Attorney - H. Buckley Cole


H. Buckley Cole
HBS Nashville Office

P: 615-313-9911
F: 615-313-8008
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Mr. Cole is a partner in the Nashville office of Hall Booth Smith, P.C. A Nashville native, Mr. Cole received both his B.A. and J. D. from the University of Virginia. He has practiced for over 25 years in state and federal courts throughout Tennessee. Mr. Cole has extensive experience in a wide range of cases, including class actions, products liability and employment cases, and construction and commercial disputes. He has tried numerous cases as well as handled arbitration and mediations. Mr. Cole has worked extensively for clients in the health care industry. His reported decisions include the successful constitutional challenge to the funding of Tennessee public schools.

Representative Reported Decisions:

• Anderson v. Primesource Building Products, Inc., 2008 WL 4186186, E.D. Tenn. (dismissal of product liability class action)

• Rhew v. Norandal USA, Inc., 2008 WL 961590, E.D. Ark. (summary judgment for employer on ERISA claim)

• 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 funding of public school systems violated the State Constitution)

Practice Areas


Mr. Cole has handled numerous real estate and lending transactions for corporate financing, development properties and medical office buildings.  He has provided opinion letters in loan transactions of all sizes.  He had addressed complicated title issues from transaction through litigation stages.



University of Virginia, B.A., English with distinction, 1976
University of Virginia, J.D., 1981


Pennsylvania, 1981
Virginia, 1984
Tennessee, 1986


Nashville Bar Association
Tennessee Bar Association
American Bar Association 


Mold Litigation, Chitester Management Systems, 2003
Insurance Law in Tennessee, Lorman Seminars, 2003
Real Estate Litigation in Tennessee, National Business Institute, 1998
Trial Practice Seminar, Nashville Bar Association, 1997
Valuation of Closely Held Businesses in Divorces, Nashville Bar Association, 1995
Impact of Tennessee Small Schools Case, Tenn. Assn. of County Attorneys, 1993