We are a law firm handling real estate, estate and trust administration, and business planning matters. With over 40 cumulative years of experience, we advise clients in Middle Tennessee on complex real estate, probate, and business issues.
R. Eric Thornton
From a very young age, I knew that I wanted to be an attorney and a real estate developer. At the age of 13, Mr. Nathan Harsh, a prominent attorney from Gallatin, offered to hire me to work with him after school and on the weekends to earn extra money to help my family. When I wasn’t working at the local Dairy Queen or Crescent Manufacturing furniture factory, I was helping Mr. Harsh on his farms and various real estate investments.
I’m not sure if Mr. Harsh intended to influence the entire outcome of my life with his mentorship during those teenage years, but he did exactly that. Not only did he give me a chance to see the life that I wanted professionally, but also the life that I wanted for my children in the future. It was a combination of my admiration of his intelligence, his discussions with me about finances and business, his demonstration of a constant thirst for knowledge on any subject that we would talk about, his encouragement and belief that I could be an attorney or anything I wanted if I worked hard enough, his genuine concern and appreciation for the clients and people that we would interact with during the course of our day together, the opportunity to watch him make sound investments in farms and real estate, his demonstration of leadership and dedication to his community, the vision that I got to witness by watching him restore or clean up old houses and buildings, and the manner in which he included his sons in his business and investment opportunities, that all led me to be exactly who I am today.
I was lucky to have such a mentor, and very fortunate that he provided me with these examples of what it means to be a fine attorney, father, and a leader at such an early age. I’ve been blessed to have several other mentors in my life at different seasons, and all of them have fueled my love for real estate, my community, and my children.
We have been fortunate enough to have been involved in the majority of the commercial and industrial real estate development in Dickson County in the past 19 years in some form or capacity. We have built/owned/developed Logan’s, Applebee’s, Goodwill, Office Depot, Goody’s, Hobby Lobby, Marshalls, Ross, Fastenal, Buffalo Wild Wings, Verizon, ATT, Crestview Office Park, Harbor Freight Tools, and many others. We serve as general counsel for Dickson County Industrial Board, Dickson Housing Authority, Hickman County Industrial Board, and Dickson County Trustee’s Office.
We have been involved with numerous charities in Dickson County and Middle Tennessee including, but not limited to, the Dickson County Family YMCA, Dickson Help Center, and Make-A-Wish Foundation. We have worked with and have relationships with all of the best lenders in middle Tennessee. And, we have touched in some way just about every tract of land in Dickson County, Hickman County, and Humphreys County while assisting our clients with their real estate, estate planning, or business needs.
Being an attorney/developer allows me to bring to the table for my clients the best understanding possible of all sides of a real estate transaction. I understand the entire process, from contracting for site acquisition, financing, acquiring building permits, creating budgets, construction and design, and leasing. As your real estate attorney, I’m able to engage my passion for real estate on your behalf in a manner that can’t be duplicated. My passion and hobby is doing exactly what I do every day, and I bring that to work for my clients every day!
Since joining Larry and Eric in May, 2001, it has been one of the greatest blessings of my life to be able to work, live, and raise my family in the community that helped raise me. Whether it has been conducting a loan closing for a former classmate, walking through an estate plan with a former teacher of mine, or helping improve the quality of life in our community through my involvement with the Industrial Development Board, the Dickson Housing Authority, the Dickson County Emergency Communications Board, and other municipal entities, I am reminded almost daily how fortunate I am to have been afforded the opportunity to build my professional practice and raise my children here with the people I know, respect and love.
Being a professional in any town often goes beyond the day-to-day operations of your business, but the calling to dedicate your time and resources to outreach and community involvement is amplified when you grew up with and shared similar childhood and teenage experiences with the leaders who now work to seek positive change for your community. Serving as Board Chair of the Dickson County Family YMCA Board has been the best and most fulfilling example of that commonality of purpose. Having law partners and staff members that share the same heart for service has continuously confirmed to me that receiving a phone call in January of 2001 from Larry Ramsey was not a random moment of happenstance. This is where I am supposed to be.
My involvement with Dickson Title, LLC has provided me with a unique opportunity to play a significant role in one of the most important days in the lives of the people who come to our offices for closing on the purchase and sale of a home. For many it is the first home they have ever purchased. For some is it is the last home they will ever sell. For almost all it is the end of one chapter and the beginning of the next…and I have the privilege of being there with them through the transition. I have witnessed joy and sadness, excitement and fear, pleasure and pain, all at the end of a conference room table. To some it may seem that my real estate practice, with its mountains of mundane paperwork and endless government regulation, would be boring or uninspiring. But the truth is that no two transactions are the same because the people involved and their individual stories make every closing a unique and rewarding experience.
This community and the people that make it special are my passion. Joyful giving of my time, talents and resources to provide assistance, support and good counsel to my clients and my community will continue to be my primary goal and ultimate reward.
Jordan attended Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he received a B.S. in 2008, graduating with highest honors. He earned his law degree with honors from the University of Tennessee in 2012.
Jordan’s background in conflict resolution enables him to work with clients to resolve disputes quickly, resulting in a greater net outcome to the clients. He served in the University of Tennessee College of Law’s Mediation Clinic, where he received Rule 31 Civil Mediation Training and mediated civil cases in Knox County General Sessions Court. In addition, he has also received Rule 31 Family Mediation training from Lipscomb University’s Institute for Conflict Management.
Jordan volunteers with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville and has volunteered on multiple builds as well as serving as a homeowner budget coach.
Here are some of the clients we have had the privilege to serve recently:
- Dickson County Emergency Communications (911) Board
- Dickson Airport Authority
- Traditions First Bank
- Parker Peery Properties
- Bank of Dickson
- Farm Credit Mid-America
- Dickson Housing Authority
- Dickson County Industrial Development Board