John I. Harris III
Attorney at Law

Work experience

1998-present Harris Law Office; Nashville, Tennessee. Member of law firm having a civil practice involving medical malpractice, catastrophic injury, toxic injury claims and commercial litigation. General civil and commercial representation. General counsel for several business and non-profit organizations. Registered lobbyist.  Martindale-Hubbell profile.

1992 - 1997 Baydoun, Harris & Reese, P.A., Nashville, Tennessee. Member of a law firm having a general civil and commercial practice. Registered lobbyist for the Tennessee Firearms Association Legislative Action Committee.

1987-1992 Harris & Baydoun, Nashville, Tennessee. Attorney with a general civil and commercial practice.

1984-1986 Nader Baydoun & Associates, Nashville, Tennessee. Attorney with a general civil and commercial practice.

1983 - present Computer software designer and programmer. Technical consultant for the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility on matters involving hardware and software issues.


Law School: Vanderbilt University, School of Law, Nashville, Tennessee. J.D., 1986.

Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University, College of Arts and Sciences, Nashville, Tennessee. Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, 1983. Major in sociology, minor in classical studies.

Professional Licensure-Certifications

1991-present United States Supreme Court
1988-present Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
1986-present Tennessee State Courts

Associations (legal)

1986 - present Tennessee Bar Association
1986 - present Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (Life Member)
1986 - present American Bar Association
1986 - present American Trial Lawyers Association
1986 - present Nashville Bar Association

Certifications (non-legal)

1996 - present State certified handgun instructor (Tennessee)

Associations (other)

1995 - present Tennessee Firearms Association (501(c)(4) non-profit organization), Executive Director
1996 - present Tennessee Firearms Association - Legislative Action Committee (a state and federal political action committee), registered lobbyist
1995 - present Tennessee Firearms Association - Legislative Action Committee, treasurer
1995-present National Rifle Association - Attorney Referral Program, Speakers Bureau, and Media Specialist. Benefactor National Rifle Association. Recipient of NRA 1996 Defender of Freedom Award; 1997 Certificate of Appreciation for lobbying activity
1997-1998 Jackson Park Association (non-profit), president
1994-1997 Jackson Park Association (non-profit), secretary


1998 - Carrying a Handgun for Self Defense in Tennessee (2nd Edition), published 1998.
1996 - Carrying a Handgun for Self Defense in Tennessee, published 1996
1985 - AConnect,@ The DEC Professional, May 1985
1985 - ACP/M File Management Utility@ The DEC Professional, April 1985
1984 -AGood >Help= Isn=t Hard to Find Anymore@ Personal & Professional, Feb/March 1984


1995 - present Lobbyist. Worked with Tennessee Legistaure and bill sponsors to draft handgun permit law (1996 & 1997) and state firearms instant check law (1998)
1995 - present Lecturer and classroom instructor regarding Tennessee=s handgun carry laws, Tennessee=s weapons laws and the use of deadly force in Tennessee
August 1997 Speaker, Friends of NRA. The constitutional right to bear arms under Article 1, Section 26 of the Tennessee Constitution.
July 1997 Speaker, Tennessee Firearms Laws. Presentation for the West Wilson County Republicans.
June 1997 Speaker, Tennessee Firearms Laws and Deadly Force. A continuing education program for the Tennessee Court Reporters Association=s annual convention.
Feb. 1996 Producer of Nashville Bar Association seminar entitled AComputers and Communications: Staying afloat in a flood of technology@
1995 - present Miscellaneous appearances as guest on radio and television shows regarding firearms and weapons laws in Tennessee

Contact Information

Certifications of Specializations are available to Tennessee lawyers in all areas of practice relating to or included in the areas of Civil Trial, Criminal Trial, Business Bankruptcy, Consumer Bankruptcy, Creditor's Rights, medical Malpractice, Legal Malpractice, Accounting Malpractice, Elder Law and Estate Planning. Listing of related or included practice areas herein does not constitute or imply a representation of certification of specialization.