Bill Leader


Phone: (615) 780-4111
Fax: (615) 780-4121
Mobile: (615) 554-8298

Bill Leader represents victims of medical malpractice, wrongful conduct, negligence, and fraud. He has successfully tried, litigated and resolved cases for those who have been catastrophically injured or killed due to dangerous and defective products, inappropriate medical treatment, reckless operation of tractor-trailer trucks, automobile collisions, defective roadway design and signage, over serving of alcohol at bars and restaurants, aviation crashes, and burns from chemicals, as well as victims of crime and assault. In the commercial context, Bill represents victims of fraud, misrepresentation, dishonest practices, and breach of contract.

Bill has represented numerous catastrophically and brain injured children and infants, including victims of medical negligence, motor vehicle collisions and personal injury.

Bill received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University. Upon graduating, he entered the United States Navy and served aboard a destroyer escort. After his honorable discharge from the Navy, Bill attended Vanderbilt Law School, receiving his law degree in 1981. He has practiced law in Nashville since that time.

Since he was first eligible, Bill has received an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell, identifying him as a lawyer with preeminent legal ability and the highest professional and ethical standards, as determined by other lawyers. He has been routinely chosen by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America (2003-Present) and as a Mid-South Super Lawyer (2007-Present). Bill has been continuously certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1992.


J.D., Vanderbilt Law School, 1981

B.A., Vanderbilt University, 1974

Areas of Practice:

  • Medical Negligence
  • Professional Liability
  • General Negligence
  • Products Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Tort Litigation
  • Trucking/Motor Vehicle

Honors and Awards:

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2003 – Present, Nashville Personal Injury Litigation – 2012 Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rated
  • The Mid South Super Lawyers, 2006 – Present
  • Fellow, Tennessee Bar Foundation

Litigation Percentage:

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation


  • Civil Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1992 – Present

Representative Cases

  • Barrick v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 2014 WL 2970466 (Tenn. App. 2014) (Tennessee Court of Appeals);
  • Blackburn & McCune, PLLC v. Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc., 398 S.W. 3d 630 (Tenn. App. 2010) (Tennessee Court of Appeals);
  • Thomas v. Oldfield, 279 S.W.3d 259 (Tenn. 2009) (Supreme Court of Tennessee);
  • Thomas ex rel. Thomas v. Oldfield, 2008 WL 2278512 (Tenn. App. 2008) (Tennessee Court of Appeals);
  • Wicks v. Vanderbilt University, 2007 WL 858780 (Tenn. App. 2007) (Tennessee Court of Appeals);
  • Blackburn & McCune, PLLC v. Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc., 2007 WL 2409671 (Tenn. App. 2007) (Tennessee Court of Appeals);
  • Collins v. Arnold, 2007 WL 4146025 (Tenn. App. 2007)) (Tennessee Court of Appeals);
  • Ki v. State, 78 S.W.3d 876 (Tenn. 2002) (Supreme Court of Tennessee);
  • Gleaves v. Checker Cab Transit Corp., Inc., 15 S.W. 3d 799 (Tenn. 2000) (Supreme Court of Tennessee);
  • Hogins v. Ross, 988 S.W. 2d 685 (Tenn. App. 1998) (Tennessee Court of Appeals);
  • Turner v. Jordan, 957 S.W. 2d 815 (Tenn. 1997) (Supreme Court of Tennessee);
  • Still by Erlandson v. Baptist Hosp., Inc., 757 S.W.2d 807 (Tenn. App. 1988) (Tennessee Court of Appeals).

Bar Admissions:

  • Tennessee
  • Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Eastern, Middle and Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Nashville Bar Association Member
  • Tennessee Bar Association Member
  • American Bar Association Member
  • State Bar of Georgia Member
  • American Association for Justice Member
  • Tennessee Association for Justice Member
  • American Inns of Court, Master, Harry Phillips Chapter 2009–2012
  • Nashville Bar Foundation
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