James D. Kay Jr.

Partner and Chief Manager
Nashville, Tennessee

Jim Kay is a native Nashvillian who is best known for handling high profile cases in both litigation and mediation. Mr. Kay has vast experience in the courtroom as he has tried over 80 jury cases and hundreds of non-jury cases. He has also completed 3200 mediations and presided over 275 arbitrations and is chosen daily to assist as a neutral in the most difficult cases across Tennessee. Mr. Kay is highly experienced in both residential and commercial construction and consults frequently with owners and contractors across the state. Mr. Kay served three terms as president of Richland Country Club from 2017-2019 and presided over the club’s $20,000,000.00 renovation and growth to preeminence. He is also a well known Nashville historian, lecturer, collector and preservationist.

Areas of Practice

  • Mediation and Arbitration
  • Business Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Injury Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee


  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington, Virginia
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1985
  • Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1982

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated-Martindale Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2017-2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2020: "Lawyer of the Year" for Arbitration in Nashville

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
  • Tennessee State and Appellate Courts


  • Kappa Alpha
  • Omicron Delta Kappa