J. Ross Pepper

Top rated Business Litigation attorney in Nashville, Tennessee

Pepper Law, PLC
J. Ross Pepper
Pepper Law, PLC

Practice Areas: Business Litigation; view more

Licensed in Tennessee since: 1990

Education: The University of Tennessee College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2024
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Pepper Law, PLC

1801 West End Ave
Suite 850
Nashville, TN 37203 Visit website


J. Ross Pepper of Pepper Law, PLC, in Nashville, Tennessee, is a trial attorney with over 30 years of experience. Mr. Pepper's litigation practice focuses on business and commercial law, real estate law, and will and trust litigation. He represents clients throughout Tennessee. He is the founding member of Pepper Law, PLC. 

Mr. Pepper has represented a wide array of clients, including individuals, individual shareholders, LLC members and businesses large and small. He has successfully handled cases in state and federal courts throughout Tennessee, and has argued appeals before the Court of Appeals of Tennessee and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Pepper authors the Tennessee Business Litigation Lawyers Blog, a well-recognized resource relied on frequently by other Tennessee lawyers.    

In honor of his successful legal career, Martindale-Hubbell awarded Mr. Pepper an AV Preeminent* peer review rating. This is the highest available rating, reflecting high ethical standards and legal capabilities. He is a fellow of the Nashville Bar Association and a member of the Order of the Coif and Phi Kappa Phi.

An active member of his legal community and of the broader Nashville community, Mr. Pepper belongs to the Nashville Bar Association, and the Tennessee Bar Association. He has served for years on the Tennessee Bar Association's Litigation Executive Counsel and, for years, chaired the Nashville Bar Association's Community Relations Committee. He is a former adjunct professor of business law at Belmont University and has authored articles appearing in the Tennessee Bar Journal and the Tennessee Law Review. Mr. Pepper serves on the Executive Board of the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee. 

Mr. Pepper graduated with high honors from the University of Tennessee College of Law. While in law school, Mr. Pepper was on the staff of the Tennessee Law Review and was a member of the constitutional law moot court team. He is also a graduate of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. He holds a license to practice before all Tennessee state courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Tennessee, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

*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

Business Litigation

Focus areas

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  • 100% Business Litigation

First Admitted: 1990, Tennessee

Professional Webpage: https://www.rpepperlaw.com/j-ross-pepper.html

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Mayor of Nashville to serve on the Metropolitan Board of Zoning Appeals where he serves as vice-chairman, 2018
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association, Member
  • Nashville Bar Association’s Chancery and Circuit Court Committee
  • Member, Tennessee Bar Association Litigation Law Executive Counsel
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, 1993
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, 1990
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1990
  • Tennessee, 1990
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation
  • Board Member of the Nashville City Club
  • Board Member and Executive Officer of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Nashville
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Recovering Lost Profits, Tennessee Bar Journal, August 2008, Vol. 44, No. 8
  • Patterson v. McClean Credit Union, The Exclusion of Post-Formation Conduct from the Protection of the Right to Make and Enforce Contracts Clause, Tennessee Law Review, Winter 1991
  • Fellow of the Nashville Bar Association
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Order of the Coif
Educational Background:
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 1993
  • Tennessee Bar Association

Office location for J. Ross Pepper

1801 West End Ave
Suite 850
Nashville, TN 37203

Phone: 615-616-9439


10 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2024

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Top 100: Tennessee Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022, 2024 Top 50: Nashville Super Lawyers: 2021

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