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Thomas I. Carlton, Jr., Of Counsel
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Thomas I. Carlton, Jr., Of Counsel

Phone: 615.244.1440


Languages: English

Tom Carlton joined Cornelius & Collins, LLP in 1970. Tom served as the firm’s Managing Partner for three years, and is currently the firm’s Senior Partner. For over forty years, Tom’s primary focus has been civil litigation in a wide variety of matters, including personal injury, wrongful death, product liability, professional liabiliy and insurance law. He is admitted to practice in all state courts in Tennessee, as well as the United States District Court and United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Tom has been recognized numerous times by his peers for his significant and successful experience as an attorney and for his contribution to the legal community. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers as well as being listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2009 and listed in Who’s Who in American Law since 2007. He was selected for inclusion in Mid-South Super Lawyers in 2008. Tom has been elected twice to the Board of Directors of the Nashville Bar Association and has been elected a Fellow in the Tennessee Bar Foundation and the Nashville Bar Foundation. In addition to his active practice, Tom has served as a Moot Court Instructor for the Nashville School of Law since 1978.

Tom received his law degree from the Nashville School of Law in 1965. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts.

Practice Areas:

  • General Litigation
  • Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation
  • Tort, Insurance Defense, and Product Liability

Bar Admissions:

  • Tennessee Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit

Professional Associations:

  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Nashville Bar Association, Board of Directors, 1979 – 1981
  • Nashville Bar Association, First Vice President, 1981
  • Nashville Bar Association, Board of Directors, 1991 – 1993
  • Harry Phillips American Inn of Court, 1999 – 2002

Representative Cases:

  • Sitton v. Fulton, 566 S.W. 2d 887 (Tenn. Ct. App. 1978)
  • Justice and Harmon v. Angus R. Jessup Associates, 619 S.W. 2d 522 (Tenn. 1981)
  • Pride v. BIC Corp., 54 F.Supp.2d 757 (E.D. Tenn. 1999), affirmed, 218 F.3d 566 (6th Cir. 2000)

Honors & Awards:

  • Fellow American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2009-2010
  • Listed in Who’s Who in American Law since 2007
  • Selected for Inclusion in American Law in Mid South Lawyers 2008
  • Fellow, Tennessee Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Nashville Bar Foundation
  • Selected for Inclusion in The National Association of Distinguished Counsel – Nation’s Top One Percent 2015


  • The Report of the Administration of Justice Planning Agency – 1969 (Five Year Comprehensive Plan for the Improvement of Law Enforcement in Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee) (Program Coordinator)

Civic & Community Activities:

  • Moot Court Instructor, Nashville School of Law, 1978 – Present

Past Employment Positions:

  • National Life and Accident Insurance Company, Accountant, 1960 – 1965
  • The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee, Senior Metropolitan Attorney, 1965 – 1970
  • Cornelius, Collins, Higgins & White, Associate, 1970 – 1974

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Cornelius & Collins, LLP

211 Athens Way
Suite 200
Nashville, TN 37228
United States

Law Firm Contact: Brian Holmes

Tel: 615.244.1440



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