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Lawrence R. Ahern, III

Partner at Brown & Ahern Attorneys at Law
Brentwood, Tennessee
Larry teaches Secured Transactions at Vanderbilt and Bankruptcy Procedure in the Bankruptcy LL.M. program at St. John's. He is rewarded by helping law students master these difficult but essential materials. The rules they explore each year will govern many of their professional lives, whether in transactions, civil litigation or bankruptcy. Larry, on the other hand, learns more each year about how to communicate and listen to people working hard to deal with difficult subjects.

Larry has served as a mediator in disputes related to bankruptcy and commercial and real estate matters and as an expert witness in bankruptcy court proceedings, especially in professional liability litigation. He has represented parties in mediation and arbitration and on all sides of commercial and real estate transactions and bankruptcy-related litigation in state and federal courts. He is a Fellow of both the American College of Bankruptcy and the American College of Mortgage Attorneys, a Director of the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors and Director Emeritus of the American Board of Certification, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Bankruptcy LL.M. program at St. John's.

About Me

Have you been recognized in your profession or industry?
In 2013, Mr. Ahern was ranked as a “Senior Statesman” in bankruptcy litigation by Chambers & Partners, based on peer reviews.

In 2013, and every year since 1988, Mr. Ahern was listed in business reorganization, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy litigation, again based on peer reviews by Best Lawyers in America.

In 2011, Mr. Ahern was named Emeritus Director of the American Board of Certification, a national organization certifying specialists in bankruptcy and creditors rights, accredited by the American Bar Association.
What certifications do you have?
Rule 31 Mediator
Supreme Court of Tennessee, License 1677

Business Bankruptcy
American Board of Certification, License 1677

Business Bankruptcy
Supreme Court of Tennessee (Commission on CLE/Specialization), License 1677

Admission to Practice
Supreme Court of the United States

Admission to Practice
U.S. Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit

Admission to Practice
U.S. Court of Appeals for Third Circuit

Admission to Practice
U.S. Court of Appeals for Sixth Circuit

Admission to Practice
Tennessee Supreme Court, License 1677


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Association Position
Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors Member
American Bankruptcy Institute Member
Mid-South Commercial Law Institute Member


School Degree Graduation Year
Vanderbilt University Doctor of Law (J.D.) 1972
Vanderbilt University Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Political Science and Government 1969
Lipscomb University Rule 31 Certification, Mediation 2012

Contact Information

Brown & Ahern Attorneys at Law

PO Box 2743
Brentwood, TN 37024