James L. Murphy  III - Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

James L. Murphy III

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

Jim focuses his practice on representing public and private sector clients in complex matters involving zoning, condemnation, economic incentives, elections, telecommunications, municipal law, environmental law and commercial real estate.

He assists clients in landfill development, obtaining economic incentives from state and local governments, locating cell towers, condemnations, election challenges, rezonings, annexation disputes and procurement challenges.

Jim practiced for 18 years in the legal department of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, serving as the Director of Law from 1993 to 1999. In his highly visible role with the City, Jim provided legal advice to the Mayor and Metro Council, along with other departments, boards and commissions. He counseled the Mayor and the Metro Council in regard to the economic development incentives for Opryland, Columbia/HCA, Thomas Nelson, Dell Computer Corporation, the establishment of the Sports Authority and the Hospital Authority in Nashville, the development of the downtown arena and the football stadium, and the leases with the Tennessee Titans and the Nashville Predators. Jim also handled litigation involving constitutional rights, election law, zoning, condemnation and education law in state and federal courts. 

The University of TennesseeBA 1977The University of TennesseeJ.D. 1981
American Bar AssociationTennessee Bar AssociationNashville Bar AssociationNashville Bar FoundationNational Association of Bond LawyersUniversity of Tennessee National Alumni AssociationNashville Sports Council

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee


Office Location

Roundabout Plaza, Suite 700
1600 Division Street
Nashville, TN 37203
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Land Use and Zoning of the Nashville Metro Area2015 Lawyer of the Year in Municipal Law of the Nashville Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Land Use and Zoning of the Nashville Metro Area
James L. Murphy III has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!James L. Murphy III has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!James L. Murphy III has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Economic Development Law
Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
Land Use and Zoning Law
Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
Municipal Law
Real Estate Law (Administrative)