For over 40 years, business defendants in complex, high-stakes litigation have sought out Ames Davis to guide them through the trial and dispute resolution process. From uniquely difficult probate matters to complex securities litigation, clients can trust Ames' sound judgment and leadership. Part of what makes Ames such an effective counselor and trial attorney is his intellectual curiosity. Beyond the legal issues at stake, Ames immerses himself in the business or industry of the client. Litigation is rarely enjoyable, but Ames eases the stress clients feel during the litigation process by demonstrating that he understands the client's point of view and frames his advice in understandable terms.
Ames' experience in complex securities litigation has led a number of publicly-traded companies to hire him as special outside counsel to audit committees in connection with internal investigations relating to securities and accounting issues.
Ames has been recognized in Chambers USA and for over 20 years has been listed in Best Lawyers for his work in commercial litigation.
J.D., Vanderbilt University, 1969
B.A., with honors, Amherst College, 1966
Chairman, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, PLLC, 1995-2003
Member, Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations
Founder and Fellow, Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society
Fellow, Tennessee Bar Foundation
Fellow, Nashville Bar Foundation
Former Chief Justice, The Tennessee Special Supreme Court
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward White Inc.) since 1990
Professional Activities and Experience
Assistant United States Attorney, Middle District of Tennessee, 1969-1972
Appointed as Chief Justice of The Tennessee Special Supreme Court to consider appeals relative to the constitutionality of Tennessee's statutes authorizing retention elections for appellate judges