Faculty Profile: Matt Potempa

Matt PotempaMartin Heller Potempa & Sheppard PLLC2122 21st Ave South Nashville, TN 37212 Work Phone: (615) 810-8438Website: www.mhpslaw.comEmail Address:
Previous Courses Taught (48)
  • Wellness for Our Profession Ethics CLE
  • Ethics for New Lawyers: Conflicts and Confidentiality
  • Ethics for New Lawyers: Conflicts and Confidentiality
  • Skills for New Lawyers: Conflicts and Confidentiality
  • Modern Law Practice Series: Consumer-Facing Service and the Impact on Law Practice [Webcast]
  • Modern Law Practice Series: Consumer-Facing Service and the Impact on Law Practice
  • Go SOLO: Unleash the Entrepreneur Within
  • Skills for New Lawyers: Conflicts and Confidentiality
  • Best Practices for New Lawyers: Lawyer Client Relationship
  • Best Practices For New Lawyers-Webcast Version
  • Best Practices for New Lawyers 2014
  • Best Practices for New Lawyers 2015
  • Business of Lawyering: Opening a Law Practice and Getting New Business
  • Best Practices For New Lawyers
  • The Business of Lawyering: Professional Development for Today's Attorneys
  • Succession Planning: Organization Management and Tips
  • Transitional Legal Education Program - June 2013
  • Transitional Legal Education Program 2012- Nashville
  • Law Practice Succession for Small Firms or Solo Practitioners
  • General Practice: Opportunity for New Business for law practice management
  • Transitional Legal Education Program - June 2012
  • Transitional Legal Education Program - November 2011
  • General Practice Bootcamp 2011 - Nashville
  • Transitional Legal Education Program - June 2011
  • Intro to Social Networking for Lawyers
  • Elements of Malpractice
  • Evaluating Your Client's Case
  • TN Case Law & Tort Reform Update
  • State of Medical Malpractice Litigation in TN (Panel)
  • Standard of Care in TN
  • ADR/Mediation
  • Upkeep: Counseling Boards and Managers (Transactional Practice)
  • Working with Distressed Companies (Transactional Practice)
  • Building a Strong Foundation with Small Businesses (Transactional Practice)
  • New Lawyer Experience: What Judges Want Associates to Know
  • New Lawyer Experience: Lawyering and the Good Life
  • New Lawyer Experience: Conflicts and Confidentiality
  • New Lawyer Experience: Basics of Business Law
  • Effectively Handling Malpractice Cases in Tennessee
  • YLD Trial Practice: How to Ultimately Prevail Following Entry of a Judgment
  • YLD Trial Practice: Perspectives on Persuasion
  • YLD Trial Practice: Preparing Expert Witnesses
  • New Lawyer Experience: Peer to Peer Panel
  • Counseling Small to Mid-Sized Companies in a Troubled Economy
  • YLD Ethics Forum: Demystifying the State Disciplinary Process
  • YLD New Lawyer Experience
  • YLD Trial Practice: Perspectives on Persuasion COPY
  • YLD Trial Practice

Matt has been recognized locally, statewide and nationally for his expertise in the area of Trust and Estate Litigation. With a background in elder law, family law and business litigation, Matt now devotes his practice almost exclusively to resolving family disputes in Will Contests, Estate Litigation, Conservatorships, Breaches of Fiduciary Duty and Trust Disputes.


A native Memphian, Matt received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Memphis in 2003 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2006 where he was an Honor Council Justice, a member of Phi Alpha Delta and a recipient of the Bowen Academic Scholarship.

During his law school summers, Matt studied international and comparative law at University College Dublin School of Law, the University of Edinburgh Law School and the European Union Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

Matt began his legal career as General Counsel for HGH Imports, a small multi- national company based in Spring Hill, Tennessee. After leaving HGH, Matt pursued his passion for elder law and worked as a hearing officer and later Assistant General Counsel for the Tennessee Department of Human Services.

In 2009, Matt launched his solo practice, Law Office of Matt Potempa, PLLC. In addition to a general practice, he focused on litigation and resolving probate, matrimonial and business disputes.

Matt is active in the Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations. He was honored to receive the Nashville Bar Association’s President’s Award in 2010 for his work in providing Disaster Legal Services after the May 2010 floods. Matt is a recipient of the Nashville Bar Association YLD’s Leadership Award, the Tennessee Bar Association YLD’s President’s Award and numerous other accolades for his service to professional and civic organizations.

Matt is the founder of the NBA’s Solo and Small Firm Committee and has served on the NBA’s Public Service Committee, Lawyer Referral and Informational Service Committee, Governance Committee and Modest Means Panel.

In 2012, Matt was elected to serve a three-year term on the Nashville Bar Association Board of Directors. That year, the Tennessee Supreme Court appointed Matt to serve a three-year term as a Hearing Panel Member for the State’s Board of Professional Responsibility.

In 2012, Matt was named by the Nashville Post as one of twenty “Law Leaders Rising” in the Nashville area. In 2013, he was awarded the Nashville Chamber of Commerce’s Emerging Leader Award in the Legal Services category. Matt is a frequent lecturer for the Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations as well as LexisNexis and the National Business Institute on topics related to Probate Administration and Litigation, Law Practice Management, Client Relations, Professional Ethics and Law Office Technology.

In July 2013, Matt partnered with attorneys David Heller, Sean Martin and Jennifer Sheppard to launch Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard, PLLC.

With an office located in the heart of Hillsboro Village near downtown Nashville, the firm focuses on providing Estate and Trust Planning, Family Wealth Preservation, Probate and Business Litigation and Conflict Resolution, Conservatorships and Guardianships as well as Family Law and Personal Injury.