Gary C. Shockley - Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Gary C. Shockley

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995
Phone: 615-726-5704

Gary Shockley, shareholder in the Nashville office and leader of the Firm's Government Regulatory Actions Group, has tried a wide variety of complex cases to judges and juries in more than 25 state and federal courts, as well as before administrative agencies and arbitrators. He has been certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the Tennessee Commission on CLE and Specialization and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. His experience includes environmental, personal injury, class action, antitrust, health care and construction cases. In addition, he has represented businesses and individuals in white collar criminal investigations and prosecutions and conducted numerous internal investigations. His extensive pro bono practice has included representation of inmates on Tennessee's death row, veterans, battered women, children and immigrants. He has served in various leadership positions in the Tennessee Bar Association, including on its Board of Governors and as chair of its Litigation Section and Environmental Law Section, and as a character and fitness investigator for the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners. A frequent speaker and author, Gary has published more than 25 articles on evidence, civil and criminal procedure, legal history and related topics.

University of TennesseeBA 1979University of TennesseeJ.D. 1982
American and Tennessee Bar AssociationsTennessee Law ReviewOrder of the Coif Phi Beta Kappa Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Committee on Environmental Permitting (1996 – 1997) District 5 Investigating Committee, Tennessee Board of Law Examiners (2002 – 2008) American (member Litigation, Environmental and Antitrust Sections), Tennessee (Chair, Litigation Section (2004 – 2005), Chair, Environmental Law Section (1994 – 1995); House of Delegates, 1987 – 1996) and Nashville Bar Associations TBA Litigation Section (2005 – 2006) Tennessee Bar Association Board of Governors, Middle Tennessee Grand Division (2013 – 2014) Nashville Bar Foundation

Case History

Representative Matters
  • Defended food processing facility in Clean Water Act citizen suit and common law nuisance action by 45 neighbors complaining of alleged odors and overflow from discharge to city sewer system; three-week federal jury trial resulted in jury verdict awarding no damages against client and favorable post-trial settlement on remaining CWA claims.
  • Represented quarry operator in action alleging nuisance from quarry operations, including property damage, noise, and dust from controlled blasting; defense verdict following two-week jury trial.
  • Represented TVA engineering contractor in putative class action arising out of collapse of Kingston Fossil Plant ash pond. Successfully opposed certification of proposed class of 5,000 property owners seeking over $900 million in alleged lost property value from spill and subsequently secured dismissal on derivative immunity grounds in issue of first impression.
  • Defended pesticide manufacturer in opposing certification of proposed class of property owners affected by historic wastewater discharges to creek. Following Rule 23 certification hearing, class certification was denied by U.S. Magistrate Judge and, on appeal, by U.S. District Court Judge (federal court).
  • Represented health insurer in putative class action on behalf of state medical association member-physicians, alleging breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and violation of Tennessee Consumer Protection Act; secured order compelling arbitration from trial court and affirmance on appeal (state court).

Client Comments

"Gary Shockley is very experienced, highly professional, most responsive, and effective in his dealings with all parties."

"Gary Shockley has outstanding knowledge, judgment, and effectiveness. He is very attentive to client service and cost concerns. I could not ask for more. "

-Paul Sanner
Geosyntec Consultants

"Gary Shockley is an outstanding litigation lawyer in every way, and one of the best I have ever worked with. He is a tough and learned advocate with great skills and judgment. It is also a real pleasure to work with him and his team. In complex litigation, he made all the right moves and did it most cost effectively."

-Paul Sanner
Geosyntec Consultants

Office Location

Baker Donelson Center, Suite 800
211 Commerce Street
Nashville, TN 37201
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2013 Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Law of the Nashville Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Environmental of the Nashville Metro Area2010 Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Law of the Nashville Metro Area
Gary C. Shockley has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!Gary C. Shockley has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!Gary C. Shockley has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2010!

Practice Areas

Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Environmental Law
Litigation - Antitrust
Litigation - Construction
Litigation - Environmental
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants