Gayle has almost 50 years' experience in litigation and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

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Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1973
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Tennessee: Middle, Western
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Lifetime Achievement Selection, America’s Top 100 Attorneys®, 2016
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 1995
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
    • Litigation: General Commercial – Tennessee, 2014-2022
    • Litigation: Mediators – Tennessee, 2020-2022
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, 2011-2022
    • Lawyer of the Year, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs (Nashville, TN), 2019
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Top 100: Tennessee Super Lawyers, 2007-2021
    • Top 50: Nashville Super Lawyers, 2007-2021
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Personal Injury – Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, 2007-2021
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV® – Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, 1983-2021
  • "100 Best Lawyers in Nashville", Nashville Post
  • "Tennessee’s Best 150 Lawyers", Business Tennessee Magazine, 2010
  • Benchmark Litigation
    • State Litigation Star – Tennessee, 2015-2016, 2018, 2021

Education & Honors

  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 1973
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A., 1970
  • Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator, Tennessee Supreme Court, 2003


  • Lead counsel in scores of jury and bench trials in federal, state and regulatory forums involving: all types of business litigation, including anti-trust, securities fraud and contract matters; claims relating to catastrophic injuries or death for both plaintiffs and defendants in products liability actions in a number of different industries, medical malpractice actions, and tractor trailer and other motor vehicle actions; premises liability for both plaintiffs and defendants; appeals of CON decisions for hospitals in healthcare regulatory matters; and professional negligence actions relating to lawyers and accountants.
  • Numerous judgments or settlements on behalf of plaintiffs for millions of dollars, including:
         - A $20 million jury verdict in a wrongful death case in Memphis,
           Shelby County, Tennessee, in 2012.
         - An approximate $5.6 million jury verdict in 2009, the largest ever in a
           personal injury case in Columbia, Maury County, Tennessee.
  • Successfully mediated hundreds of cases involving complex commercial and business disputes of all types and catastrophic injury and death cases.