Middle Tennessee State University, B.S., M.B.A.
Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, J.D.
AV Rated with Martindale Hubbell
Senior Editor for the American Journal of Trial Advocacy, a law review dedicated to litigation and trial practice
Cordell Hull Teaching Assistant in the school’s Legal Research and Writing Program
Trial Advocacy Board
Best Legal Memorandum Award and Best Appellate Brief Award
Phi Delta Phi Honor Society
Gordon T. Saad and Robert Donworth Moot Court Competition, the Herbert W. Peterson Senior Trial Competition, and the Judge James O. Haley Federal Court Trial Competition
“Clients need an attorney who understands their needs both inside and outside the courtroom.”
Mr. Dement is an AV rated attorney through Martindale-Hubbell and has that special combination of skill of being both an advocate and a counselor. Not only has he served as a litigator for approximately 20 years, he has advised many clients over the years in business, transactional, and financial matters. Prior to law school, Mr. Dement received a masters degree in business administration with a concentration in corporate finance. His training has given him unique insight into the problems his client’s face both inside and outside the courtroom.
Mr. Dement joined the firm in 1997 after having served as law clerk to Judge J.S. “Steve” Daniel, then presiding judge for the 16th Judicial District of the State of Tennessee. During this period, he assisted with and observed over 100 jury trials, both civil and criminal. This experience has provided Mr. Dement with the knowledge of how cases are handled from the perspective of both the judge and the attorney.
While working for the firm as an associate and partner, Tom has tried many cases to verdict. These cases include multiple jury trials and bench trials. He has represented clients across the state in a variety of matters and has also represented many of those clients on the appellate level. Tom has also represented clients in administrative matters before many state agencies and departments.
While Mr. Dement maintains a diverse practice, the majority of his work is in litigation and trial practice in the areas of business and commercial litigation, personal injury, workers’ compensation, transportation litigation, dram shop liability, insurance defense, premises liability, professional malpractice defense, intellectual property litigation, and general civil litigation.
Born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Tom earned Bachelor of Science (1990) and Master of Business Administration (1993) degrees from Middle Tennessee State University before obtaining his J.D. from the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University (1996). While at Cumberland, Mr. Dement was Senior Editor of the American Journal of Trial Advocacy, a member of Phi Delta Phi, and a member of the Cumberland Trial Advocacy Board. He also served as a Cordell Hull Teaching Assistant at the law school.
Tom’s practice has included a variety of matters such as shareholder disputes, wrongful discharge actions, corporate dissolution, consumer protection claims, personal injury, product liability actions, insurance coverage disputes, workers’ compensation, tort liability, director’s and officer’s liability, errors and omissions coverage, dram shop and liquor liability, breach of contract actions, Uniform Commercial Code litigation, real estate litigation, class action defense, trademark disputes, and real estate litigation.
Mr. Dement has also represented many clients in a transactional capacity, having helped form many corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships. Tom continues to advise clients on business practices such as employment discrimination, intellectual property, non-competition agreements, and real property transactions.
Many of Mr. Dement’s cases have involved mediations and arbitrations. Tom has successfully negotiated resolution of hundreds of cases over the years through the alternative dispute resolution process. He is fully versed in the techniques needed to successfully resolve case through settlement, but is prepared to take any case to court when necessary.
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Tennessee; US District Court of Middle Tennessee; US District Court of East Tennessee; US Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; US Supreme Court
Tennessee Bar Association
Nashville Bar Association
Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association
Defense Research Institute
American Law Firm Association (ALFA) (Business Litigation Practice Group) (Professional Liability Practice Group) (Hospitality Practice Group)
Mr. Dement serves on the National Board of Directors for the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He was elected to this position in 2009 and will become the National President in 2017. While serving as a fraternity volunteer over the years, Tom has worked in the areas of risk management, insurance coverage, and fraternal law issues.
Tom is a member of Christ the King Church in Nashville, Tennessee.
Mr. Dement has presented many seminars in the areas of: Intellectual Property Litigation, Tennessee Workers’ Compensation, Tennessee Tort and Auto Liability Law, Tennessee Premises Liability, Tennessee Tort Reform, The Law of Business Organizations, Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Contracts, Real Property Transactions, Estate Planning in Tennessee, Family Law in Tennessee, Advanced Legal Drafting for Paralegals, Advanced Legal Writing for Paralegals, and Advanced Discovery Techniques for Paralegals