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William J. (Paz) Haynes, III


Paz Haynes draws on his versatility, experience and empathy to solve his clients' problems. His law practice is a part of his journey toward a life well lived. Paz is a civic servant, poet, lifetime student, novice "yogi" and steward of his faith.


P: (615) 238-6324
F: (615) 687-2206

William J. “Paz” Haynes III concentrates his practice in the area of general business law. He also has experience in the areas of labor and employment, administrative law and commercial and civil litigation.

Paz on… law, life and passion.

In the course of his practice, Paz has represented manufacturers, insurers, lending institutions, small businesses and individuals in a variety of matters. He represented Dr. Raymond Richardson, an intervener plaintiff, in the landmark civil rights case Rita Sanders Geier v. Bredesen.

From 1995 to 1996, Paz was a law clerk for the Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones (United States Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit).

Paz has spoken at seminars on employment law and professional ethics for the Tennessee Bar Association, trial practices, youth groups and other civic and professional organizations.

A lifelong resident of Nashville, Paz has been involved in a variety of community activities. He has served as president of both the Napier-Looby Bar Association and Napier-Looby Bar Foundation and as Chair of the Christ The King School board. In addition to bar association and civic activities, he has served on the Father Ryan High School board of trustees, the Pastoral Council of Christ The King Church and the board of directors of the Belcourt Theatre. Paz has also been involved in the arts, representing and promoting visual artists and musicians during his practice. Paz has published two poetry collections.

His other hobbies and interests include history, philosophy, theology and sports.

Representative Cases:

  • Geier v. Bredesen, 453 F. Supp. 2d 1017 (M.D. Tenn. 2006).
  • Foster Business Park, LLC v. J&B Investments, LLC, 269 S.W.3d 50 (Tenn. App. 2008).
  • J&B Investments v. Surti, 258 S.W.3d 127 (Tenn. App. 2007).
  • Nave v. Life Bank, 334 B.R. 586 (M.D. Tenn. 2005).

Speaking Engagements:

  • Presenter, “Keys to Contractural Agreements,” Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance (2013).
  • Producer/Moderator, “Counsel for the Children: Defending the Nashville Sit-In Trials,” Nashville Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar, (2010) (Law Day Outstanding Activity Award Recipient, the American Bar Association).
  • Presenter, “Faith In The Workplace,” Tennessee Christian Chamber of Commerce, (2009).

Recent Publications:

  • “The ‘E’ Age: Proposed E-Discovery Amendments to the Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure,” Tennessee Bar Association General Practice Summit, August 21, 2008.
  • “Expanding the Definition of Disability:  Enforcement of the ADA Amendment Act of 2008 Takes Shape,” E-Blast Newsletter, Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, November 2009.
  • “The ENDA an Era: Employers Should Prepare for New Anti-discrimination Rules” [Employee Non-Discrimination Act], E-Blast Newsletter, Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, April, 2010.

Community Involvement:

  • Christ The King School: School Board (President 2012-2014)
  • Belcourt Theatre: Board of Directors
  • Christ The King Church: Pastoral Council
  • Young Leaders Council: Alumnus
  • Nashville Exchange Club: Board of Directors
  • YMCA Community Action Project: Board of Directors (1999-2000)
  • Nashville Diversity in Dialogue: Board of Directors
  • Father Ryan High School: Board of Directors
  • Nashville Interfaith Group
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  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 1995
  • The Johns Hopkins University, B.A., 1992

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1995


  • AV© Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America©
  • President’s Award for Service, Nashville Bar Association, 2010
  • Best of Bar, Nashville Business Journal, 2008


  • Nashville Bar Association
    • Board of Directors (2001-2004)
    • Young Lawyers' Division Board of Directors (1997-2001)
  • Tennessee Bar Association: Secretary, 2006-2007
  • American Bar Association
  • Napier-Looby Bar Association: Past President, 2002-2003
  • Lawyers Association for Women
  • Napier Looby Bar Foundation: President, 2003-2007
  • Harry Phillips American Inn of Court: Past member