Attorney

Nathaniel K. Cherry

Nathaniel K. Cherry is a member in the firm and has been in practice since 2003. His practice involves defending lawsuits for individuals and businesses, both as lead attorney and as co-counsel with senior members of the firm. He was recogized as a "Rising Star" in the area of civil litigation defense by Mid-South Super Lawyers in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Personal Injury

Mr. Cherry has successfully litigated numerous liability cases throughout Tennessee, ranging from dog bites and automobile accidents to premises liability actions. He has acted as co-counsel in the defense of major retailers in cases dealing with wrongful death and/or significant personal injuries.

Workers’ Compensation
In defending well over 100 workers’ compensation actions for employers throughout the state, Mr. Cherry has advised corporate clients regarding the intricacies of the Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Act and how to approach the many issues that may arise in these cases. He has tried several workers’ compensation actions in state trial courts, and handled workers’ compensation appeals in front of the Tennessee Supreme Court to successful conclusions. Two such cases are Erdman v. Saturn Corp., M2008-00281-WC-R3-WC, 2009 WL 1607905 (Tenn. Workers Comp. Panel 2009) and General Motors Corp. v. Frazier, M2008-00523-WC-R3-WC, 2009 WL 1643447 (Tenn. Workers Comp. Panel 2009). Mr. Cherry is frequently contacted by employers and other attorneys regarding specific questions on workers’ compensation law.

Insurance
Mr. Cherry has experience representing insurers in coverage matters, as well as in “Bad Faith” litigation. He often provides coverage analysis for claims under automobile, homeowners, uninsured motorist and umbrella/excess policies and represents insurers in suits arising out of these claims for coverage. This includes defense of both first party and third party claims. One such case is Hamrick v. Lewis, No. E2007-02414-COA-R3-CV, 2008 WL 5263620 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2009), where he acted as co-counsel in successfully demonstrating that coverage did not exist for the plaintiff under an automobile policy.

Professional Negligence
Mr. Cherry has defended several matters involving alleged negligent acts of attorneys, insurance agents, pharmacists, medical clinics, real estate appraisers and home inspectors throughout the state. He has advised his clients as to whether the acts in the complaint actually constitute negligence and has been successful in getting such actions dismissed when the facts of the case do not create liability against his clients.

Products Liability
Mr. Cherry has assisted member Barry Howard in defending numerous product liability actions throughout the state. His experience includes cases involving ATVs, drilling equipment, and computers, among others.

Professional Associations and Activities
Mr. Cherry is an active volunteer for the Nashville Pro Bono Association and OnlineTNJustice.org, an organization which provides online pro bono legal services to people in need.  He is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association.

Education
Mr. Cherry received his B.A., magna cum laude, in English and Sociology (Criminal Justice Concentration) from Lambuth University in 2000. He received his J.D. from the University of Tennessee in 2003 where he was a member and Student Materials Editor for the Tennessee Law Review and active in the University of Tennessee Legal Clinic, providing pro bono representation to several clients.

Court Admissions
Mr. Cherry is admitted to practice in the State of Tennessee, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Western Districts of Tennessee.

E-mail: ncherry@howardtatelaw.com