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James E. Mackler is a graduate of Duke University, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in public policy studies.  He received his law degree, with honors,  from the University of Washington School of Law where he served as the president of the Moot Court Honor Board.  James is the 1995 recipient of the University of Washington Public Interest Law Association Grant and is a Member of the Order of the Barristers

After spending seven years developing a successful private practice in Colorado, James was inspired by the events of September 11, 2001 to join the Army.  He spent three years as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot with the 101st Airborne Division, including a one year deployment to Iraq.  After returning from Iraq, James transferred to the Judge Advocate General Corps where he served as a legal advisor to high level leaders and commanders of military hospitals and as a senior trial counsel. James earned his Parachutist Badge, Combat Action Badge, Air Medal and an Army Achievement Medal during his time in the Army.  He also (barely) survived the Army’s rigorous Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape (SERE) training.
James left the Army in 2011 and now lives in Nashville. He continues to serve in the Air National Guard.   He is actively involved in the Nashville Community.
In his free time, James enjoys running, flying and motorcycle riding.



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Practice areas


  1. Aviation: 35%
    5 years, 15 cases
  2. Business: 25%
    19 years, 30 cases
  3. Military Law: 20%
    18 years, 50 cases
  4. Litigation: 20%
    19 years, 100 cases



Hourly ($500/hour)

Payment types:

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    James is an asset to our firm. He is quick on his feet in the courtroom, drawing on his experience in the JAG Corps. He provides tremendous care for his clients' needs and is active in the community.


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Contact info

Frost Brown Todd

150 3rd Ave N
Nashville, TN, 37219


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
40 Under 40Nashville Business Journal2012
Law Leader RisngNashville Post2012
Nashville Emerging LeaderNashville Area Chamber of Commerce2012
Honor GraduateJudge Advocate General's Center and School2007
Air MedalU.S. Army2006
Distinguished Honor GraduateWarrant Officer Candidate School2004
Member, Order of the BarristersOrder of the Barristers1997
Public Interest Law Association GrantUniversity of Washington1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberFrost Brown Todd2015 - Present
Deputy Staff Judge AdvocateTennessee Air National Guard2013 - Present
AttorneyBone McAllester Norton, PLLC2011 - 2015
Litigation AttorneyUnited States Department of Labor2010 - 2010
Senior Trial CounselUnited States Army Judge Advocate General Corps.2007 - 2011
Blackhawk Helicopter PilotUnited States Army (Active & Reserve)2003 - 2007
President / AttorneyJames E Mackler, PC1997 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2012 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2012 - Present
US Army ReservesTrial Attorney2010 - Present
Tennessee Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Airplane Owners and Pilots AssociationMember2006 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
United States v FarahSentenced far below guidelines.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. ArmyMilitary LawJAG2007
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Duke UniversityPublic PolicyBA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Rotary ClubInternational Law of Armed Conflict2013
Employment Law SeminarWhistleblower Claims2012
Annual Military Police Certification CourseLaw Enforcement Certification2010
Armor Officer Advanced CourseMilitary Justice and the Law of War2009