John P. Branham - Bone McAllester Norton PLLC

John P. Branham

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995

John P. Branham is a civil trial lawyer whose practice focuses on business litigation and plaintiff’s personal injury litigation. In the past, his trial practice included significant insurance defense representation and legal malpractice defense. Before joining Bone McAllester Norton, he was a founding partner of the Nashville firm of Branham & Day. He has conducted numerous CLE programs, including for the Nashville Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, the Nashville School of Law, the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, PESI and the National Business Institute.  

John says he chose his practice area because he thought that going to court was what lawyers did. “If I had known that you could really make a living doing an office or transactional practice, I might not have been inclined to take on the stress of trial work,” he says. Still, the stress paid off, as today John is one of Nashville’s most wellrespected trial lawyers. Despite his success and vast experience, John says he still gets “stage fright” every time he enters a courtroom for a contested hearing. “Each case or motion is the most important ever, and the fear of not doing a good job is palpable,” he says.  

On a personal level, John has four children, eight grandchildren and two large dogs. When he’s not at the office, he’s probably at his farm located south of Nashville in Bell Buckle.  

Practice Areas

  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution 
  • Personal Injury Law    

  • Tulane University School of Law, J.D., 1968 
  • Middle Tennessee State University, B.A., 1966   

Bar Admissions
  • Tennessee, 1968    

  • AV© Rating, Martindale-Hubbell 
  • 150 Best Lawyers, BusinessTN Magazine, 2009 and 2010 
  • In Charge list, Nashville Post, 2010 
  • The Best Lawyers in America (15+ years)  
  • Best of the Bar, Nashville Business Journal, 2007 and 2008 
  • Best Lawyers in Nashville, Nashville Post    


  • Nashville Bar Association: Former Director 
  • Nashville Bar Foundation: Fellow 
  • Harry Phillips American Inn of Court: Charter Master 
  • American College of Trial Lawyers: Fellow

Middle Tennessee State UniversityBA 1966Tulane UniversityJ.D. 1968
American College of Trial LawyersNashville Bar AssociationNashville Bar FoundationHarry Phillips American Inn of Court

Office Location

Nashville City Center, Suite 1600
511 Union Street
Nashville, TN 37219
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs of the Nashville Metro Area
John P. Branham has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs (Civil Litigation)

Other Information

Gender: Male