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Parker & Crofford Attorneys At Law
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Mary Parker

Mary ParkerAfter earning her law degree from the University of Tennessee, Mary Parker began her legal career as Assistant to the District Attorney General in Tennessee’s 21st Judicial Circuit. From time to time The National Law Journal selects and profiles ten trial attorneys nationwide who have established themselves as among the nation’s best at establishing credibility with jurors. In 1990, Mary was named one of the top ten litigators in the United States by The National Law Journal.

Mary is an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated℠ attorney by Martindale-Hubbell®. This is the highest rating available and distinguishes Mary as having preeminent legal ability and very high general ethical standards. She is past president and co-founder of Trial Lawyers for Public Justice. In 1982, she founded the organization with Ralph Nader and other lawyers throughout the country. Today, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice is a national public interest law firm based in Washington, D.C. dedicated to using trial lawyers’ skills and resources to create a more just society.

In 2006, Mary was a candidate for the Tennessee State Senate.

Practice areas


Bar admissions


  • Williamson County Bar Association, 2005-present
  • Nashville Bar Association
    • Ethics Committee, 1984–Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association
    • Board of Governors, 1982–1987, 1999–2002
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
    • Member, State Committee, 1983–1986
    • Young Lawyers Section
      • President, 1987–1988
      • Vice President, 1986–1987
      • Secretary, 1985–1986
    • Secretary, Tort Section, 1988–1989
    • Chairperson, Motor Vehicle Section, 1989–1990
    • Chairperson, Women’s Caucus Section, 1985–1986
    • Outstanding State Delegate of 1985–1986
    • Lecturer, National Trial Advocacy College and National Conventions, 1983–1986
    • Member, Law School Committee, 1982–1985
  • Nashville Plaintiff’s Table
    • Executive Committee, 1989–1999
  • National Hockey League, NHL Panel of Attorneys
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
    • Co-founder
    • President, 1994–1995
    • Vice President, 1993–1994
    • Treasurer, 1992–1993
    • Secretary, 1991–1992
    • Board Member, 1982–Present


Named one of—

  • “One of Nation’s 10 Top Litigators” by National Law Journal, 1990
  • “Tennessee’s Top 101 Lawyers in 2005” by BusinessTN Magazine
  • “Top 150 Lawyers in 2008” by BusinessTN Magazine
  • “Top 150 Lawyers in 2007” by BusinessTN Magazine
  • Mid-South SuperLawyers, 2003–Present
  • “Top 100 Lawyers” by American Trial Lawyers Association, 2009 and 2010
  • Marquis Who’s Who in America
  • Marquis Who’s Who in American Law
  • Marquis Who’s Who in the South and Southwest
  • Marquis Who’s Who in Emerging Leaders
  • Marquis Who’s Who of American Women


  • Numerous state and national Trial Lawyers Association seminars, including appearances in—
    • Tennessee
    • West Virginia
    • California
    • Washington, D.C.
    • Nevada
    • South Carolina
    • Florida
    • New York
    • Colorado
    • Alabama
    • Georgia
    • Mississippi
    • Others
  • Instructor at Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • National Trial Advocacy College (seven years)

Community activities

  • Democratic Leadership Council (DLC)
    • Board 1991–1994
  • Sister Cities Program, 1998–Present
  • Alliance Francais
    • Board, 1998–2005
  • Holy Family Catholic Church
    • Stewardship Committee, 1989–2009
  • Monroe Harding Children’s Home
    • Board, 2000–2006
  • Nashville Women’s Political Caucus, 1985–Present


  • French
  • Spanish

Personal information

  • One child
  • Enjoys snow skiing, SCUBA diving, and following Predators hockey and Titans football
  • Former University of Buffalo head cheerleader

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