Overton Thompson III
With more than 35 years of complex business litigation experience, Overton Thompson has represented a multitude of clients in bet-the-company matters where hundreds of millions, and sometimes billions, of dollars have been in dispute. Of note, he was lead counsel for Genesco Inc. in the largest case ever tried in Tennessee involving the breach of a $1.5 billion merger agreement. The case was heard in both the Chancery Court of Davidson County (Tennessee) and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. It was reported in both The Wall Street Journal and The American Lawyer magazine. Overton guides his clients through analysis, strategy, negotiations or litigation to obtain favorable results in important matters. He has provided counsel for national clients of all sizes on a range of complex litigation, business, securities and corporate matters.
Overton works with officers, directors and leaders of companies on disputes involving:
- Securities & Shareholder and Merger & Acquisition Litigation – Representation of public and private corporations in securities and shareholder class actions, derivative actions; officer and director liability; breach of fiduciary duty; and breach of securities laws, including claims brought under Section 10-b/10-b-5.
- Business Disputes – Representation of plaintiffs and defendants in a range of business disputes including business fraud, breach of contract, trade secrets and restrictive covenants, corporate and partnership dissolutions, lender liability, intellectual property and patent infringement, as well as insurance and trusts and estate disputes.
Nashville Bar Association — Board of Directors, Past Member; Dispute Resolution Section, Past Chairman
Tennessee Bar Association — Litigation Section, Past Chairman
Men of Valor — Member, Board of Directors, President
Monroe Harding Children’s Home — Past Chair
Exchange Club of Nashville — Past Board Member
Antiques & Garden Show of Middle Tennessee — Past Board Member
Travellers Rest Historic House and Museum — Board of Directors, Past President
Media Mentions & Firm News
Chambers USA — Litigation: General Commercial (2008-2023)
The Best Lawyers in America© — Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation: Mergers and Acquisitions; Litigation: Securities (2009-2024)
Best Lawyers® — Nashville Litigation: Mergers and Acquisitions “Lawyer of the Year” (2023, 2020, 2018, 2013)
Benchmark Litigation — Local Litigation Star: Tennessee (2010-2024)
Mid-South Super Lawyers (2010-2020)
Nashville Post “In Charge” — Legal Sector (2018)
Top 100 Tennessee Super Lawyers (2014)
Top 50 Nashville Super Lawyers (2014)
Nashville Business Journal “Best of the Bar” (2011-2012)