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Patrick Matthew Potempa

Litigation Attorney at Nashville, TN

5.0   7 reviews

also known as Matt Potempa

  • Licensed for 18 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2006
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About Patrick

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Matt has been recognized locally, statewide and nationally for his expertise in the area of Trust and Estate Litigation. With a background in elder law, family law and business litigation, Matt now devotes his practice exclusively to resolving family disputes in Will Contests, Estate Litigation, Conservatorships, Breaches of Fiduciary Duty and Trust Disputes.

A native Memphian, Matt received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Memphis in 2003 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2006 where he was an Honor Council Justice, a member of Phi Alpha Delta and a recipient of the Bowen Academic Scholarship.

During his law school summers, Matt studied international and comparative law at University College Dublin School of Law, the University of Edinburgh Law School and the European Union Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

Matt began his legal career as General Counsel for HGH Imports, a small multi- national company based in Spring Hill, Tennessee. After leaving HGH, Matt pursued his passion for elder law and worked as a hearing officer and later Assistant General Counsel for the Tennessee Department of Human Services.

In 2009, Matt launched his solo practice, Law Office of Matt Potempa, PLLC. In addition to a general practice, he focused on litigation and resolving probate, matrimonial and business disputes.

Matt is active in the Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations. He was honored to receive the Nashville Bar Association’s President’s Award in 2010 for his work in providing Disaster Legal Services after the May 2010 floods. Matt is a recipient of the Nashville Bar Association YLD’s Leadership Award, the Tennessee Bar Association YLD’s President’s Award and numerous other accolades for his service to professional and civic organizations.

Matt is the founder of the NBA’s Solo and Small Firm Committee and has served on the NBA’s Public Service Committee, Lawyer Referral and Informational Service Committee, Governance Committee and Modest Means Panel.

In 2012, Matt was elected to serve a three-year term on the Nashville Bar Association Board of Directors. That year, the Tennessee Supreme Court appointed Matt to serve a three-year term as a Hearing Panel Member for the State’s Board of Professional Responsibility.

In 2012, Matt was named by the Nashville Post as one of twenty “Law Leaders Rising” in the Nashville area. In 2013, he was awarded the Nashville Chamber of Commerce’s Emerging Leader Award in the Legal Services category. Matt is a frequent lecturer for the Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations as well as LexisNexis and the National Business Institute on topics related to Probate Administration and Litigation, Law Practice Management, Client Relations, Professional Ethics and Law Office Technology.

In July 2013, Matt partnered with attorneys David Heller, Sean Martin and Jennifer Sheppard to launch Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard, PLLC.

With an office located in the heart of Hillsboro Village near downtown Nashville, the firm focuses on providing Estate and Trust Planning, Family Wealth Preservation, Probate and Business Litigation and Conflict Resolution, Conservatorships and Guardianships as well as Family Law and Personal Injury.


Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard, PLLC


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Posted by John | January 21, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Good Lawyer!!
Recently had a family legal question come up involving the "intent" of particular language in a will. Left message for Matt and he promptly returned my call. Matt was thorough, knowledgeable and patient explaining some of legal language and advising me on the best course of action. Did not charge me a consultation fee! I highly recommend!!
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Posted by Jim | October 25, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Best, Professional, Honest, and Hard Working
Had a personal situation arise requiring legal representation. Matt explained the options, developed a strategy, responded anytime we had questions, and gave us great peace in dealing with a difficult situation. Legal Services are not cheap, with Matt you get what you pay for. I would use him again and highly recommend his services.
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Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2019
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Best Attorney to Win a Case
A few years ago I was given the name of Matt Potempa as highly recommended for handling my mother’s estate after losing my father several years before. After three years he and his firm won my case a few days prior to scheduled court days. His firm always acted professionally, worked diligently, were supportive and showed empathy and kindnesses through the years. It was a difficult case but Matt’s expertise as others proved a success in ending a case he believed from start worth taking on. I highly recommend he and firm to handle any and all estate matters. I gave a 5 star but EXCELLENT is best and thanks
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Posted by Michael Dibenedetto | January 20, 2018
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This is the first time I have ever needed a lawyer, and it was for an unusual will change that occurred the day before a tragic accident. One always hears all these lawyer jokes, none of these would be appropriate. Matt was always there, a phone call away, I always felt like he was honest, and really did care about what was going on, I never felt like I was "just a client". I would highly recommend him to anyone needing an attorney. He made me feel like my case was important to him. This was so reassuring as I had no idea what was going on. Thank you Matt.
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Posted by anonymous | January 9, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Very trustworthy and professional
Matt Potempa put me at ease during my entire legal probate process. He was very good at diffusing situations. I highly recommend him if you need an attorney. I have high expectations of attorneys. He fulfilled desired results.
Posted by Richard | March 7, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Compassionate, Professional Attorney
Matt provided outstanding legal guidance and always made smart and thoughtful recommendations during lengthy, and often tense family litigation. Matt was extremely professional and easy to speak with throughout the entire process. He was very responsive via email and phone whenever I had questions and compassionate when I was stressed. He always took the time to break down complex legal procedures in an easy to understand way. I would highly recommend Matt and his firm to anyone looking for solid Trust and Estate Litigation representation in Tennessee.
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Posted by Susanna | February 27, 2015
Outstanding Attorney & Human Being
Matt is a tremendous attorney with a good heart. We came to him at a very emotional time for our family and he was able to help us navigate the legal system with a guardianship case. He, and his team, kept us informed, communicated with us every step of the way, addressed all our questions and concerns in a timely manner and left no stone unturned. We cannot say enough good things about Matt and would recommend him, without any hesitation, to anyone needing a probate attorney.
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  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006


  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Young Lawyers Division Community Outreach Chair
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Young Lawyers Division District 16 Rep (TN & KY)
  • 2009 - 2010
  • American Bar Association
  • Young Lawyers Division Liaison to ABA Judicial Division
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Young Lawyers Division CLE Chair
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Young Lawyers Division Nashville CLE Chair
  • 2007 - 2008
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Honors and Awards

  • President's Special Recognition Award
  • Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

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Given (4)
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Litigation Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Matt is a very conscientious attorney who is the epitome of professionalism. I endorse Matt without hesitation. Folks who are in need of a quality litigator would be well-served with Matt's services."
Probate Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is an aggressive litigator that provides top-notch service to his clients. If you have a probate or elder law issue in middle Tennessee, Matt is the attorney to see."
Probate Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. Matt is hard working and does an excellent job. I will continue to send him clients in the Nashville area."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Matt as a fellow lawyer in Nashville. I have heard nothing but great things from clients and adversaries about Matt's work. I regularly refer matters to him, and the work is top-notch."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Matt provides his clients with the highest level of competent legal services. He keeps his clients informed at all levels of their case. Matt is continually educating himself to keep up with the most recent legal changes in Tennessee."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Matt is a highly motivated and hard-working attorney dedicated to providing his clients with the highest level of professional advocacy."
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Nashville Litigation Lawyer Patrick Matthew Potempa
Patrick Matthew Potempa
Litigation Attorney
Nashville, TN
Licensed for 18 years