Leland M. McNabb
81 Monroe Ave - 6th floor
Memphis, TN 38103-5402
Phone: (901) 624-0640
Fax: (901) 624-0650
To the problems of his clients, Leland M. McNabb applies four decades of jury trial experience. After starting his legal career as law clerk for the Supreme Court of Tennessee, Leland was Assistant District Attorney General in the 15th and 30th Judicial Districts of Tennessee and prosecuted hundreds of jury trials. His private practice, since 1980, has been almost exclusively civil and his practice areas include business litigation, pharmacy liability, premises liability, product liability, professional liability, and trucking and tort litigation.
Leland is an accomplished, experienced lawyer whose peers have given him an AV Martindale-Hubbell rating.
Examples of Leland’s civil trial court experience includes:
Partial Summary Judgment for defendant child care center followed by voluntary dismissal of remaining claims by plaintiffs.
Judgment for a Plaintiff corporation for recovery for unconstitutional assessment of state franchise tax and penalty.
Admitted pharmacy error verdict less than pre-trial offer.
Defense verdict and successful counterclaim involving bad faith and arson.
Defense directed verdict in U.S.D.C. (TN) in a wrongful death trucking accident.
Defense directed verdicts in state court in a fire loss suit against a chimney repair company in a subrogation claim by a homeowners' carrier to recover a substantial loss payment.
Defense summary judgment in State Court (TN) in a wrongful death trucking accident.
Plaintiff Insurance Company’s Summary Judgment for declaration of no coverage.
Defense verdict - alleged liability of nursing staffing company and its employee nurse for error in patient care.
Defense verdict - alleged hospital nursing malpractice.
Defense verdict - alleged negligent hiring and negligent retention.
Defense verdict - premises liability at a grain/crop storage facility.
Defense verdict - premises liability at private residence.
Defense verdict - altercation in night club between staffers and customers.
Admitted industrial injury judgment less than pre-trial offer.
Defense summary judgment for claims under 42 USC § 1983.
Defense summary judgment to alleged third-party criminal act at drug store.
Exclusion of accident reconstruction expert in U.S.D.C. (TN).
He co-authored “Civil Trial Procedures in Tennessee” in 1995, and speaks frequently at continuing legal education seminars on diverse topics encompassing annual law updates, civil trial and appellate procedure, legal malpractice, bad faith, deposition and trial techniques, and changing demographics and structures in the legal profession. Beginning in 2015 he has authored a series of articles in the newsletter of the Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators addressing issues peculiar to evaluative mediations and addressing the most common criticisms of mediators by mediating parties. For links to the articles in the series please click below.
1. Mediator Tool Kit
2. Basic Rules to Avoid Driving Mediation into the Ditch
3. Pet Peeves about Mediators: Article 1
4. Pet Peeves about Mediators: Article 2
5. Pet Peeves about Mediators: Article 3
6. Pet Peeves about Mediators: Article 4
Examples of Leland’s reported cases include:
State v. Clayton, 480 S.W.2d 922 (Tenn. 1971)
State v. Murray, 480 S.W.2d 355 (Tenn. 1972)
State v. Daugherty (Argued), 483 S.W.2d 90 (Tenn. 1972)
Gwin v. State, 523 S.W.2d 636 (Tenn. 1975)
State v. Coe, 655 S.W.2d 903 (capital case) (Tenn. 1983)
Thompson-McKinnon Securities, Inc. v. Moore’s Farm Supply, Inc., 557 F.Supp. 1004 (principal and agent) (W.D. Tenn. 1983)
Howard Cotton Co. v. Olsen (Argued), 675 S.W.2d 154 (state taxation) (Tenn. 1984)
Northern Insurance Company of New York v. Taghavi (Argued), 68 F.3d 475, 1995 WL 600567 (declaration of no coverage for breach of insurance policy condition) (U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit 1995)
Advo, Inc. v. Phillips (Argued), 989 S.W.2d 693 (Tenn. 1998)
Hayes v. Coopertown's Mastersweep, Inc. (Tried, Argued) 2015 WL 3487076 (Permission to Appeal denied, Nov. 25, 2015); [directed verdicts for defendant on grounds of duty and statute of repose]
Alternative Dispute Resolution:
Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Listed Mediator
U.S. Supreme Court, 1972
U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee, 1972
U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1983
U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1987
U.S. District Court Northern District of Mississippi, 1988
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1989
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas, 1990
U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas, 1990
U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee, 2000
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 2008
Vanderbilt University School of Law, Nashville, Tennessee, J.D.
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, B.A.
Position with the Firm:
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Memphis Bar Foundation, Fellow
Memphis Bar Association, Member, Director
Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators, Member
Tennessee Bar Association, Member
American Bar Association, Member
Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association, Member
Defense Research Institute, Member, Subcommittee Chairman
American Inn of Court (Leo Bearman, Sr. Chapter)
Master of the Bench, Program Chairman, Treasurer, Executive Committee