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Civil Litigation Attorneys

For both businesses and individuals, the world we live in is fraught with great complexity and legal peril. On this chaotic and ever-changing battlefield, the effective and personalized deployment of professional legal services is a necessity. Sherwood Boutique Litigation is an award-winning civil litigation attorney practice. We are a Nashville-based law firm that effectively fights and consistently wins for clients in federal, state, and local courts. … read more >

Our litigation attorneys primarily serve as the defense counsel in our civil litigation cases. We prefer the defense role because of our strong experience in criminal defense work. We specialize in civil litigation cases that benefit from having the additional expertise of a criminal attorneyThese litigation cases have underlying criminal elements, such as fraud, sexual assault, assault, theft, etc. Because we are hyper-focused in this “civil-criminal” niche, SBL’s litigators are effective and incredibly reliable at accomplishing their mission. Our ability to collect, analyze, and communicate data that strengthens our clients’ positions gives us our winning edge. 

We do take a few high-stakes plaintiff litigation cases per year. For instance, when Rocky McElhaney, owner of one of the largest Nashville personal injury law firms, needed a personal injury lawyer for himself, he hired us. 

More information about our specific litigation services and our litigation-specific practice areas can be found further down on this page.

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What Is Civil Litigation?

Civil Litigation In Tennessee is when a business entity or person engages in a non-criminal legal dispute with another business entity or person. In a civil case, the plaintiff sues the defendant for:

  1. Monetary compensation or damages the plaintiff claims to have suffered;
  2. Specific performance, typically related to a contract; and/or
  3. Equitable relief, such as temporary restraining orders and permanent injunctions.

Do You Need A Civil Litigation Attorney?

Civil litigation attorneys, in general, represent either the plaintiff or the defendant in a legal dispute between two or more parties who are seeking compensatory damages, specific performance, or equitable relief rather than punishment via criminal prosecution. Quite often, however, the alleged victims in criminal cases will also file a civil suit. Similarly, criminal charges, including fraud, are frequently pressed during the course of civil lawsuits. This “civil-criminal” space is where we excel.

What SBL's TN Civil Litigation Attorneys Handle

  • Misrepresentation & Fraud
  • Civil Suit-Related Criminal Allegations
  • Personal Injury
  • Race Discrimination
  • Breach of Fiduciary Responsibility
  • Breach of Contract
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Defamation
  • Copyright Infringement

Why Chose SBL For Your Litigation Case?

We firmly believe any great attorney must also be a great civil litigation attorney. The short explanation for what that means is that any litigation attorney worth their salt should be able to win the exact same case fighting for either side. A bit longer explanation is needed to understand why that is, but the main point is this:  

Being a great litigator requires having a deep understanding of legal theory, years of practice performing exhaustive case research, and the ability to use the case-specific information to craft a clear, credible, and favorable interpretation of the spirit and intent of the law.

It is always best for us to represent clients on both their civil and criminal matters so that we can maximize our control over the flow of information. We want as much control over how and when a client’s narrative is told to minimize their exposure to risk. The sad reality is that it can be extremely difficult to predict when a case single-component (civil or criminal) will evolve into a dual-component case (“civil-criminal”). We are frequently requested to handle only the civil matter and we still see great results, we just have to work a little harder.

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…Cynthia Sherwood is my advocate, my lawyer, and my friend. She cares about me as a human being and gave her entire heart, mind, and soul to my case. When I was found innocent, I screamed and cried with such joy, thanking God that He led me to Cynthia Sherwood. She saved my life, and if you make the decision to hire her when you’re in a jam, she just might save yours too.
-Ken

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Civil Law Services

Assault Charges

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Civil Law FAQs

Criminal Attorney vs Domestic Violence Attorney?

What’s the difference between a criminal lawyer and a domestic lawyer? Generally speaking, there is no difference between the two terms. The use of “domestic… ... read more >
What's the difference between a criminal lawyer and a domestic lawyer?

Generally speaking, there is no difference between the two terms. The use of “domestic violence lawyer” is mostly used as a term of art to discuss a criminal attorney defending charges related to domestic violence. When the term is used by criminal attorneys, it may indicate that they specialize in resolving domestic violence charges. The general term, however, is criminal attorney or criminal defense attorney. Attorney is also interchangeable with lawyer. – “The more you know.”

What Is The Punishment For 1st Offense Misdemeanor Domestic Violence In TN?

What is the punishment for the first misdemeanor domestic assault charge in Tennessee? A Class A Misdemeanor domestic assault conviction in Tennessee is punishable by… ... read more >
What is the punishment for the first misdemeanor domestic assault charge in Tennessee?

A Class A Misdemeanor domestic assault conviction in Tennessee is punishable by up to 11 months and 29 days in jail in addition to fines; however, very few people receive the maximum jail sentence. In almost all cases, an anger management class will be required. The real consequences come after you've served your time, paid your fines, and taken your class. One of those is the mandatory loss of your right to possess a firearm for the rest of your life. Read the full list of those consequences here: collateral consequences of having a domestic violence conviction on your record.

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…Cynthia Sherwood is my advocate, my lawyer, and my friend. She cares about me as a human being and gave her entire heart, mind, and soul to my case. When I was found innocent, I screamed and cried with such joy, thanking God that He led me to Cynthia Sherwood. She saved my life, and if you make the decision to hire her when you’re in a jam, she just might save yours too.
-Ken

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Need Legal Help?

Let us know how Sherwood Boutique Litigation can help you. For the fastest response, call (615) 873-5670 during business hours. If it’s after hours or you’d like us to call you, fill out our contact form or contact us via live chat. We’re located in the heart of downtown Nashville. Check the map below for directions.

The Communities We Serve

We serve all of the Nashville Metro area communities, which includes Davidson County and all the surrounding counties. However, we sometimes take larger criminal and/or civil cases, such as bank or investor fraud, that may involve litigating multiple states. Aside from the larger case exemption, the full list of TN communities we serve are listed below.

Davidson County
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Dickson County
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Cheatham County
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Williamson County
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Wilson County
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Robertson County
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Rutherford County
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Sumner County
General Sessions Courthouse
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Middle District of Tennessee
Federal Courthouse
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Davidson County
General Sessions Courthouse
Criminal Courthouse
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Dickson County
General Sessions Courthouse
Criminal Courthouse
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Cheatham County
General Sessions Courthouse
Criminal Courthouse
More information

Williamson County
General Sessions Courthouse
Criminal Courthouse
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Wilson County
General Sessions Courthouse
Criminal Courthouse
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Robertson County
General Sessions Courthouse
Criminal Courthouse
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Rutherford County
General Sessions Courthouse
Criminal Courthouse
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Sumner County
General Sessions Courthouse
Criminal Courthouse
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Middle District of Tennessee
Federal Courthouse
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