Candi Henry

Candi Henry advises municipal agencies, companies, and individuals on a wide range of business, employment, and contract matters. Her litigation practice focuses on handling appeals.  She has been selected for inclusion on the Super Lawyers Mid-South “Rising Star” List on four occasions.

Candi’s wide range of business, transactional, and employment law experiences includes work for technology and SaaS-based companies, real estate companies, healthcare and related industries, print and digital media, restaurant/hospitality businesses, municipal agencies, educational institutions, and banks. 

In-demand as an author and speaker, she has presented Continuing Legal Education seminars for organizations such as the Tennessee Attorney’s Memo, the Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel, and Belmont University College of Law. She served for more than seven years as Associate Editor of the Tennessee Tort Law Letter, a monthly publication providing case summaries and analysis to attorneys across the state. She has also served as Assistant Editor of the Tennessee Appellate Practice Handbook and as an Assistant Editor of the Tennessee Practice Series.

After law school, Candi served for over two years as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable William C. Koch, Jr., clerking for Justice Koch on both the Tennessee Court of Appeals and the Tennessee Supreme Court. This position provided her with an in-depth exposure to appellate litigation practice in the state—an invaluable experience that she draws upon in her diverse practice.

Growing up in Cookeville, Tennessee, she developed an interest in government and the law very early. At the age of fourteen, she enrolled at Tennessee Technological University to study state and local politics. She received her A.B. in Government cum laude from Harvard University, where she also took advantage of Harvard’s affiliation with the American Repertory Theatre to study acting and directing.

Prior to law school, Candi developed a wide variety of business experiences, including composing internal communications for the world’s oldest and largest advertising agency in New York City and performing with the professional cast at Tennessee’s largest not-for-profit theatre, the Cumberland County Playhouse. She earned her J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law, graduating cum laude and completing an externship practicing with the Knox County Public Defender’s Office.

For four summers, she taught for Duke University’s Talent Identification Program, and she has served as an adviser to Vanderbilt University’s Programs for Talented Youth. She is a former Adjunct Professor of Negotiation and Conflict Management through Tennessee Tech University and, since 2014, has served as an Instructor of Legal Writing and Research at the Nashville School of Law.

A member of the Tennessee Bar Association, Candi served four terms on the Board of Directors for the Young Lawyers’ Division. She was named a “Star of the Quarter”  four times for her service on the Mock Trial Committee and, in 2015, was inducted as a “Fellow” of the organization.  She served two terms as co-chair of the Nashville Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Committee. Candi is also a member of Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts and the Lawyers’ Association for Women–Marion Griffin Chapter.  In 2009, she was named to the Nashville Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s inaugural Top 30 Under 30 List.

Candi is married to Jay Watson, an Interactive Project Strategist at Vanderbilt University.  They have two boys who attend Metro public schools.



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