Herndon, Coleman, Brading & McKee was originally founded in 1924 by Judge J.R. Simmons. We maintain our longevity by providing responsive and professional attention to all our client’s needs.
Our law firm has over 127 years of providing exceptional legal services to individuals, insurance companies, corporations, and other business entities. The strength of HCB&M lies not only in its depth of experience, but also in the variety of legal expertise offered by our lawyers. We offer the services of highly accomplished attorneys, including two inductees as Fellows in the American College of Trial Lawyers, who specialize in a wide range of legal fields. The firm manages to integrate these specializations for a comprehensive approach to each client’s legal needs. HCB&M has the size, structure, technological resources and support staff to serve our valuable clients as efficiently as possible. At every stage of litigation, our clients are able to stay informed on cases through regular reports and analyses. One of the most common complaints the public has in the legal field is not being able to communicate with their lawyer, and we feel the secret to overwhelming client satisfaction is making communication with our clients a top priority. Always.
HCB&M understands insurance defense. Since its inception, the firm has dedicated itself to being a regional authority on insurance law and sophisticated insurance coverage issues. HCB&M is an AV rated law firm reflecting the highest rating of Martindale-Hubbell based upon the peer reviews of fellow lawyers and judges. Clients seek our services on a regional and statewide basis to handle complex coverage issues and disputes as well as bad faith and other extra-contractual litigation. HCB&M understands the special requirements of corporate and business clients and dynamically uses its resources to respond their ever changing needs. The relationships a medium-sized firm offers, while exhaustively representing client interests, is a common source of positive feedback. We believe that the client deserves prompt, correct legal advice at all times.
When claims arise, our lawyers set in motion a carefully conceived resolution plan designed to determine likely exposure and identify, analyze and explore all relevant issues. While our practice focuses on effectively managing the entire litigation process, we understand that our clients prefer quick and cost-effective solutions to complex and potentially protracted liability cases. “Shelf life” is as important as any other substantive issue in handling files. Thus, we do our best to accelerate turnaround for our clients, making use of proactive, contemporaneous post-claim and post-suit risk assessment and mitigation techniques in order to resolve matters quickly and efficiently. Opposing counsel’s familiarity with the talents and tenacity of our skilled trial attorneys undoubtedly contributes to most matters resolving prior to trial. When early resolutions are not possible, we do not hesitate to resolve cases in court. HCB&M is proud of its reputation as one of the most successful trial law firms in the area. While some practitioners have no intention of venturing further than the courthouse steps, our lawyers and paralegals work vigorously inside the courthouse to increase the likelihood of favorable outcomes. HCB&M is known for involvement in litigation matters of all levels of complexity, from “high-exposure” cases to more modest and less far-reaching matters. However, we approach all matters we handle with the same level of rigor, discipline, passion, and attention to detail.
HCB&M observes alternative fee structures, frequently entering into compensation arrangements designed to ensure increased predictability, alignment of financial rewards for case results, reduced inefficiencies and elimination of burdens associated with processing and reviewing detailed hourly billings. This translates into substantial cost savings for our clients. Efficiencies are also realized by virtue of our firm database of legal briefs, transcripts and research materials, allowing our lawyers to easily access information that might otherwise be furnished by a third-party supplier at a substantially higher cost, and often in a less than desirable time frame.
Additionally, HCB&M consistently seeks to better all communities in which it practices by providing assistance to the judiciary and the community. The firm is composed of eight attorneys who have been Bar Association Presidents in its practice jurisdiction. Most recently, the Tennessee Bar Journal recognized the efforts led by HCB&M attorneys to provide access to justice for indigent individuals.