Randall L. Kinnard, founder of Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge in Nashville, Tennessee, practices solely in personal injury for plaintiffs with special emphasis in medical malpractice, products liability and automobile wrecks. Mr. Kinnard is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates--the best 100 plaintiff attorneys in the United States. He is the past president of the Tennessee Association for Justice. He is active in community and charitable affairs and he provides support for military personnel who are having trouble making the transition from military to civilian life. He is in the process of founding The Children's Justice Center, a non-profit, charitable organization which will provide free legal help, advice, and court representation for abused and neglected children. Mr. Kinnard is an avid outdoorsman, enjoys running, golf, fishing, and hiking. He also likes to read, especially history.
About Randall Kinnard
Admitted: 1976, Tennessee
Professional Webpage: www.kinnardclaytonandbeveridge.com/Attorneys/Randall-L-Kinna...
Honors and Awards:
- Super Lawyers, Mid-South Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers in Tennessee, as listed in Business TN Top 100 Lawyers in Tennessee, Law and Politics Magazine Preeminent Lawyers, Highest AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell. Paladin Award given by Tennessee Association for Justice in 2011. Member of Inner Circle of Advocates, best 100 plaintiff attorneys in America. Founding Member of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, honoring the Nation's Top 100 Attorneys.
- Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year, Nashville, TN - Best Lawyers, 2011, 2013; Nashville's Best Lawyers, 2014
- He has been listed in the "Best Lawyers in America" for 20 years and was recognized in 2005 as being among the top lawyers in Tennessee.
- In its series "Masters of Trial Advocacy" Lawyers Weekly USA featured Randy in August 2003 and described him as thriving on "the combat of trial." Click here to read the article.
- The January, 2003 issue of "Nashville Post" (Nashville’s Business Monthly Magazine) said of him, "The first name given by legal pros when asked for the best personal injury attorney in Nashville."
- In 2001 he was elected as the "Best Civil Trial Lawyer in Middle Tennessee" by the Tennessee Bar Association.
- Graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science degree. An Airborne Ranger, he served 18 months in combat in Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne Brigade and was awarded the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Purple Heart, Combat Air Medal and Bronze Star for Valor.
- Certified as a Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate by the National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy
- Certified as a Medical Malpractice Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
- Civil Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy Continuing Legal Education & Specialization
- Past President of Tennessee Association for Justice, Past Chairman of Lawyers Involved for Tennessee, State Delegate to American Association for Justice, Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Association, Fellow of the Nashville Bar Association, Chairman of the Ethics Committee, Tennessee Association for Justice, Past Chairman, and Current Member of Legal--Medical Relations Committee of the Tennessee Bar Association, Ethics Committee Member of the Tennessee Bar Association, Ethics Committee Member of the American Association for Justice Advocate, Chair of Patient Safety Committee of the Tennessee Association for Justice, Member of Fellowship for Accurate Courtroom Testimony Law Review, Memphis State University School of Law, American Board of Trial Advocates, Member Nashville Bar Association, Member Tennessee Bar Association, Member American Bar Association, Member American Association for Justice, Member Tennessee Association for Justice, Member Harry Phillips American Inn of Court.
- Bar Admission: Tennessee and Kentucky
Pro bono/Community Service:
- Published a book called “RESPECT: Through the Eyes of Children.” Every year, Kinnard’s law firm – Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge - solicits responses from fifth graders on the meaning of respect. His book is a collection of the top entires. Each page includes a fifth grader’s entry and a drawing to illustrate his or her point. The winners receive cash prizes, as do their schools and the charities of their choice. All profits from the sale of this book is split among three Tennessee non-profit organizations.
- Kinnard Clayton & Beveridge sponsors the Music City Christmas 5K Run benefitting Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee. Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge was proud to be the lead sponsor of the event, which raised thousands of dollars for PCAT. PCAT is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of child neglect and abuse.
- Mr. Kinnard is a volunteer for Alive Hospice. He serves on the Quality Council for Alive Hospice. He has been a board member of Centerstone, which is a not-for-profit organization helping over 40,000 with mental illnesses. He is on the Board of Directors of Friends of Warner Parks, which seeks to preserve hundreds of acres of parklands in Davidson County. For decades, Mr. Kinnard has supported The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, which gives free legal services to poor people. When he was Chair of the fundraising campaign for Legal Aid, he helped raise over $700,000, setting a record. He has been a board member of his church, Sunday school teacher, and Scout leader. He is a member of the Economic Club of Nashville. He supports dozens of charitable organizations both local and national.
Scholarly Lectures and Writings:
- The following articles have been published in state or national magazines: Peremptory Challenges - How Many?; Mental Anguish Without Physical Injury; Is Your Action Really Time-Barred?; Damages in Children Death Cases; Discovery of Expert Opinions; Subpoena The Treating Physician to Trial; The Big Chill; Reconsider the Motion to Reconsider; How to Use Lay Witnesses to Prove Damages; The Personal Injury Trial - Less is More; New Tennessee Medical Malpractice Laws (2008); Tennessee Medical Malpractice Laws Change Again (2009); Lawyers Weekly USA, a prominent national law publication, featured Randy Kinnard as a MASTER OF TRIAL ADVOCACY in the article "THE WARRIOR WITHIN" Click here to read the article.
Verdicts and Settlements:
- Mr. Kinnard represented medical malpractice victim Bette Donathan in a jury trial that resulted in a $22 million verdict in 2010 in Tennessee. He has obtained multiple million dollar plus verdicts for clients over 30 years of practice.
Other Outstanding Achievements:
- Frequent speaker. Given dozens of speeches to lawyers to help them in their practice. He has spoken to judges about challenges in the courtroom. He has given speeches to hospitals, physicians, and nurses about how to avoid committing malpractice and how to improve the quality of care for patients. Here are the titles of some of the speeches he has given to national, state and local trial bar associations and to judges:Medical Malpractice In a Nutshell; Medical Malpractice - - Best Tips from 25 Years of Trial Work; The Personal Injury Trial: Voir Dire to Closing; Trial Advocacy In Tennessee - Initial Considerations; How to Assess Damages; Voir Dire in Auto Cases; Putting the Case Together for Trial; Mistakes Made in the Preparation and Trial of Personal Injury Cases; Children and Loss of Consortium; Comparative Fault Challenges; Advanced Trial Techniques; Opening Statement and Closing Argument - Trial Advocacy in Tennessee; Medical Malpractice - Tips for Tennessee Judges; How to Evaluate and Settle Personal Injury Claims in Tennessee - Plaintiff's Perspective; Proving Damages; Medical Malpractice; Tennessee Evidence; Cross-Examination of Experts – Punch Quickly and Get Out; Deposing and Cross Examining The Opposition's Medical Expert; Taking the Defendant Physician's Deposition; Cross-Examining the Opposition's Medical Expert; Taking the Opposing Expert Witness' Deposition; Settling the Federal Case - - The Plaintiff's Perspective; Mistakes Made in the Preparation of Trials; Assessing and Evaluating the Malpractice Case: Plaintiff's View; Choosing and Qualifying Your Medical Experts - Plaintiff's Perspectives; Removing the Chance for Recovery; Handling Your Opponents' Experts; Maximizing Your Chances to Win at Trial; Ethics & Professionalism; Evaluating Your Client's Medical Malpractice Case; Medical Malpractice; Medical Malpractice - Plaintiff Perspective; Exhibits: Kiss Me, You Fool; Opening Statements - Life is Not as Simple as It Used to Be; Damages in a Medical Malpractice Case; Humanizing Your Case; Personal Injury Evaluation of Damages from a Plaintiff's Perspective; Preparation and Direct Examination of Plaintiff's Orthopedist and Cross Examination of the Defense Orthopedist; Personal Injury Litigation Practice in Tennessee; Use of Depositions - Back to The Basics; The Big Chill and How to Avoid It. Establishing the Just Right Impression; How to Use Lay Witnesses to Prove Damages; Proving Damages at Trial; Procedural Technicalities: Filing Suit and Discovery; Preparation for Trial Includes Initial Consideration (A) Jury or Non-Jury (B) Evaluating Your Case (C) Economic Considerations; Videotaped Depositions and Deposition of Experts; Taking the Defendant Physician's Deposition; Tips on Your Client's Discovery Deposition; Notice and Certificate of Good Faith Laws Change Again!; The Burden of Proof and Related Evidence Issues; What I Would Tell the Doctor if I Were His Lawyer; BLINK-Mastering the Unconscious Mind in Jury Trials; The New Medical Malpractice Statutes; Taking the Defendant's Deposition to Win at Trial; Trial Strategies - Medical Malpractice; Less is More in the Personal Injury Trial; Opening Statements; Malpractice and Other Tort Issues; Evaluating Your Client's Case - Effectively Handling Malpractice Cases in Tennessee; R-E-S-P-E-C-T.... In his most recent speech to lawyers in the Tennessee Association for Justice on the topic of respect, Mr. Kinnard advised how important it is to respect your client, the jury, and yourself. He said, "Sometimes lawyers fail to respect the time of a juror. Jurors expect you to be organized and prepared. Do not waste their time. They want you to get to the point and sit down. Doing that requires you to be extremely competent, to know your case and to communicate it." He emphasized that "respecting your client" means far more than just being competent as a lawyer. "Be your client's friend. Due to tragic things that may have happened to your client, you may be one of the last friends your client has."
- Memphis State University School of Law, 1976
- The United States Military Academy, West Point, NY , 1967