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William J. “Paz” Haynes III concentrates his practice in business law. He has experience in the areas of labor and employment law, administrative law, healthcare law, and commercial and civil litigation. Earlier in his law career, Paz was a law clerk from 1995 to 1996, for the Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones (United States Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit).

Throughout the course of his practice, Paz has represented manufacturers, insurers, lending institutions, small businesses and individuals in a variety of matters. He represented Dr.Raymond Richardson, an intervenor plaintiff, in the landmark civil rights case Rita Sanders Geier v. Bredesen. Paz has advised employers of various sizes on best practices in the workplace, including institutions of higher education. He has served as outside counsel to the Tennessee Commissioner of Commerce and Insurance in rehabilitation and liquidation proceedings, and has represented creditors in a number of cases in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

In addition to his litigation and employment law practice, Paz represents clients before a variety of regulatory boards including the Board of Medical Examiners and other administrative agencies that govern health and medical professionals.

Paz’s healthcare practice includes representing physicians and other healthcare providers in negotiating a variety of healthcare provider contracts and business arrangements. He assists physicians and other medical providers on resolving operation issues and disputes with hospitals, practice management companies, payors and other medical professionals.

Professional Recognition and Activities

Paz has served as president of both the Napier-Looby Bar Association and Napier-Looby Bar Foundation, and Secretary of the Tennessee Bar Association. He has served on the board of the Nashville Bar Association, and is a Fellow in the Nashville Bar Association and Tennessee Bar Association.


  • AV© Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell


  • Napier-Looby Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Community Involvement

A lifelong resident of Nashville, Paz has been involved in a variety of community activities. He has served as Chair of the Christ The King School board. In addition to bar association and civic activities, he has served on the Father Ryan High School board of trustees, the Pastoral Council of Christ The King Church, and the board of directors of the Belcourt Theatre. Paz has also been involved in the arts, representing and promoting visual artists and musicians during his practice. Paz has published two poetry collections.

  • Christ The King School: School Board (President 2012-2014)
  • Belcourt Theatre: Board of Directors
  • Christ The King Church: Pastoral Council
  • Young Leaders Council: Alumnus
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Leadership Law, Class of 2005
  • Nashville Exchange Club: Board of Directors
  • Tennessee Justice For Our Neighbors: Board of Directors
  • Nashville Diversity in Dialogue: Board of Directors
  • Father Ryan High School: Board of Directors
  • Nashville Interfaith Group


Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, “Keys to Contractual Agreements,” Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance
  • Producer/Moderator, “Counsel for the Children: Defending the Nashville Sit-In Trials,” Nashville Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar, (Law Day Outstanding Activity Award Recipient, the American Bar Association)
  • Presenter, “Faith In The Workplace,” Tennessee Christian Chamber of Commerce
  • Presenter, “Policies, Posts and Practices -- Social Media and the Law of the Workplace,” Sterling Education Services
  • Presenter, “Health Care Reform Seminar – What You Need To Know,” Heritage Financial Group
  • Moderator, Panel on the Nashville Student Movement, featuring Rev. James Lawson and Diane Nash, Tennessee Alliance of Black Lawyers Convention
  • Presenter, “Danger Zones That Lead To Liability in the Workplace,” Tennessee Human Rights Commission


  • “The ‘E’ Age: Proposed E-Discovery Amendments to the Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure,” Tennessee Bar Association General Practice Summit
  • “Expanding the Definition of Disability: Enforcement of the ADA Amendment Act of 2008 Takes Shape,” E-Blast Newsletter, Bone McAllester Norton PLLC
  • “The ENDA an Era: Employers Should Prepare for New Anti-discrimination Rules” [Employee Non-Discrimination Act], E-Blast Newsletter, Bone McAllester Norton PLLC
  • “Namepeace: the book of soulms,” Namepeace Soulms, LLC, 2007
  • “Frontage: ten soulms and then some,” Namepeace Soulms, LLC, 2007

About Paz

Paz is a civil servant, poet, lifetime student, "yogi," and steward of his faith. His hobbies and interests include history, philosophy, theology, and sports.

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