Ames Davis

For over 40 years, business defendants in complex, high-stakes litigation have sought out Ames Davis to guide them through the trial and dispute resolution process. From uniquely difficult probate matters to complex securities litigation, clients can trust Ames' sound judgment and leadership. Part of what makes Ames such an effective counselor and trial attorney is his intellectual curiosity. Beyond the legal issues at stake, Ames immerses himself in the business or industry of the client. Litigation is rarely enjoyable, but Ames eases the stress clients feel during the litigation process by demonstrating that he understands the client's point of view and frames his advice in understandable terms.

Ames' experience in complex securities litigation has led a number of publicly-traded companies to hire him as special outside counsel to audit committees in connection with internal investigations relating to securities and accounting issues.

Ames has been recognized in Chambers USA and for over 20 years has been listed in Best Lawyers for his work in commercial litigation.


  • Chairman, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, PLLC, 1995-2003
  • Member, Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations
  • Founder and Fellow, Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Fellow, Tennessee Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Nashville Bar Foundation
  • Former Chief Justice, The Tennessee Special Supreme Court
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward White Inc.) since 1990

Prior Affiliations

  • Assistant United States Attorney, Middle District of Tennessee, 1969-1972
  • Appointed as Chief Justice of The Tennessee Special Supreme Court to consider appeals relative to the constitutionality of Tennessee's statutes authorizing retention elections for appellate judges


  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 1969
  • B.A., with honors, Amherst College, 1966

Legal Services

Industries Served

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee

Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First, Second, Fifth and Sixth Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee

Up Close

Ames briefly had ambitions to complete a solo sail around the world, but has decided that becoming a successful competitive tennis player would better suit him. He enjoys golfing with his wife and cheering on the Vanderbilt sports teams.