Buckley Cole has practiced law for 40 years. During the last 35 years, he has practiced in Nashville and in state and federal courts throughout Tennessee. He has also mediated and arbitrated numerous disputes for his clients. Mr. Cole has been AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell—the highest rating from this widely recognized and highly respected lawyer rating organization.
Mr. Cole has primarily handled business disputes, focusing on contract interpretation and enforcement. He has worked extensively with real estate developers, realtors, construction firms, property owners, contractors, commercial borrowers and lenders, and commercial landlords and tenants, in most facets of the real estate and construction industries. He has also represented clients in those industries in disputes over land use, state licensing issues, condemnations, environmental regulations, title matters, foreclosures, and commissions.
In the real estate and construction fields, Mr. Cole’s representations have included the general contractor’s claims for one of the most expensive houses built in Middle Tennessee, a dispute over ownership interests in a regional mall, a hotel development and management firm over termination of a contract for services to a new high-rise hotel, as well as an HVAC manufacturer in disputes across the state.
Mr. Cole has represented parties ranging from individuals and small businesses to multinational corporations. He has litigated over the Uniform Commercial Code (the “UCC”) in state court and federal bankruptcy court. One client, an international components manufacturer, retained Mr. Cole to handle sales disputes for its plants across the state.
Mr. Cole has also represented numerous healthcare providers in contract disputes, executive and provider terminations, shareholder and member disputes, and non-compete agreements. He has represented lawyers and law firms, accountants, realtors, property managers, debt collectors, and design professionals, in disputes over contract terminations and fee collections. Mr. Cole has represented both insurers and insureds in coverage disputes.
Mr. Cole has been a long-time member of the Nashville Bar Association and the Tennessee Bar Association. He has been a member of the Economic Club of Nashville (formerly the Exchange Club of Nashville), where he has served in numerous positions.
Mr. Cole is one of the increasingly rare “native” Nashvillians. After being born and raised here, he attended the University of Virginia for college and law school. He began his legal practice in Philadelphia and then in the Washington D.C. suburbs before returning to practice with one of Nashville’s premier law firms. He has been admitted to practice in Tennessee since 1986.
Mr. Cole has one daughter. She owns a wedding and event planning business in New York City. He enjoys tennis, history, and travel.
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1981
B.A., University of Virginia, 1976
U. S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
U. S. District Court for Middle District of Tennessee
U. S. District Court for Eastern District of Tennessee
U. S. District Court for Western District of Tennessee
- Fannie Mae v. TN Metro Holdings XII, LLC, 2013 Tenn. App. LEXIS 330 (reversing summary judgment for lender because of failure to provide notice to cure)
- Rust v. Southern Environmental Contractors, Inc., 2008 WL 544660 (summary judgment for majority shareholder in corporate liquidation)
- Cambio Health Solutions, LLC v. Sloate, 2003 U.S. App. LEXIS 14551 and Cambio Health Solutions, LLC v. Reardon, 228 F. Supp.2d 883 (2002) (effect of arbitration clauses in executive employment agreements)
- Healthtrust, Inc. v. Usher, M.D. Tenn. 2000 (summary judgment for class of retired employees as to entitlement to over $180,000,000 in retirement plan)
- U.S. Fire Ins. Co. v. Vanderbilt University, 828 Fed. Supp. 3d 788 (M.D. Tenn. 2000) (summary judgment for insurer over damages paid from secret 1940's radiation experiments)
- Tennessee Small School Systems v. McWherter, 851 S.W.2d 139 (Tenn. 1993) (finding Tennessee's method of funding of public K-12 education violated the State Constitution)