Jay Nelson Chamness



Franklin, TN






Mr. Chamness has been practicing law in the middle Tennessee area for over 25 years.  The focus of his practice is civil litigation, dispute avoidance and alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Chamness has zealously represented clients in the areas of labor and employment, medical malpractice, personal injury, business and commercial litigation and other complex litigation cases. Mr. Chamness is a trial lawyer and has been lead counsel in numerous jury cases throughout middle Tennessee. 


Mr. Chamness grew up in a small town in rural southern Illinois, and then attended Vanderbilt University, where he graduated cum laude with a double major in Russian and Political Science.  He received his law degree from St. Louis University School of Law, where he also graduated cum laude and was elected to the Order of the Woolsack for academic excellence. During law school, he served as a staff writer for the St. Louis University Law Journal and as a clerk for Judge Theodore McMillian of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.  He is formerly an Associate, Partner and Managing Partner of Cornelius & Collins, which he left in 2017.  After practicing on his own for two years, he joined Robertson Law Group as Of Counsel in 2019.   


In his free time, Mr. Chamness enjoys spending time with his family.  He is active in the community and currently serves as the President of Tennessee History for Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to the education of public school children in Tennessee history and civics.  He is also is a Major in the Tennessee State Guard, where he serves as Inspector General.

Areas Of Practice

  • Business Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Contract Disputes
  • Employment Law

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit


  • Saint Louis University School of Law, St Louis, Missouri
    • J.D. - 1993
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Order of the Woolsack
  • Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
    • B.A. - 1988
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: Political Science
    • Major: Russian

Published Works

  • Liability of Physicians for Internet Communications, For the Defense, February, 2002

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Americas Top 100 Bet-the-Company Litigators
  • Martindale-Hubbell - Rated AV Preeminent

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Nashville Bar Association, Member
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Williamson County Bar Association
  • Catholic Business League