Allison Bussell is a seasoned litigator, having tried nearly twenty civil cases, argued eight federal appeals, and authored countless briefs, both at the trial court and appellate levels. Having a particular interest in civil rights and employment law, Allison began her career in the coveted role of a federal judicial law clerk. During her term with the Honorable Joseph M. Hood, then Chief U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky, in Lexington, Allison developed a knowledge of the inner workings of the federal court system that would provide her with a clear advantage in the years to come. Because Judge Hood sat by designation a few times a year at the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Allison also had the great fortune of working on several federal appeals during her clerkship, including attending arguments and becoming familiar with various members of the Court.
Allison’s clerkship experience was the perfect transition between law school and what would be nine plus years of high-paced federal litigation with the Metropolitan Department of Law in Nashville. Unlike many of her law school colleagues, and particularly those who also held federal clerkships, Allison opted out of the big firm tract, instead choosing a role that would provide her the best opportunity for firsthand litigation experience. Quickly after assuming her role as a Metropolitan Attorney under then-Director of Law Karl Dean, Allison began building a niche as a federal litigator, defending cases ranging from cumbersome pro se prisoner cases to high-stakes Title VII and Section 1983 class actions. During her nine years with the city, Allison carried a heavy litigation caseload, with significant autonomy, while also advising her litigation clients on various legal issues. In her time with Metro, Allison developed a reputation as a dedicated professional, always willing to go the extra mile to produce a quality work product for her clients. While representing the Metropolitan Government zealously, Allison also enjoyed developing strong relationships and positive rapport with the dedicated city department heads and employees she encountered in her work.
A couple of years after her former colleague and litigation teammate, Kevin Klein, founded The Klein Law Office (now, Klein Bussell, PLLC), Allison knew that moving into private practice was the right fit. Her practice now focuses on business, employment, and municipal litigation and advice.
Born and raised here in Nashville, Allison knew this city long before it became the tourist attraction that it is today. After graduating from high school, Allison moved to Murfreesboro where she lived for four years while attending Middle Tennessee State University. With an eye toward law school, she majored in Political Science and minored in Writing and served for two years on MTSU’s top-ten nationally-ranked mock trial team, receiving seven oralist awards, including All-Region Attorney. After graduating magna cum laude, Allison married her high school sweetheart, Jeremy Bussell, and the two of them moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, where Allison began her law school career at the University of Tennessee College of Law. While there, Allison served as Research Editor for the Tennessee Law Review, was a two-time runner up in the interschool mock trial competition, and was selected for publication in two of the law school’s journals, the Tennessee Law Review and the Tennessee Journal of Business Law. Allison would go on to graduate in the top ten percent of her class, qualifying her for the Order of the Coif.
Allison is an active member of her church, where her husband Jeremy is the Church Administrator. Allison has a heart for leadership development of youth and, as a result, spends a lot of time connecting with and mentoring teenage girls in her church. Allison loves to cook, is an avid sports fan, and regularly participates in workout sessions with friends, half marathons, and trail runs. Allison is also the proud mother of a vibrant elementary-school-aged son, Cooper. When she isn’t serving in her church, helping with homework, or practicing law, you will often find Allison at the Crieve Hall baseball fields cheering on her son’s team, which her husband, Jeremy, coaches.
Allison L. Bussell
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- U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- United States Supreme Court
- Tennessee State Courts
- University of Tennessee College of Law
J.D., 2004, Magna Cum Laude
Order of the Coif
Tennessee Law Review, Research Editor
- Middle Tennessee State University
B.A., 2001, Magna Cum Laude
Mock Trial Team, All-Region Attorney
Honors, Memberships, & Interests
- Belmont University College of Law American Inn of Court
- Board of Directors, First Priority of Greater Nashville
- Federal Courts Committee, Nashville Bar Association
- Author, “The Eclipse of State Common-Law Review and Assessment of Punitive Damages by the Due Process Analysis: The Aftermath of BMW of North America, Inc. v. Gore,” Comment, Tennessee Law Review (Winter 2004)
- Author, “Redemption Rights for Certificate of Designations for Preferred Stock, Memo to the Partner,” Transactions: Tennessee Journal of Business Law (Spring 2004)
- Tennessee Law Review’s Editor’s Award (2004)
- International Academy of Trial Lawyers’ Trial Advocacy Award (2005)