Tom Carlton joined Cornelius & Collins, LLP in 1970. Tom served as the firm's Managing Partner for three years, and is currently the firm's Senior Partner. For over forty years, Tom's primary focus has been civil litigation in a wide variety of matters, including personal injury, wrongful death, product liability, professional liabiliy and insurance law. He is admitted to practice in all state courts in Tennessee, as well as the United States District Court and United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He is also certified by the Tennessee Supreme Court as a Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator.
Tom has been recognized numerous times by his peers for his significant and successful experience as an attorney and for his contribution to the legal community. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers as well as being listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2009 and listed in Who's Who in American Law since 2007. He was selected for inclusion in Mid-South Super Lawyers in 2008. Tom has been elected twice to the Board of Directors of the Nashville Bar Association and has been elected a Fellow in the Tennessee Bar Foundation and the Nashville Bar Foundation.  In addition to his active practice, Tom has served as a Moot Court Instructor for the Nashville School of Law since 1978.
Tom received his law degree from the Nashville School of Law in 1965. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts.
Bar Admissions
Tennessee Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit 
Representative Cases
Sitton v. Fulton, 566 S.W. 2d 887  (Tenn. Ct. App. 1978)
Justice and Harmon v. Angus R. Jessup Associates, 619 S.W. 2d 522 (Tenn. 1981)
Pride v. BIC Corp., 54 F.Supp.2d 757 (E.D. Tenn. 1999), affirmed, 218 F.3d 566 (6th Cir. 2000)
Honors & Awards
Fellow American College of Trial Lawyers
Listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2009-2010
Listed in Who's Who in American Law since 2007
Selected for Inclusion in American Law in Mid South Lawyers 2008
Fellow, Tennessee Bar Foundation
Fellow, Nashville Bar Foundation
Selected for Inclusion in The National Association of Distinguished Counsel - Nation's Top One Percent 2015
Professional Associations & Memberships
Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator
Nashville Bar Association
Tennessee Bar Association
American Bar Association
International Association of Defense Counsel
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
Nashville Bar Association, Board of Directors, 1979 – 1981
Nashville Bar Association, First Vice President, 1981
Nashville Bar Association, Board of Directors, 1991 – 1993
Harry Phillips American Inn of Court, 1999 – 2002
Past Employment Positions
National Life and Accident Insurance Company, Accountant, 1960 - 1965
The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee, Senior Metropolitan Attorney, 1965 - 1970
Cornelius, Collins, Higgins & White, Associate, 1970 – 1974
Civic & Community Activities
Moot Court Instructor, Nashville School of Law, 1978 – Present
The Report of the Administration of Justice Planning Agency – 1969 (Five Year Comprehensive Plan for the Improvement of Law Enforcement in Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee) (Program Coordinator)


Thomas I. Carlton, Jr.

Partner / Rule 31 Mediator


Nashville City Center | Suite 1500
P.O. Box 190695
511 Union Street
Nashville, Tennessee 37219

Practice Areas

Certified Rule 31 Mediator
Personal Injury
Premises Liability
Products Liability
Professional Liability
Wrongful Death

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