Richard D. Holton

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Nashville, TN

Holton & Mayberry, P.C.
 | 3801 Bedford Avenue, Suite 200
Nashville, TN 37215
Phone: 615-823-5819
Fax: 615-301-9940
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2012, 2016 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas:
  • Estate Planning & Probate (50%),
  • Tax: Business (30%),
  • Closely Held Business (20%)
Attorney Profile

A member of Nashville, Tennessee-based Holton & Mayberry PC, Richard D. Holton has a nationwide clientele. He focuses his practice primarily on complex estate planning, advising high net worth individuals on ways to protect and preserve their assets for future generations. In addition to the preparation of wills, Mr. Holton advises clients on federal estate and gift tax matters, and he has experience in the drafting of charitable remainder and other types of trusts as well as with the establishment of family foundations. Mr. Holton also handles income tax planning and creates charitable giving programs for his clients.

The recipient of a Bachelor of Arts from Western Kentucky University in 1969, Mr. Holton became a certified public accountant in Tennessee in 1973 while serving in the U.S. Army Reserve. He subsequently decided to pursue a legal career and enrolled at Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, from where he was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1980. Mr. Holton is admitted to practice before all Tennessee state courts.

Mr. Holton has received numerous accolades from his fellow professionals throughout his career. A recipient of an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell, he has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America every year since 1983. The Nashville Business Journal has named Mr. Holton to its annual Best of the Bar list several times, and the Nashville Post magazine has included him in its annual 101 Top Lawyers list.

A fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Mr. Holton is an active participant in several other professional organizations. His memberships include the Tennessee and Nashville bar associations, and he is also a fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation.


*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

Estate Planning & Probate (50%): Estate Planning, Wills

Tax (30%): Tax Law

Closely Held Business (20%)

Focus Areas

Estate Planning, Wills, Tax Law


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Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2012, 2016 - 2019

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About Richard Holton

Admitted: 1980, Tennessee

Professional Webpage:


  • Mid-South Super Lawyers
  • Included each year in The Best Lawyers in America since its inception in 1983 (Areas: Trusts and Estates Law, Tax Law, and Non-Profit/Charities)
  • Nashville Bar Journal Best of the Bar
  • Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2013
  • Nashville Post Best Lawyers in Nashville

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Tennessee Bar Association
  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)
  • Member, Nashville Bar Association
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Tennessee, 1980
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Nashville Estate Planning Council

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Fellow, Nashville Bar Foundation

Educational Background:

  • Western Kentucky University, B.A., 1969
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Office Location for Richard D. Holton

3801 Bedford Avenue
Suite 200
Nashville, TN 37215

Phone: 615-823-5819

Fax: 615-301-9940

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Last Updated: 4/3/2019

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