Cheadle | Law
John R. Cheadle, Jr.
Managing Partner


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® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® 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 Co. v. Tripplite
  • Cash America International, Inc. v. Geico General Insurance Co.
  • Cumberland University v. Adewole
  • F & M Bank v. Fleming
  • Pinnacle National Bank v. Forrest
  • SunTrust Bank v. Best
  • SunTrust Bank v. Burke
  • SunTrust Bank v. Ritter
  • Premier Imaging | Medical Systems, Inc. v. Coffey Family Medical Clinic, P.C.
  • Tennessee Bank & Trust v. Boruff
  • Tennessee Farmers Cooperative v. Rains

Awards & Recognition:

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 1999 – 2022
  • Super Lawyers-Business Edition, 2006 – 2022
  • Avvo Highest Rating 10.0 Superb Rating
  • “In Charge” List of Nashville Business Leaders, Nashville Post Magazine, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers Edition, 2006 – 2022
  • Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition, 2006 – 2022
  • “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


  • 2018 – 2021 The Crestview Care and Rehabilitation Center (Chancery Court, Davidson County, Tennessee)
  • 2018 Metro One Ambulance Service, LLC (Chancery Court, Davidson County, Tennessee)
  • 2015 Oakley Lumber Company (Chancery/Probate Court for Cheatham County, Tennessee)
  • 2015 Mountain Glazier LLC (Chancery Court, Davidson County, Tennessee)
  • 2014 Barrington Christian Academy (Chancery Court, Davidson County, Tennessee)
  • 2014 The Urban Juicer, LLC (Chancery Court, Davidson County, Tennessee)
  • 2012 BRI Business Services, Inc. (Chancery Court, Davidson County, Tennessee)
  • 2010 SiteTrust Development LLC (Storage Facilities) (Chancery Court, Rutherford County, Tennessee)
  • 2009 Eatherly Family Partnership (Chancery Court, Davidson County, Tennessee)
  • 2009 Cornerstone Health System, LLC (Chancery Court, Lewis County, Tennessee)

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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Cheadle | Law


2404 Crestmoor Road,
Nashville, Tennessee 37215