Considered One Of The Best Lawyers In Nashville, TN
As a seasoned Nashville personal injury and medical malpractice attorney, Randall L. Kinnard is a highly respected legal professional. He has been recognized by countless organizations and publications for his exceptional skill both in and out of the courtroom. Mr. Kinnard is a leading lawyer in Tennessee and has been ranked as one of the best in all of Nashville. He has recovered millions of dollars for injury victims over the years, always fighting for the maximum value of his clients’ cases.
Valuing His Clients First & Foremost
Mr. Kinnard emphasizes two things in his practice: competence and respect. He has started many initiatives that shed light on the importance of respect in life and legal practice. Mr. Kinnard truly respects his clients, treating them as a counselor and acting as a friend to them through the entire legal process.
A Strong Track Record Of Success
He stands out from other lawyers by more than just his results and commitment to respect—Mr. Kinnard is certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification and Board-Certified as a Medical Malpractice Specialist by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys.
In his 40+ years of practice, he has recovered many record-setting verdicts for injury victims, including a $22 million jury verdict that was the largest in the state for a single person. This is what sets him apart as one of the premier plaintiff’s medical malpractice attorneys in all of Nashville. He was also able to secure a $55 million verdict for sportscaster Erin Andrews in her lawsuit against a hotel and a stalker.
Award-Winning & Nationally Recognized
Randall L. Kinnard is widely recognized by leading legal organizations as one of the region’s most talented and successful trial lawyers. He has been named to The Best Lawyers in America since 1993, Mid-South Super Lawyers every year since 2007, and received the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association’s “Outstanding Trial Lawyer of the Year” award in 2016, among many other distinctions.
Mr. Kinnard is also one of a select group of lawyers to become a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, an invite-only group of the nation’s top 100 plaintiffs’ trial attorneys.
The Kentucky Court Trial Review praised Mr. Kinnard's work in the legal community in a post on social media:
"Randall Kinnard, a Nashville lawyer, had quite a year. He had three really significant verdicts. This guy is good. I summarize.
- January - Plaintiff told she didn't have breast cancer. She did. Led to 11 week treatment delay. $1.75 million in Murfreesboro
- March - He represented Erin Andrews in her case against Marriott regarding the peephole incident. $55,000,000. Nashville.
- October - Vanderbilt lost a biopsy sample. Plaintiff doesn't (and can't know) if she has cancer. $2,000,000 in Nashville. It was all emotional distress.
If I needed a lawyer in a personal injury case in Tennessee, Kinnard (pictured) would be on my short list. He's like Tyler Thompson. Only from a little further down south."
Prior to pursuing law school, Mr. Kinnard attended West Point. He served in Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, which equipped him for success in his legal practice. He was awarded the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Purple Heart, Bronze Star for Valor, and Air Medal for his two tours in Vietnam.
Notable Recognitions, Honors & Awards
- Selected to The Inner Circle of Advocates
- Named the 2020 recipient of the Pursuit of Justice Awards by the American Bar Association
- Outstanding Trial Lawyer of the Year, Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (2016)
- The Best Lawyers in America® - Since 1993
- Best Lawyers® 2019 Product Liability "Lawyer of the Year" in Nashville
- Best Lawyers® 2011 & 2013 Personal Injury “Lawyer of the Year” in Nashville
- Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
- Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
- Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
- Selected to the Mid-South Super Lawyers® (2007-2022)
- Top 50 Lawyers in Nashville - Super Lawyers® (2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021)
- Top 100 Lawyers in Tennessee - Super Lawyers® (2007-2021)
- Voted "Best of The Bar" by Nashville Business Journal (2019-2022)
- The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Trial Lawyers
- Featured as Master of Trial Advocacy by Lawyers Weekly USA
- Past President of Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association
- Top 100 Lawyers in Tennessee, Law and Politics Magazine
- AV Preeminent Rated - Martindale-Hubbell®
- Inner Circle of Advocates – The 100 Best Plaintiff Attorneys in the United States
- Fellow International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Member
- Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
- Trial Law Institute
- Diversity Law Institute
- Past President of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association
- Past Chairman of Lawyers Involved for Tennessee
- State Delegate to American Association for Justice
- Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Association
- Fellow of the Nashville Bar Association
- Chairman of the Ethics Committee for the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association
- Past Chairman and Current Member of Legal--Medical Relations Committee of the Tennessee Bar Association
- Ethics Committee Member of the American Association for Justice
- Chair of Patient Safety Committee of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association
- American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
- Nashville Bar Association, Member
- Tennessee Bar Association, Member
- American Bar Association, Member
- American Association for Justice, Member
- Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, Member
- Harry Phillips American Inn of Court
- The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
In addition to his dedicated support of his clients, Randall Kinnard is also driven to give back to his community. Mr. Kinnard serves as a volunteer for Alive Hospice, residing on the Quality Council for the organization. In addition, he is a board member of Centerstone, a non-profit organization that helps more than 40,000 individuals with mental illnesses.
Mr. Kinnard is on the Board of Directors of Friends of Warner Parks and supports The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands. While serving as Chair of Fundraising for Legal Aid, he helped raise $700,000, setting a record for the organization! Mr. Kinnard has also been a board member of his church and a dedicated Sunday school teacher. He is honored to support dozens of local and national charitable organizations.
Currently, Mr. Kinnard is in the process of founding The Children’s Justice Center, which is a non-profit organization designed to provide free legal help, advice, and court representation for children who have been abused and neglected.
Mr. Kinnard enjoys spending his free time in the outdoors. He loves running, fishing, golf, and hiking. He also enjoys reading a good book, especially on the topic of history.
Memphis State University School of Law, Memphis, Tennessee
United States Military Academy, West Point