Joe Dughman was recognized as Achieving a High Ethical Standard. Attorney Dughman received exceptional ratings from other lawyers in his field from and Martindale-Hubbell, publisher of the Martindale-Hubbell Law United States Directory.

Nashville Attorney Joe Dughman
Nashville Attorney
Joe Dughman

Joe Dughman is dedicated to representing individuals and families who have suffered the tragic consequences of serious personal injuries or death caused by abuse and negligence. Joe offers free consultations and serves injured people throughout Middle Tennessee.

In 2016 Attorney Dughman was recognized as Achieving a High Ethical Standard based on ratings from other lawyers in his field as reviews on and Martindale-Hubbell.

His firm concentrates its practice on the following cases:

Education and Early Years of Legal Practice

Originally from Knoxville, and after graduating from the University of Tennessee, Joe moved to Nashville and entered the Nashville School of Law while he was employed by the State of Tennessee. Upon graduation in 1974, Joe accepted a position as an attorney with the Department of Public Health, where he focused on enforcing disciplinary action against doctors, nurses, and other health care practitioners, including Elvis Presley’s doctor. Joe also helped enforce the state’s environmental laws, bringing polluters, coal mining companies, and other errant businesses to justice before the appropriate regulatory boards.

Nashville Community Service

Joe has consistently been involved in the community, working on various non-profit boards, including the Exchange Club Child Abuse Center, where he served as Board President for 2 years. Joe has also served as Board President of Residential Services, an agency that places disadvantaged children in foster homes. Other memberships include the Junior Chamber of Commerce, where he received the “Member of the Year” award; board member of the Downtown Exchange Club; a volunteer for Buddies of Nashville, Oasis Center, Gilda’s Club, and various other community interests. Joe is also a CASA volunteer who advocates for juveniles who have been taken from their homes because of abuse and neglect.

Elvis Presley’s Physician’s Case

Joe was involved in the case against Dr. Nicopoulus, Elvis Presley’s doctor in 1979. The Board of Medical Examiners found Dr. Nicopoulus guilty of overprescribing medications and suspended his license to practice medicine. He was interviewed by Geraldo Rivera on 20/20. Recently, Fox News asked him to do a follow up story for Geraldo’s “Elvis at 80” story.  This show has aired frequently on Fox stations.

Personal Life

Joe and his wife, Peggy, have been married for 35 years and have two children and one grandchild. Joe has lived in Nashville for 47 years and considers it a privilege to practice law and help the community in non-profit and legal work. Joe believes the first duty of society is justice.

Joe Dughman & Associates is in the heart of midtown in Nashville, convenient to the interstate. The firm offers clients the comfort and convenience of a small-town law practice and personal relationships while utilizing the vast resources of a major metropolitan region.

Law Office & Professional Memberships

Joe is a member of:

  • American Association for Justice
  • Nursing Home Litigation Group
  • Tennessee Association for Justice

Admission Details

  • Admitted in 1974, Tennessee
  • 1975, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
  • 1994, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

Law School Attended

  • Nashville School of Law
  • Class of 1974
  • J.D.

University Attended

  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville
  • Class of 1968
  • B.S.

Nashville Awards and Recognition

  • Joe Dughman & Associates was voted Best Law Firm for the past three years in a row (2014–2016) Toast of Music City Awards presented by The Tennessean.
  • Attorney Dughman was voted among the Best Attorneys in Nashville in the 2013 Best of Nashville Scene Awards.