William D. Leader, Jr.

Top rated medical malpractice attorney in Nashville, Tennessee

Leader Law PLC
William D. Leader, Jr.
Leader Law PLC

Practice Areas: Medical malpractice, Personal injury, Products liability; view more

Licensed in Tennessee since: 1981

Education: Vanderbilt University Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2022
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Leader Law PLC

500 11th Ave N
Suite 730
Nashville, TN 37203 Visit website


Attorney William D. Leader Jr. is the founder and owner of Leader Law PLC in Nashville, Tennessee. A nationally ranked trial lawyer with nearly 40 years of total legal experience, Mr. Leader focuses his practice solely on personal injury and medical malpractice, and he provides unmatched advocacy and support to clients across Middle Tennessee who have suffered a serious injury or lost a loved one as a result of someone else's negligence or wrongdoing.

Board-certified as a civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Mr. Leader has achieved remarkable success fighting on behalf of his plaintiff clients over the course of his legal career. He has litigated numerous cases in state and federal courts across his region along with negotiating substantial settlements for his clients outside of court. From his efforts, he has recovered millions of dollars in total compensation for those he served, and he has gained a reputation for his fierce and unwavering advocacy for his clients.

Along with his trial practice, Mr. Leader also has extensive experience handling appeals. He has earned an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell as well as consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America© and many other top rankings and endorsements from his peers for his outstanding professionalism and service. He has also received many testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.

Mr. Leader began his legal career in 1991 after obtaining his Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University Law School and his license to practice from the Tennessee Bar Association. He is also licensed in Georgia, and he is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Tennessee and the Northern District of Georgia as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th and 11th Circuits.

Highly active in his legal community, Mr. Leader is a member of the Nashville and Tennessee Bar Associations, the State Bar of Georgia and the American Bar Association. He is also a member of the American Association for Justice and the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, and he is former Master of the Harry Phillips Chapter of the American Inn of Court.

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Practice areas

Personal injury - medical malpractice: plaintiff, Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Personal injury - products: plaintiff

Focus areas

Medical malpractice, Motor vehicle accidents, Personal injury - plaintiff, Wrongful death, Dram shop laws, Brain injury, Premises liability - plaintiff

  • 50% Personal injury - medical malpractice: plaintiff
  • 40% Personal injury - general: plaintiff
  • 10% Personal injury - products: plaintiff

First Admitted: 1981, Tennessee

Professional Webpage: https://leader.law/attorneys/bill-leader/

Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Nashville Bar Foundation
  • Gleaves v. Checker Cab Transit Corp., Inc., 15 S.W. 3d 799 (Tenn. 2000) (Supreme Court of Tennessee)
  • Still by Erlandson v. Baptist Hosp., Inc., 757 S.W.2d 807 (Tenn. App. 1988) (Tennessee Court of Appeals)  
  • Turner v. Jordan, 957 S.W. 2d 815 (Tenn. 1997) (Supreme Court of Tennessee)
  • Hogins v. Ross, 988 S.W. 2d 685 (Tenn. App. 1998) (Tennessee Court of Appeals)
  • Collins v. Arnold, 2007 WL 4146025 (Tenn. App. 2007)) (Tennessee Court of Appeals)
  • Ki v. State, 78 S.W.3d 876 (Tenn. 2002) (Supreme Court of Tennessee)
  • Wicks v. Vanderbilt University, 2007 WL 858780 (Tenn. App. 2007) (Tennessee Court of Appeals)
  • Blackburn & McCune, PLLC v. Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc., 2007 WL 2409671 (Tenn. App. 2007) (Tennessee Court of Appeals)
  • Thomas ex rel. Thomas v. Oldfield, 2008 WL 2278512 (Tenn. App. 2008) (Tennessee Court of Appeals)
  • Thomas v. Oldfield, 279 S.W.3d 259 (Tenn. 2009) (Supreme Court of Tennessee)
  • Barrick v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 2014 WL 2970466 (Tenn. App. 2014) (Tennessee Court of Appeals)
  • Walton v. Tullahoma HMA, LLC. , 572 S.W. 3D 180 (Tenn. App. 2018) (Tennessee Court of Appeals)
  • Super Lawyers: Top 100 Tennessee (2012 – Present)
  • , Best Law Firms, U.S. News & World Report, 2022
  • , Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Nashville, Best Lawyers, 2022
  • Super Lawyers Top 50 Nashville, SuperLawyers.com
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2003 – Present
  • Nashville Personal Injury Litigation – 2012 Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year
  • Super Lawyers: Top 50 Nashville (2012 – Present)
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rated
  • Fellow, Tennessee Bar Foundation
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • American Association for Justice Member
  • American Inns of Court, Master, Harry Phillips Chapter 2009–2012
  • Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association Member
  • Nashville Bar Association Member
  • State Bar of Georgia Member
  • American Bar Association Member
  • Tennessee Bar Association Member
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Eastern, Middle and Western District of Tennessee
  • Georgia
  • Tennessee
Educational Background:
  • B.A., Vanderbilt University
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Civil Trial Specialist National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1992

Office location for William D. Leader, Jr.

500 11th Ave N
Suite 730
Nashville, TN 37203

Phone: 615-616-9437

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