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L. Rocky McElhaney II

Personal injury Attorney at Nashville, TN

4.9   30 reviews

also known as Rocky McElhaney, Rocky McElhaney Law Firm

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  • Licensed for 25 years
    State TN
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    18%
    AREAS OF PRACTICE * AUTO & MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS * WRONGFUL DEATH * TRACTOR-TRAILER WRECKS * PRODUCT LIABILITY * NURSING HOME ABUSE & NEGLECT * CHILD INJURIES * PERSONAL INJURY * BRAIN & SPINAL INJURIES * DANGEROUS DRUGS * MEDICAL MALPRACTICE * CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENTS * SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY * WORKERS' COMPENSATION

    25 years, 3,000 cases

  2. Personal injury
    18%
    AREAS OF PRACTICE * AUTO & MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS * WRONGFUL DEATH * TRACTOR-TRAILER WRECKS * PRODUCT LIABILITY * NURSING HOME ABUSE & NEGLECT * CHILD INJURIES * PERSONAL INJURY * BRAIN & SPINAL INJURIES * DANGEROUS DRUGS * MEDICAL MALPRACTICE * CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENTS * SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY * WORKERS' COMPENSATION

    25 years, 2,000 cases

  3. Brain injury
    16%
    AREAS OF PRACTICE * AUTO & MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS * WRONGFUL DEATH * TRACTOR-TRAILER WRECKS * PRODUCT LIABILITY * NURSING HOME ABUSE & NEGLECT * CHILD INJURIES * PERSONAL INJURY * BRAIN & SPINAL INJURIES * DANGEROUS DRUGS * MEDICAL MALPRACTICE * CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENTS * SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY * WORKERS' COMPENSATION

    25 years, 1,500 cases

  4. Spinal cord injury
    15%

    25 years, 1,000 cases

  5. Medical malpractice
    14%
    AREAS OF PRACTICE * AUTO & MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS * WRONGFUL DEATH * TRACTOR-TRAILER WRECKS * PRODUCT LIABILITY * NURSING HOME ABUSE & NEGLECT * CHILD INJURIES * PERSONAL INJURY * BRAIN & SPINAL INJURIES * DANGEROUS DRUGS * MEDICAL MALPRACTICE * CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENTS * SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY * WORKERS' COMPENSATION

    25 years, 500 cases

  6. Social Security & Disability
    14%
    AREAS OF PRACTICE * AUTO & MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS * WRONGFUL DEATH * TRACTOR-TRAILER WRECKS * PRODUCT LIABILITY * NURSING HOME ABUSE & NEGLECT * CHILD INJURIES * PERSONAL INJURY * BRAIN & SPINAL INJURIES * DANGEROUS DRUGS * MEDICAL MALPRACTICE * CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENTS * SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY * WORKERS' COMPENSATION

    25 years, 1,000 cases

  7. Workers compensation
    5%
    AREAS OF PRACTICE * AUTO & MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS * WRONGFUL DEATH * TRACTOR-TRAILER WRECKS * PRODUCT LIABILITY * NURSING HOME ABUSE & NEGLECT * CHILD INJURIES * PERSONAL INJURY * BRAIN & SPINAL INJURIES * DANGEROUS DRUGS * MEDICAL MALPRACTICE * CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENTS * SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY * WORKERS' COMPENSATION

    25 years, 1,000 cases

MY TEAM AND I HELP PEOPLE WHO HAVE SUFFERED SERIOUS INJURIES OR THE LOSS OF A LOVED ONE GET JUSTICE!

       Rocky McElhaney learned many of the life lessons he now uses to help his clients while growing up near Buffalo Trail, in Morristown Tennessee, a small town about 35 miles east of Knoxville. At Central Point Baptist Church, he was taught the proper order of core values by his grandmother - faith, family, friends, and then finances. Rocky's dad worked as a millwright. His mom was an aide for Head Start. The family lived paycheck to paycheck. Rocky watched his parents work hard for what little they had. They overcame obstacles and made ends meet. By their example, Rocky learned that if you work hard, you can make it.

 

       On August 5, 1988, when Rocky was 15, his dad, Larry McElhaney, injured his low back at work. He filed a workers’ compensation claim, but the insurance company would not pay or provide timely medical treatment. Larry had no choice but to return to work and struggle through the pain. It took three years for Rocky’s dad to get the surgery he needed.

 

       Rocky saw the stress on his dad’s face as he dealt with the physical pain of his injury compounded by financial worry as bills piled up. The family got evicted and had to move. For over three years, Larry dealt with the never-ending stall tactics and red tape of an insurance company that wrongfully refused to give him the benefits he had earned. He was worn down. Larry eventually hired a lawyer. The insurance company still refused to accept responsibility. In fact, in court papers, the insurance company denied it owed Larry anything for his injury. With the help of that lawyer, the family finally got justice.

 

       It was at that moment that Rocky decided to become an attorney – to fight for people the way that lawyer fought for his Dad and his family. Rocky knows that hard working people who are injured should not be subjected to additional hardship because a big corporation or insurance company refuses to do the right thing. Rocky believes that injured people deserve an attorney they can trust to ensure that those that harm them are held fully accountable. Big corporations and the billion dollar insurance companies that back them should be held to the same standard we teach ourchildren - to immediately take responsibility when they cause damage to another and fully pay for the harms and losses.

 

       After he earned his Bachelors or Arts in History from the University of Knoxville and went on to graduate with honors from Nashville School of Law in 1999, he began working as an attorney to feed his passion for pursuing civil justice for the seriously injured.  Rocky decided early on that if he was going to reach and help as many folks as he could he was going to have to start a his own people-centered practice that specialized in workers’ compensation, personal injury, catastrophic injury, wrongful death, auto and tractor-trailer wrecks and offered individuals assistance with appealing denied social security disability benefits claims.  As the principal and founding member of Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, he could begin building his dream, his way:  taking aggressive steps to obtain the maximum compensation under the law for each and every client in a cost-effective and efficient manner. 

 

       Representing only the people, not the powerful, over the past 14 years, Rocky has built this law firm to fight for injured people. What makes Rocky different is that he really cares about his clients. Every injured person is his dad and every ruthless insurance company is the one that impacted his family. From that viewpoint, Rocky and his team fight to make sure every client and their family get the maximum compensation for what they go through, not just a quick settlement. Rocky builds friendships with his clients, not just professional relationships. For example, Bridget Pack first hired Rocky in 2000 and they still text to this day. Rocky went to trial for Ernest Atkinson in 2002. Ernie and Rocky would meet at least once every other month at the Beacon Light restaurant on Highway 100 to eat breakfast until Ernie passed away in 2006. Rocky knows his clients’ names and their stories; not just their case number and date of injury.

 

        The firm’s commitment to identifying with their clients’ needs and to fighting for not just fair, but maximum compensation awards has helped his intimate, family-oriented practice develop a statewide presence.

 

       Rocky was a professor of Legal Writing at Nashville School of Law from 2005- 2008. During 2006-2007 he served as President of the Nashville Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and through the present, he remains an active member of the Board of Directors. Rocky is a member of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Rocky’s memberships also include the Nashville and Maury County Bar associations. In 2012, Rocky went on to be voted one of Tennessee’s Top Rated Lawyers by Legal Leaders. In 2013, he received Martindale Hubbell’s AV Preeminent Rating. This rating is granted to those lawyers with only the highest possible peer rating in both legal and ethical standards. For 6 years running Rocky has received the title of “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” from the American Trial Lawyers Association. Other notable achievements include being voted Nashville Business Journal’s “Best in Bar” from 2007-2010. His practice was selected again by NBJ as one of the “Best Places to Work” in 2013. Rocky attributes many of his personal and firm successes to him making client service his highest priority.

 

        Rocky routinely lectures to other lawyers regarding workers' compensation and trial related issues. He has argued twice before the Tennessee Supreme Court, establishing ground-breaking legal rulings in workers' compensation. Again, Rocky demonstrated his degree of personal involvement and passion for protecting injured- workers when in 2013, he arduously campaigned against the passing of Governor Haslam’s workers’ compensation reform bill at the House and Senate. Because of the devastating effects that this particular bill would have on working class people who become injured, Rocky and his firm took a grassroots outreach approach to saturate local newspapers, television, and internet blogs trying to raise Tennessean awareness and opposition to the bill that would affect injured-workers so close to home.

 

        In recognition of this work, in 2013 the Tennessee Association for Justice honored Rocky with a Paladin Award for demonstrating superior skills against seemingly insurmountable odds and for working tirelessly to combat the significant threats to the civil justice system.

 

Rocky works hard and plays harder. He and his wife Penny have three little boys. On evenings after work, he can be found pitching to his sons, chasing them down on their bikes and battery-powered 4-wheelers, or grilling in the back yard. He likes to SCUBA dive and snow ski. He enjoys Tennessee football games in autumn and Santa Rosa Beach, Florida in springtime. Rocky has an adventurous spirit which led him to jump out of an airplane to skydive, drive a NASCAR 155 MPH at Kentucky Speedway and cliff dive 35 feet into the Caribbean Sea at Rick’s Café in Jamaica.

 

Photos and videos

Rocky McElhaney gives some background information on the firm and shows off the beautiful and accessible office, built to help service clients struggling with mobility following an injury.
Rocky McElhaney explains why he makes it a personal mission to help injured victims throughout the state of Tennessee.  Call today to speak with one of our qualified, aggressive and compassionate attorneys.
Rocky McElhaney discusses why workers compensation claims are such a big part of his practice and what he has done for prior clients. If you suffer a work related injury, don't settle for less than the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm. Representing the injured is
Social security is supposed to be a safety net for the American people. But the Federal government denies about 70% of all initial applications. Rocky McElhaney Law Firm provides support to those who are filing for social security disability.
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Location

Rocky McElhaney Law Firm: Car Accident & Injury Lawyers
Rocky McElhaney Law Firm
475 Saundersville Road
Hendersonville, TN, 37075
Rocky McElhaney Law Firm
615 Main Street
B21
Nashville, TN, 37206
Rocky McElhaney Law Firm
2197 Madison Street
Suite 103
Clarksville, TN, 37043
Rocky McElhaney Law Firm
2805 Old Fort Parkway
Suite H
Murfreesboro, TN, 37130
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Reviews

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Posted by Steven | March 6, 2014
Look No Further!!!!
I would recommend Rocky McElhaney Law Firm to anyone that is in need of a trustworthy and caring firm. I turned to Rocky McElhaney Law Firm and Mr.Russell Belk when I was hurt at work and my employer was not looking out for my best interest. My Employer's Dr gave me a lot of restrictions so I could never return back to my old job but turned around and contradicted that by giving me a 0% rating basically looking out for the company not me at all. Mr. Belk and the firm made sure I was seen by a Dr. that had my interest in account not just my employers. If I would have went with my employers Dr. and never hired Rocky McElhaney Law Firm and Mr. Russell Belk I would have walked a way with no job and no settlement instead I walked with more than a fair settlement. The service I received through out the process was 5 star quality, Mr. Belk and Anna stayed in contact with me about the next steps along with answering my emails extremely fast. Do not let your employer make you feel like they have you best interest at hand because when it comes down to it they are going to do whats best for them so you should do the same thing and HIRE Rocky McElhaney Law Firm and Mr. Russell Belk.
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Posted by Greg | October 31, 2013
Larry R. McElhaney, The Standard by which all others should be held
I have been represented by Mr. McElhaney's law firm since 2006, I don't believe there is a better firm in the country. I and my health has always been put first by this firm, Mr. McElhaney and his co workers have actually made me realize there is one law firm that I can honestly say is practicing law for the good of its clients. over the years I have recomended Mr. McElhaney's firm to several folks and every one of them have come to me thanking me recomending an excellent experience. Mr. McElhaney is one of the most caring, kind and honest people I have ever known.I wish I could tell everyone about him, I see these attorney's advertising on tv and I know that most if not all aren't nearly as concerned about their client's well being as Mr. McElhaney. I dont have a case pending or anything like that, the reason I am posting this is just because I want everyone that need's legal help can get the name of who I believe is among the best there is. Please if you need legal help from someone that cares please call Mr. McElhaney, you wont be sorry. When my injury first occured I would have never guessed I would be fortunate enough to have the experience I have had. Do yourself a favor and give them a call, it's a lot like a good friend is also your attorney. I would never consider a different attorney if I ever had an injury again. I think this firm is the standard by which all firm's should be held. I started with a traumatic injury and ended up with me health care needs taken care of for life and a friend that contacts me just to see how i'm doing. I don't think there is a better person or a better firm than this one. I hope the best for everyone, I hope you never have an injury that would cause you to need an attorney but if you do there isn't a smarter thing you can do than to call Mr. McElhaney.
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Posted by anonymous | July 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Cool guys and great lawyers!
A distracted driver hit me. He went right through a red light looking at his phone. I was injured bad. I had to have 2 surgeries on my neck and shoulder. At the time of the wreck I was in my work vehicle so I had a work comp claim and a claim against the driver. Rocky, Steve and Paige handled everything. I didn’t have to do anything. They were constantly in contact with me. I never had any doubts they were always in my corner and fighting for my best interests. They made sure I knew what was going on for each step of my case. He and Paige went above and beyond after I accepted a settlement offer to work with my health insurance and collectors to reduce my medical bills and put more money back in my pocket. I absolutely recommend the Rocky, Steve and all the lawyers at Rocky McElhaney Law firm
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Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bad Highway Rear End Collision- Hired Rocky! Loved Rocky!
The work Rocky McElhaney, Justin Hight and my paralegals put into my case has changed my life. I was with a different lawyer first and was unhappy with his efforts. Calling this firm was the best decision I've ever made. He and his whole team are just remarkable people who went out of their way to make sure my husband and I didn't get run over by the insurance company (pun intended). I'm very thankful for all the extra time and work they put in after a settlement was reached on my case. They negotiated with my medical bill providers to put more money back in my pocket. It's something they don't have to do, but they do it because it's the right thing to do. I know for sure that not all lawyers practice this way. Every dollar counts, you know. The really did "fight" for me. I'm very lucky I had them in my corner and not some other lawyer. I still have a long road to recovery ahead but I'm thankful to be alive and thankful for my new friends at Rocky's office that have given me some piece of mind for the future.
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Posted by anonymous | May 12, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding job on my case
Rocky and the whole team at RML we’re always accommodating, down to earth. I spent months talking to the insurance company who made me almost feel like I was crazy and then when I called Rocky, he not only understood what I was talking about but showed me how the insurance company was trying to twist the story to devalue my case. I don’t have health insurance so it was hard for me to get the treatment I needed but the firm help me find options that made sense so I could physically get to feeling better. While that was going on they were bringing the heat on the insurance company for trying to sweep my case under the rug. It was really validating to be taken seriously. The end result of my case was way more than I could’ve ever expected on my own or without another lawyer. Rocky’s firm did a lot of extra stuff that helped give me more money back (things that other firms don’t necessarily do- but should).
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Posted by Cierra | April 10, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly recommend and this is why..
I highly recommend Rocky Mcelhaney Law Firm if you are looking for a firm that will have your best interests as a priority. They go above and beyond to give you the outcome you deserve. Rocky and Penny have done an amazing job establishing a firm with the standards and workmanship that this one has. Keep up the great work guys!
Posted by Joyce | March 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
This law firm is great! Highly recommend!
Rocky did a super job. He went above and beyond what was necessary. The entire staff was great to work with. He and the staff were very personable and eager to please. I would highly recommend him and the other lawyers at his firm.
Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Auto accident while on the job
I was involved in a MVA while on the job and I tried to settle the claim without seeking an attorney's advice. The opposing insurance offered me very little for the amount of injury and continued difficulties I have. I was so insulted and my feelings were so hurt that the insurance company did not value me or my health that I started crying. I called my husband who told me to call Rocky. I called Rocky and he assured me that he would work hard for me. He told me that I should also seek compensation from workers compensation. He was able to obtain a settlement from worker's compensation and the opposing car insurance company. He and his office staff made me feel that they had my best interests at heart. He kept me informed throughout the process and we were able to settle during mediation. I wish that I was not involved in a car accident and it was not a fun experience but I am so glad that I chose Rocky and his law firm to represent me. I would highly recommend his firm for anyone struggling with a personal injury.
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Posted by Cris | January 30, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Wonderful experience with his firm
My mother and I were reluctant to hire an attorney for our accident. We had seen all of the advertisements on television for various attorneys and that just didn’t seem like us. Once we determined that we needed to hire an attorney to represent us, we chose the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm based on the references we read. From the very start, Rocky and his team were very professional. They didn’t make big promises, but kept us informed of what they would try to accomplish for us. Rocky told us early on that our case might take a while. It ended up taking almost two years to settle. During that time, Rocky and Gina (the paralegal handling our case) were extremely communicative with us. We never wondered what was going on or where we were in the process. They treated us as if we were family and made us feel like we were an important client. We learned over these past two years that Rocky is more than an extraordinary attorney. He is incredibly easy to talk to. He listened to us, treated us with respect and provided us with great guidance and counsel as he handled our claim. Based on our experience with his firm, we would highly recommend Rocky McElhaney Law Firm.
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Posted by anonymous | January 27, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Thank you!
Great communication & service. Thank you for the help.
Posted by Marc | August 3, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Rocky was there when nobody else was!
I was involved in a wreck just over a year ago. I had been in some fender benders in the past but this one scared me. I didn't start having whiplash symptoms until a little while after. I called Rocky. James and Tammy and everyone at the office was so kind. They immediately took the burden of dealing with the insurance companies off my shoulders. They were very easy to work with caring, kind, and informative. I was really satisfied with this firm and my result. This is not the first experience I've had dealing with a lawyer. Compared to my other experiences I really think these guys are on it. I feel really good about what they did for me.
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Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Helped my family during a difficult time
After calling several local law firms and being turned down, Rocky personally met with me. He took the time to hear my story when those other lawyers wouldn't give me the time of day. Rocky's charisma won me over. We had a seemingly difficult auto wreck case involving serious injuries but he took the case without any qualms. I felt very comfortable leaving things in his hands. He handled my family's case quickly and got us the highest possible recovery we could have received from this matter. Everyone at the office was kind, helpful, and personable. I felt like I was treated dignity and respect. I would highly recommend him to anyone. He and his team will always be my number one choice.
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Posted by Johnnie | June 10, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
I couldn't think of a better attorney to have other than my friend and lawyer Rocky McElhaney.
Rocky hasn't been only a lawyer to me. He's also been my friend. I've known Rocky for almost 19 years. How I found Rocky was when I was injured at work. I had fell 14 feet into a crevice under a building. I was injured pretty bad and need somebody's help with my insurance and so on. It was a really bad time in my life. He came to my house to meet with me and to look and see exactly what had happened. I felt like I was in good hands going through something I'd never dealt with before. Somehow he was able to get my case settled within four months. I couldn't think of a better attorney to have other than my friend and lawyer Rocky McElhaney.
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Posted by Miranda | April 20, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Love Rocky and his team!
I am a road musician, master session singer, and recording artist. I have charted 7 times.... a car wreck brought this all to a halt. I was hurt, with torn muscles in my hands, my back had a disc injury, I had whiplash, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I had memory loss from being hit in the head by my rear view mirror....and my legs and feet were constantly in pain. (No more high heels on stage). My fiancee paid my bills long distance, for me, so I could survive, as I couldn't accept out of town bookings...though I did some in town, without having to drive far.God Bless him.... Then there is my lawyer, who protected me, and advised me, when I needed an advocate. His name is Rocky McElhaney; and I would've been lost without him....First of all, my friend Stan Hedges' widow, Sandy, recommended him to me...and I can't thank her enough. The physical pain, compounded by the vulnerability was tough to bear.He took my case, and stopped the harassing calls from the hospital.... and advised me to keep a journal, recording my daily emotions and events, which I did. I found it therapeutic, but I also was recording systematic events regarding my case, thus making it and me stronger.I needed to be stronger. My part time job as a waitress was kept only due to a very kind and sympathetic boss, who allowed me to carry two plated at once instead of four, and still does...understanding that my memory has been harmed, and I now bring food to the wrong tables, after working there 23 years....he is a patient man, and treats us like family.You see a mirror hit me in the temple very hard during this car crash. I , after being diagnosed by two Neurologists,they both said I had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and shock. I believe it. I couldn't remember where I was going while driving sometimes. Who came to my rescue??? Rocky McElhaney, Believe me, he had bigger fish to fry, and he took me personally. Having someone like him represent you will change your life...he won my case. I will always feel pain physically, and feel robbed of my very precious time here on Earth; because of the carelessness of the other driver, but at least someone cared, and stood by me; and never dropped me, and made sure I sought the right physical therapy, and medical care. Yes. We won. The end.
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Posted by Alex | December 21, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Rocky and Dena are my Lifesaver
I'm going to say right now, my story is not going to be like everybody else on here but God gives us all different struggles and I hope this helps somebody. This firm has helped me through one of the darkest times of my life. On January 3, 2012, I got the call that I had been fired after enduring a horrible neck injury from getting hurt at work a year prior. Bills were behind, my car was broke down and I so did I. They cut my insurance off, they cut my comp check off. Everything stopped in one day. I had to leave my apartment. I had no where to live. They called me and told me they were sending me to pain management and that there was nothing else they could do for my injury. Three years went by, I kept telling the pain management doctor that I knew it was not muscle pain. Every visit, I would tell the doctor that could hardly move, that it felt like lighting was striking across my body. I couldn't move my fingers. Finally, they sent me for a test and told me that my work injury had worsened. The disk had moved and was sitting right on top of the nerve. They told me the ONLY way they could treat it was with steroid shots and pills they wouldn't do surgery- which is what I really needed to correct the issues. I couldn't do anything I loved anymore. I couldn't be with my grandkids. I couldn't play music. I couldn't leave the house without taking a pill. I was so depressed and ashamed. I've never been addicted to anything. I felt like nothing. I did things I'm not proud of but I couldn't handle the pain. Work comp didn't care, they sent me a letter to tell me that they would no longer provide me with care because I ended up abusing the pills that they got me hooked on. I didn't want to be me no more. I didn't want to be here anymore. I couldn't trust nobody. The only person I could call was Rocky. I told Rocky he was my last hope. They only person that could help me and Rocky told me "If you listen to me and get off these pills, I will get you through this- everything will be alright, Alex." And that's when my life changed- finally for the better. And now I know looking back that God, Rocky and my girlfriend and my good friends and very spiritual family are the only reason I that am still here today. Rocky and Dena, got me to treatment right away. They pushed for it. It wasn't easy. I didn't want to at first. But Rocky, Dena, and my doctor got me over the pills. They got me around the curve. They saved my life from a place I never thought it could go. Rocky fought for me. We never went to court, but Rocky just went to work. The adjuster was a nightmare and he spared me from that. He fault hard to secure me a great settlement. After living on $75 a week for four years it was an unbelievable feeling to be able to provide for my family, to buy my kids and grandkids Christmas presents, to be able to laugh and enjoy people. I have a new car that I'm proud of and so thankful for. I still live in unbearable pain everyday but I'd rather lay in my bed all day then destroy my life with another pill. I'm living drug free and that I've won my life back. Getting injured at work and dealing with work comp and their doctors took so much from me. But Rocky Law helped me get my life back and I'm stronger for it. A pill don't fix you, it makes you worser. I will never let anybody else in my life tell me different. This firm represents freedom from that to me.
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Posted by Gino | July 24, 2015
Rocky McElhaney is a stand up guy
I've known Rocky for about 13 years. We met in about 2002. He took a case for me when no one would. He actually handled a few different matters for me. He was upright, straightforward and honest. He talks the talk and walks the walk. He's been good to me and my wife to his family Christmas party even. Rocky is a class-act. In fact, I sent him a few people that needed a lawyer. I try to send everybody I can to him because I trust him. He did me and my family right. I know everybody thinks lawyers are a bunch of thieves but Rocky is broke the mold. Always calls me back, always asks about me. Good guy all the way around.
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Posted by Craig | July 22, 2015
Good man. Amazing Lawyer.
Rocky McElhaney has went way beyond being a lawyer, he is like a family member. I was badly burned in an industrial accident in 2001 by phosphorus. That day my whole life changed. My family and the doctors didn't even think I was going to make it. Thankfully, I pulled through. Rocky was there by my side from the hospital all the way through the entire fight with work comp and social security. He was there through everything. He went to the doctor visits with me, he was there when I needed him on my worst days, even asked me if he could help paint my house to help me out. I'm telling you, I don't know of any lawyer out there who would treat me so good. We've went to court several times either because workers' comp was trying to cut my meds or because of a social security hearing. Every time it's a nerve-racking experience, but Rocky eased my fears, told me how things were going to go every step of the way. He always did his homework, knew the law, always knew what was going on in my case and when it was time to get in front of the judge he always dominated and made things right. Because Rocky was in my corner, my case was successful. I went through so much depression because of my accident- I can honestly say, I don't think I'd be here if it wasn't for him. At the bleakest times in my life he gave me hope. He even got me additional lump sum in social security payments where initially I was told I was going to be owing social security. He really turned that around! This man is incredible. If you don't know who to turn to after an accident like mine, or a car accident, or other personal injury and you just hire somebody else, you're experience WILL be totally different, and you could be taking a big risk with your future. When you hire Rocky, you can trust he and his team do everything they can to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve and so desperately need. There is no attorney out there like Rocky!
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Posted by Sheila | July 13, 2015
If there were more than five stars to award - I would so give it to Rocky!
This thing only has 5 stars but i would so love to give it more!! My name is Shelia Lannom and I was a client with Rocky Law firm for the past few years. I want to recommend him and his staff to any one needing a attorney's assistance. Rocky took on my case which as he and I called it a "plane crash" waiting to happen! My case was a up hill battle both ways! Rocky didn't flinch he took on my case as soon as he spoke with me. Then Afsoon came on board and took my experience with his firm to a whole other level. From his front office staff to the back I always felt cared for. Well, Rocky took control of the spiraling plane and Afsoon copiloted, and took my case to a smooth landing. We had a 12 hour trial which Rocky was sick through the whole thing and never complained nor backed down for a second. He and I touched base after trial and I assured him that I felt no one could have done a better job. I don't think rocky could have tried it again as well as he did that day. I let him know that I felt like a ton of bricks had been lifted even without a opinion yet. No matter the verdict Rocky and Afsoon always made me feel like its going to be ok. They had my back!!! When the judges opinion came down Afsoon and Rocky both called me! I could tell it effected them as much as it did me. I hope to never need a attorney again but I know life throws you curves balls at times and you need one. Rocky and his Firm hit my curve ball out of the park. I can't say enough about them, but will recommend Rocky and his staff to anyone needing an attorney! I consider Rocky and Afsoon my friends now.
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Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2015
He did what he said he was going to do- Seriously Great Lawyer!
I worked for Coca-Cola for 15 years, and all the pushing, pulling, lifting and tugging ended up getting to me causing a gradual injury to my neck and back. One day I woke up and I couldn't breathe and I was numb all over. The doctor said that my neck was so messed up that it looked like I'd been in a car wreck. Both the doctors said that I couldn't go back to work and if I did they said It was going to have to be at limited capacity. Work comp of course went on to deny my claim. Then I contacted *****, because I knew they were in the wrong and I wasn't. ***** said don't worry we're gonna take care of you and he did. He got the records, got my surgery approved, he also took care of getting my health insurance to pay for what they were supposed to before I made my claim to work comp. I ended up getting as much money by law that I could get to help set me up and more importantly I now get my medical treatment paid for life. ***** has got the skills in the courtroom and he did the work on the back end so I didn't have to do a thing. I've got friends that are lawyers and even they said that they couldn't have got me what ***** got me because it was a gradual injury and that they are hard to prove. ***** didn't give up, he didn't let up an he really went to bat for me. He's just awesome.
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Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2015
He Got My Loved One The Justice He Deserved
My only child passed away in a car wreck and I hired Rocky to represent me in a wrongful death suit. I could not have made it through everything if Rocky had not been so kind, caring, compassionate and sensitive to what I was going through. Honestly, before I met Rocky and his team of wonderful people, I assumed with him being a trial attorney that he would be just a person in a suit that didn't really care about me, my family and what we have gone through. Much to my surprise, Rocky was much more than I ever expected. He made what was the most difficult thing I had ever gone through manageable. He walked beside me the entire time through the process and always followed through. He helped us understand why legal action was needed in order to get the justice and protect my son's good name.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder and CEO
  • Rocky McElhaney Law Firm
  • 2006 - Present
  • Intro to Law and Legal Writing Professor
  • Nashville School of Law
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Managing Partner
  • Arena & McElhaney
  • 2002 - 2006
  • Partner
  • Williams & McElhaney
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Office of Larry R. Williams
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Law Clerk
  • Law Office of Larry R. Williams
  • 1996 - 1999
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Education

  • Nashville School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville (main)
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Associations

  • Trial Masters
  • Charter Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Tennessee Association for Justice Workers' Compensation Practice Group
  • Found and Co-Chair
  • 2009 - Present
  • Tennessee Association for Justice
  • Vice President
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Tennessee Association for Justice
  • Executive Committee Member of the Board of Governors
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Nashville Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
  • President
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Tennessee Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2011
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2002
  • Nashville Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
  • Member of the Board of Directors
  • 1998 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Voted NBJ's 2015 Best Places to Work
  • Nashville Business Journal
  • 2015
  • ESGR Patriot Award
  • Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
  • 2015
  • 2015 Top Three Best Attorneys in Nashville
  • ThreeBestRated.com
  • 2015
  • Significant Trial Experience Inductee
  • Trial Masters
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Paladin Award
  • Tennessee Association for Justice
  • 2013
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2013
  • AFL-CIO Presidents Award
  • Tennessee AFL-CIO
  • 2013
  • Best Places to Work
  • Nashville Business Journal
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2012
  • Tennessee's Top Rated Lawyers
  • Tennessee's Legal Leaders
  • 2012
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2012
  • Pro Bono Honor Roll
  • Nashville Pro Bono Program
  • 2012
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2011
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2011
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2011
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2011
  • Best of the Bar
  • Nashville Business Journal
  • 2010
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2010
  • Best of the Bar
  • Nashville Business Journal
  • 2009
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2009
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2008
  • Best of the Bar
  • Nashville Business Journal
  • 2008
  • Sponsorship Award
  • Nashville Bar Minority Opportunities Program
  • 2007
  • Best of the Bar
  • Nashville Business Journal
  • 2007
  • Enterprise Award
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • 2002
  • Enterprise Award
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • 2001
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • TAJ Annual Summer Conference
  • Fast and Furious: Fifteen Fast Break Points for the Tennessee Trial Lawyer
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (13)
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Personal injury Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Rocky is a superb advocate for his clients and I highly recommend him!"
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I attended law school with Rocky at the same time, and since then have kept up with his rise to the top. There is a reason for all the well-deserved awards bestowed on Rocky. He represents working people and is extremely passionate about what he does. He is also hard-working, extremely knowledgeable in several areas of the law, and is both client-focused and success-oriented while always bearing ethics in mind. Rocky is well-known and highly respected in the Nashville legal community and commits a significant amount of his time to civic involvement. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Not only do I endorse this lawyer, but I frequently recommend him to people who have suffered personal injuries."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer without reservation."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Rocky for twenty years - and when I needed a lawyer, he was first on my list. He is a great guy, and puts all his heart into representing his clients, and making sure their best interests are served. Rocky and his firm are fantastic folks, and I cannot recommend them enough."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is easy to endorse Rocky. He is a forceful advocate for his clients and works hard on their behalf. If you're looking for someone to represent you, you should seriously consider calling Rocky."
Workers compensation Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Rocky and I have gone toe to toe several times over the last decade. I have never doubted his passion in representing his clients. He is aggressive but not unreasonable. I have always enjoyed working in cases opposite him and have the utmost respect for his skills as an attorney."
Car accident Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rocky is an excellent lawyer and great advocate for his clients. Whether someone is in an auto accident or has an on-the-job injury, Rocky will fight to ensure that they receive their maximum recovery. People need a lawyer like Rocky to battle against the insurance companies and I highly endorse him for fighting the good fight!"
Personal injury Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse L. Rocky. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have defended at least two cases in which Rocky represented injured parties. Rocky aggressively and zealously represented the interests of his clients and obtained good results for them. If you are looking for a "bulldog" attorney to represent your interests in a personal injury action, call Rocky!"
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have provided technical assistance to Rocky and his Staff for several cases. Rocky listens to his clients and prepares each case with an in-depth analysis. He covers all the bases. His litigation skills are outstanding. I would recommend Rocky to my friends without reservation. Clarence Bennett, Brentwood, TN"
Workers compensation Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Rocky is a zealous advocate for his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I would refer any personal injury or workers' compensation matter to Rocky. He is very aggressive and successful at litigating these types of cases."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Rocky is an excellent lawyer. He is aggressive and represents his clients with great passion. Although we disagree on some legal issues sometimes, I enjoy working with him on a case and respect him as an attorney."
Workers compensation Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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