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John R. Tarpley

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John R. Tarpley, a shareholder in our Nashville office, has been involved in complex litigation in the areas of tort, transportation, product liability, professional liability, commercial law, casualty defense, and a wide range of insurance-related matters in both state and federal courts. His product liability work includes the representation of manufacturers of automobiles, heavy equipment, appliances and power tools, as well as significant experience in asbestos defense.

Mr. Tarpley has also successfully defended a number of trucking companies and their employees, both at trial and in the mediation of claims and has addressed a wide variety of retail issues from both a general civil and a commercial law perspective. Recently, he has devoted a significant portion of his practice to the mediation and arbitration of civil matters. Certified as a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 mediator, he is regularly hired to mediate a number of civil matters. He has also been inducted into the distinguished Tennessee Academy of Mediators.

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AFFILIATIONS

  • American Bar Foundation
  • American Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Foundation
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • American Law Firm Association (ALFA)
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA)

 PROFESSIONAL HONORS AND ACTIVITIES

  • Named to the List of “Mid-South Super Lawyers”
  • Named to the List of “Best Lawyers
  • Member, Tennessee Academy of Mediators
  • Former President, Tennessee Bar Association
  • Fellow and Trustee, Nashville Bar Foundation
  • Former Chair, American Law Firm Association’s (ALFA) Transportation Practice Group
  • Member, ABA Journal Board of Editors
  • Member, Tennessee Bar Association Executive Committee
  • Former Chair, ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS)
  • Former member, ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Council
  • First editor of TortSource
  • Former member, ALI-ABA Board
  • Member, ABA House of Delegates representing the Tennessee Bar Association
  • Former Editor, Young Lawyers’ Division Barrister magazine
  • Member, Board of Directors, Nashville Bar Association
  • Former Member, Tennessee Judicial Selection Commission

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

As president of the Tennessee Bar Association, Mr. Tarpley established the “Lawyers Care” program and successfully recruited lawyers to do more pro bono work in the state.  In addition, he implemented the “Leadership Law” program and continues to be involved in its programming.  He was the chair of the committee that created the successful TIPS Leadership Academy.  Mr. Tarpley recently concluded a successful term as the president of the board of directors of the Music City Chapter of the March of Dimes.


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Nashville Office

424 Church Street, Suite 2500
P.O. Box 198615
Nashville, Tennessee 37219
Telephone (615) 259-1366
FAX (615) 259-1389

Education

University of Tennessee, B.S., 1976

University of Tennessee, J.D., 1980

Bar Admission

Tennessee, 1980

All State and Federal Courts

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

United States Supreme Court

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