With over 30 years of civil and common law experience, Marc Dedman is the Partner-in-Charge of the Nashville office focusing on business transactions, insurance coverage and bad faith claims, litigation, and risk mitigation.
Marc successfully counsels his clients on the complexities of purchasing and managing insurance; and using insurance as part of an overall risk-management program. A significant portion of his practice focuses on first-party and third-party insurance claims, insurance recovery and dispute resolution, risk management and crisis management, loss prevention and cost containment. His clients include public and private companies, organizations, boards of directors, individual officers, and other policyholders. He also frequently advises and represents insurance brokers on coverage issues.
Marc is deeply familiar with the insurance companies and their policies. He can translate insurance wording for his clients so they understand, and effectively interpret, contracts so they are better able to avoid denial or delays in claims. He works with policyholders to analyze, negotiate, and manage terms and contracts to minimize risk or the possibility of future litigation. If litigation becomes inevitable, Marc’s significant trial experience allows him to persuasively advocate in both state and federal litigation for the coverage his clients are entitled to and have purchased.
In addition to his insurance expertise, Marc puts his MBA to work in collaborating with the firm’s transactional, cybersecurity, tax, and corporate attorneys to offer a comprehensive set of business services to clients. He remains an active and outstanding leader in the international business community, and he is also consulted by international law firms for his capabilities spanning across multiple practice areas.
Marc has a history as a strong advocate in the courtroom and alternate dispute resolution proceedings. His experience in resolving problems after they occur has also made him a valuable legal ally in helping to avoid problems before they occur for domestic and international clients alike.
He is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association International Law and Practice Section Executive Committee. He is Vice Chair of the International Practice Committee of the International Association of Primerus Law Firms, where he also serves as Chair of the Insurance Practice Group. He has moderated international panels, including at Belmont University School of Law in Nashville, Tennessee; Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana; and for the International Association of Primerus Law Firms at events in Washington, D.C. and Miami, Florida.
Marc has an “AV Preeminent” peer review by Martindale-Hubbell, has been selected to both Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers, and was named “Best of the Bar: International” by Nashville Business Journal in 2017 and 2019. He is also a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society limited to less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers.
Before entering private practice, Marc served four years in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, primarily in Washington, D.C. He was awarded the U.S. Army Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Army Air Assault Badge. Marc also enjoys running, having participated in 5 Boston Marathons, the New York City Marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon, the Bogotá, Colombia Half Marathon, and numerous other races of various distances.
Prior to joining Barton, Marc was with Spicer Rudstrom, PLLC in its Memphis and Nashville offices for 30 years. He was Spicer Rudstrom’s managing partner from 2015-2018, managing six offices in three states, including the firm’s HR and personnel, IT, finance, insurance, and strategic planning. Marc’s clients have said they like working with him because he practices as a lawyer but thinks like a businessperson.