Jay Chamness joined Cornelius & Collins, LLP as an associate in 1993. He is currently the firm's Managing Partner and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. The focus of his practice is civil litigation, dispute avoidance and alternative dispute resolution, primarily in the health care field. Jay has defended a wide variety of medical professionals, including physicians, dentists, hospitals, home health care companies, and nursing homes, in complex professional liability actions. He also practices in the area of wills and estates. Jay is admitted to practice in all state courts, as well as the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Jay received his law degree from St. Louis University School of Law, where he graduated cum laude and was elected to Order of the Woolsack for academic excellence. During law school, he served as a staff writer for the St. Louis University Law Journal and a legal intern for Judge Theodore McMillian of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Jay obtained his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with a secondary major in Russian.
Jay currently serves as a Board member and Treasurer of Tennessee History for Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to the education of public school children in Tennessee history and civics.
Tennessee Supreme Court
U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee
U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
Order of the Woolsack
Professional Associations & Memberships:
Nashville Bar Association
Tennessee Bar Association
American Bar Association
Nashville Bar Foundation, Fellow, Class of 2011
Defense Research Institute
Civic & Community Activities:
Tennessee History for Kids, Board Member &
Seven Hills Swim & Tennis Club, Board Member
Liability of Physicians for Internet
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