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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Leadership Law Class of 2016||Tennessee Bar Association||2016|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Rising Star||Mid-South Super Lawyers||2013|
|Rising Star||Mid-South Super Lawyers||2011|
|Spotlight Award Winner||Nashville Area Junior Chamber of Commerce||2002|
|Founding Partner||Meridian Law, PLLC||2014 - Present|
|Partner||Kay Griffin Enkema & Colbert, PLLC||2007 - 2014|
|Partner||Evans, Jones & Reynolds||2001 - 2007|
|Associate||North, Pursell, Ramos & Jameson||1998 - 2001|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Father Ryan Alumni Board||Board Member||2014 - Present|
|Christ the King School Board||Executive Committee Member||2012 - Present|
|Cub Scout Pack 45 at Christ the King School||Cubmaster||2011 - Present|
|National Eagle Scout Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee||Board Member||2008 - Present|
|Notre Dame Law Association||Member||1998 - Present|
|Notre Dame Club of Nashville||Member||1998 - Present|
|Father Ryan High School Alumni Board||Chairperson||2012 - 2014|
|Law Practice Today, Monthly webzine published by Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association||Editorial Board||2011 - 2012|
|Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee||Executive Committee||2010 - 2012|
|Notre Dame Club of Nashville||Volunteer Coordinator||2010 - 2011|
|Law Practice, Monthly magazine published by Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association||Editorial Board||2009 - 2011|
|CLE Committee of Tennessee Bar Association||Member||2009 - 2012|
|Law Practice Today, Monthly webzine published by Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association||Editorial Board||2008 - 2009|
|Law Office Management and Technology Section of the Tennessee Bar Association||Chair||2008 - 2010|
|Young Leaders Council||Particpant||2007 - 2007|
|Law Office Management and Technology Section of the Tennessee Bar Association||Vice Chair||2007 - 2008|
|Appellate Practice Committee, Nashville Bar Association||Member||2005 - 2007|
|National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Mid-Central Regional Basic Trial Skills Program||Participant||2005 - 2005|
|Harry Phillips American Inn of Court||Barrister||2005 - 2009|
|Nashville Bar Association Fee Dispute Committee||Chair of Fee Dispute Panels||2004 - 2007|
|OYEZ, publication of the Young Lawyers Division of the Nashville Bar Association||Marketing Director||2003 - 2003|
|The Partnership Institute’s Nashville Partnership Series||Graduate||2003 - 2004|
|Nashville Emerging Leaders||Graduate||2003 - 2003|
|Nashville Bar Journal||Editorial Committee||2002 - 2003|
|Nashville Area Junior Chamber of Commerce||Legal Counsel||2002 - 2003|
|Nashville Area Junior Chamber of Commerce Toastmasters Club||President||2002 - 2004|
|NAJCC Leadership Course||Graduate||2001 - 2001|
|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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|Tennessee Bar Association||How to Grow Your Practice While Avoiding Malpractice Claims||2012|
|Tennessee Bar Association||Ethics of Wills and Estates 101||2012|
|Tennessee Bar Association||Preventing Legal Malpractice: Know Thy Enemy||2011|
|Tennessee Bar Association||Covenants Not to Compete||2011|
|Law Practice Today||Departing Employee Technology Checklist: Keeping the Fox Out of the Henhouse||2010|
|Law Practice Today||Computers, Tequila and Handguns: Controlling Technology So It Doesn’t Control You||2009|
|Reprinted by Connecticut Bar Association||Computers, Tequila and Handguns: Controlling Technology So It Doesn’t Control You||2009|
|Tennessee Medicine||Udom Undone: Tennessee Enacts New Law Regarding Physician Non-Compete Agreements||2007|
|Nashville Bar Journal||Writely (now Google Documents)||2006|
|Litigation Letter, Tennessee Bar Association||An Analysis of the Statutory Presumption of Reasonableness and Necessity of Medical Bills - Tenn. Code Ann. § 24-5-113||2001|
|University of Notre Dame||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1998|
|CLE on March 6, 2014||Intentional Interference with Business Relationships in Tennessee: An Overview, Update, and Litigation Tips||2014|
|I Love My Practice||Social Media: Marketing, Ethics & Discovery||2013|
|2012 Annual Review and Ethics||Social Media||2012|
|Continuing Legal Education Seminar||How to Grow Your Practice While Avoiding Malpractice Claims||2011|
|Law Tech 2010||Management and Technology Solutions for Your Firm||2010|
|Continuing Legal Education||Metadata, Multitasking and Disclaimers, Oh My!||2010|
|Meeting Presentation||The Billable Hour: Where Did It Come From And Where Is It Going?||2009|
|Law Tech 2009||Management and Technology Solutions for Your Firm||2009|
|Auto-Owners Insurance Company Regional Meeting||Summary Judgments After Hannan and Tennessee’s New E-Discovery Rules||2009|
|Law Tech 2008||Technology in the Courts||2008|
|Law Tech 2008||Ethical Risks Created by Technology||2008|
|Preventing Legal Malpractice seminar||Emerging Areas of Potential Liability Caused by the Legal Profession’s Increasing Use of Technology||2007|
|Practical Litigation Skills in Tennessee||Ethical Quandaries in Litigation||2006|
|Council on Education in Management Seminar||Workplace Violence and Terrorism: Protecting Your Organization||2006|
|Council on Education in Management||Legal Recruiting and Hiring: Starting Out Right||2006|
|Council on Education in Management||Privacy and Confidentiality in the Workplace: Protecting Your Employees' Rights and Your Organization's Information||2006|
Posted by anonymous
I retained counsel from Tom out of state (more than 2k miles away). He was very clear with regards of the process and on what needed to be done. Likewise, his responses where quick, concise and communicated the critical points of the situation. He also made great suggestions, offered different perspectives while helping resolve the matter quickly and hassle free.
I would definitively recommend him for any business related matter.
Posted by Chris
I hired Tom to help clear up an employment contract dispute with a previous employer. Tom was quick to respond (unlike other lawyers in the area) and was eager to look over the facts regarding my case. Once Tom had a clear understanding of the issue at hand, he explained the options available to me and provided clear expectations of the possible outcomes while simultaneously offering his professional guidance. In the end, Tom was easy to work with, knowledgeable, and helped me reach the outcome I desired in a quick and timely manner. I would recommend Tom's services to anyone needing guidance with regards to employment law and any issues contained within.
Posted by Jim
Mr. Shumate represented me on a case in which l could not
get a clear certificate of title on a vehicle l purchased.
He was very professional and by following his instructions
the matter was resolved in my favor.
l would highly recommend him for any legal problems
that may arise.
Posted by Tom
As a small business owner, I need an experienced lawyer who can assist me in a variety of situations. Tom has always filled that role for me. He is very open and honest in his approach and extremely knowledgable. He has always helped me with the heart of a teacher, not only solving my current needs, but coaching me on how to avoid potential pitfalls in the future.
Posted by Amy
I had no idea what I was dealing with coming into this experience and Tom did an outstanding job of explaining everything that was happening/ needed to happen. He explained it all in a way that I could understand easily and I felt completely at ease with him as my lawyer.
Posted by Ralph
I recommend Tom whenever possible. Tom is always forthright and upfront about what is going on, and what our chances are in any legal situation we find ourselves in. Specifically in one instance Tom was able to get a settlement out of a Business purchase we made, even though the chances were slim of that occuring. It was more than expected, and allowed us to also keep the business ongoing. In another instance we used Tom to make sure we were getting a fair deal on several Lease agreements. Even if we couldn't change everything, we at least knew our options.
Paul Jeter, Child custody Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
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.
Donald Saulters, Litigation Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
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.
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