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Stephen Heard

Cornelius & Collins, LLP

Stephen Heard

Stephen K. Heard practices with the firm of Cornelius & Collins, LLP, and focuses primarily on civil trial and appellate practice in State and Federal courts as well as the representation of small businesses and non-profit organizations.  His areas of focus include:

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Employment Law (including Age, Sex and Race Discrimination)
  • Torts and Personal Injury
  • Real Property Disputes
  • Civil Rights
  • Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act
  • Products Liability
  • Education Institutional Liability
  • Auto and Truck Liability

Stephen is a Rule 31 Mediator since 2001 and has participated in over 250 mediations.  He is a member of the Nashville Bar Association, American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association, former member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (1987-2022) (Employment Law Committee Chairman from 1993 to 1995; Medical Malpractice Committee; Products Liability, Drug Device, and Biotechnology Committee), Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel, American College of Equine Attorneys, and Transportation Lawyers Association.  He has twice been awarded Strathmore’s Who’s Who Law Professional of the Year Award (2007 and 2009). 

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Emory Law School, Stephen has tried over 200 court of record lawsuits and argued 36 appeals.  He has served as a lecturer and presenter in over 28 continuing legal education programs, most recently at the National Equine Law Conference on subjects of Non-Profit Law Issues for Equine Trade and Breed Associations (2015); Equine Doping and Contamination (2019); and SafeSport: Jurisdiction, Procedures, Issues and Concerns (2021); Stephen also presented a program at the 22nd Tennessee Worker’s Compensation Educational Conference on the “The Compensation Conundrum, Points of View of Complicated Death Case” (2019). He was also a presenter at the 25th Tennessee Workers Compensation Educational Conference on “Stand Alone Work-Related Mental Injuries” (2022).  He has also served as faculty at the Defense Lawyers Trial Academy, sponsored by the International Association of Defense Counsel.  Stephen is a member of the Tennessee, Georgia, and Kentucky Bar Associations.

Education

  • University of North Carolina, B.A., 1976
  • Emory University School of Law, J.D., 1980

Certifications

  • Rule 31 Mediator

Memberships

  • Tennessee Bar Associations
  • Georgia Bar Associations
  • Kentucky Bar Associations
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association

Associations

  • Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (Employment Law Committee Chairman from 1993 to 1995; Medical Malpractice Committee; Products Liability, Drug Device, and Biotechnology Committee)
  • Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel
  • American College of Equine Attorneys
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Former member of the International Association of Defense Counsel

Stephen has participated in numerous seminars as a presenter and author of seminar materials in areas of:

  • Americans with Disability Act
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • EEOC
  • Employer Liability
  • Uninsured Motorist Law
  • Comparative Fault
  • Retaliatory Discharge
  • Non-profit Issues for Equine Trade Breed Associations
  •  Examination of the Medical Expert
  • American Medical Association Guides to Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (4th edition)
  • American Medical Association Guides to Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (6th edition)

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