John R. Cheadle, Jr.John R. Cheadle, Jr.

John R. Cheadle, Jr. graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois with a BA in 1975 and earned his Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, Tennessee in 1978. He is AV-Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell's peer evaluation service and has an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration. He has had comprehensive experience in representing business creditors in state and bankruptcy court. As a frequent lecturer in enforcing creditors' rights, John Cheadle's practice emphasizes collection law, lender representation, receiverships, corporate defense and aviation law. John R. Cheadle, Jr. is one of the founding members of the Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society.


  • Northwestern University (B.A., 1975)
  • Vanderbilt University (J.D., 1978)

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Law
  • Business Law
  • Banking Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Creditors Rights
  • Receivership Law
  • Creditor Bankruptcy Law
  • Aviation Law


  • Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations
  • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association
  • Commercial Law League of America

Bar Admissions

  • 1978, Tennessee
  • 1979, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Tennessee
  • 1997, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • 2000, U.S. Supreme Court

Reported Cases

  • Allstate Insurance Company v. Watson, 195 S.W.3d 609 (Tenn. 2006)
  • Allstate Insurance Co. v. Tripplite

Awards & Recognition

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 1999 - 2016
  • Super Lawyers-Business Edition, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • "In Charge" List of Nashville Business Leaders, Nashville Post Magazine, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers Edition, 2006 - 2016
  • Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition, 2006 - 2016
  • "Nashville's Best Lawyers," Nashville Post Magazine, 2003
  • "The Best 101 Lawyers in Tennessee," Business Tennessee Magazine, 2004 and 2005
  • "Best Lawyers in Tennessee," Business Tennessee Magazine, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2012


  • Appointed Special Counsel for Litigation in Tennessee by the Ohio State Attorney General, 1991
  • Appointed Special Assistant Attorney General, State of North Dakota to Represent Bank of North Dakota in Litigation in Tennessee, 1988

Speaking Engagements

  • "Receiverships- What Every Bankruptcy and Commercial Lawyer Should Know", Mid-South Commercial Law Institute, 33rd Annual Seminar; 2012
  • “Advanced Collection Strategies” National Business Institute 2010
  • Lecturer: "Enforcement of Judgments," 2003
  • "Judgment Enforcement in Tennessee," 2001
  • "Advanced Collection Law in Tennessee," 2000
  • "Tennessee Collection Law & Strategies," 1998
  • "Collecting from Tenants in Tennessee," 1998
  • "Collection Law in Tennessee," 1998
  • "Collection Law in Tennessee," 1999
  • "Enforcing Judgments In Tennessee," 1999
  • Healthcare Providers Trade Association Seminar, 1991


In 2009, John R. Cheadle Jr. was appointed to serve as receiver for 3 large condominium projects in middle Tennessee: 5th and Main, The Braxton, and Rolling Mill Hill. Appointed to act as receiver of STC Cable Systems by the Davidson County Chancery Court, 2008. Receiver by Davidson County Chancery appointment of Altamonte Pointe Apartments, Berkley Ridge Apartments, Rolling Hills Apartments, and White Oaks Apartments, 2007. Appointed by the Sevier County, Tennessee Chancery Court to Act as Receiver of Governor's Crossing Outlet Mall, 2004. Appointed by the Davidson County, Tennessee Chancery Court to Act as Receiver of: Donelson Plaza Shopping Center. 1995; Tennessee Ridge Apartments, 1991; Autumn Chase Apartments, 1990. Appointed by the Sumner County, Tennessee Chancery Court to Act as Receiver of Gallatin Group, Inc., d/b/a/ Toyota of Gallatin, 1996.

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