Thomas W. Shumate IV

Tom Shumate is a native Nashvillian and has practiced here since graduating from Notre Dame Law School in 1998.  Before that, he graduated with honors from Vanderbilt University in 1995 and Father Ryan High School in 1991. Mr. Shumate represents individuals and businesses in a variety of civil matters including business and employment litigation and disputes involving non-compete agreements and theft of trade secrets.

Mr. Shumate is actively involved in the Nashville community and various Bar organizations. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, is Chairman of the Father Ryan Alumni Board, is a Member of the School Board of Christ the King School, and is Cubmaster of Christ the King Pack 45. He also serves on the Tennessee Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education Committee.

In order to better and more efficiently serve his clients needs, he formerly served on the Editorial Boards of Law Practice Today webzine and Law Practice magazine, monthly publications of the Law Practice Section of the American Bar Association.  He is also a past Chair of the Law Office Technology and Management Section of the Tennessee Bar Association. Mr. Shumate has lectured to attorneys across the state and written on issues related to covenants not to compete, legal ethics, and technology.

When not resolving his clients' problems as efficiently as possible, Mr. Shumate enjoys spending time with his wife and children, reading, running, and supporting Vanderbilt and Notre Dame athletics.

Honors and Distinctions
Selected as “Rising Star” in the area of Business Litigation, Mid-South Super Lawyers Magazine, 2011

Publications and Presentations
Mr. Shumate maintains a blog on Tennessee Non-Compete Law and related business torts: http://www.tennesseenoncompetelaw.com

How to Grow Your Practice While Avoiding Malpractice Claims, Online Continuing Legal Education Seminar prepared for Tennessee Bar Association

Ethics of Wills and Estates 101, Online Continuing Legal Education Seminar prepared for Tennessee Bar Association

Preventing Legal Malpractice: Know Thy Enemy, Online Educational Game prepared for Tennessee Bar Association

Covenants Not to Compete, Online Educational Game prepared for Tennessee Bar Association

Metadata, Multitasking and Disclaimers, Oh My!, Nashville Bar Association

Departing Employee Technology Checklist:  Keeping the Fox Out of the Henhouse, Law Practice Today

Law Tech 2008-2010: Management and Technology Solutions for Your Firm, Law Practice Management and Technology Section of the Tennessee Bar Association

Summary Judgments After Hannan and Tennessee’s New E-Discovery Rules

Computers, Tequila and Handguns: Controlling Technology So It Doesn’t Control You, Law Practice Today

Using Client Communications to Avoid Malpractice Claims, Tennessee Bar Association’s Annual Preventing Legal Malpractice

Emerging Areas of Potential Liability Caused by the Legal Profession’s Increasing Use of Technology, Tennessee Bar Association’s Annual Preventing Legal Malpractice seminar

Udom Undone: Tennessee Enacts New Law Regarding Physician Non-Compete Agreements, Tennessee Medicine

Ethical Quandaries in Litigation, Barristers Educational Services

Workplace Violence and Terrorism: Protecting Your Organization, Council on Education in Management Seminar on Employment Law for HR Professionals

Privacy and Confidentiality in the Workplace: Protecting Your Employees' Rights and Your Organization's Information, Council on Education in Management Seminar on Employment Law for HR Professionals

Legal Recruiting and Hiring: Starting Out Right, Council on Education in Management Seminar on Employment Law for HR Professionals

An Analysis of the Statutory Presumption of Reasonableness and Necessity of Medical Bills - Tenn. Code  Ann. § 24-5-113, Litigation Letter, Tennessee Bar Association

Affiliations
American, Tennessee, and Nashville Bar Associations

Former Barrister, Harry Phillips American Inn of Court

Notre Dame Legal Association

Notre Dame Club of Nashville

Catholic Business League

National Eagle Scout Association

Graduate of National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Nashville Emerging Leaders, and Young Leaders Council

Representative Cases
Stalsworth v. Grummons, 36 S.W.3d 832 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2000).

Kenyon v. Handal, 122 S.W.3d 743 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2003).

tom.shumate@kaygriffin.com

Education
Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 1998

Vanderbilt University, cum laude, B.A., 1995

Bar Admissions
Tennessee

Court Admissions
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
Tennessee State and Appellate Courts

Practice Areas
Appeals
Business Litigation
Insurance Litigation
Non-Compete Disputes
Labor and Employment
Landlord/Tenant
Personal Injury
Trade Secret Disputes
Wrongful Death

 

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