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William Waller, American lawyer.


Waller, William was born on October 28, 1898 in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. Son of Claude and Martha Armistead (Nelson) Waller.


Student, Wallace University School, 1914. Bachelor of Science, Vanderbilt University, 1918. Bachelor of Laws magna cum laude, Yale, 1922. Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Delta Phi. Order of the Coif. Member, Editorial Board, Yale Law Journal, 1922.


Assistant to general counsel North Carolina & St.L Railway, 1922-1927. General practice law Nashville, since 1927. Member firm Waller, Lansden, Dortch & Davis and predecessor firms, now of counsel.

Lecturer Vanderbilt Law School, 1925-1926, 50-56.

Capital Case Resource Center of Tennessee, 1988—, Hearing Officer, Board of Professional Responsibility, 1985—. Lands Commissioner, Middle District of Tennessee, 1987—.


  • Bar: Tennessee bar 1922.


  • Other Work

    • Editor, compiler: Nashville in the 1890's, 1970, Nashville, 1900 to 1910, 1972.


Trustee Vanderbilt University, since 1956, Harpeth Hall School, 1950-1966, Ladies Hermitage Association, since 1959. Served as Second lieutenant, C.A.C. United States Army, 1918-1919, Advertising Educational Foundation. Member American Law Institute, Mont Pelerin Society, Tennessee History Commission, Order of Coif, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Delta Phi.

Clubs: Round Table (Nashville), Belle Meade Country (Nashville), University (Nashville).

Member: Nashville (Director, 1984-1987), Tennessee and Federal (President, 1981-1982) Bar Associations; Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association; American Judicature Society. Civil, Tort and Criminal Litigation.


Married Elizabeth Warner Estes, December 31, 1924. 1 son, William; married Milbrey Warner, September 11, 1935. 1 daughter, Mistress Thomas G. Andrews, Junior.

Claude Waller

Martha Armistead (Nelson) Waller

Elizabeth Warner Estes

Milbrey Warner