David Esquivel serves as the firm’s Pro Bono Member. In that capacity, he devotes half his practice to leading teams in significant pro bono litigation and managing the firm’s overall pro bono efforts.
David has long been active in pro bono and access-to-justice initiatives. He is a founding member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and has served as chair since 2013. David previously served as chair of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Access to Justice Committee and a member of the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission. David has served as chair of the board of directors of the Tennessee Justice Center, Conexión Américas, and the Maddox Charitable Fund. He currently serves as chair of the board of directors of the Nashville Public Library Foundation.
In addition to his robust pro bono practice, David advises clients on investigations and litigation matters mainly in the financial services sector, with a particular emphasis on matters relating to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
American Bar Association — Consumer Financial Services Committee, Vice Chair (2018-present)
American Health Law Association (AHLA)
Nashville Public Library Foundation — Board Member, Chair (2018-2020)
Metro Nashville Policing Policy Commission (2020)
Maddox Charitable Fund — Board Member, Chair (2017)
Tennessee Supreme Court — Access to Justice Commission (2012-2018)
Law360 Privacy/Consumer Protection Editorial Advisory Board (2017)
Conexión Américas — Board Member, President (2011-2013)
Tennessee Bar Association — Access to Justice Committee, Chair (2010-2012)
Tennessee Justice Center — Board Member, Chair (2009-2010)
Leadership Nashville (2011)
Tennessee Bar Association — Leadership Law Class of 2007
Bass, Berry & Sims partnered with other access to justice advocates to file petitions asking the Tennessee Supreme Court to vacate or modify sections of Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 13 to ensure that all people accused of crimes in Tennessee, regardless of their wealth, can access the resources they need to protect their constitutional right to due process, a fair trial, and equal treatment under the law
Amicus brief filed in the Tennessee Supreme Court on behalf of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and two Tennesseans sentenced to life imprisonment as juveniles
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of EdFinancial Services, a student loan service provider, against a Fair Credit Reporting Act lawsuit filed in federal court in the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
Represented TRS Recovery Services against a complaint filed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
Coordinated Telecheck’s follow-up responses to the civil investigative demand by the FTC
Served as the Regulatory Auditor for the NYSE pursuant to the terms of an order of the SEC
The Best Lawyers in America© — Banking and Finance Law (2021)
Mid-South Super Lawyers (2011-2020); “Rising Star” (2010)
Nashville Bar Association — Liberty Bell Award (2018)
Leadership Council on Legal Diversity — Fellow (2014)
Tennessee Bar Association — Harris A. Gilbert Pro Bono Attorney of the Year (2005)
Tennessee Bar Foundation — Fellow
Nashville Bar Association — Fellow