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95 Waller attorneys in Best Lawyers 2023

A total of 95 attorneys from Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2023.

Waller attorneys were recognized by Best Lawyers in over 65 distinct practice areas with many attorneys recognized in multiple areas. Attorneys representing each of Waller's offices in Nashville, Austin, Birmingham and Chattanooga were among those honored.

In addition, 12 Waller attorneys were named “Lawyer of the Year” for specific practice areas in their respective cities:

Nashville, Tenn.

  • Ed Callaway - Environmental Law
  • Stan Graham - Labor Law - Management
  • Robb Harvey - Media Law
  • Shannon Goff Kukulka - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Employment Law - Management
  • Shane Morris - Tax Law
  • E. Andrew Norwood - Information Technology Law
  • Michael Paslay - Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Thomas Peebles - Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
  • Tonya Scharf - Real Estate Law

Birmingham, Ala.

  • Bill Athanas - Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Chattanooga, Tenn.

  • Patrick Murphy - Banking and Finance Law

Austin, Tex.

  • Eric Taube - Litigation - Banking and Finance


Following is a complete list of the Waller attorneys recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2023.

* - Newly ranked for 2023.


Nashville, Tenn.

A.J. Bahou

  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Patent Law

Stephen C. Baker

  • Real Estate Law

Mark Bell

  • Insurance Law

George Bishop III

  • Corporate Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions

Robert E. Boston

  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Law - Management

Brent Bowman

  • Corporate Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law

James Bristol

  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Litigation - ERISA

Brian Browder

  • Health Care Law

Alexander B. Buchanan

  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Public Finance Law

Matthew R. Burnstein

  • Corporate Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Jeffrey A. Calk

  • Real Estate Law

Edward M. Callaway

  • Environmental Law

Robert “Bo” Campbell, Jr.

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Project Finance Law
  • Real Estate Law

John Claybrook

  • Real Estate Law

David R. Clay

  • Health Care Law

Ryan Cochran

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Insolvency and Reorganization Law

J. Chase Cole

  • Corporate Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Lew Conner

  • Arbitration
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Family Law
  • Family Law Mediation
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Mediation

Marcus Crider

  • Employment Law - Management
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment

Walter Crouch

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property

Paul Davidson

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Antitrust
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Litigation - Securities

Ames Davis

  • Commercial Litigation

Derek Edwards

  • Commercial Litigation

Robert P. Felber, Jr.

  • Franchise Law
  • Trade Secrets Law
  • Trademark Law

Carla Fenswick

  • Health Care Law

Aaron Flinn

  • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
  • Trusts and Estates

Jon P. Gaston

  • Nonprofit / Charities Law
  • Tax Law

Jeb Gerth

  • Employment Law - Management
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment

Stanley E. Graham

  • Employment Law - Management
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment

J. Leigh Griffith

  • Government Relations Practice
  • Litigation and Controversy - Tax
  • Tax Law

Robert L. Harris

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Commercial Finance Law

Robb Harvey

  • Advertising Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Communications Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Entertainment Law - Music
  • Entertainment Law - Theater
  • First Amendment Law
  • Franchise Law
  • Litigation - First Amendment
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Patent
  • Media Law
  • Privacy and Data Security Law
  • Trade Secrets Law
  • Trademark Law

Philip Head

  • Project Finance Law
  • Real Estate Law

E. Brent Hill

  • Corporate Law
  • Health Care Law

Richard Johnson

  • Tax Law
  • Trusts and Estates

Aron Karabel *

  • Labor Law - Union

J. Steven Kirkham

  • Real Estate Law

Neil B. Krugman

  • Health Care Law

Shannon Goff Kukulka

  • Corporate Governance Law
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Employment Law - Management

David Lemke

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Theodore W. Lenz

  • Commercial Finance Law
  • Commercial Transactions / UCC Law

Nora Liggett

  • Health Care Law

Gerald Mace

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Commercial Finance Law

David Marks *

  • Health Care Law

Laura Merritt *

  • Litigation - Intellectual Property

E. Marlee Mitchell

  • Corporate Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law

Donald R. Moody

  • Corporate Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Shane P. Morris

  • Nonprofit / Charities Law
  • Tax Law

Andrew S. Naylor

  • Employment Law - Management
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment

Walter Neilsen

  • Real Estate Law

James H. Nixon III

  • Commercial Transactions / UCC Law

E. Andrew Norwood

  • Copyright Law
  • Information Technology Law
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Technology Law
  • Trade Secrets Law
  • Trademark Law

W. Travis Parham

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Litigation - Securities

John Park

  • Litigation - Labor and Employment

Michael R. Paslay

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy

Thomas H. Peebles IV

  • Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law

Mark Peters

  • Health Care Law
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment

MaryEllen Pickrell

  • Mergers and Acquisitions

Colbey Reagan

  • Health Care Law

Eric Scalzo

  • Health Care Law

Tonya Scharf

  • Health Care Law
  • Real Estate Law

Jeffrey C. Smith

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment

Michael Stagg

  • Environmental Law

Kathleen Stenberg

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Donald B. Stuart

  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Tax Law

J.D. Thomas

  • Health Care Law
  • Litigation - Health Care
  • Qui Tam Law

Wells Trompeter

  • Litigation - Health Care

Beth Vessel

  • Antitrust Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law

I.C. (Jack) Waddey, Jr.

  • Mediation
  • Patent Law
  • Trademark Law

James Weaver

  • Environmental Law
  • Gaming Law
  • Government Relations Practice

Jennifer Weaver

  • Health Care Law
  • Qui Tam Law

Charles H. Williamson

  • Litigation - Health Care

Christopher A. Wilson

  • Tax Law

David P. Wright *

  • Real Estate Law

G. Michael Yopp

  • Litigation and Controversy - Tax
  • Tax Law
  • Trusts and Estates


Birmingham, Ala.

William C. Athanas

  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)

Larry B. Childs

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Banking and Finance

Paul H. Greenwood

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Real Estate Law

Randolph H. Lanier

  • Real Estate Law

Kristen A. Larremore

  • Health Care Law

Colin H. Luke

  • Health Care Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Brian Malcom *

  • Litigation - Banking and Finance

Beth Pitman *

  • Health Care Law

Charles Prueter *

  • Appellate Practice
  • Commercial Litigation

Eric Ray

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy

Zachary Trotter *

  • Health Care Law

Jesse S. Vogtle Jr.

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Litigation - Real Estate


Chattanooga, Tenn.

Roger D. Bailey, Jr.

  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law

J. Patrick Murphy

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Corporate Law


Austin, Tex.

Fletcher H. Brown

  • Health Care Law

Kevin W. Brown

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Copyright Law
  • Litigation - Construction

Richard W. Harrison

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property

Eric J. Taube

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Litigation - Securities

Mark C. Taylor

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Morris D. Weiss

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

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