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Todd Presnell is a litigation partner in Bradley’s Nashville office. He is licensed to practice in Tennessee and Georgia and is admitted to several federal appellate and district courts around the country.

Trial Experience

Mr. Presnell has tried 27 cases to verdict. These trials range from wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury cases, to Title VII and Title IX claims, to complex business tort cases involving shareholder disputes, fraud, non-compete issues, and general breach-of-contract claims. He has also argued before the 6th, 7th, and 10th Circuit Courts of Appeals, the Tennessee Supreme Court, and the Tennessee Court of Appeals.

In 2016, Mr. Presnell was nominated for and accepted as a member into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and now serves as the President-Elect of ABOTA’s Tennessee Chapter.

Privilege Work, Corporate Investigations, Legal Department Consulting

In addition to his trial-related work, Mr. Presnell is a frequent writer and lecturer on evidentiary privileges and related topics. He is the sole creator and author of this legal blog, Presnell on Privileges, and has published over 40 other articles in various legal print and online journals. He authors the quarterly column, Privilege Place, in the journal Today’s General Counsel, and has given over 80 live public presentations and several to private groups and in-house legal departments.

Due in large part to his study and work in the area of evidentiary privileges, Mr. Presnell has led and conducted internal corporate investigations and audit of processes for corporate legal departments. He is available to serve as a Special Master to review and recommend decisions on privilege and other discovery-related disputes in federal and state courts.


Several organizations have recognized Mr. Presnell, including Benchmark Litigation (Litigation Star); Chambers USA (Commercial Litigation); Best Lawyers of America (Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Banking and Finance Litigation, Labor and Employment Litigation, and Mergers & Acquisitions Litigation), including recognition as the 2018 Lawyer of the Year in Labor & Employment Litigation; Mid-South Super Lawyers (Business Litigation); and as Nashville Bar Journal’s “Best of the Bar” for 2013, 2015-2019).


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  1. I love your column and have been following it for years. Something has changed with the Today’s General Counsel webpage that makes it incredibly difficult, if not impossible to get to your columns. When I click on links for your columns, it goes to a page that has a black and white icon, and “Issuu”

    I can open other TGC articles; it just seems to be a problem with your column.

  2. why can’t I find anything on guardian ad litem “work problem privilege”?

    Also, what if state law contradicts the ABA judicial code of conduct re what constitutes admissible evidence? I am specifically thinking of rule 2.9, I believe, which prohibits judges from investigating litigants. In illinois, evidence rule 201 seems to contradict this, and on top of everything, is extremely vague!

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