Todd E. Panther


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Mr. Panther’s practice primarily involves commercial litigation and arbitration, with a concentration in construction law.  Mr. Panther has over 25 years of experience as a construction law attorney advising owners, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers on the applicability and compliance requirements of Tennessee’s construction laws.  Mr. Panther also serves as an advocate for his clients in complex litigation and arbitration involving disputes over commercial and residential construction projects.  Mr. Panther’s expertise includes the prosecution and defense of construction defect and warranty claims, lien claims, delay and disruption claims, and a wide variety of other complex construction disputes.

In addition to construction law, Mr. Panther’s practice includes advising clients in connection with a wide variety of complex commercial disputes, including landlord-tenant, real estate brokerage, eminent domain, shareholder, and partnership disputes.  Mr. Panther serves as an advocate for his clients in complex litigation and arbitration involving such disputes, and he has handled well over 100 arbitrations, trials (jury and non-jury), and appeals in state and federal courts.  In addition to his extensive litigation and arbitration experience, Mr. Panther actively works to resolve his clients disputes without the need for litigation or arbitration, and in 2009, Mr. Panther was listed as a general civil mediator by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Education & Bar Admissions


  • DePaul University School of Law, 1990
  • Washington University, 1987

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Recognition & Publications


  • Woodward/White: The Best Lawyers In America 2012-Present (Construction Law; Litigation-Construction)
  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers 2019-Present (Construction Litigation)
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Professional Activities
  • Vice-president of the TACC, 2017 (President-elect 2018)
  • Fellow, Construction Lawyers Society of America, 2017
  • Member of the inaugural class of the Leadership Law Program of the Tennessee Bar Association, 2004
  • One of only nine attorneys who formed the Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel (TACC), 2004
  • Chairman of the construction law section of the Tennessee Bar Association, 2006-2008
  • Chairman of the special committee of the Tennessee Bar Association which proposed wholesale revisions to the Tennessee lien law that were enacted by the Legislature in 2007, 2002-2008
  • Appointed legal counsel to the Middle Tennessee State University Construction Management Advisory Board, 2003
  • Fellow, Nashville Bar Foundation, 1998
  • Board of Directors for the Nashville Bar Association, 1999-2001
Seminars and Speaking Engagements
  • Landlord-Tenant Obligations (2013)
  • Open Issues with Tennessee’s Retainage Law (2012)
  • Tennessee Construction Lien and Payment Law (2001-2012)
  • Effective Use of Mediation in Construction Cases (2011)
  • Fundamentals of Construction Law (2004)
  • Strategies for Effective Contract Negotiation (2003)
  • Eminent Domain in Tennessee (2002, 2003)
  • Contract and Warranty Provisions (1999, 2003, 2005)

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