About Us

Watkins & McNeilly, PLLC is one of the oldest law firms in Nashville, with its origin dating back to 1910. Since that time, the firm has expanded and prospered under the leadership of the late Dan E. McGugin, Sr., Lowe Watkins, Dan E. McGugin, Jr. and later W. Warner McNeilly, Jr. The firm is presently comprised of ten attorneys dedicated to the cost-efficient, service-oriented practice of law with the highest standards of ethical responsibility.

The firm's practice is divided into two sections, litigation and business law. The practice of the litigation section consists primarily of insurance defense, with an emphasis in professional negligence, products liability, construction, personal injury, administrative litigation and environmental law. The business law section handles a wide range of business and corporate matters such as federal and state taxation, mergers and acquisitions, estate planning and probate, real estate, intellectual property and employment law.

The firm's niche in the Nashville legal community is based upon providing high quality legal work at a more affordable cost to the client. In order to do so, the firm makes every effort to minimize its overhead costs and to avoid over-staffing of attorneys. Unlike larger law firms, our firm has few associates and paralegals on its payroll and we do not assign multiple attorneys to perform tasks which can be performed effectively by a single attorney. We emphasize direct communication with clients and attempt to respond promptly to our clients' needs. Our intent is for our clients to have a comfortable relationship with the attorney or attorneys with whom they deal.