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Penny Harrington

Probate Attorney at Nashville, TN

5.0   2 reviews

also known as Harrington Law Office, Judge Penny Harrington

  • State Years
    Tennessee - TN 41 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 34 years
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State TN
    Acquired 1982
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2007
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1988

About Penny

Learn Penny’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    If you wait until the time feels right, the need for estate planning will take you by surprise. Judge Penny Harrington guides you through the basic aspects of a properly planned personal estate.

    42 years

  2. Family
    Premarital agreements | Adoption | Divorce & Separation | Spousal support | Child support | Child custody | Family law on a personal level: call now for the compassionate experience you want handling your family law case.

    42 years

  3. Probate
    Judge Harrington has been a premier probate lawyer in the great state of Tennessee since 1982. When it comes to administering your loved ones estate, call her for the thoughtful and compassionate help you need during this difficult time.

    42 years

  4. Elder law
    Elder law is intended to serve individuals aged 50 years and above. These can include everything from medical care and estate planning to conservatorship and guardianship disputes.

  5. Animal law
    Adjudicated many animal cases of various sorts as a judge. Advocate for dogs and dog owners as a lawyer. Participated in ownership disputes as counsel.

  6. Mediation
    Judge Harrington, now a Nashville divorce, wills, and probate attorney, has wide experience in the elements of mediation. She can assist clients in making the most of their participation in mediation. Call her now.

Judge Harrington’s experience in life as well as law has been extensive and varied. She has been a journalist, a schoolteacher, and a senior staffer in the Tennessee legislature.

A Diverse Legal Background

A native of Jackson, Madison County in West Tennessee, Judge Harrington graduated from Middle Tennessee State University and got her Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt Law School. Judge Harrington has had a diverse career, serving as a law partner to former U.S. Senator Fred D. Thompson, as General Counsel in the Department of Conservation, and as Counsel to the Tennessee Oil and Gas Board and Tennessee Historical Commission. She was also elected a member of the Davidson County Election Commission and served on the Rules Committee of the 1988 Democratic National Convention.

With such a varied legal background, Judge Harrington truly knows how to see from her clients’ perspectives and serve their legal interests best.

Extensive Knowledge of Both Civil and Criminal Matters

In Nashville, General Sessions Judges have broad jurisdiction in both civil and criminal matters, including mental health committals, domestic violence criminal matters, DUI, and traffic jurisdiction.

At Judge Harrington’s request, the Tennessee General Assembly created the first countywide Environmental Court in the nation. She was the only judge of that court during her entire eight years on the bench and had jurisdiction over all Metropolitan Municipal Code cases and many Tennessee environmental laws.

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Harrington Law Office
1215 7th Ave N
Nashville, TN, 37208-2605


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Posted by Michael B | December 15, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful lawyer with an even better heart !
Judge Penny Harrington was in control of my mothers probate and legal matters before and after her passing. Excellent knowledge and timing in all matters. Wonderful, compationate lady who actually cares about her clients and clients families. Wont let you down or leave you guessing. A++++++
Posted by Doug | September 23, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
A Superb Lawyer Used Over Many Cases
I have used Judge Penny Harrington over the past seven years for several very difficult cases important to my family. She handled one over a four year period involving me obtaining Temporary Custody, Guardianship and then the Permanent Guardianship of two of my young grandchildren. Even more difficult, we were later able to terminate Parental Rights and I was then able to adopt them as my own children. More recently, she has again proven her expertise as these same children were step-parent adopted by my same-sex husband, the first case of its kind in the state of TN. I have always found Penny to be highly professional, an expert legal mind who thinks very strategically about how every case is positioned and have nothing but high praise of her. It is obvious to me that she is highly respected by both the many judges and lawyers we have dealt with in two different counties. She will also be preparing my estate planning documents in the next few months as I continue to use her services. I would highly recommend Penny Harrington to anyone who asked.
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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2007.

Censured issued in TN, 2007
updated on 09/21/2013

When an attorney is censured it means he or she did something wrong but may still practice law. Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Harrington Law Office, PLLC
  • 1998 - Present
  • Judge
  • General Sessions Court Davidson County
  • 1990 - 1998
  • Attorney
  • George Barrett and Associates
  • 1988 - 1990
  • General Counsel Dept of Environment
  • State of Tennessee
  • 1987 - 1988
  • Associate
  • Thompson and Bussart
  • 1983 - 1987
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  • Vanderbilt University Law School
  • J. D.,
  • 1982
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1967


  • Tennessee Bar Association, Elder Law Section
  • Board Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Nashville Bar Association, Estate Planning Committee
  • Board Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • French
  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018

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Nashville Probate Lawyer Penny Harrington
Penny Harrington
Probate Attorney
Nashville, TN
Licensed for 41 years
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2007. See details