Appeals and Trial Consulting

We have the experience, capacity, and expertise to handle any appeal.

Best Lawyers® included the firm on their 2024 “Best Firms” list for the Metro Nashville area, including a Tier one designation for appellate practice.

Appeals require a particularized skill set and a deep knowledge about how the court system works.

  • We accept cases from across the entire state of Tennessee, we serve as consultants and counsel in other states as well as federal court.

  • We frequently work with other lawyers to provide insight and strategy on pending or anticipated appeals, or complex summary judgement matters.

  • We have handled hundreds of appeals, and we have the expertise to take on any area of law.


  • Our attorneys have clerked for judges at the state and federal level.
  • They have served as editors of influential texts and have been published in the Tennessee Bar Journal, the Nashville Bar Journal, Belmont Law Review, and more.
  • They are  featured presenters at seminars across the state, including the Tennessee Bar Association’s Supreme Court Bootcamp, the Nashville Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Seminar, the Tort Law Conference for Tennessee Practitioners, and the Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel.

Some matters we’ve handled include:

McIntyre v. Ballentine, 833 S.W.2d 52
Tennessee Supreme Court 1992
Amicus Counsel, adoption of comparative fault

Monypeny v. Kheiv., No. W2014-00656-COA-R3-CV
Tennessee Court of Appeals 2014
Affirming $2.6 million jury verdict
(trial and appellate counsel)

Morrison v. Allen, 338 S.W.3d 314
Tennessee Supreme Court 2011
Securing $1.7 million in life insurance proceeds
(trial and appellate counsel)

Knight v. Metro. Gov’t of Nashville & Davidson Cnty.,
136 F. App’x 755, 757
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals 2005
Affirming $200,000 verdict in discrimination case

United States v. Lanier. 870 F.3d 546, 547
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals 2017
Successfully vacated criminal conviction for lack of Remmer hearing

Russell v. Illinois Central Railroad Co.,
No. W2013-02453-COA-R3-CV
Tennessee Court of Appeals 2015
Affirming $3.3 million jury verdict

In re Estate of Smallman, 398 S.W.3d 134
Tennessee Supreme Court 2013
New trial for widow regarding husband’s estate

Mayfield v. Mayfield, 395 S.W.3d 108
Tennessee Supreme Court  2012
Reversing award of alimony to at-fault spouse

Circle C. Constr., LLC. V. Nilsen, 484 S.W.3d9 14
Tennessee Supreme Court 2016
Successful Supreme Court application
reinstating claim under tolling agreement

Westmoreland v. Bacon,
No. M2011-01811-COA-RM-CV
Tennessee Court of Appeals 2013
Successful Supreme Court application resulting in remand, preservation of medical malpractice claim


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Dodson Parker Behm and Capparella PC
1310 Sixth Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37208

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