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Michael grew up in Portland, Tennessee. He has been married for over 30 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.


Michael opened his own law firm in 1994. Awards include a 2019 Superior Rating by Avvo, 2020 Martindale Hubble Platinum 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.

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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.



  • 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


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


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



  • 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 2020 Martindale-Hubble Client Champion Platinum Award.
  • Voted “Best Law Firm” in the Best of Music City Tennessean readers’ poll.
  • Winner of the Million Dollar Circle of Advocates Award
  • 2019 Super Rating by Avvo
  • Michael is a Certified Civil Trial Specialist
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    I was driving down I-40 when I got hit by another car. I called Michael Ponce because I wanted an attorney right here in Nashville. As soon as I called, I knew I made the right decision, and Ponce Law got me the money I needed to get back on my feet. I highly recommend Ponce Law!

    – Rick

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    After my car accident, I wasn’t sure if I needed an attorney. I called Ponce Law for a free consultation. I’m so glad I made the call. I wanted a local attorney, and from the first call, to when my case was settled, I felt heard, valued, and taken care of.

    – ShaErica

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    I was on I-40 coming into Nashville and a car ran into the back of me. The accident was serious, and I needed surgery. I did ask an attorney friend of mine whom I should call, and he said call Ponce Law. The folks at Ponce Law were outstanding and got us a large settlement.

    – Alex

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