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Beverly D. Nelms

Like many members of Frantz, McConnell & Seymour, LLP, Beverly is a lifelong East Tennessean and a proud Volunteer. The best word to describe her practice is diverse.

After receiving her J.D. from the University of Tennessee in 1993, she joined the firm, first as a law clerk and then as an attorney in 1997, before becoming a partner in 2002. Beverly currently serves as managing partner for the firm.

Throughout an extremely successful career, Beverly’s communication skills have helped put her clients at ease while earning their trust and respect. An apt listener, her goal always is to provide a comfortable atmosphere for each and every one of them. 

Beverly’s practice concentrates on general civil litigation including insurance defense, construction law, workers’ compensation and personal injury, in addition to mediation. Currently, she is expanding the scope of her practice to include alternative dispute resolution of conflicts in the area of construction.

A Rule 31 listed general civil mediator, she has appeared at each level of state court in Tennessee, as well as the U.S. Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee and the Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. She is a member of several legal organizations, including the Knoxville and Tennessee Bar Associations, the Defense Research Institute and the Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel.  She serves as a hearing officer for the Civil Service Merit Board, and has formally served as an Ombudsman for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and as a commissioner for the Trial Court Vacancy Commission.

Beverly enjoys spending her free time with her husband, a retired member of the military, and her family. She also volunteers in her church, plays the piano and is an ardent reader.


      • B.S. University of Tennessee, 1990 (with High Honors)
      • J.D. University of Tennessee, 1993

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        Arbitration & Mediation

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