Kristen Shields | Partner

Kristen Shields has significant litigation experience in a wide variety of governmental matters and complex litigation, excelling in construction, commercial, healthcare, automotive, and opioid litigation. She has also worked in insurance-related arbitration and anti-trust and financial matters. Having handled thousands of cases and tried over 100 jury trials, Kristen devotes fierce advocacy for the clients of Cotney Construction Law.


  • Cumberland School of Law, J.D. – Certificate in Trial Advocacy
  • Birmingham-Southern College, B.A. cum laude
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Professional Recognition

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Commercial Litigation, 2021
  • The Prosecutor’s Award 2015-2016, V.O.C.A.L. Southern Region
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  • Tennessee, 2018
  • Alabama, 2011
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Selected Professional and Civic Activities

  • BNI for Middle Tennessee, West End Chapter, Vice President
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Executive Board & Chair-Elect Criminal Justice Committee
  • Lawyers’ Association for Women-Marion Griffin Chapter, Executive Board
  • Belmont University College of Law American Inns of Court, Executive Committee
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International—Nashville Alumni Chapter and Hull Chapter
  • Cumberland School of Law Alumni Association
  • Birmingham-Southern College Alumni Association
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