John A. Day

John A. Day: Attorney with Law Offices of John Day, P.C.


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 2017, 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 and then again in 2014, 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. John is a Nashville Business Journal Best of the Bar Award Winner for the category of Litigation and Dispute. 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 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 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. Books Tennessee Law of Comparative Fault, 1997 Second Edition, 2002 Third Edition, 2008 Annual Updates Day on Torts: A Handbook for Tennessee Tort Lawyers, 2007 Second Edition, 2008 Third Edition, 2010 Supplement - 2012 Supplement - 2016 Compendium of Tennessee Tort Reform Statutes and Related Case Law 2009-2012, 2012 Second Edition 2008–2013, 2013 Third Edition 2008–2014, 2014 Fourth Edition 2008–2015, 2015 Fifth Edition 2008–2016, 2016 Sixth Edition 2008–2017, 2017 Tennessee Law of Civil Trial, 2014 Motion Practice for Tennessee Injury Lawyers, 2015 Periodicals Founder and Editor – Tennessee Tort Law Letter (1995 – Sept. 2008) Publisher, Founder and Editor – Tennessee Trial Law Report (Nov. 2008 – Oct. 2013) Publisher, Founder and Editor – Legal Summit Book Chapters and Articles Day on Torts columns published in Tennessee Bar Journal Forum Not Agreeing, September 2017 Mothers, Minors and Medical Bills, May 2017 Statute of Limitations for Child Sexual Abuse Claims, January 2017 Harmed Twice, September 2016 Surviving Spouses and Wrongful Death Claims, May 2016 Don Margolis, Moreno and Unintended Consequences, January 2016 Same Sex Marriage and Loss of Consortium Claims, September 2015 Some Facts on Tort Cases in Tennessee, May 2015 Venue in Tennessee Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases, September 2014 T.C.A. § 20-1-119 and Federal Courts, May 2014 Protecting Yourself from Statutes of Repose, January 2014 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. 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. Preparing to Win at Trial, Tennessee Attorney General’s Office, October 2017 Autonomous Vehicles, Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, September 2017 Thoughts About Comparative Fault and Tenn. Code Ann. § 20-1-119, Nashville School of Law, May 2016 Charting Your Course, Nashville Bar Foundation, April 2017 Thoughtful Evaluation and Selection of Contingent-Fee Clients, Nashville Bar Association, March 2016 Panelist, Legal Realities, Montgomery Bell Academy, November 2015 Panelist, Case Selection and Screening – Tips and Techniques to be More Efficient with Your Efforts, American Association for Justice Annual Convention, July 2015 Motions that Matter, Tennessee Association for Justice, June 2015 Lawyer’s Perspective, Nashville School of Law Cooper Term First Year Orientation, August 2014 Tort Reform: What’s Happening in the Courts, Nashville Bar Association, December 2013 Made Whole Made Fair, Belmont University Law Review Symposium, November 2013 Civil Update, Tennessee Judicial Conference, October 2013

(Certified as Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy) (Certified Civil Trial Specialist, Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization)

Areas of Practice (12)

  • Plaintiffs Trial Practice
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Civil Practice
  • Civil Litigation
  • Medical Negligence
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Health Care Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Torts
  • Civil Liability

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
615-338-7390  Phone
(615) 742-4881  Fax
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 40592, Brentwood, TN 37027-7573
University Attended:
University of Wisconsin - Platteville, B.S., summa cum laude, 1978
Law School Attended:
University of North Carolina, J.D., with honors, 1981
Year of First Admission:
1982, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; 1981, Tennessee

Regent, American College of Trial Lawyers, selected September 2017, Fellow, International Society of Barristers, 2014 – Present, Tennessee State Chair, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2013–2014, American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys – Medical Malpractice Certification, 2009 – Present, Member, American Law Institute, Elected October 2006, Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, Inducted March 16, 2002, Fellow, Tennessee Bar Foundation, 1998 – Present, Fellow, Nashville Bar Foundation, 1997 – Present, Tennessee – Certified Civil Trial Specialist, 1994 – Present, National Board of Legal Specialty Certification (formerly National Board of Trial Advocacy), Civil Certification 1991 – Present, Lifetime Achievement Award 2013

Birth Information:
Madison, Wisconsin, September 21, 1956
( Certified as Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Certified Civil Trial Specialist, Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization )
Payment Information:
  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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Brentwood, Tennessee

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