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John A. Day

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Phone: 615-742-4880
Fax: 615-742-4881

5141 Virginia Way, Suite 270
Brentwood, Tennessee 37027

National Board of Trial Advocacy

Winning. Some people just know how to do it. And while John Day cannot guarantee you a win in your case, he does have a well-deserved reputation for success. In fact, John’s ability to deliver a victory to his clients has been widely recognized:

  • For each year from 2007 through 2014, Best Lawyers in America has recognized John in five separate categories – Bet-the-Company Litigation, Medical Malpractice Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Products Liability Litigation, and Personal Injury Litigation.
  • In 2009, Best Lawyers named him the first ever "Lawyer of the Year for Personal Injury Litigation - Nashville."
  • In 2010, Best Lawyers awarded him the title of Lawyer of the Year for Medical Malpractice Law - Nashville"
  • In 2012, Best Lawyers recognized him as "Lawyer of the Year for Bet-the-Company Litigation - Nashville"
  • John has been named in Mid-South Super Lawyers Top 100 every year since 2006.
  • In 2011, the Nashville Post named John one of Nashville's Top 101 Lawyers.
  • John has an Avvo rating of 10.0 out of 10.0.
  • Martindale-Hubbell has awarded John an AV Preeminent rating which is the highest rating possible.
  • John has been certified as a civil trial specialist by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification. Because of the rigorous process, less than 4% of practicing lawyers are actually certified. Not only is John certified, he served as the organization’s President from 2003-2004, the Treasurer from 2008-2009 and was recently awarded the group’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • John is also board-certified in the area of Medical Malpractice by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys.
  • In 2002, John was elected as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. This international, invitation-only organization includes many of the best-known, highly-respected trial lawyers in the country. Tennessee has more than 23,000 lawyers and less than 200 are members of the American College of Trial Lawyers. John currently serves as Tennessee’s State Chair.
  • And perhaps most importantly, appreciative clients have acknowledged how John and his staff have secured victories for their families.

Professional Activities

Not only is John committed to helping his clients win their case, but he also cares deeply about advancing the legal profession and the law itself. John served as President of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (now the Tennessee Association for Justice) in 1993-94 and served as Chair of the Council of State Presidents of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (now the American Association for Justice) from 1994-95. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Nashville Bar Association and as Chair of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Tort and Insurance Practice Section.

John has also been selected by the Tennessee Supreme Court to serve on three important commissions. He served on the inaugural Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution, which drafted the first ADR rule (Rule 31) for the Tennessee Supreme Court. He served for six years on the Tennessee Commission for Continuing Legal Education and Specialization, served as its Chairperson, and was awarded the Commission’s "Leadership in Attorney Specialization" award in 2006. He currently serves on the Court’s Commission on Rules and Procedure.

John also served on the Tennessee Judicial Evaluation Commission as an appointee of former Lt. Gov. John S. Wilder. That service ended in the summer of 2009 when the General Assembly allowed the statute creating the Commission to "sunset." A new evaluation commission was created by the General Assembly in 2009, and John was appointed to serve on it, this time by the Speaker of the House, Rep. Kent Williams. John was elected as the first Chair of the new Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission in September 2009.

Professional Writing

John’s first book, Tennessee Law of Comparative Fault, was written in 1998 and co-authored with Donald Capparella. The book is now in its third edition and is published by Thomason-West. The book is updated annually.

John’s second book was published in 2008. A new edition of the book, Day on Torts: A Handbook for Tennessee Tort Lawyers, was published in 2009. The third edition, Day on Torts: Leading Cases in Tennessee Tort Law, was published in 2010.

John’s third Book, Compendium of Tennessee Tort Reform Statutes and Related Case Law 2009-2012, reviews all of the “tort reform” legislation signed into law since the beginning of the 106th General Assembly through the end of the 107th General Assembly.

John has also written over 50 articles published in peer-reviewed publications. Click here for a list of those publications.

Professional Speaking

John has been honored with invitations to speak to lawyers about tort law and other issues of interest to tort lawyers on over 250 occasions. He has given over 200 speeches in Tennessee, as well as speeches in Alabama, Arkansas, British Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Texas, Washington, D.C. and Wisconsin. Click here for a list of those speeches.

John is also co-owner of a seminar company called Justice Programs. One of the largest continuing legal education providers in Tennessee, Justice Programs offers 15 hours of continuing education to Tennessee-licensed lawyers every fall in three Tennessee cities – Nashville, Knoxville and Memphis. John speaks approximately four hours at these programs per city per year on tort law, comparative fault, and other topics.

Legal Education

John attended the University of North Carolina School of Law, where he was elected to the staff of the North Carolina Law Review and the Order of the Coif.


John is married to Joy Burns Day and is the father of three children – Sarah, Michael and Kate. The family lives in Williamson County, Tennessee but spends as many weekends as possible at their cabin on Tims Ford Lake outside of Lynchburg, Tennessee. John enjoys politics, writing, reading, hiking and water sports. He also has a healthy obsession with the television series Breaking Bad.

If you would like to talk to John about your case, please email him at jday@johndaylegal.com or call 615-742-4880 or toll-free at 866-812-8787.