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Bart C Durham III

Car accident Attorney at Nashville, TN

1.8   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 60 years
    State TN
    Acquired 1963
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I grew up in Ripley, Tennessee, a farming community of three thousand people, the county seat of Lauderdale County, located fifty miles north of Memphis.

My mother and dad had been married seventeen years when I was born. They had grown up poor and sacrificed for me to have the things they never were able to enjoy in their youth. I had a happy childhood playing sports with my friends and doing the things boys do in small towns.

My father began the practice of law in 1918 when he came home from the Army at the end of World War I. He was the mayor of Ripley when I was born in 1935. He served in the Tennessee state legislature, was the president of the Bank of Ripley and co-publisher of the weekly newspaper, The Lauderdale County Enterprise.

A lot of the people in my family were lawyers. My dad met my mother in a cousin's law office in Ripley. My grandfather on my mother's side, Blair Pierson, was a judge of the Chancery Court in Memphis in the 1800's.

My third cousin, Colin McKinney, from Ripley, was on the Tennessee Supreme Court. He dissented for the court in the Scopes case, the Dayton monkey trial case. Judge McKinney took me to court with him in Nashville when I was a little boy. The Tennessee Supreme Court building was my first exposure to an elevator. It was self operated and he would hold me up to push the buttons.


I served in the Army two years and then graduated law school in May, 1963. I took the bar exam a month later in July, while recovering from kidney stone surgery. Dad said, "I know you've been sick but you've already paid to take it."

I had nothing to lose. I gave it a try, not really expecting to pass. The results were announced in early September. The successful applicants were printed in the Sunday Memphis Commercial Appeal. I called the paper at seven o'clock on Saturday night. I gave one of the editors on duty my name and asked if he would look at the list. He came back on the line a few moments later and asked, "Is that 'Bartlett Chesterfield Durham?'" I had passed!

I let out a shout. My dad was all smiles. We went to the First Methodist Church in Ripley. The church was dark but the doors were unlocked. We kneeled at the altar and said a prayer. When we left the church I saw tears in my dad's eyes. I can only appreciate how he felt many years later now that I am a father too. I had the same feelings of happiness and pride many years later when my son Blair was sworn in as a lawyer.

My father died of a sudden heart attack the next year but I got to practice with him in Ripley while he was alive. My mother had passed away six years earlier. Judge C.S. Carney in Ripley, one of my father's friends, called Senator Albert Gore, Sr., and got me an appointment with the Federal District Attorney's office in Memphis. It was the opportunity of a lifetime.


My practice evolved like it seems to do for lawyers who work hard, tend to business, and are lucky. A few years later I had my own office. Fast forward to present day and now there are six lawyers and a team of 23 people in the office. Many fine lawyers worked in my office over the years including a current Circuit Court judge in Franklin and a current Criminal Court judge in Nashville.

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Posted by anonymous | November 25, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Bart Durham and his team are some of the finest around. They will be honest and get you the help and justice you deserve.
Response from Bart Durham May 31, 2022
Thanks so much for this review! This is more like how our firm is know to work and be perceived. I'd ask folks reading this to check out our firm's Google Review as well ::
Posted by Mike | May 18, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Accident Scammers
My girlfriend was rear ended two years ago and suffered injuries and we hired Bart Durham to handle our case. It’s occurred to us that they have a “formula” for the maximum amount of money they are predicted to receive prior to settlement hearing. Our lawyer accidentally said “we can get you 20k” when the offer from the insurance company was 70k, so computed with my layman’s math (50k for the medical bills, and 20k to chop up) which reads to me as about 13k roughly. Where did the “20k” blurt out come from? How would he possibly have a predictive number like 7k more due to medical bills being negotiated? I’m convinced they have already been in contact with our medical billers and have a rough idea of how much they can chisel them out of. Essentially Bart Durham is the ones who have the leverage to determine how much we receive of the award, not the opposing insurance company. We opted for a trial but I highly doubt they will let it go that far. Maybe we tell them to goto hell and not get a dime.
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Posted by Faisal | December 2, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Please don’t fall for Bart Durham scam
It has been 8 months they toke my case and disappeared on me, I don’t even know where my case is at!!! A lady run the red light and hit me. Please avoid Bart Durham, it’s all a scam. I will update you here if I hear something from them.
Response from Bart Durham May 31, 2022
Injury law is not a "scam"...and cases take longer than 8 months. Our case notes mentioned this was explained many times. We're sorry to hear you've been unhappy. You're always welcome to call the firm and share your thoughts with our office manager - 615.242.9000.
Posted by TERESA | January 22, 2015
Bart Durmans
all thou the lawyer that had my case has died I brought what happen to my case by email about six month or so ago I felt the Durmans should know I tried and tried to get ahold of them but no one would let me. So I finally found a way to get ahold of the Durhams if I had known soon I would have done it sooner but this lawyer had my case and once he got money for the first part of my case he dropped me cause it wasn't good enough as far as making money I wasn't hit by a semi truck by the time I found another lawyer three months later it had been to long and I didn't even get enough to pay Dr bills I had knee replacements from the accident my back and nesk I have to get shots every 3 months I talked to Blair Durham and he told me that this lawyer had done this to ten other people I thought it was only right to get the money back Bob whitaker got since he messed up my case I am on disability now I am trying to raise my three grandkids its very hard. I don't know what happen to the other ten people he done this to but I have never heard back from Blair Durham he said he would talk to his dad about getting my money back never called me back I tried to call them several times and all they sent me to this women named pam and she never return phone calls this has angered me for a while I mean I bet they have money to pay there bills I cant even afford to take my grandkids to do anything because I don't have money all I get goes to bills,
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Response from Bart Durham May 31, 2022
I'm having a little trouble following this...if you're reading this and need more reviews, please check out our Google Reviews as well ::
Posted by anonymous | June 26, 2014
Very poor work!!!
I have had my case ongoing with these attorneys from Bart Durhams office for almost 2 years now. I was hit by a drunk driver over 2 years ago. I have had to pay medical expenses out of pocket! I hired this company to take care of this issue, yet I can't even get a return phone call. Very unprofessional! These attorneys are all about getting a settlement and not going to trial! This is only an opinion of a client still waiting after 2 YEARS! I WOULD NOT use this company ever again!!!!!
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Response from Bart Durham May 31, 2022
We're sorry to hear this, but much of what you've described doesn't match what's in our case notes. This type of injury/case takes a while to close, especially when you have so much medical treatment that must be completed first. I'd ask folks reading this to check out our firm's Google Review as well ::
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AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Senior Partner
  • Bart Durham Injury Law
  • 1975 - 2016
  • Assistant Attorney General
  • Tennessee Attorney General's Office
  • 1969 - 1975
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • U.S. Attorney Office
  • 1966 - 1969
  • Retired
  • U.S. Army
  • 1960 - 1965
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  • University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1963
  • Florida State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1957

Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (7)
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Personal injury Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bart is extremely compassionate about truly helping clients through the most difficult times in their lives. He goes above and beyond to advocate for his clients and I fully endorse him."
Personal injury Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Has helped more people in Middle Tennessee than any lawyer in town. Always looking out for the well being of his clients. Has put together a very talented team around him."
Car accident Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I most certainly, and of course, endorse Bart Durham. He is an institution in this town. I do not know of a lawyer in Nashville who would not endorse Bart Durham. He has been featured in the Nashville Scene and in the Nashville Ledger. I believe he was the first attorney in Nashville to reach out to the people of Nashville over the airwaves. We are now in a time when many lawyers reach out to the people of Nashville over the airwaves, but Mr. Durham was reaching out to the people of Nashville over the airwaves when nobody else would. He is a Nashville original."
Unknown Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"Bart is an expert on fighting on behalf of our clients and making sure they receive the money they deserve."
Unknown Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"Bart has devoted his life to helping those who have been wronged."
Unknown Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"Our team of lawyers has learned so much while working with Bart."
Unknown Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"Bart is a true thought leader in the legal industry who has devoted his life to serving others in need. I truly appreciate everything he has taught me about this profession."
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Nashville Car accident Lawyer Bart C Durham III
Bart C Durham III
Car accident Attorney
Nashville, TN
Licensed for 60 years