J. Lynn Watson

J. Lynn Watson, Attorney and Mediator

Franklin, Tennessee 37064


Commercial, Construction, Contract, Elder, Employment, Personal Injury, Probate, Real Estate, Trusts and Estates, Workplace

Lynn earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Vanderbilt University in 1980 and his doctor of jurisprudence degree from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis in 1983.  He began his career with a law firm in Murfreesboro, Tennessee with a general civil practice that included wills and estates, business planning, real estate, family law, personal injury, and municipal law.  After seven years, Lynn moved to city hall as assistant city attorney when the City of Murfreesboro created a full time legal department.

Lynn served five years on the Board of Trustees of Middle Tennessee Christian School, a school he attended as a child.  When the school was searching for a president, a consultant working with the school suggested that Lynn consider a career change.  Lynn became the President of MTCS in 1992 where he served for twenty years.  During his tenure, the school experienced enrollment growth and multiple capital expansion and improvement projects.

In 2012 Lynn returned to the practice of law, focusing on estate planning and administration.  He also works with a charitable estate planning firm that assists nonprofit organizations and their constituents with gift and estate planning.

Lynn is admitted to practice in Tennessee, the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, and the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Lynn is a member of the Rutherford-Cannon County and Tennessee Bar Associations.  He is a graduate of Leadership Rutherford and was one of the founders of Youth Leadership Rutherford, a leadership program that introduces approximately thirty-five outstanding high school juniors and seniors to community leaders and opportunities across Rutherford County every year.  He has served on the board of directors of the National Christian School Association and the community boards of two banks.

j. Lynn Watson



1980                 Vanderbilt University                                                                            

                        Bachelor of Science Business Administration

1983                 Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

                        Memphis State University
Doctor of Jurisprudence

1993-1994         Middle Tennessee State University

                       18 semester hours Education Administration

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE                                                                                                        

1983                   Admitted to practice law in Tennessee

1983 – 1988         Reed, Rogers and Trail    Murfreesboro, Tennessee

                           Attorney - Civil Practice

1988 – 1990       Reed and Watson                        Murfreesboro, Tennessee

                           Attorney - Civil Practice

1985 – 1992       City of Murfreesboro                    Murfreesboro, Tennessee

                           Assistant City Attorney

1992 – 2012        Middle Tennessee Christian School           Murfreesboro, Tennessee


2012-Present       Thompson and Associates      Brentwood, Tennessee

2012-Present       Private Practice of Law          Murfreesboro, Tennessee         

ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS                                                                                            

Rutherford-Cannon County Bar Association

Tennessee Bar Association

Leadership Rutherford Class of 1994

Board President 1998-1999

National Christian School Association

Board of Trustees 2010-2012

SunTrust Bank Community Board 1998-2010

Wilson Bank and Trust Community Board 2011-2013

711 Majesty Drive,

Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Phone:  615-594-2432

Fax:     615-898-0263

Email:  [email protected]