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Paul E Tennison

Military law Attorney at Brentwood, TN

5.0   14 reviews

About Paul

Learn Paul’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Family
    25%
    Cole Law Group's Family practice includes divorce, child custody, child support, parental relocation, modification of alimony, military divorce, and adoptions.

    20 cases

  2. Litigation
    25%
    When you are dealing with prospective litigation, you need a trial lawyer with knowledge of industry issues, an ability to think strategically, and excellent oral and written communication skills. CLG's team of attorneys possess these skills.

    30 cases

  3. Military law
    25%
    I represent current service members facing military discipline including administrative actions, court-martials, security clearance appeals, and separations. I also represent Veterans in discharge review, records corrections, and VA claims.

    20 cases

  4. Estate planning
    10%
    Cole Law Group's Estate Planning and Probate practice includes a wide variety of representation such as estate planning, simple Wills, complex trusts, will contests, and probate representation.

    8 cases

  5. Libel and slander
    10%
    Cole Law Group is the premier Defamation firm in Middle Tennessee. We have worked on many of these cases and are intimately familiar with all aspects of a Defamation lawsuit. I have written blog posts on the firm website about Defamation law.

    11 cases

  6. Appeals
    5%
    Cole Law Group's Appellate practice is designed to effectively advocate for Client's that have not been successful in litigation in lower courts. We make the best arguments to ensure our client's interests are protected on appeal.

    6 cases

Paul E. Tennison was selected as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Nashville by MyNashville Magazine readers in July, 2020. Paul has significant experience in the military, in positions of leadership, and international experience. Paul's legal background affords him unique insight into many issues confronting his clients. Paul represents clients in a broad range of complex legal matters. Paul has experience working in cases involving military law, family, defamation, intellectual property, healthcare law, wrongful death, employment discrimination, contested divorces, business disputes, property law, HOA disputes, torts, and personal injury cases.

Learn more about Paul and Cole Law Group at https://www.colelawgrouppc.com 

Paul's extensive military experience includes four years at West Point, five years on Active Duty in Korea and Germany. During law school and now as an attorney, Paul has continued to lead and serve our country as an officer in the Tennessee Army National Guard. Paul deployed as a Battery Commander to Poland in 2019. Paul honed his attention to detail and leadership skills during exercises overseas in highly stressful training environments as a Field Artillery officer. Providing accurate lethal fires on the battlefield is a difficult mission. Paul brings these same precision, attention to detail and problem-solving skills he honed in the U.S. Army to his work with clients. Paul was recently promoted to the rank of Major.

Paul takes great pride in acheiving every challenging goal he sets for himself as evident by his successful completion of West Point, distinguished service in the US Army, success at Vanderbilt Law School, continuing to learn more about the world and how to serve his client’s. Paul enjoys challenging physical activity. Paul was a three sport athlete in high school and has continued to enjoy sports and fitness. Recently, Paul has completed a 100KM bike ride, Olympic distance triathlon, marathon, and is currently a bodybuilder and member of the 1,000 lb club. Paul brings the same tenacity to the court room in pursuit of vigorous representation of each of his clients.

Paul is an accredited attorney for the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for veterans' benefits before the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

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Licensed for 4 years
State TN
Status Active
Acquired 2018
Updated 11/19/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Cole Law Group P.C.
1648 Westgate Cir #301
Brentwood, TN, 37027

Reviews

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Posted by Sam | September 14, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Superb
Mr. Tennison embodied knowledge and professionalism. I am trying to obtain awards that I earned while serving in Afghanistan and Mr. Tennison provided incredible insight and guidance as to how the previous determinations were made and how to proceed. He was very honest about the value he and his firm could provide. I will be using Mr. Tennison and his firm in the event I have these issues in the future.
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Posted by Amanda | June 4, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend!
I was very pleased with Paul's services throughout this entire process. He was extremely knowledgeable, helpful, and honest. He went above and beyond to make sure every detail was covered and I could not be happier with my experience. He was quick on his feet during trial, his arguments were persuasive, and he achieved a better outcome than I could have hoped for. I was very impressed with Paul and highly recommend his services!
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Posted by anonymous | May 14, 2021
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Unemployment Benefits Appeal - Excellent Lawyer
I must say that Mr. Paul Tennison is a very professional and knowledgeable lawyer who takes his time to listen and understand the issue clearly. His explanations are always clear and to the point. He has handled my appeal case smoothly and with care. He made me feel comfortable and I trusted him in every stage of the appeal process. He responses in a timely and professional manner for your inquiries and follow-ups. I must also say that his office personnel are polite and professional. I strongly recommend him and his group.
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Posted by Mary | April 28, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Very Knowledgeable and easy to talk to
Paul knew all the ins and outs of creative property law and copyright. Ours was a difficult issue of ownership, the creators or the employers. Paul spent a great amount of time answering all our questions and explaining things in terms we could understand. Had we consulted with him before we began our project we would not have had the issue we had. We won't make that mistake again! We'll call Paul Tennison first!
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Posted by David | April 21, 2021
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Excellent much needed help on VA disability
I contacted Mr. Tennison's office after hours by leaving a message. He returned the call the next morning and was a huge help. He advised me on what to do. He was very kind and professional. I'm personally glad that I reached out to Mr. Tennison.
Posted by Niya | February 1, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Consulted on Family Care Issues
I reached out to Paul because my ex-husband has violated our divorce decree on numerous occasions. Paul was able to provide me a strategy for holding my ex-husband in contempt, the filing procedures and follow on actions if a court hearing was required. Paul’s knowledgeable and provided multiple options to help me with my stressful situation.
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Posted by Sean | January 29, 2021
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Highest Caliber
Your location Map data ©2021 Google, INEGI Terms 500 km  Cole Law Group, PC 1648 Westgate Cir #301, Brentwood, TN 37027 Law firm Sean Casey 22 points   5 days ago I have been a client of the Cole Law Group since Janurary 2020. I have been working directly with attorney Paul Tenninson. I had a retirement issue with the US Air Force which was extremely complex due to the ambiguous and numerous DOD, USAF and various CFRs and US Codes. I hired Paul immediately after our consultation. I felt no need to contact another attorney for a second opinion. Within several days of retaining Paul my application to the Physical Disability Review Board which included a 12 page legal brief was completed and submitted to the Board. During the period of waiting for a decesion from the Board Paul would consistently contact me with updates. Paul made me feel like I was his only client due to the fact, my questions were always answered usually within a few hours. Paul also helped me with Veterans Affairs disability claims. His knowledge of VA law, programs, current case law and application are unsurpassed. Hiring Paul has been the best decesion I have made in selection representation for DOD and VA issues. I highly encourage anyone needing assistance to contact Paul if you need a professional legal representative for your VA claims. If you have any questions feel free to contact me.
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Posted by Adam | January 23, 2021
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Military Security Clearance
After 16 years in the Military, I had to unfortunately fight to keep my security clearance by appealing matters before a DOHA Judge. After many phone calls, Mr Tennison with Cole Law Group was the only firm willing to take the case. Mr Tennison, being a service member himself was not only knowledgeable, but served as a great sounding board during our 8 month preparation for the hearing. Communication was key, and there was never a time that I felt that I couldn't call or email him. Mr Tennison was always quick to respond and if i had concerns about something, he was great at bringing me back to center. I would definitely use this lawyer again, simply for the professionalism, knowledge and military knowledge.
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Posted by Rob | September 8, 2020
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Top notch attorney and subject matter expert.
I am compelled to share this review so others may benefit from Paul's abilities as a phenomenal attorney. I contacted Paul as per a recommendation and I will be recommending him to everyone I know. I was impressed from day one. He and I Spoke over the phone and he provided a well thought out and organized game plan for our case. From there, Paul was responsive, excelled at communication, and provided a full package armed with everything needed plus so much more. The work Paul put together is second to none. I can't say enough about the quality work he put together for my case. Paul provided me genuine piece of mind even without the verdict...that's how much of a high quality product Paul provided for me. Thank you!
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Posted by Caleb | July 1, 2020
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Veteran
Mr. Tennison did a great job preparing documents and developing an argument on my behalf. He was prompt to answer questions and is knowledgeable in military law. I would recommend him to anyone I know,
Posted by Willie | June 5, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Captain U.S. Army
Paul communicates well and is an active listener. He was very re assuring and compassionate. Paul did a great job researching and being available no matter the time or day. I would recommend him to anyone he did an outstanding job for me.
Posted by Brad | December 12, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Compassionate Listener
Paul assisted me with a very complicated situation regarding my employment with the Federal Government. He offered assistance with which ever route I wanted to pursue giving me advice throughout the process. His most valuable attribute to me was he listened and let me come to the best conclusion.
Posted by Todd | December 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
He was very informative from start to finish. Kept me updated and went over all options for what was in my best interest. Would highly recommend too anyone. Received my compensation for my lawsuit in a extremely timely fashion...
Posted by Tim | November 15, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Help and Insightful
Paul was fast in his response and really took the time to help me! He was also very knowledgeable in my situation and would recommend him for sure.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 275-275 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-33%
  • Pro bono 5 %
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Cole Law Group, PC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Commander
  • Tennessee Army National Guard
  • 2018 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Cole Law Group, PC
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Logistics Officer (S4)
  • Tennessee Army National Guard
  • 2015 - 2018
  • Fire Direction Officer
  • U S Army
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Personnel Officer (S1)
  • U S Army
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Element Executive
  • U S Army
  • 2010 - 2012
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Education

  • Vanderbilt University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2018
  • United States Military Academy (West Point)
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2010

Associations

  • United States Field Artillery Association
  • Member
  • 2021 - Present
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • National Guard Association of Tennessee
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Nashville Bar Association, Veterans Committee
  • Chair
  • 2021 - 2022
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2021
  • Nashville's Top 100 Lawyers
  • MyNashville Magazine
  • 2020
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2020
  • Tennessee National Guard Commendation Medal
  • Tennessee Army National Guard
  • 2019
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • Outstanding Officer of Annual Training
  • Regimental Fires Squadron Commander
  • 2017
  • Moot Court Board
  • Vanderbilt University Law School
  • 2017
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • U.S. Army
  • 2015
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • U. S. Army
  • 2013
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Law 2050 (Vanderbilt University Law School)
  • How to Build a Law Practice Based on Experiences Outside the Law
  • 2022
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (14)
Military law Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul is a fellow veteran, and I have been nothing but impressed with his legal knowledge and professionalism. Anyone who hires Paul will be getting an exceedingly capable attorney, as well as an individual with the utmost integrity and character. He has my highest recommendation."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Paul. He is a excellent attorney and truly cares and looks out for his clients and their interests."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I have worked closely with Paul on numerous complex legal matters. Paul offers a unique perspective and is a zealous advocate for all of his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Paul is a zealous advocate for each and every client. He approaches the law with diligence and passion to obtain results. He is thorough and committed to provide the best legal representation possible."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I strongly recommend Paul. I have worked on dozens of substantive legal projects with him. He is well-educated in the law, highly intelligent, and a good person. He has served the United States with valor and will serve you well as your attorney."