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James L. Weatherly, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Nashville, TN

Weatherly & Dixon PLLC
Fifth Third Center, Suite 2260, 424 Church Street
Nashville, TN 37219
Phone: 615-986-3377
Fax: 615-635-0018
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2021
Licensed in Tennessee Since: 1975
Practice Areas: Family Law (50%), Criminal Defense (30%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

James “Jim” L. Weatherly Jr. is a partner at Weatherly & Dixon, PLLC, representing those in Nashville, Tennessee, and the surrounding areas in matters of divorce and domestic relations law, criminal law, personal injury and insurance. For his commitment to ethics and professional accomplishments, Mr. Weatherly has earned the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.

An experienced writer, Mr. Weatherly has penned briefs, memos and articles regarding child custody changes, child support increases, subcontractor negligent acts, premises liability and marital dissolution agreements. He earned his Bachelor of Science from The University of Tennessee before earning his Juris Doctor from the same university, and now he focuses his efforts on divorce matters such as business and professional practices; dividing property and debt; retirement accounts; equitable distribution; and seizure, location and division of assets.

Mr. Weatherly is admitted to practice by the Supreme Court of the State of Tennessee, the United States District Court for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Tennessee, the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

Professional memberships of Mr. Weatherly’s include previous service to the National Legal Aid and Defenders Association Defenders Board, and current memberships with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Tennessee Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He has also held past and current leadership positions with the Nashville Bar Association (president, board of directors, vice president of the Barristers Club, and the chair of the criminal courts and long-range planning committee), the Nashville Bar Foundation (board of trustees and fellow), the Tennessee Bar Foundation (fellow) and the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (president and board of directors).

* 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
  • 50%Family Law
  • 30%Criminal Defense
  • 20%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Divorce, Domestic Violence, Criminal Law, Personal Injury - Plaintiff

Selections

16 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2021

About James L. Weatherly, Jr.

First Admitted: 1975, Tennessee

Professional Webpage: http://wmdlawgroup.com/james_weatherly.htm

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Tennessee Commission on Mandatory Continuing Legal Education and Specialization, Member, 1986-1993
  • Tennessee Supreme Court's Commission on Indigent Defense, Chairman, 2000-2001
  • Tennessee Supreme Court's Commission on Indigent Defense, Member, 1996-2001
  • Sentencing Project, Washington, D.C., Board of Directors, 1986-1989
  • Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee, President of Board, 1996-1998
  • Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee, President of Board, 2012-2014
  • Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee, Vice-President, 1994-1996
  • Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee, Vice-President, 2010-2012
  • Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee, Board of Directors, 1991-Present
  • Metropolitan Beer Permit Board, Chairman, 1992-1994
  • Metropolitan Beer Permit Board, Member, 1992-1997
  • National Legal Aid and Defenders Association, Defenders Board, 1984-1986
  • Tennessee Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2014-Present
  • Nashville Bar Foundation, Board of Trustees, 2002-Present
  • Nashville Bar Foundation, Fellow, 1992-Present

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Negligent Acts of Subcontractors
  • Change of Child Custody
  • Increase in Child Support
  • Marital Dissolution Agreement If the Agreement Is Not Incorporated and Merged in the Divorce Decree
  • Construction of Dwelling Litigation
  • Duty of Care in Civil Action
  • Premises Liability
  • Judicial Use Immunity on Defense Witness
  • Motion to Recuse the District Attorney Generals Office
  • Sentencing Memorandum (State Criminal Case)
  • University of Tennessee College of Law, Instructor, Clinical Education, 1975-1977

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Daughtrey v. Campbell, 33 F.3d 554 (6th Cir. 1994)
  • Daughtrey v. Campbell, 935 F.2d 780 (6th Cir. 1991)
  • Teague v. State, 897 S.W.2d 248 (Tenn. 1995)
  • State v. Downs, 805 S.W.2d 762 (Tenn. 1991)
  • State v. Wright, 756 S.W.2d 669 (Tenn. 1988)
  • State v. Johnson, 743 S.W.2d 154 (Tenn. 1987)
  • State v. Hardison, 705 S.W.2d 684 (Tenn.Cr.App. 1985)
  • Hellard v. State, 629 S.W.2d 4 (Tenn. 1982)
  • State v. Henderson, 620 S.W.2d 484 (Tenn. 1981)
  • State v. Gant, 622 S.W.2d 75 (Tenn.Cr.App. 1981)
  • State v. Venable, 606 S.W.2d 298 (Tenn.Cr.App. 1980)
  • State v. Denami, 594 S.W.2d 747 (Tenn.Cr.App. 1979)
  • Ray v. State, 563 S.W.2d 218 (Tenn.Cr.App. 1977)

Bar/Professional Activity

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
  • Supreme Court of the State of Tennessee
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, President, 1985-1986
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Board of Directors, 1982-1987
  • Nashville Bar Association, President, 1988
  • Nashville Bar Association, Board of Directors, 1985-1988
  • Nashville Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2008-2010
  • Nashville Bar Association, Criminal Courts and Long Range Planning Committee, Chair, 1990
  • Nashville Bar Association, Barristers Club, Vice President, 1981 

Honors/Awards

  • Best Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Educational Background

  • The University of Tennessee, B.S., 1972
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Office Location for James L. Weatherly, Jr.

Fifth Third Center, Suite 2260
424 Church Street
Nashville, TN 37219

Phone: 615-986-3377

Fax: 615-635-0018

Last Updated: 8/11/2021

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