Mathew R. Zenner

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Brentwood, TN

McCune Zenner Happell, PLLC
 | 5200 Maryland Way, Suite 120
Brentwood, TN 37027
Phone: 615-425-3476
Fax: 615-251-1385
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1997
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Defense (30%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%)
Attorney Profile

As founding partner at McCune Zenner Happell, PLLC, Mathew R. Zenner focuses his practice on handling employment discrimination, personal injury, products liability, and commercial litigation. He serves people in Middle Tennessee, including those in Nashville, Franklin and Brentwood, as well as those in Rutherford, Davidson and Williamson counties.

Whenever wrongdoing occurs, it leaves people with a sense of loss, frustration and even confusion. Mr. Zenner makes it a point to ensure clients feel heard because he believes they deserve to have a voice. Acting as their advocate, he pursues settlement negotiations or trial in order to obtain compensation for the damages they have suffered.

This approach is the reason Mr. Zenner has earned a number of accolades from the legal community, such as earning the rating of Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished* from Martindale-Hubbell; being listed in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100; being one of the National Academy of Jurisprudence’s Premier 100 Trial Attorneys; and holding an Avvo “Superb” rating.

Mr. Zenner received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota, in 1993. He then attended the University of Minnesota Law School, graduating cum laude with a Juris Doctor in 1997.

Licensed for 20 years, Mr. Zenner is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, the U.S. District Courts for the Middle, Eastern and Western Districts of Tennessee, the Tennessee Supreme Court, the Tennessee Court of Appeals, and all state trial courts. He is a member of the Nashville Bar Association, the Tennessee Employment Lawyers Association and the Tennessee Bar Association.

In his spare time, Mr. Zenner enjoys spending time with his wife and children, volunteer coaching his son's travel baseball team and FRA's cross country team, and racing in marathons and triathlons.

* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment Litigation (40%): Employment Discrimination

Personal Injury - Products (30%): Medical Devices, Products Liability

Personal Injury - General (30%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Defense

Focus Areas

Employment Discrimination, Medical Devices, Products Liability, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Defense


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Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2019

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About Mathew Zenner

Admitted: 1997, Tennessee

Professional Webpage:


  • American Academy of Trial Attorneys: Premier 100 Trial Attorney Tennessee, 2015
  • Honors: BNA Award of Excellence in Employment Law, University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, 2014
  • Excellence in Labor & Employment Law Award, American Bar Association Bureau of National Affairs
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, 2015
  • Honors: Student Director, Civil Practice Clinic, University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Excellence in Employment Discrimination Law Award, Minnesota State Bar Association

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Tennessee, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • National Trial Lawyers, Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association 
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • Tennessee Employment Lawyers Association
  • Minnesota, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee
  • Nashville Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum Mentoring Program, Mentor

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Personal Injury Litigation, National Business Institute, 2014 - Present
  • Litigating Personal Injury Cases under the Affordable Care Act, TAM Personal Injury CLE Conference, Nashville, 2014 - Present
  • Litigating Personal Injury Claims in Tennessee, ACA and HIPAA Rules. TAM Webinar, 2015 - Present
  • Litigating Health Care Liability Act Claims under the ACA and HIPAA, Tennessee Medical Malpractice Conference, 2016 - Present

Educational Background:

  • University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, B.A., Honors: All Conference baseball player, 1993

Industry Groups

  • Tennessee Employment Lawyers Association
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Office Location for Mathew R. Zenner

5200 Maryland Way
Suite 120
Brentwood, TN 37027

Phone: 615-425-3476

Fax: 615-251-1385

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Last Updated: 6/19/2019

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