John Overton Belcher is a founding partner of Belcher Sykes Harrington, PLLC. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Belcher practiced law with leading firms in Nashville, including with attorney G. Philip Anderson in Brentwood, Tennessee for five years. Mr. Belcher graduated from the Vanderbilt University School of Law (J.D., 1996) and obtained his undergraduate degree, cum laude and with honors in history, from Vanderbilt University (BA, 1993).
Mr. Belcher focuses his practice on civil litigation and dispute resolution, and his practice reflects the diverse make-up of the firm’s client base. He represents individuals and businesses, plaintiffs and defendants, in both State and Federal Court. In particular, Mr. Belcher can often be found in the Chancery Courts of Davidson and Williamson Counties, representing clients in complex business disputes. Although Mr. Belcher handles a wide variety of types of cases, a common theme runs through all of his representations: his desire to reduce disputes to their simplest elements and to seek decisive and efficient resolutions.
In short, Mr. Belcher is experienced at handling a wide-variety of types of civil cases, from high-stakes business disputes to claims involving individuals and businesses, which, though smaller in terms of the amounts at issue, are no less important. The commonality of Mr. Belcher’s cases is that each requires thoughtful and attentive evaluation, a nuanced understanding of the applicable law and rules, and the clear presentation of complex issues. In addition, Mr. Belcher seeks out cases that advance the public interest and cases where individuals and small businesses have had their rights trampled by others.
Mr. Belcher is a member of both the Tennessee Bar Association and the Nashville Bar Association. He is the past chair of the Nashville Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. In 2011 he taught a continuing legal education program on the importance of carefully tailoring discovery in civil cases. He taught both torts and litigation to post-bachelor’s degree paralegal students. He serves on multiple non-profit boards and is involved in the greater Nashville community. He is an avid runner and outdoorsman, and has run numerous marathons, half marathons, trail races, and other races, and has backpacked, trekked, camped, and hiked all over the world.
Mr. Belcher believes that the law provides a means for anyone who has been harmed to stand up against powerful and monied interests. He also believes that lawyers have an obligation to their clients to represent them as efficiently, decisively, and economically as possible.
John Overton Belcher
Tennessee State and Federal Court
United States Supreme Court
Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution
The following are representative of the types of cases Mr. Belcher has handled:
- Timeshare Fraud, including cases involving common law fraud and fraudulent inducement and cases involving violations of the Tennessee Timeshare Act, the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act, the Adult Protection Act, and the Real Estate Broker Licensing Act
- Complex Business Litigation, including cases involving contracts, leases, guarantees, partnerships, limited liability companies, breach of fiduciary duty, trade secrets, for-profit and non-profit governance, and business torts
- Claims Against Insurance Companies, including ERISA denial of benefits litigation on behalf of individual claimants who have been wrongfully denied disability, health, retirement, or other covered benefits
- Personal Injury and Tort, including wrongful death cases, catastrophic injury cases, auto accidents, and accidents involving bicycles and motorcycles
- Probate Litigation, including cases involving the construction of wills and trusts
- Property Disputes, including disputes over easements, timeshare interests, clear title and condemnation/eminent domain
- Environmental and Toxic Tort, including cases under various Federal Statutes, common law nuisance claims, mold cases, and negligent installation/remediation cases
- Defamation and Invasion of Privacy, including cases involving protected speech
- Employment, including cases involving sexual harassment, wrongful termination, discrimination, and wage and hour claims
- Insolvency and Transactions in the Zone of Insolvency, including fraudulent conveyance actions
- Entertainment Litigation
- Receivership Matters
In handling these cases, Mr. Belcher has encountered certain recurring issues:
- Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), including mediation, is an essential part of the dispute resolution process in today’s legal system. Mr. Belcher routinely represents clients in mediation proceedings.
- Multi-Party Disputes. Multi-party disputes are complicated and can present special challenges. Mr. Belcher has handled a wide variety of multi-party disputes, often involving issues relating to partnerships, limited liability companies, corporations.