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Nancy Easterling (615) 850-8834

High-stakes litigator who never stops learning

For more than 40 years, business defendants in complex, high-stakes litigation have sought out Ames Davis to guide them through the trial and dispute resolution process. From uniquely difficult probate matters to complex securities litigation, clients can trust Ames' sound judgment and leadership.

Part of what makes Ames such an effective counselor and trial attorney is his intellectual curiosity. Beyond the legal issues at stake, Ames immerses himself in the business or industry of the client. Litigation is rarely enjoyable, but Ames eases the stress clients feel during the litigation process by demonstrating that he understands the client's point of view and frames his advice in understandable terms.

Ames' experience in complex securities litigation has led a number of publicly-traded companies to hire him as special outside counsel to audit committees in connection with internal investigations relating to securities and accounting issues.

Ames served as Chairman of Waller from 1995 to 2003 and currently serves as its General Counsel.

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  • Education
    • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 1969
    • B.A., with honors, Amherst College, 1966
  • Bar Admissions
    • Tennessee
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
  • Recognitions
    • The Best Lawyers in America¬© (BL Rankings)
      • Commercial Litigation, 1987-2023
  • Professional Involvement
    • Chairman, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, PLLC, 1995-2003
    • Former Chief Justice, Special Tennessee Supreme Court
      • Considered constitutionality of statute for electing Tennessee appellate judges
    • Assistant United States Attorney, 1969-72
    • Fellow, Tennessee Bar Foundation
    • Fellow, Nashville Bar Foundation
    • Member, Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations
    • Founder and Fellow, Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Community Involvement
    • Former lecturer in the Economics and Business Administration Department, Vanderbilt University
    • Past Member, joint government/education task force of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce for improvement of the Metropolitan School System
    • Former Member, Alumni Board of Vanderbilt University School of Law
    • Founder and Former Board Member, Matthew 25, Inc., which affords shelter to employed homeless persons in the Nashville area
    • Former Davidson County Election Commissioner
    • Past Senior Warden, Christ Episcopal Church in Nashville

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