Michael D. Ponce

Michael D. Ponce

Managing Attorney and Senior Litigator

michael@poncelaw.com

Personal Background

Michael grew up in Portland, Tennessee. He has been married for over 27 years to his wife Kim and has two sons, Michael and Alex. Michael has a bachelor’s degree in biology and a Master of Business Administration from Suffolk University in Boston. He also graduated with honors from Tulane University Law School in New Orleans.

Achievements

Michael opened his own law firm in 2004. Awards include 2019 Superior Rating by Avvo, 2019 Martindale Hubble Gold Award, Million Dollar Circle of Advocates Award, Super Lawyer recognition, Tennessean readers’ poll choice of “Best Local Lawyer,” and he is a Certified Civil Trial Specialist.

Legal Advice

In the 26 years that Michael has practiced law, he is often asked: “Do I need an attorney?” Here is his response. “People often tell me that the insurance adjuster, or the insurance attorney, has told them that they don’t need an attorney. I tell them that when the insurance company tells you that you don’t need an attorney, you need an attorney. The insurance company itself hires hundreds of attorneys to protect its interests.”

When asked what is the best legal advice that you can give, Michael responded, “If it’s not in writing, it didn’t happen. I emphasize to my clients the importance of documentation that will allow us to prove their cases and get them the best recovery.”

True Story

Michael is very calm under pressure. When Michael was in college, he was a biology major and was able to participate in a special marine biology program in Hawaii. One day as he was floating in the water studying the growth of the coral reef, a hammerhead shark swam up. Michael was surrounded by coral, which is very sharp and can cut you easily. Swimming away or climbing on the coral was not an option. Michael stayed calm and kept an eye on the shark. He waited out the shark and was unscathed when he later swam to shore.

Get in Touch With Me

michael@poncelaw.com
400 Professional Park Dr.
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
615-851-1776

Education

  • Suffolk University, B.S., communications and biology
  • Suffolk University, M.B.A.
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., cum laude
  • Tulane University, Environmental Law Specialist

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado
  • Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Tennessee
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Organizations

Organizations and Activities

Awards

  • Michael has been listed in Mid-South Tennessee Super Lawyers® since 2007.
  • Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award
  • 2014 BBB Torch Award nominee
  • Named “Best Lawyer” by the Tennessean Newspaper.
  • Winner of the Middle Tennessee Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Ethical Commerce.
  • Winner of the 2019 Martindale-Hubble Client Champion Gold Award.
  • Voted “Best Law Firm” in the Tennessean readers poll.
  • Winner of the Million Dollar Circle of Advocates Award
  • 2019 Super Rating by Avvo
  • Michael is a Certified Civil Trial Specialist

Publications

  • Protect & Defend

Seminars Taught

  • Damages in Tennessee Civil Trial Practice
  • Auto Accident Evidence and Reconstruction
  • Balancing Ethics and Professionalism in the Law