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Thomas Wormouth Shumate IV

also known as Tom Shumate

About me


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-competition agreements and theft of trade secrets. In 2011 and 2013, Mr. Shumate was selected as a “Rising Star” by the Mid-South edition of Super Lawyers Magazine.


Mr. Shumate is actively involved in the Nashville community and various Bar organizations. He currently serves on 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.


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, social media, 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.


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 20%
    16 years
  2. Litigation: 20%
    16 years
  3. Employment & Labor: 20%
    16 years
  4. Contracts & Agreements: 20%
    16 years
  5. Business: 20%
    16 years



Hourly ($250-300/hour), contingent (33-45%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

12 total 

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  • Paul David Jeter

    i was opposing counsel on a matter with Tom and he his a great advocate for his clients and also a great attorney to work with on very complex cases. I would highly recommend Tom to anyone needing a good attorney in a personal injury litigation matter.


    Paul Jeter Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Donald Andrew Saulters

    Over the years, I have had several cases with Tom. He is an intelligent attorney who is always prepared. Tom takes the right approach on cases and handles them in a way that best serves his client's needs for that particular case. He does an excellent job for his clients.


    Donald Saulters Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Meridian Law, PLLC

2002 Richard Jones Road
Suite B-200
Nashville, TN, 37215


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarMid-South Super Lawyers2013
Rising StarMid-South Super Lawyers2011
Spotlight Award WinnerNashville Area Junior Chamber of Commerce2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding PartnerMeridian Law, PLLC2014 - Present
PartnerKay Griffin Enkema & Colbert, PLLC2007 - 2014
PartnerEvans, Jones & Reynolds2001 - 2007
AssociateNorth, Pursell, Ramos & Jameson1998 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Father Ryan High School Alumni BoardChairperson2012 - Present
Christ the King School BoardExecutive Committee Member2012 - Present
Cub Scout Pack 45 at Christ the King SchoolCubmaster2011 - Present
Law Practice Today, Monthly webzine published by Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar AssociationEditorial Board2011 - 2012
Notre Dame Club of NashvilleVolunteer Coordinator2010 - 2011
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle TennesseeExecutive Committee2010 - 2012
CLE Committee of Tennessee Bar AssociationMember2009 - 2012
Law Practice, Monthly magazine published by Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar AssociationEditorial Board2009 - 2011
National Eagle Scout AssociationMember2008 - Present
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle TennesseeBoard Member2008 - Present
Law Office Management and Technology Section of the Tennessee Bar AssociationChair2008 - 2010
Law Practice Today, Monthly webzine published by Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar AssociationEditorial Board2008 - 2009
Young Leaders CouncilParticpant2007 - 2007
Father Ryan Alumni BoardBoard Member2007 - Present
Law Office Management and Technology Section of the Tennessee Bar AssociationVice Chair2007 - 2008
Harry Phillips American Inn of CourtBarrister2005 - 2009
National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Mid-Central Regional Basic Trial Skills ProgramParticipant2005 - 2005
Appellate Practice Committee, Nashville Bar AssociationMember2005 - 2007
Nashville Bar Association Fee Dispute CommitteeChair of Fee Dispute Panels2004 - 2007
OYEZ, publication of the Young Lawyers Division of the Nashville Bar AssociationMarketing Director2003 - 2003
Nashville Emerging LeadersGraduate2003 - 2003
The Partnership Institute’s Nashville Partnership SeriesGraduate2003 - 2004
Nashville Area Junior Chamber of CommerceLegal Counsel2002 - 2003
Nashville Bar JournalEditorial Committee2002 - 2003
Nashville Area Junior Chamber of Commerce Toastmasters ClubPresident2002 - 2004
NAJCC Leadership CourseGraduate2001 - 2001
Notre Dame Club of NashvilleMember1998 - Present
Notre Dame Law AssociationMember1998 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Stalsworth v. Grummons, 36 S.W.3d 832 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2000)N/A
 Kenyon v. Handal, 122 S.W.3d 743 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2003)N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Tennessee Bar AssociationHow to Grow Your Practice While Avoiding Malpractice Claims2012
Tennessee Bar AssociationEthics of Wills and Estates 1012012
Tennessee Bar AssociationPreventing Legal Malpractice: Know Thy Enemy2011
Tennessee Bar AssociationCovenants Not to Compete2011
Law Practice TodayDeparting Employee Technology Checklist: Keeping the Fox Out of the Henhouse2010
Law Practice TodayComputers, Tequila and Handguns: Controlling Technology So It Doesn’t Control You2009
Reprinted by Connecticut Bar AssociationComputers, Tequila and Handguns: Controlling Technology So It Doesn’t Control You2009
Tennessee MedicineUdom Undone: Tennessee Enacts New Law Regarding Physician Non-Compete Agreements2007
Nashville Bar JournalWritely (now Google Documents)2006
Litigation Letter, Tennessee Bar AssociationAn Analysis of the Statutory Presumption of Reasonableness and Necessity of Medical Bills - Tenn. Code Ann. § 24-5-1132001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Notre Dame Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Vanderbilt UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CLE on March 6, 2014Intentional Interference with Business Relationships in Tennessee: An Overview, Update, and Litigation Tips2014
I Love My PracticeSocial Media: Marketing, Ethics & Discovery2013
2012 Annual Review and EthicsSocial Media2012
Continuing Legal Education SeminarHow to Grow Your Practice While Avoiding Malpractice Claims2011
Law Tech 2010Management and Technology Solutions for Your Firm2010
Continuing Legal EducationMetadata, Multitasking and Disclaimers, Oh My!2010
Meeting PresentationThe Billable Hour: Where Did It Come From And Where Is It Going?2009
Law Tech 2009Management and Technology Solutions for Your Firm2009
Auto-Owners Insurance Company Regional MeetingSummary Judgments After Hannan and Tennessee’s New E-Discovery Rules2009
Law Tech 2008Technology in the Courts2008
Law Tech 2008Ethical Risks Created by Technology2008
Preventing Legal Malpractice seminarEmerging Areas of Potential Liability Caused by the Legal Profession’s Increasing Use of Technology2007
Practical Litigation Skills in TennesseeEthical Quandaries in Litigation2006
Council on Education in Management SeminarWorkplace Violence and Terrorism: Protecting Your Organization2006
Council on Education in ManagementLegal Recruiting and Hiring: Starting Out Right2006
Council on Education in ManagementPrivacy and Confidentiality in the Workplace: Protecting Your Employees' Rights and Your Organization's Information2006