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I worked for the Tn Health related boards and represented the St. of Tn to suspend the license of Elvis Presely's doctor and was successful. I have been in private practice for over 35 years and completed thousands of cases, most involing personal injury. I have represented the elderly for 15 years who have been abused, neglected, or injured in nursing homes from falls, bed sores, medicine errors, etc. I have a passion for elder abuse and have been successful in numerous contested cases


Practice areas


  1. Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect: 90%
  2. Personal Injury: 10%

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Joseph. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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  • Jeffrey A. Pitman

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Joe passionately advocates for nursing residents and their loved ones. He holds nursing homes accountable for disregarding residents rights. I refer any Tennessee cases to Joe.


    Jeffrey Pitman Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorney
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Contact info

Joe Dughman & Associates

3817 Bedford Ave Ste 220
Nashville, TN, 37215


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
MentorTn Commission on Continuing Legal Education2015
I received the highest attorney rating-AVMartindale-Hubbell2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney for Health Related BoardsTn Dept of Public Health1974 - 1979
Association namePosition nameDuration
CASAAdvocate volunteer2013 - Present
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Tennessee Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Nashville Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Nursing home casePlaintiff was awarded a judgment
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Publication nameTitleDate
Local magazineBoomers Beware2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of TennesseeN/AN/AN/A
Nashville School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A