Bio

Before joining Cornelius & Collins, John Kitch was a practicing solo lawyer in Tennessee for more than thirty-eight years. His practice focuses on the representation of public school systems, civil trial and appellate practice in state and federal courts, and estate planning and probate matters.  A graduate of Purdue University and Vanderbilt Law School, he is a former law clerk for Justice Joe Henry of the Tennessee Supreme Court, a former lecturer at Vanderbilt Law School, and a current faculty member at the Nashville School of Law. He also serves on the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, having been appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court in January of 2015.
 
He is a past president, a past first vice president and two-time member of the Board of Directors of the Nashville Bar Association, a Fellow and a past president of the Nashville Bar Foundation, and a past president of the Tennessee Council of School Board Attorneys.  He is a member of the Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations, the Marion Griffin Chapter of the Lawyers’ Association for Women and the Harry Phillips American Inn of Court, where he is a Master of the Bench Emeritus and member of the Executive Committee.
 
In July of 1997 the American Bar Association honored him as The Sole Practitioner of the Year at its annual convention in San Francisco in the first year the award was presented.

 
Bar Admissions
State of Tennessee
United States Supreme Court
United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
United States District Court, Western, Middle and Eastern Districts of Tennessee
Professional Associations & Memberships
American Bar Association
Tennessee Bar Association
Nashville Bar Association
 - President, 2012; Vice-President, 1997
Nashville Bar Foundation
 - President, 1999, 2000
Harry Phillips American Inn of Court
 - Master of the Bench, 1996-present
 - Executive Committee, 1996-present
Lawyer's Association for Women
Tennessee Council of School Board Attorneys
 - President, 1996-1997
Clerkships
Hon. Joe Henry, Tennessee Supreme Court, 1976
Honors & Awards
John Marshall School of Law
 - Bobby Lee Cook Practical Legal Symposium; Speaker, 2014
American Bar Association; Sole Practitioner of the Year, 1997
Fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation
Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation
Nashville Business Journal; "Best of the Bar", 2008, 2009
Nashville Bar Association; President's Award, 1990
The American Bar Association Journal; Profiled, October 1991
Martindale-Hubbell; AV rating
 Publications
"Red Flags: Avoiding the Bad Client" Author, SOLO, 2010

"Practice Interrupted: Preparing for Disaster, Disability and Death" Author, GP/Solo, 2010

"Ethics for School Board Lawyers: Representation Within the Bounds" Author, TN School Board Assoc. Journal, Vol. 20, No. 1, 2003

"Proving and Disproving Punitive Damages" Author, The Journal of the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association, Vol. 21, No. 2, 1994. Reprinted in "The Litigation Manual," Section of  Litigation  of the American Bar Association, 1999
Civic & Community Activities
St. David's Episcopal Church, Senior Warden, 2017
Fraternities
Sigma Pi
 - Past International President
 - Current General Counsel
Military Service
U.S. Army
 - Honorable Discharge 1972

 

John D. Kitch

Of Counsel

jdkitch@cclawtn.com

615.244.1440

Nashville City Center | Suite 1500
P.O. Box 190695
511 Union Street
Nashville, Tennessee 37219

Practice Areas

Public School System Defense
Civil Litigation & Appeals
Wills & Trusts
Probate Law & Administration
Conservatorships & Guardianships

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