Jeffrey Zager is an attorney at Neal & Harwell who focuses his practice on complex civil litigation and appeals. Jeffrey represents plaintiffs and defendants in high stakes litigation in a variety of industries and legal areas, including complex business disputes, catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims, class actions, and constitutional litigation. He was included in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation and Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs.

Jeffrey earned his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School. Prior to joining Neal & Harwell, Jeffrey served as a law clerk for Judge William J. Haynes, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee and Judge Thomas W. Brothers of the Davidson County Circuit Court in Nashville, Tennessee.

Jeffrey serves on Neal & Harwell’s Hiring Committee and Marketing Committee. His service extends beyond the law firm, as a Board Member of the Martha O’Bryan Center and Chair of its junior board, NextUp. Jeffrey is also an inaugural Board member of the Frist Art Museum’s Warhol Society. Jeffrey was named a 2020 Nashville Emerging Leaders Award Finalist in the Legal Services Industry.
Representative Matters:
  • Successfully challenged the constitutionality of a provision of the Tennessee Health Care Liability Act. Willeford v. Klepper, 597 S.W.3d 454 (Tenn. 2020)
  • Obtained $9 million verdict in wrongful death case involving negligent failure to treat cardiac condition with implantation of an internal cardiac defibrillator Patterson v. STHS Heart, LLC, Davidson County Circuit Court (2019)
  • Successfully argued before the Tennessee Supreme Court, resulting in a unanimous decision reversing the Court of Appeals below, in case of first impression regarding the pro se filing of a wrongful death action Beard v. Branson, 528 S.W.3d 487 (Tenn. 2017)
  • Defended international commercial airline in federal court against claims under the Montreal Convention
Professional & Civic Affiliations
  • American Bar Association – Member
  • Tennessee Bar Association – Member
  • Nashville Bar Association – Member
  • American Bar Foundation – Fellow
  • Martha O’Bryan Center – Board of Directors (2019-present), NextUP Junior Board (2016-present; Chair 2019-present)
  • Frist Art Museum – Warhol Society Board Member (2019-present)
  • Colorado College Admission Volunteer Program
Education
  • Vanderbilt University Law School, 2013, J.D.
  • Colorado College, 2010, B.A.