David Owen Day
His thirty years of experience as a trial lawyer have produced many successes for his clients.
In 1984, Mr. Day received his license as a Tennessee attorney. Since that time, his ability and experience have allowed him to obtain board certification as a civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification. To obtain these certifications, Mr. Day had to demonstrate a successful track record of handling litigation, which included personal injury and accident claims, including car and accident litigation, slip and fall lawsuits business litigation, and insurance claims, as well as various other types of civil litigation.
Because of Mr. Day’s experience in the area of legal malpractice, The American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys certified him as a Diplomate in legal malpractice. Mr. Day drew upon his experience in personal injury and accident claims, motor vehicle accidents, real estate litigation, wills and probate litigation, and business lawsuits to know the attorney standard of care required of lawyers representing clients. In order to obtain board certification in legal malpractice, Mr. Day also had to demonstrate his proficiency by handling numerous legal malpractice lawsuits. Currently, Mr. Day is one of two lawyers in the State of Tennessee board certified as a legal malpractice specialist.
The National Board of Trial Advocacy and the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys are recognized by the American Bar Association as the national board certification agencies in these specialties in the United States.
When looking for a legal malpractice attorney to sue their current lawyer and hold that lawyer accountable for his negligence and/or misconduct, many people want to find a lawyer from “out of town” who is not “buddies” with the local lawyer, tied to the “local bar association” or have connections which would cause a problem in aggressively seeking justice for those victimized by lawyers.
Mr. Day’s office has proven a beneficial location for those seeking such a legal malpractice attorney.
Cookeville, Tennessee, at the foot of the Cumberland Plateau is where Mr. Day maintains his home office. This office is strategically position to allow him almost equal distance to courthouses in Knoxville, Nashville and Chattanooga. He has handled litigation in these places, and many, many more.
In his litigation career, Mr. Day has handled civil cases from the Tri-Cities in East Tennessee to Jackson in West Tennessee, and from Byrdstown in Northern Tennessee to Chattanooga in Southern Tennessee. These include many cases in Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga. As a case merits his time and travel, Mr. Day has shown he is willing go to areas in diverse locations across Tennessee to assist those with serious injuries or significant litigation.
Mr. Day graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from East Tennessee State University in 1980. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in just 15 months. His honors and activities included membership in Phi Kappa Phi and Alpha Lambda Delta honor societies.
While he was attending East Tennessee State University, Mr. Day was also enrolled at the University of Tennessee in 1980 as a special student in Chinese. He earned all credits by examination.
Mr. Day attended law school at the University of Tennessee College of law, and in May 1984, Mr. Day earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree with high honors and in the top 10% of class. While in law school, Mr. Day also served as an assistant editor for the Tennessee Law Review.
Mr. Day has practiced in a general civil practice with primary emphasis on personal injury, car and truck claims, attorney malpractice, creditor bankruptcy representation, and commercial, real estate, contract and business practice and litigation.
Mr. Day was admitted to practice law in Tennessee in 1984, and is licensed to practice in every Tennessee state court, including the Tennessee Supreme Court and the Tennessee Courts of Appeal. Mr. Day is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Tennessee, as well as the United States Bankruptcy Courts of the Middle and Eastern Districts. He was admitted to practice before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in 1990. In that same year, he was also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Day was selected as Mid-South Super Lawyer, 2006, 2008-2013 in the area of Personal Injury.
The National Trial Lawyers Association has named Mr. Day as one of the Top 100 Civil Trial Lawyers in Tennessee.
Litigation Counsel of America has recognized Mr. Day as a Fellow since 2008 to the present.
Mr. Day has also been invited to lecture and teach as various seminars, including the following: The Harry Phillips Inns of Court, Nashville, Tennessee invited him to speak on legal malpractice. The Tennessee Bar Association had Mr. Day lecture at a Trial Practice Seminar on civil litigation. In the past, he has also been invited by the Tennessee Banker's Association to speak at their State Credit Conference on creditor issues in bankruptcy; by the Bank Administration Institute, Cumberland Plateau Chapter to speak on legal issues with checks; and by the American Institute of Banking, Upper Cumberland Chapter to provide an overview of Chapters 7, 11 & 13 Bankruptcies.
J.D., University of Tennessee Knoxville, 1984
Graduated with High Honors; Top 10%; Assistant Editor of the Tennessee Law Review; Frederick Bonham Scholar (1981); Harold C. Warner Scholar (1982); Carl W. Miller Scholar (1983); Who's Who Among American Law Students; ABA Law Student Division.
B.A., East Tennessee State University, 1980
Graduated Magna Cum Laude; Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Lambda Delta
U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Middle District of Tennessee
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1990
United States Supreme Court, 1990
American Bar Association
Tennessee Bar Association
National Trial Lawyers Association
Litigation Counsel of America
National Board of Trial Advocacy - Civil Trial Specialist
“The NBTA is the first American Bar Association-accredited attorney board-certifying agency in the world….[This] certification program that provides recognition for superior achievement in trial advocacy and uses a highly-structured examination to select its members” Quoted from NBTA website.
National Board of Legal Specialty Certification - Pretrial Specialist
The National Board of Legal Speciality Certification was the new name given to the NBTA, and then the NBTA became a subdivision of the NBLSC. The certification as a pretrial specialist confirms that as a civil trial specialist, the recipient also has certain expertise in pretrial matters.
American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys - Diplomate in Legal Malpractice
“ABPLA certified attorneys have demonstrated skill & expertise in … legal malpractice, and proven it through rigorous examination & testing by an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited organization. Additionally each attorney who is board certified, must demonstrate substantial involvement in their chosen specialty. Board certification means the consumers of legal services can make a meaningful and informed decision when selecting counsel, providing their legal case every chance of success.” Quoted from ABPLA website
Stockwell v. Fowler, Knox County Circuit Court Case No. 3-541-02
Legal malpractice claim. Jury award of $1.5 million compensatory damages and $600,000 punitive damages TOTAL AWARD $2.1 MILLION
Maynard v. Harville, Putnam Circuit Court Case No. 05-N-0236
Serious personal injury. Following trial, the court awarded judgment for $17, 529,109. This was the largest court award in Tennessee in 2008 (Annual Report of the Tennessee Judiciary Fiscal Year 2007-2008, p. 123)
Cavalier-Metal Corp. v. McBroom, et al, Davidson County Chancery Case No. 05-2829-II
This involved a commercial dispute that eventually settled for $1.2 million. The matter, then gyrated through an interpleader action and bankruptcy proceedings related to distribution of this settlement.
Underwood v. Charter Federal Savings Bank, Cavalier-Metal, Tenn. Ct. of Appeals, Case No. 03A01-9809-CV-00288 (TENN.APP. 3-8-1999)
This case involved a claim against a bank for wrongfully trying execute upon the assets of Mr. Underwood. The jury awarded $105,000.00 in compensatory damages, and $420,000.00 in punitive damages, and the Trial Judge suggested a remittitur of $200,000.00 on the punitive damages award. The jury award, with the judge’s remittitur was upheld on appeal.
MANY OF OUR BIGGEST SETTLEMENTS, PARTICULARLY IN LEGAL MALPRACTICE CASES CANNOT BE LISTED HERE BECAUSE DEFENDANTS AND THEIR INSURANCE COMPANIES REQUIRE OUR CLIENTS TO SIGN A CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT, AND SOME EVEN REQUIRE THE COURT RECORDS TO BE SEALED.
Each case is dependent upon its own facts. The results obtained on behalf of a client or former client are no guarantee that similar results can be obtained for other clients in similar matters without reference to the specific factual and legal circumstances of each case. The results in your case will depend on the facts, circumstances and law of your case.
Harry Phillips Inns of Court, Nashville, Tennessee (2006). Topic: Legal Malpractice
Tennessee Bar Association, Trial Practice Seminar, Cookeville, Tennessee, Lecturer (January 2007) Topic: Civil Litigation
Tennessee Banker's Association, State Credit Conference (1993). Topic: Creditor Issues in Bankruptcy--Focus on Chapter 13.
Bank Administration Institute, Cumberland Plateau Chapter (1990). Topic: Legal Issues with Checks.
American Institute of Banking, Upper Cumberland Chapter (May 1997) Topic: Overview of Chapters 7, 11 & 13 Bankruptcies
Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System, Lecturer (June 1996) Topic: Estate Planning