M. Chad Trammell
Chad Trammell concentrates his practice on complex litigation where the stakes are high.
Chad is the founder of Trammell-Piazza Law Firm. Having tried his first case as a Prosecutor in an Air Force Courtroom in 1992, Chad is a courtroom lawyer with extensive trial experience. The experience has paid off as evidenced by Chad’s verdicts. A track record of successful trial results yields superior settlements. When the opposition knows you have a lawyer who has succeeded at trial on many occasions, then the odds of a successful settlement are higher. Lawyers can talk about “settlements” but if they’ve never been in a courtroom and actually convinced a jury to return a verdict, then an opposing party will eventually call their bluff. With Chad, you will be represented by a lawyer who’s actually been there before.
Chad’s career began in 1991 with a small firm in Denton, Texas. Shortly thereafter he decided to serve our country in the Judge Advocate General Corps (JAG) with the United States Air Force at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. In addition to trying cases as a Prosecutor, Chad defended the United States with the U.S. Attorney in tort litigation. One highlight of his young career was winning the trial of Arvanitis v. United States in Hawaii Federal Court with Assistant U.S. Attorney R. Michael Burke. Chad finished his Air Force career at Barksdale Air Force Base as a prosecutor and as Chief Labor Counsel for the base, which had a large civilian work force.
In 1996, Chad was honorably discharged from the Air Force as a Captain, receiving the prestigious Air Force Commendation Medal in 1994 and the Meritorious Service Medal in 1996. For a number of years, Chad’s practice focused on civil litigation defense for businesses and insurance companies, including the defense of a large nursing home corporation. In 1999, Chad left the Fort Smith firm of Jones, Jackson and Moll and joined the Little Rock office of the national law firm, Wilkes and McHugh, where he focused almost exclusively on representing victims of nursing home abuse and neglect.
In 2003, Chad came home to Southwest Arkansas, and joined the Texarkana office of Nix, Patterson and Roach. Rocketing to partnership in only 3 years, Chad led the nursing home litigation section. During Chad’s tenure with the firm, he successfully persuaded juries in Penny vs. Sun, $2 million; Spencer vs. Northport, $3 million; Johnson vs. Beverly, $2.3 million; and McLemore vs. Lifecare, $4.75 million.
In 2005, Chad spearheaded one of the most creative maneuvers in the history of nursing home litigation. During that summer, it became clear that Beverly Enterprises was on the verge of selling out and leaving victims of abuse and neglect high and dry without compensation. Chad and his team crafted a legal Motion that brought Beverly to its knees and achieved recoveries for all of his clients before the sale.
In October 2010, Chad embarked on a new course, founding his own law firm then known as The Trammell Law Firm. Chad envisioned a smaller law firm more focused on quality legal representation than quanity of clients. Chad believed then and still believes that a smaller firm can provide a better service to clients. Utilizing the same expertise and financial ability as a large firm, Trammell-Piazza provides the same high quality representation as a big firm, but they can do it in a more personal and attentive way. Trammell-Piazza provides a clear alternative to the big firm approach, and the Trammell-Piazza method of representation has appealed to many, many clients. If you want a law firm willing to get to know you and your case and share the risk of litigation with you, Trammell-Piazza might just be the right firm for you.
University – University of Arkansas, B.A., cum laude, 1988
Law School – University of Arkansas, J.D., 1991
1991 – Texas
1995 – Arkansas
1997 – U. S. District Court – Eastern District of Arkansas
U. S. District Court – Western District of Arkansas
1998 – Oklahoma
2001 – Tennessee
2004 – Louisiana
U. S. District Court – Eastern District of Texas
2005 – Arizona
U. S. District Court – Western District of Tennessee
2006 – Kentucky
2008 – U. S. District Court – Middle District of Tennessee
2009 – Nebraska
2010 – West Virginia
Captain, United States Air Force,
Active Duty Judge Advocate General’s Corps, 1992-1996
Air Force Commendation Medal, 1996
Meritorious Service Medal, 1996
National Defense Service Medal
Affiliations & Certifications
Martindale-Hubbell® recognizes Chad Trammell as an “AV” rated attorney, the highest such rating available to any individual lawyer.
- Martindale-Hubbell “Top Lawyer” Rating 2015
- President, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, 2012-2013
- Vice-President, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, 2010-2011
- Secretary-Treasurer, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, 2009-2010
- Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- American Association for Justice, 2000-Present
- Chairman, American Association for Justice Nursing Home Litigation Group, 2008-2009