Law Leaders Rising
A strong group of young attorneys is making its mark on Nashville’s legal scene.
Published January 10, 2012
by Philip Nannie
Nashville has long been respected for its legal community, a business sector often defined by seasoned law professionals with stellar resumes and, in some cases, national notoriety. And for years, that community was defined in large part by men who earned their JDs at the Nashville School of Law, the University of Tennessee or Vanderbilt University.
However, Nashville’s impressive array of attorneys would not be as noteworthy without a cadre of young guns, often 20- and 30-somethings making major names for themselves. They have attended law schools throughout the nation, they have interesting legal specialties and they are — like the city in which they practice — far more diverse than their peers of a generation or even a mere 10 years ago.
In an attempt to highlight the best of this strong crop of fast-rising legal stars, Nashville Post interviewed dozens of local attorneys to solicit feedback. Based on the pros’ recommendations and our own research, we whittled down an impressive pool of dozens of candidates to the arbitrary number of 21. We did not include partners unless they started their own firms and we sought out a mix of industry specialists and emerging all-rounders. Together, they make up Nashville Post’s first Law Leaders Rising list.
Congratulations to Tucker Herndon and James Mackler:
Bone McAllester Norton
Comments like “outstanding young lawyer,” “amazing worth ethic” and “effective leader” are a mere sampling of what folks around here think of the 2008 graduate of the Nashville School of Law. And, despite Herndon’s relative few years in the legal trenches, we consistently heard people say they were surprised to learn how young he was upon meeting him. Nevertheless, Herndon has impressed. His law practice centers on commercial lending, creditors’ rights, foreclosure and general real estate law. And, he has earned a unique reputation as the local “go to” attorney for expertise in alcohol beverage licensing and the regulatory and compliance aspects of that area of the law.
Bone McAllester Norton
Mackler, a New York City native, Duke University graduate and alumnus of the University of Washington School of Law, was contentedly practicing law in Denver before Sept. 11, 2001, changed his world — and a little more than most. Inspired by those events, Mackler walked away from the Denver law practice he’d spent seven years building and, by an amazingly circuitous route, found himself in the cockpit of a Blackhawk helicopter with the 101st Airborne serving missions in Iraq.
After an intense one-year deployment, Mackler returned to the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps office, serving as legal advisor there, before relocating to Nashville in 2011 and affiliating with the Bone McAllester firm.
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