We work to prevent problems, and we help solve the problems that can’t be prevented.
Our appellate practice team is among Tennessee’s most experienced and most successful.
Lawyers with extensive trial experience in Tennessee’s state and federal courts.
Focused advice for the particular needs of government agencies and non-profits.
We help Tennessee’s families and businesses plan for and navigate the changes that life brings.
If you’ve been hurt—from a car wreck, a fall, a medical procedure, or an accident—we can help.
The Nashville Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Committee has published the ninth edition of Appellate Advocacy: A Handbook on Appellate Practice in Tennessee. The Handbook, available here, provides novice and experienced litigators helpful tips and analysis on practicing in the state’s appellate courts.
Editor in Chief, Donald Capparella of Dodson Parker Behm and Capparella, P.C., has handled over 400 appeals in state and federal courts. Assistant editors are Kimberly Macdonald, William T. Owen, Candi Henry.
Donald Capparella serving as local counsel and along with South Carolina attorneys, Gerald Jowers and Kenneth Suggs, recently prevailed in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee in a medical malpractice case on behalf of their client, a child who was catastrophically injured at birth. The child, who was born at a hospital operated by the U.S. Army located at Fort Campbell, was awarded damages in the amount of $15,153,488.00 for future medical care, future lost earnings, past pain and suffering, future pain and suffering, past loss of enjoyment of life, and future loss of enjoyment of life arising from injuries that occurred during labor and delivery.
Medical staff responsible for overseeing the pregnancy and birth of the child’s mother, who were employees of the United States government, were found to have repeatedly performed below the standard of care, causing life-long injuries to the child and significantly reducing the child’s quality of life. The court determined that the standard of care the mother should have received considering her prior labor complications, was not met and government personnel were liable for the injuries suffered by the child.
After graduating college at Duke University, Dodson came home to Nashville to study law at Vanderbilt University. He started his law practice with his father’s firm, Hooker, Keeble, Dodson, & Harris. In 1985, he founded Dodson & Associates, which later merged with Shipley & Behm in 1988, and has now grown into Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella, PC.
In addition to maintaining a vibrant law practice, Dodson regularly presents at CLEs, teaches estate planning at the Nashville School of Law, authors the annually updated Introduction to Estate Planning and Administration in Tennessee, and serves as the editor to the West Publishing Company’s Tennessee Practice Series volumes on business formation and estate planning.
Dodson has received extensive recognition for his efforts at improving not only the legal community, but the Nashville community as a whole.
Four Dodson Parker Attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers® on its 2019 List of Top Attorneys in Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi.
Margaret L. Behm‘s diverse practice includes business transactions and litigation, employment law, and providing counsel to municipal agencies. She has been named to the Super Lawyers list each year since 2007.
Donald Capparella focuses his practice on litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, with an emphasis on tort and insurance litigation, family law, and personal injury matters. He has been named to the Super Lawyers list each year since 2009. Capparella was also named to Super Lawyers® Top 100 Tennessee list and Top 50 Nashville list.
Paul Parker practices in the areas of estate planning and probate and tax law. He regularly conducts continuing legal education seminars for other attorneys on tax, trust, and estate planning issues. This is his third consecutive appearance on the Super Lawyers List.
Tyler Chance Yarbro’s practice focuses on trial and appellate litigation, including employment, probate, personal injury, and criminal law matters. She was selected to the Rising Stars list in 2014, and has now been selected to the Super Lawyers for 2019.
Super Lawyers® is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.
DBPC Listed in Best Lawyers® – U.S. News 2020 “Best Law Firms” List for Metro Nashville Area; 16 Practice Areas Recognized
U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers have announced their 2020 “Best Law Firms” rankings. According to the publications, the rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations and peer review from leading attorneys in their field.
Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella, PC received rankings in sixteen different practice areas for the Metro Nashville Area, with “Tier 1” rankings in Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Employment- Individuals, Employment – Management, Insurance Law, Litigation-Labor & Employment, Non-Profit/Charities Law, and Personal Injury Litigation- Plaintiffs.
–Harlan Dodson, Founding Partner
–Margaret L. Behm, Founding Partner
–Tyler Chance Yarbro, Managing Partner