Having an attorney who apprehends subtle but pivotal details can transform a case in your favor. Such advantages become crucial when your business is at risk.

Complex litigation requires comprehensive strategic insight, robust diligence to technical details and incisive understanding of the business stakes. Your attorney must be able to balance these factors while advancing your case proactively.

A complex jigsaw of federal, state and highly specialized bankruptcy laws and precedents affects commercial bankruptcy outcomes. Your attorney must deploy nimble, holistic thinking and grasp not only what key elements are in play but also the relative weight of each to outmaneuver reluctant debtors.

Jennifer Lawson's Background

Complex litigation

Ms. Lawson handles a broad range of complex civil litigation including contract disputes, trade secrets litigation, officers’ and directors’ liability issues, copyright infringement, entertainment law matters, business bankruptcy representation and litigation and claims for denial of benefits under personal and ERISA-qualified disability insurance plans. She has extensive experience in litigation in federal and state courts and in alternative dispute resolution. She provides advice regarding corporate governance issues to for-profit and nonprofit boards of directors.

Ms. Lawson is a former member of Lassiter, Tidwell, Davis, Keller & Hogan, PLLC, where she represented clients as diverse as alcohol beverage distributors, hospitality firms, non-profit corporations and internationally renowned entertainers in complex litigation and bankruptcy matters and landowners in condemnation and eminent domain proceedings.

Bankruptcy work on behalf of business creditors

As counsel to a Chapter 11 Trustee, Ms. Lawson represented the interests of a bankruptcy estate and its creditors in the U.S Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. She has been involved in numerous reorganizations of businesses in real estate investment, construction, private residential services, retail and entertainment. She has represented the interests of creditors and debtors in matters such as preference actions, discharge and dischargeability actions and claims litigation.

Ms. Lawson has numbered among her clients the State of Tennessee, individuals, and multinational corporations in healthcare, entertainment, general commercial litigation and bankruptcy matters. She was a member of a team of attorneys that defended allegations of healthcare fraud and abuse for a major healthcare company and was involved in the defense of shareholder derivative claims brought against the officers and directors of publicly traded companies in the healthcare and retail industries.

As an attorney for the Tennessee Department of Revenue, Ms. Lawson was lead counsel in bankruptcy matters in 26 states and Canada.


Ms. Lawson received a B.A. degree from Carson-Newman College in 1988, where she was an Honors and Dean’s List graduate. She earned a J.D. degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1991, where she was on the Dean’s List and active in the Student Bar Association and Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity.

Professional affiliations

Ms. Lawson is a member of the Tennessee Association for Justice, Tennessee Bar Association, Nashville Bar Association (including the Bankruptcy Practice Committee), Lawyers’ Association for Women and CABLE. She is a founding member of the Tennessee network of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) and serves as vice-chair of the Tennessee network.