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Thomas Wormouth Shumate

Thomas Wormouth Shumate

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  • Employment Law, Business Law, Insurance Defense ...
  • Tennessee, Tennessee
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Tom Shumate is the founder of Meridian Law, PLLC, which represents individuals and businesses across Tennessee in a variety of civil matters including business, contract, and employment litigation; disputes involving non-competition agreements and theft of trade secrets; insurance defense; personal injury and wrongful death actions; and probate cases. Mr. Shumate graduated with honors from Vanderbilt University in 1995 and from Notre Dame Law School in 1998. He has practiced in Nashville, Tennessee since that time. In 2011 and 2013, Mr. Shumate was selected as a “Rising Star” by the Mid-South edition of Super Lawyers Magazine. He has a perfect 10 rating from Avvo ( and a top “AV Preeminent” rating from Martindale-Hubbel in the areas of labor and employment, litigation, and torts. He is a past member of the Editorial Boards of Law Practice Today webzine and Law Practice magazine, monthly publications of the Law Practice Section of the American Bar Association. He is also a past Chair of the Law Office Technology and Management Section of the Tennessee Bar Association. Mr. Shumate has lectured to attorneys across the state and written on issues related to covenants not to compete, legal ethics, legal marketing, and technology. Mr. Shumate is actively involved in the Nashville community and various Bar organizations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, and has raised more than $140,000.00 for the agency over the past eight years through his annual “Lawyers for Littles” Bowl for Kids’ Sake event. He is the Past-Chair of the Father Ryan Alumni Board and is the immediate-Past-Chair of the School Board of Christ the King School. When not resolving his clients' matters as efficiently as possible, Mr. Shumate enjoys spending time with his wife and children, reading, running, and supporting Vanderbilt and Notre Dame athletics.

University of Notre Dame
J.D. (1998) | Law
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Vanderbilt University
B.A. (1995) | English; Communication Studies
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Professional Experience
Managing Member
Meridian Law, PLLC
- Current
Kay, Griffin, Enkema & Colbert, PLLC
Evans, Jones & Reynolds, PC
North, Pursell, Ramos & Jameson
Articles & Publications
Ethics of Wills and Estates 101
Tennessee Bar Association
An Analysis of the Statutory Presumption of Reasonableness and Necessity of Medical Bills - Tenn. Code Ann. § 24-5-113
Tennessee Bar Association
Covenants Not to Compete
Tennessee Bar Association
Departing Employee Technology Checklist: Keeping the Fox Out of the Henhouse
Law Practice Today
Udom Undone: Tennessee Enacts New Law Regarding Physician Non-Compete Agreements
Tennessee Medicine
Speaking Engagements
Technology in the Courts, Law Tech 2008, Nashville, TN
Summary Judgments After Hannan and Tennessee’s New E-Discovery Rules, Auto-Owners Regional Meeting, Nashville, TN
Intentional Interference with Business Relationships in Tennessee: An Overview, Update, and Litigation Tips, Nashville, TN
M. Lee Smith
Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator
Tennessee Supreme Court
Leadership Law
Tennessee Bar Association
Rising Star Award
Mid-South SuperLawyers
Rising Star Award
Mid-South SuperLawyers
Professional Associations
Tennessee State Bar  # 019595
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Nashville Bar Association
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American Bar Association
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Practice Areas
Employment Law
Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Insurance Defense
Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
Personal Injury
Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Appeals & Appellate
Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
Arbitration & Mediation
Business Arbitration, Consumer Arbitration, Family Arbitration
Estate Planning
Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
  • English
Websites & Blogs
Meridian Law, PLLC
Tennessee Noncompete Law Blog
Contact & Map
2900 Vanderbilt Place
Suite 100
Nashville , TN 37212
Telephone: (615) 229-7499
Fax: (615) 229-7498