JOE BEDNARZ, SR.
Joe Bednarz, Sr. spent 22 years on active duty in the United States Army before becoming a lawyer in 1981. He served with the 101st Airborne Division, the 508th Airborne Regimental Combat Team, the 173rd Airborne Brigade and also served as a Green Beret in the 3rd, 5th and 6th Special Forces groups. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam. The first tour was with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in 1965 and 1966 and the second tour of duty was as a Green Beret with the 5th Special Forces group in 1969 and 1970. He retired from the United States Army as a Master Sergeant in 1978.
Mr. Bednarz graduated from Methodist College, summa cum laude, in 1973 and received a J.D. from the Nashville School of Law in 1981. Over the past 33 years he has focused his practice primarily on helping people who have been the victims of negligence. He has handled all types of personal injury cases, including automobile accidents, trucking cases, plane crashes, medical malpractice and product liability. (See list of cases and reported cases). He is also an instrument rated pilot who has handled aviation cases involving wrongful death.
During his law career he developed a special interest in recreational vehicle litigation because of the large number of children that were being severely injured.
He has been lead counsel in numerous ATV cases. His work contributed to the manufacturers entering into a consent decree and taking three wheelers off the market as well as better warnings and training for four wheelers. He has been lead counsel in crashworthiness cases against Ford, General Motors and Chrysler. He has handled scores of medical malpractice cases which include birth trauma, wrongful death, failure to diagnose, medication errors, etc.
He has been a continuous member from the Nashville Bar Association since 1981 and a continuous member of the American Association for Justice and the Tennessee Association for Justice.
In 2013, he was received the Paladin Award from the Tennessee Association for Justice, which is an award reserved for members of the association that have demonstrated superior skills and achieved an outstanding result for a client against great obstacles and who have worked tirelessly to combat the significant threats to the civil justice system.
Areas of Practice
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Traumatic Brain Injury
Aviation Cases (Licensed Pilot)
Tennessee Supreme Court 1981
Tennessee Court of Appeals
All Tennessee Trial Courts
Federal District Courts for the Eastern, Western, and Middle District of Tennessee
United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
United States Supreme Court
American Association for Justice (Association of Trial Lawyers of America)
Tennessee Trial Lawyers
Nashville Bar Association
Sumner County Bar Association
Tennessee Association for Justice
Methodist College, 1973
Nashville School of Law 1981