in town, he was

mostly taking smaller cases that other lawyers did not want.

But as he started achieving substantial jury verdicts,

demand for his legal services increased. Since then, he has

carefully selected a team of lawyers and support staff to join

his practice.

A highly decorAted combAt veterAn, KinnArd sAys he isn’t

afraid of a fight, especially when insurance companies fail to

offer a fair sum of compensation to his clients. “It has been a

growing trend for insurance agencies to settle with plaintiffs

outside the courtroom, but we believe in the power and fairness

of trial by jury.”

From Left: Mary Ellen Morris, Randy Kinnard, Jenney Keaty , Daniel Clayton, Mark Beveridge

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amed the “Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year” in

Nashville, Randall L. Kinnard has developed a strong

reputation for going to war for his clients— and

achieving numerous victories— during his 30-year

career as a trial attorney.

In one of Kinnard’s many high-profile cases, he won $6.5

million for a woman who suffered a brain injury after a

tubal ligation. At the time, 1987, the record verdict for any

case in Middle Tennessee had been $1 million. In fact, this

was the same amount that the insurance company offered

Kinnard’s client to settle. But this wasn’t enough.

Kinnard calculated what his client would need to finance

her care for the rest of her life. The figure was $1.3 million,

and Kinnard refused to accept a penny less. The insurance

company refused, and Kinnard tried the case. During the

case, people with the hospital made derogatory comments

to Kinnard about his client. They said that because she had

four children out of wedlock, she was not entitled to the

same amount a married woman would receive.

“This infuriated me, and I was on fire the whole trial,”

Kinnard says. “As it turned out, the jury agreed with my

client and awarded her $6.5 million.”

Kinnard was used to fighting for others long before he

stepped into a court room or even cracked open a law book.

A combat Airborne Ranger and West Point graduate,

Kinnard earned the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Purple

Heart, and a Bronze Star for Valor and Air Medal for 28

assaults in combat during his two tours in Vietnam.

“In the military, you learn that there is no room for error,”

Kinnard says. “You learn to ‘pay the price’ and that success is

not just going to happen. You have to make it happen.”

Values of courage and selflessness were honed through

his combat experience in Vietnam. He learned how to

respond under enemy fire, make critical decisions in life and

death situations, and to put the value of another person’s life

before his own. After his service, Kinnard decided to

become a lawyer because he thrives on intense competition

and adrenalin.

“Combat produces the greatest adrenalin you can ever

experience,” he says. “I figured court room battle would

be about as close as you could come. It turns out that I was

right.”

As he approached graduation from law school, some

attorneys advised Kinnard that he had the demeanor to

make a good defense lawyer.

“The trouble with that suggestion was that I did not

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want to defend people or

corpo-rations who had hurt people,”

says Kinnard, who focuses on

helping injured people in

vehicular accidents, product

liability, wrongful death, medical

malpractice and personal injury

cases. “By nature, I want to help

people who have been hurt. I feel

fulfilled when I am able to help

someone who has been

wrongful-ly hurt, or help a famiwrongful-ly who has

lost a loved one.”

Early in his career, Kinnard

had an opportunity to clerk for

fellow West Point graduate,

James Cox, whom Kinnard refers

to as Tennessee’s best personal

injury lawyer during the time that he was in law school.

“He shared many secrets of the practice of trial work with

me, even though I was not even out of law school yet,”

Kinnard says. “When I started actual practice, I was ahead of

the game.”

Last year, the Inner Circle of Advocates, an invitation-only

group made up of the 100 best plaintiff lawyers in the United

States, selected Kinnard to join its ranks. He is one out of two

of the organization’s members from Tennessee. Kinnard

attri-butes his success to the skills he learned in combat,

specifical-ly being able to survive through tough, stressful times.

“It always helps to have the support of a good,

understand-ing wife, who is there behind you when you limp home at

night,” says Kinnard, who defines his greatest personal

achievements as marrying his wife, Peggy, and becoming a

father to his children, Cannon and Jessica.

Kinnard’s rich understanding of the experience of military

servicemen and women, and the impact of service on families,

compels him to give back to the military community through

various firm initiatives.

“Our troops have been asked to endure multiple tours of

combat since 9/11. Some of them only have a few months

with their families before they are ordered to go back to

com-bat yet again,” he says. “Not only does this inevitably stress

the individual combatant, it strains their families, sometimes

to the breaking point. The suicide rate is dreadful. I know

well what these military people are going through. I strongly

believe that we owe them.”

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Adams and Reese | Nashville, TN SAMUEL W. BARTHOLOMEW, JR., MARTIN S. BROWN, JR.

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz | Nashville, TN

LAUREN W. ANDERSON, GARY M. BROWN, ASHBY Q. BURKS, BRUCE C. DOEG, TONYA M. GRINDON, LAURENCE M. PAPEL Bass, Berry & Sims | Nashville, TN JAMES H. CHEEK III, MICHAEL L. DAGLEY, J. PAGE DAVIDSON, WALLACE W. DIETZ, B. RINEY GREEN, J. JAMES JENKINS, JR., HOWARD H. LAMAR III, ROBINS H. LEDYARD, JAMES ALLEN OVERBY II, J. BRADBURY REED, CYNTHIA Y. REISZ, TODD J. ROLAPP, SAMUEL E. STUMPF, JR., BOB F. THOMPSON, F. MITCHELL WALKER, JR., LEIGH WALTON Bradley Arant Boult Cummings | Nashville, TN

PATRICK L. ALEXANDER,

ANDREA C. BARACH,

STEPHEN T. BRAUN,

JOHN B. HARDCASTLE, JR.,

E. BERRY HOLT III,

JOHN W. TITUS

615.244.2582 | Back Cover

Gullett, Sanford, Robinson & Martin | Nashville, TN GEORGE V. CRAWFORD, JR., ALLEN D. LENTZ Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert & Manner | Nashville, TN GLEN A. CIVITTS, DAVID COX, ERNEST E. HYNE II, MARK MANNER, JOHN N. POPHAM IV McKenzie Laird | Nashville, TN DONALD I. N. MCKENZIE Sherrard & Roe | Nashville, TN

ELIZABETH E. MOORE, THOMAS J. SHERRARD III, JOHN R. VOIGT, CHRISTOPHER C. WHITSON Stites & Harbison | Nashville, TN

JULIAN L. BIBB,

A. STUART CAMPBELL

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Thrailkill, Harris, Wood & Boswell | Brentwood, TN CHRISTOPHER HARRIS

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis | Nashville, TN GEORGE W. BISHOP III, ALEXANDER B. BUCHANAN, MATTHEW R. BURNSTEIN, J. CHASE COLE, ANDREA BETH CONNOR GUEST, J. REGINALD HILL, E. MARLEE MITCHELL, MARYELLEN SULLIVAN PICKRELL, G. SCOTT RAYSON

criminAl deFenSe: non-white-collAr

Bell, Tennent & Frogge | Nashville, TN PAUL J. BRUNO

Hal D. Hardin | Nashville, TN HAL D. HARDIN

Hollins, Raybin & Weissman | Nashville, TN DAVID L. RAYBIN

Jeffrey S. Frensley | Nashville, TN JEFFERY S. FRENSLEY

Law Offices of Larry D. Wilks | Springfield, TN LARRY D. WILKS

May & Ryan | Nashville, TN ROGER T. MAY

Price, Hill & Kolarich | Nashville, TN JAMES W. PRICE, JR.

Richard McGee | Nashville, TN RICHARD MCGEE

Tune, Entrekin & White | Nashville, TN PETER J. STRIANSE

Vincent E. Wehby | Nashville, TN VINCENT E. WEHBY

Weatherly, McNally & Dixon | Nashville, TN JAMES L. WEATHERLY, JR.

criminAl deFenSe: white-collAr

Bell, Tennent & Frogge | Nashville, TN PAUL J. BRUNO

Hal D. Hardin | Nashville, TN HAL D. HARDIN

Hollins, Raybin & Weissman | Nashville, TN DAVID L. RAYBIN

Law Offices of Larry D. Wilks | Springfield, TN LARRY D. WILKS

May & Ryan | Nashville, TN ROGER T. MAY

Neal & Harwell | Nashville, TN

AUBREY B. HARWELL, JR., JAMES F. SANDERS Price, Hill & Kolarich | Nashville, TN JAMES W. PRICE, JR.

Richard McGee | Nashville, TN RICHARD MCGEE

Tune, Entrekin & White | Nashville, TN PETER J. STRIANSE

Vincent E. Wehby | Nashville, TN VINCENT E. WEHBY

Weatherly, McNally & Dixon | Nashville, TN JAMES L. WEATHERLY, JR.

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WALLACE W. DIETZ, OVERTON THOMPSON III

w a L K e r , t i p p s & M a L o n e p L C

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alker, Tipps & Malone PLC is a boutique

trial litigation firm comprised of some of

the state’s most recognized trial

attorneys. These lawyers offer clients a

tremendous range of experience in

complex commercial matters, business

and contractual disputes, personal injury,

products liability, professional negligence

and the performance of internal corporate

investigations.

Founded in 2000, the firm primarily focuses on

civil trial practice. With the addition of Ed

Yarbrough, who joined the firm after serving as

United States Attorney for the Middle District of

Tennessee, the firm has now added criminal trial

law to its roster of services. “The success we’ve

experienced over the past decade is a function

of our broad-based experience, as well as our

honest, reasoned and focused approach to

handling disputes,” says attorney Joe Welborn.

The firm’s clients range from individuals and

small businesses to large corporations based in

Nashville, in Tennessee, and throughout the United States. The firm provides regular representation

to Vanderbilt University in medical malpractice, personal injury, and commercial actions; it also

represents Corrections Corporation of America in civil rights, personal injury, and commercial

litigation matters. Over the past eight years, the firm has recovered many multimillion-dollar

judgments and settlements for plaintiffs in both personal injury and business matters.

Four of the firm’s attorneys were selected for inclusion in this year’s edition of

The Best Lawyers in

America

®

: Robert J. Walker, Gayle Malone, Jr., Steven E. Anderson, and Joseph F. Welborn III.

Together they offer clients more than 120 years of combined experience. Ed Yarbrough was also

listed in

The Best Lawyers in America

®

for over 20 straight years prior to his appointment as

U.S. Attorney.

150 Fourth aveNue North 2300 oNe Nashville Place Nashville, tN 37219 Ph: 615.313.6000 Fax: 615.313.6001 www.walkertipps.com Standing From Left: Lauren Patten Coble, Erin Palmer Polly, Edward M. Yarbrough,

Frank Hunger, Charles Malone, Andrew Ross, W. Scott Sims, John Hayworth,

Joseph F. Welborn, III, Steven E. Anderson. Seated From Left: J. Mark Tipps, Robert J. Walker, Gayle Malone, Jr., Sara Reynolds. Not Pictured: Jason W. Callen, Emily B. Warth

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Bob Lynch, Jr. | Nashville, TN BOB LYNCH, JR.

Hal D. Hardin | Nashville, TN HAL D. HARDIN

May & Ryan | Nashville, TN

ROGER T. MAY, EDWARD STEPHEN RYAN Tune, Entrekin & White | Nashville, TN PETER J. STRIANSE

Weatherly, McNally & Dixon | Nashville, TN PATRICK MCNALLY

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Bass, Berry & Sims | Nashville, TN WILLIAM N. OZIER

Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop | Nashville, TN

CHARLES CAGLE

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Colleen P. MacLean | Nashville, TN COLLEEN P. MACLEAN

Elder Law Practice of Timothy L. Takacs | Hendersonville, TN

TIMOTHY L. TAKACS

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Cope Hudson Scarlett Reed & McCreary | Murfreesboro, TN

JAMES C. COPE

Lassiter, Tidwell, Davis, Keller & Hogan | Nashville, TN CLARK H. TIDWELL

Law Office of James Fisher | Goodlettsville, TN JAMES W. FISHER, JR.

Miller & Martin | Nashville, TN ROBERT M. HOLLAND, JR.

Rochelle, McCulloch & Aulds | Lebanon, TN JERE N. MCCULLOCH

employee BeneFitS (eriSA) lAw

Bass, Berry & Sims | Nashville, TN FRITZ RICHTER III

Berry & Tudor | Brentwood, TN

JAMES W. BERRY, JR., BYNUM E. TUDOR III

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings | Nashville, TN

B. DAVID JOFFE,

GORDON EARLE NICHOLS,

JOHN M. SCANNAPIECO

615.244.2582 | Back Cover

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis | Nashville, TN JAMES B. BRISTOL

energy lAw

Bass, Berry & Sims | Nashville, TN J. ANDREW GODDARD

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings | Nashville, TN

LELA M. HOLLABAUGH,

HENRY M. WALKER

615.244.2582 | Back Cover

Miller & Martin | Nashville, TN MELVIN J. MALONE

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Adams and Reese | Nashville, TN LINDA EDELL HOWARD Baker & Kelley | Nashville, TN D. PAGE KELLEY

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings | Nashville, TN

SAMUEL D. LIPSHIE

615.244.2582 | Back Cover Dickinson Wright | Nashville, TN PHILIP M. KIRKPATRICK

Hall Booth Smith & Slover | Nashville, TN KARL BRAUN

Loeb & Loeb | Nashville, TN

DENISE M. STEVENS, ROBERT L. SULLIVAN Luna Law Group | Nashville, TN R. HORTON FRANK III

Milom Joyce Horsnell Crow | Nashville, TN ROBIN MITCHELL JOYCE, W. MICHAEL MILOM Riley Warnock & Jacobson | Nashville, TN TIMOTHY L. WARNOCK

Almon Law, PLLC | Nashville, TN ORVILLE ALMON, JR.

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Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz | Nashville, TN

GARY C. SHOCKLEY, ROBERT M. STEELE Bass, Berry & Sims | Nashville, TN

J. ANDREW GODDARD, G. SCOTT THOMAS, JESSALYN H. ZEIGLER

Luna Law Group | Nashville, TN

JONES WILSON LUNA, MICHAEL D. PEARIGEN

Stites & Harbison | Nashville, TN

WILLIAM L. PENNY

615.782.2200 | Page 4

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis | Nashville, TN ROBERT J. MARTINEAU, JR., MICHAEL S. MIZELL

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Bradley Arant Boult Cummings | Nashville, TN

JOHN E. MURDOCK III

615.244.2582 | Back Cover

Stites & Harbison | Nashville, TN

KATHERINE S. ALLEN

615.782.2200 | Page 4

ethicS And proFeSSionAl

reSponSiBility lAw

Bass, Berry & Sims | Nashville, TN COBURN DEWEES BERRY IV

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Cheatham Palermo & Garrett | Nashville, TN ROSE T. PALERMO

Corley, Henard, Lyle, Levy & Langford | Nashville, TN MARY FRANCES LYLE

Douglas T. Bates, III | Centerville, TN DOUGLAS T. BATES III

Drescher & Sharp | Nashville, TN JAMES DRESCHER

Grant C. Glassford | Brentwood, TN GRANT C. GLASSFORD Hartzog & Silva | Franklin, TN EDWARD P. SILVA

Hollins, Raybin & Weissman | Nashville, TN JOHN J. HOLLINS, SR., JOHN J. HOLLINS, JR. Jackson Kweller McKinney Warden Lewis & Hayes | Nashville, TN

LARRY G. HAYES, JR., ROBERT L. JACKSON Moses Townsend & Russ | Nashville, TN MARLENE ESKIND MOSES

Phillip R. Robinson | Nashville, TN PHILLIP R. ROBINSON

Schell Binkley & Davies | Franklin, TN MICHAEL W. BINKLEY

Stites & Harbison | Nashville, TN

GREGORY D. SMITH,

CATHY SPEERS,

PAMELA A. TAYLOR

615.782.2200 | Page 4 Story & Abernathy | Franklin, TN

JOANIE L. ABERNATHY, VIRGINIA LEE STORY Trauger & Tuke | Nashville, TN

ROBERT D. TUKE

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis | Nashville, TN LEW CONNER

FAmily lAw mediAtion

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis | Nashville, TN LEW CONNER

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Johnson & Herbert | Nashville, TN ALAN D. JOHNSON

King & Ballow | Nashville, TN

DOUGLAS R. PIERCE, R. EDDIE WAYLAND Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis | Nashville, TN ROBB S. HARVEY

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Bone McAllester Norton | Nashville, TN WILLIAM CHEEK III

FrAnchiSe lAw

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz | Nashville, TN

GARY M. BROWN, JOEL R. BUCKBERG, MATTHEW J. SWEENEY III

Bass, Berry & Sims | Nashville, TN

ANTHONY J. MCFARLAND, SAMUEL E. STUMPF, JR. Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis | Nashville, TN ROBB S. HARVEY

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Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis | Nashville, TN JAMES M. WEAVER

government relAtionS prActice

Adams and Reese | Nashville, TN

WILLIAM R. BRUCE, GUILFORD F. THORNTON, JR. Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz | Nashville, TN

BETTY ANDERSON

Bass, Berry & Sims | Nashville, TN

J. RICHARD LODGE, JR., W. BRANTLEY PHILLIPS, JR.

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings | Nashville, TN

NATHAN H. RIDLEY

615.244.2582 | Back Cover

Gullett, Sanford, Robinson & Martin | Nashville, TN DAN HASKELL

Luna Law Group | Nashville, TN JONES WILSON LUNA Lyell Law Firm | Nashville, TN JOHN C. LYELL

Miller & Martin | Nashville, TN DAN H. ELROD

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis | Nashville, TN J. LEIGH GRIFFITH, PAUL G. SUMMERS, JAMES M. WEAVER

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Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz | Nashville, TN

THOMAS E. BARTRUM, ASHBY Q. BURKS, RICHARD G. COWART, PHILIP S. MCSWEEN, WILLIAM H. WEST Bass, Berry & Sims | Nashville, TN

H. LEE BARFIELD II, ANGELA HUMPHREYS, J. JAMES JENKINS, JR., DAVID A. KING, HOWARD H. LAMAR III, CLAIRE F. MILEY, T. SCOTT NOONAN, CYNTHIA Y. REISZ, LEIGH WALTON, ELIZABETH S. WARREN

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| Nashville, TN

STEPHEN T. BRAUN,

MICHAEL D. BRENT,

KEVIN B. CAMPBELL,

JOHN E. GILLMOR,

JOHN B. HARDCASTLE, JR.,

E. BERRY HOLT III

615.244.2582 | Back Cover

Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert & Manner | Nashville, TN GLEN A. CIVITTS, MICHAEL R. HILL, MARK MANNER Howell & Fisher | Nashville, TN

MARY M. SCHAFFNER Miller & Martin | Nashville, TN DAN H. ELROD

Sherrard & Roe | Nashville, TN TRACY A. POWELL, JOHN R. VOIGT Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis | Nashville, TN GEORGE W. BISHOP III, FRANK GRACE, JR., ANDREA BETH CONNOR GUEST, J. REGINALD HILL, NORA L. LIGGETT, KIM HARVEY LOONEY, PATRICIA OWEN POWERS, G. SCOTT RAYSON

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Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz | Nashville, TN

L. MABEL ARROYO Haas & Devine | Nashville, TN MARILYN J. DEVINE

Rose Immigration Law Firm | Nashville, TN LINDA ROSE

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis | Nashville, TN MICHAEL S. MIZELL

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Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz | Nashville, TN

BRUCE C. DOEG, JASON I. EPSTEIN, KELLY L. FREY, CHRISTOPHER A. SLOAN

Bass, Berry & Sims | Nashville, TN ROBERT L. BREWER, G. SCOTT THOMAS Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis | Nashville, TN E. ANDREW NORWOOD

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Adams and Reese | Nashville, TN GUILFORD F. THORNTON, JR. Bass, Berry & Sims | Nashville, TN

H. LEE BARFIELD II, ROBINS H. LEDYARD, J. RICHARD LODGE, JR., T. STEPHEN C. TAYLOR

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings | Nashville, TN

H. FREDERICK HUMBRACHT, JR.

615.244.2582 | Back Cover

Burr & Forman | Nashville, TN

W. DAVIDSON BROEMEL, KEVIN M. DOHERTY Cornelius & Collins | Nashville, TN

THOMAS I. CARLTON, JR.

615.244.1440 | Page 12

Miller & Martin | Nashville, TN

DAN H. ELROD, AMANDA HAYNES YOUNG Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs | Nashville, TN

WILLIAM WARREN GIBSON, JOHN KNOX WALKUP

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Adams and Reese | Nashville, TN REBER M. BOULT, LINDA EDELL HOWARD, LYNN MORROW

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz | Nashville, TN

CHRISTOPHER A. SLOAN Bass, Berry & Sims | Nashville, TN ROBERT L. BREWER, WALLACE W. DIETZ, PAIGE WALDROP MILLS

Bone McAllester Norton | Nashville, TN PAUL W. KRUSE

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings | Nashville, TN

THOR Y. URNESS

615.244.2582 | Back Cover Milom Joyce Horsnell Crow | Nashville, TN CHRISTIAN A. HORSNELL, ROBIN MITCHELL JOYCE, W. MICHAEL MILOM

Waddey & Patterson | Nashville, TN

EDWARD D. LANQUIST, JR.,

MARK J. PATTERSON,

JACK WADDEY

615.242.2400 | Page 9

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis | Nashville, TN ROBERT P. FELBER, JR., ROBB S. HARVEY, E. ANDREW NORWOOD

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Bass, Berry & Sims | Nashville, TN ROSS BOOHER, WALLACE W. DIETZ

w a d d e y & p a t t e r s o n , p C

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he intellectual property law firm of

Waddey & Patterson has successfully

represented hundreds of clients in

patent and trademark cases. The firm’s

trademark ad patent attorneys provide

counsel on matters relating to the

commercialization and licensing or acquisition

of intellectual property, including intellectual

property audits; due diligence, patentability

opinion, trademark counsel and other

intel-lectual property strategies; and mediation

services, where alternative dispute resolution

methods may be advantageous to its clients.

Since its founding in 1992, Waddey &

Patterson has grown steadily, today engaging

15 attorneys and a seasoned legal support

team. The firm has even been able to thrive

during the legal recession because of its focus

on experience, training and affordability.

“Three years ago we realized that there were

going to be a number of corporations that

would no longer be able to afford to overpay

for legal service by just hiring the most

expensive firm,” says managing shareholder

Edward D. Lanquist, Jr. “We gained a number of notable clients during that period because

of our ability to maximize the value of our clients’ intellectual property.”

Waddey & Patterson successfully represents large, mid-size and emerging companies by

developing a deep understanding of their business and technology, crafting intellectual

property strategies so that they align with clients’ business goals. The firm also ensures that

all of its law clerks and new attorneys undergo rigorous training so that they can better serve

clients from the start. This year, three of the firm’s attorneys were selected for inclusion in

The Best Lawyers in America

®

: Edward D. Lanquist, Jr., Mark J. Patterson and Jack Waddey.

1600 divisioN street, suite 500 Nashville, tN 37203 Ph: 615.242.2400 www.iplawgroup.com From Left: John F. Triggs James R. Cartiglia Mark J. Patterson Edward D. Lanquist Jr. L. Wayne Beavers I.C.(Jack) Waddey Jr.

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Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz | Nashville, TN

LAWRENCE S. EASTWOOD, GARY C. SHOCKLEY, KENNETH A. WEBER

Barrett, Johnston & Parsley | Nashville, TN GEORGE E. BARRETT, DOUGLAS S. JOHNSTON, JR. Bass, Berry & Sims | Nashville, TN

DAVIDSON FRENCH, TIM K. GARRETT, MICHAEL S. MOSCHEL, WILLIAM N. OZIER Bone McAllester Norton | Nashville, TN ANNE C. MARTIN

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings | Nashville, TN

MATTHEW C. LONERGAN,

J. CRAIG OLIVER

615.244.2582 | Back Cover

Branstetter Stranch & Jennings | Nashville, TN C. DEWEY BRANSTETTER, JR., R. JAN JENNINGS, JAMES G. STRANCH III, JANE BRANSTETTER STRANCH Braun & Associates | Nashville, TN

RICHARD J. BRAUN

Constangy, Brooks & Smith | Nashville, TN WILLIAM A. BLUE, JR.

Dobbins & Venick | Nashville, TN IRWIN B. VENICK

Dodson, Parker, Behm, & Caparella | Nashville, TN MARGARET L. BEHM

Drescher & Sharp | Nashville, TN KEVIN H. SHARP

Gullett, Sanford, Robinson & Martin | Nashville, TN JOSEPH O. MARTIN, JR.

Hooper, Zinn & McNamee | Brentwood, TN STAFFORD F. MCNAMEE

615.661.5472 | Page 15

King & Ballow | Nashville, TN

ROBERT L. BALLOW, RICHARD C. LOWE, R. EDDIE WAYLAND

Miller & Martin | Nashville, TN

LARRY W. BRIDGESMITH, C. ERIC STEVENS Norris & Norris | Nashville, TN

BARBARA J. MOSS

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart | Nashville, TN

KEITH D. FRAZIER, RICHARD R. PARKER Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis | Nashville, TN ROBERT E. BOSTON, JAMES B. BRISTOL

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Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz | Nashville, TN

KENNETH P. EZELL, JOHN A. GUPTON III, LAURENCE M. PAPEL

Bass, Berry & Sims | Nashville, TN COBURN DEWEES BERRY IV

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings | Nashville, TN

JAMES L. MURPHY III

615.244.2582 | Back Cover Dickinson Wright | Nashville, TN J. BRYAN ECHOLS

Gullett, Sanford, Robinson & Martin | Nashville, TN WESLEY D. TURNER

Hubbard, Berry and Harris | Nashville, TN DOUGLAS BERRY

Stites & Harbison | Nashville, TN

JULIAN L. BIBB,

ROBERT N. BUCHANAN III,

JEFFREY R. KING

615.782.2200 | Page 4 Tune, Entrekin & White | Nashville, TN GEORGE A. DEAN, SHAWN R. HENRY, THOMAS V. WHITE

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Evans, Jones & Reynolds | Nashville, TN WINSTON S. EVANS

Howell & Fisher | Nashville, TN DARRELL G. TOWNSEND

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legal career, Nichols

has become known as a go-to attorney in

handling all types of benefits and compensation

matters. In addition, Nichols is a recognized

expert in Employee Retirement Income Security

Act (ERISA) issues.

Nichols started practicing law in the estate

planning and probate area in 1980. By early

1982, he was drafted into the ERISA area

after the young partner handling the ERISA

work at his firm decided to leave. The ERISA

practice is a corporate support function, helping

employers provide retirement and welfare plan

benefits to their employees in the most efficient

way possible.

“Initially, like many new ERISA lawyers,

I was lost,” Nichols says. “It took several years of

hard work to get up to speed on the tax, labor,

insurance, trust and corporate issues associated

with the benefits practice at the firm.”

In his personal practice today, Nichols

spends a great deal of time working on ERISA

issues that arise in the context of mergers

and acquisitions of all types, with a particular

emphasis on the health care industry,

and executive compensation matters. His

achievements have led him to be continuously

selected for inclusion by The Best Lawyers in

America

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since 1993.

“Everywhere I have been, I had role models

who get up every day, no matter what the

challenge, and try to solve problems,” Nichols

says. “I can think of no better attribute for any

person who wants to be successful.”

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Administrative / Regulatory Lawyer of the Year:

J. Richard Lodge, Jr.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year:

Lew Conner

Antitrust Lawyer of the Year: Robert J. Walker

Banking and Finance Lawyer of the Year:

Steven J. Eisen

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency

and Reorganization Lawyer of the Year:

G. Rhea Bucy

Construction Lawyer of the Year: Gregory L. Cashion

Corporate Governance and Compliance

Lawyer of the Year: Mark Manner

Corporate Lawyer of the Year:

Howard H. Lamar III

Non-White-Collar Criminal Defense

Lawyer of the Year: David L. Raybin

White-Collar Criminal Defense

Lawyer of the Year: James F. Sanders

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Lawyer of the Year:

Gordon Earle Nichols

Entertainment Lawyer of the Year:

Robert L. Sullivan

Environmental Lawyer of the Year:

J. Andrew Goddard

Government Relations Practice

Lawyer of the Year: Dan H. Elrod

Health Care Lawyer of the Year:

H. Lee Barfield II

Insurance Lawyer of the Year: Robins H. Ledyard

Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year:

Christian A. Horsnell

Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year:

C. Dewey Branstetter, Jr.

Land Use & Zoning Lawyer of the Year:

Douglas Berry

Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity

Lawyer of the Year: James H. Cheek III

Mass Tort Litigator of the Year:

J. Randolph Bibb, Jr.

Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year:

Clarence J. Gideon, Jr.

Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year:

Bob F. Thompson

Personal Injury Litigator of the Year:

Randall L. Kinnard

Product Liability Litigator of the Year:

James M. Doran, Jr.

Public Finance Lawyer of the Year:

Charles K. Wray

Real Estate Lawyer of the Year:

Robert R. Campbell, Jr.

Securities / Capital Markets Lawyer of the Year:

F. Mitchell Walker, Jr.

Tax Lawyer of the Year: Joseph W. Gibbs

Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year:

William L. Harbison

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JAMES H. CHEEK III, J. PAGE DAVIDSON, HOWARD H. LAMAR III, JAMES ALLEN OVERBY II, TODD J. ROLAPP, SAMUEL E. STUMPF, JR.

mASS tort litigAtion

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz | Nashville, TN

GARY C. SHOCKLEY

Bass, Berry & Sims | Nashville, TN

SAMUEL LANIER FELKER, ANTHONY J. MCFARLAND Dickinson Wright | Nashville, TN

THOMAS M. DONNELL, JR.

Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop | Nashville, TN

J. RANDOLPH BIBB, JR.

615.259.1366 | Page 14

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis | Nashville, TN JAMES M. DORAN, JR.

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Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz | Nashville, TN

JOHN S. HICKS

Bass, Berry & Sims | Nashville, TN H. LEE BARFIELD II, DAVID A. KING Daniel D. Warlick | Nashville, TN DANIEL D. WARLICK

Gideon, Cooper & Essary | Nashville, TN

DIXIE W. COOPER,

CLARENCE J. GIDEON, JR.

615.254.0400 | Page 11

High Law Office | Nashville, TN DAVID E. HIGH

Howell & Fisher | Nashville, TN DARRELL G. TOWNSEND

Kelly, Kelly and Allman | Hendersonville, TN F. DULIN KELLY

Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge | Nashville, TN

MARK S. BEVERIDGE,

DANIEL L. CLAYTON,

RANDALL L. KINNARD

615.297.1007 | Page 2 Miller & Martin | Nashville, TN NOEL F. STAHL, ROBERT L. TRENTHAM Parker, Lawrence, Cantrell & Dean | Nashville, TN THOMAS W. LAWRENCE, JR.

The Law Offices of John Day | Brentwood, TN JOHN A. DAY

Walker, Tipps & Malone | Nashville, TN

STEVEN E. ANDERSON

615.313.6000 | Page 7

Wiseman Ashworth Law Group | Nashville, TN THOMAS A. WISEMAN III

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Adams and Reese | Nashville, TN MARTIN S. BROWN, JR.

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz | Nashville, TN

GARY M. BROWN, ASHBY Q. BURKS, RICHARD G. COWART, TONYA M. GRINDON, LAURENCE M. PAPEL Bass, Berry & Sims | Nashville, TN

JAMES H. CHEEK III, J. PAGE DAVIDSON, B. RINEY GREEN, J. JAMES JENKINS, JR., HOWARD H. LAMAR III, JAMES ALLEN OVERBY II, J. BRADBURY REED, TODD J. ROLAPP, SAMUEL E. STUMPF, JR., BOB F. THOMPSON, F. MITCHELL WALKER, JR., LEIGH WALTON Bradley Arant Boult Cummings | Nashville, TN

STEPHEN T. BRAUN,

JOHN B. HARDCASTLE, JR.,

E. BERRY HOLT III,

JOHN W. TITUS

615.244.2582 | Back Cover

Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert & Manner | Nashville, TN GLEN A. CIVITTS, DAVID COX, ERNEST E. HYNE II, MARK MANNER

McKenzie Laird | Nashville, TN DONALD I. N. MCKENZIE Miller & Martin | Nashville, TN LANCE P. BRIDGESMITH Sherrard & Roe | Nashville, TN

ELIZABETH E. MOORE, THOMAS J. SHERRARD III Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis | Nashville, TN GEORGE W. BISHOP III, J. CHASE COLE, J. REGINALD HILL, E. MARLEE MITCHELL, G. SCOTT RAYSON, L. HUNTER ROST, JR.

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hen a physician or other medical professional is sued, or an

insurance company needs assistance in defending its insured in

medical malpractice cases, Gideon, Cooper & Essary is the firm

they call.

“That is our niche,” says Dixie W. Cooper. “We’re a boutique

firm that specializes in healthcare defense work. We understand

the medicine by virtue of the volume of cases we handle. And we’re

willing to try the hard cases.”

Cooper and C.J. Gideon, Jr. have tried those cases–cases involving

neurologically-impaired infants, for example–and won all of them in jury

trials. The attorneys have a high success rate for jury verdicts in all types

of medical negligence cases, ranging from alleged wrongful death of a

child or parent to alleged medical battery and lack of informed consent

claims, to catastrophic injury claims.

“It’s challenging work,” Cooper says. “But there’s a real desire on our

part to make sure the healthcare profession is properly represented by

lawyers who are unafraid to try the difficult cases where sympathy is used

to convince jurors that a healthcare professional is at fault when the facts

demonstrate otherwise.”

Gideon has been named to

The Best Lawyers in America

®

since 1991

and was named one of the “Top 150 Lawyers in Tennessee” as well as to

Mid-South Super Lawyers

, since 2007. His Martindale-Hubbell peer review

rating is the highest available at 5.0 (AV-rated). He graduated magna cum laude from Duke University and

received his law degree from Vanderbilt.

Cooper has been named to

The Best Lawyers in America

®

as well as to

Mid-South Super Lawyers

and is a

member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Mrs. Cooper has earned the highest Martindale-Hubbell

®

rating from her peers at 5.0 (AV-rated) and was recently selected to the

Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of

Preeminent Women Lawyers

. She received her law degree from the University of Alabama.

Bryan Essary received his law degree from Cumberland School of Law of Samford University (JD, magna cum

laude). He is a member of the Tennessee and Georgia Bars. Essary also earned the highest Martindale-Hubbell

®

rating from his peers at 5.0 (AV-rated).

Brian Cummings is a frequent speaker by invitation at litigation and medical malpractice seminars. He received

his law degree from Vanderbilt University. Cummings is licensed in Tennessee, Georgia and Florida, and actively

defends medical malpractice cases in Tennessee and Florida.

gideoN, cooPer & essary, Plc 1100 Noel Place

200 Fourth aveNue, North Nashville, tN 37219 Ph: 615.254.0400 Fax: 615.254.0459 www.gideoncooper.com

From Left: Bryan Essary, C.J. Gideon, Jr., Dixie W. Cooper, Brian Cummings

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Bradley Arant Boult Cummings | Nashville, TN

JAMES L. MURPHY III

615.244.2582 | Back Cover

Branstetter Stranch & Jennings | Nashville, TN DONALD L. SCHOLES

Tune, Entrekin & White | Nashville, TN THOMAS V. WHITE

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Bass, Berry & Sims | Nashville, TN JAMES H. CHEEK III, BOB F. THOMPSON, F. MITCHELL WALKER, JR.

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Bass, Berry & Sims | Nashville, TN

J. ANDREW GODDARD, G. SCOTT THOMAS, JESSALYN H. ZEIGLER

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Bass, Berry & Sims | Nashville, TN J. RICHARD LODGE, JR., T. SCOTT NOONAN Holton Blackstone & Mayberry | Nashville, TN RICHARD D. HOLTON

Sherrard & Roe | Nashville, TN MICHEL G. KAPLAN

Thrailkill, Harris, Wood & Boswell | Brentwood, TN STEVEN K. WOOD

White & Reasor | Nashville, TN JAMES MCCARTEN

perSonAl inJury litigAtion

Adams and Reese | Nashville, TN F. LAURENS BROCK

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz | Nashville, TN

SCOTT D. CAREY

Bass, Berry & Sims | Nashville, TN

H. LEE BARFIELD II, SAMUEL LANIER FELKER, DAVID A. KING, ANTHONY J. MCFARLAND Bone McAllester Norton | Nashville, TN JOHN P. BRANHAM

Butler Elkin & Associates | Nashville, TN

JACK A. BUTLER

615.244.3300 | Page 13

Chaffin, Burnsed & Blackburn | Nashville, TN W. GARY BLACKBURN

Cornelius & Collins | Nashville, TN

DANIEL P. BEREXA,

THOMAS I. CARLTON, JR.,

C. BENNETT HARRISON, JR.,

JOSEPH R. WHEELER

615.244.1440 | Page 12 Daniel D. Warlick | Nashville, TN DANIEL D. WARLICK

Geroge B. McGugin | Nashville, TN GEORGE B. MCGUGIN

Gideon, Cooper & Essary | Nashville, TN

CLARENCE J. GIDEON, JR.

615.254.0400 | Page 11

Hal D. Hardin | Nashville, TN HAL D. HARDIN

High Law Office | Nashville, TN DAVID E. HIGH

Howell & Fisher | Nashville, TN DARRELL G. TOWNSEND

Kelly, Kelly and Allman | Hendersonville, TN F. DULIN KELLY

Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge | Nashville, TN

DANIEL L. CLAYTON,

RANDALL L. KINNARD

615.297.1007 | Page 2

Law Offices of David Randolph Smith & Associates | Nashville, TN

DAVID RANDOLPH SMITH

Law Offices of Larry D. Wilks | Springfield, TN LARRY D. WILKS

Leader, Bulso & Nolan | Nashville, TN WILLIAM D. LEADER, JR., GEORGE NOLAN

Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop | Nashville, TN

J. RANDOLPH BIBB, JR.,

JOHN R. TARPLEY

615.259.1366 | Page 14

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein | Nashville, TN

KATHRYN E. BARNETT

615.313.9000 | Page 15

McCune | Zenner | Happell | Nashville, TN MALCOLM L. MCCUNE

Miller & Martin | Nashville, TN NOEL F. STAHL, ROBERT L. TRENTHAM, WILLIAM S. WALTON

Norris & Norris | Nashville, TN JOHN L. NORRIS

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ven as it nears its 70th anniversary, Cornelius &

Collins remains committed to the core values it

was founded on: a commitment to building

personal relationships, attentiveness to client

needs and professionalism. “In our opinion,

an attorney should be a trusted advisor, a

creative thinker and a skilled advocate,” says partner

Thomas I. Carlton, Jr. “These are just a few of the

traits that our clients have recognized in choosing

Cornelius & Collins for their legal needs.”

The firm’s practice areas include healthcare, business

matters, labor and employment, insurance, product

liability, professional liability, intellectual property,

entertainment, personal injury, trucking and

transportation, domestic relations and wrongful death.

The firm also assists individuals with trusts, estate

planning, asset protection and probate matters.

Cornelius & Collins has represented

Fortune 500

companies, small businesses and trade organizations in

nearly every Tennessee court, the Sixth Circuit, the U.S.

Supreme Court and before various government

agencies and tribunals. Attorneys at the firm have

assisted many businesses from creation through their

growth into industry leaders, handling formation and operational legal issues.

For example, they have organized several healthcare-related corporations that

are now integral parts of the state’s medical industry.

Five of the firm’s lawyers have been selected for inclusion in

The Best Lawyers

in America

®

: Daniel P. Berexa, Thomas I. Carlton, Jr., C. Bennett Harrison, Jr.,

Blakeley D. Matthews and Joseph R. Wheeler. The firm has been repeatedly

recognized in the Martindale-Hubbell

Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers

, and its

roster includes fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the Tennessee

Bar Foundation and the Nashville Bar Foundation. The firm also supports a

number of community organizations and charities.

corNelius & colliNs, llP P.o. Box 190695

511 uNioN street, suite 1500 Nashville, tN 37219 Ph: 615.244.1440 Fax: 615.254.9477 www.corneliuscollins.com

Back Row from Left: Jason K. Murrie, C. Bennett Harrison, Jr., J. Cole Dowsley, Jr., Blakeley D. Matthews and Pat Lee. Front Row from Left: Pele I. Godkin, Daniel P. Berexa, Joseph R. Wheeler, Melinda Burke, J.K Simms, IV, Thomas I Carlton, Jr., Jay N. Chamness and Jennifer L. Milam

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