Nashville, Tenn. – National plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP and the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA) announce the creation of the “Trial Lawyers’ Community Relief Fund” through The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to provide assistance to victims of the March 3, 2020 tornadoes across Tennessee. The fund allows attorneys and others in Tennessee and nationwide to contribute donations to relief efforts in Tennessee following the recent devastating tornadoes.

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein and Mark Chalos, managing partner of Lieff Cabraser’s Nashville office and TTLA Vice President, made lead contributions to launch the fund. The goal is to raise funds for immediate relief for Tennesseans who have suffered losses, including those who lost homes and businesses, due to this calamitous weather event.

“Our community is hurting right now,” Chalos said. “As trial lawyers, we have dedicated our careers to helping our neighbors in times of need. This fund will enable us to get relief quickly to those Tennesseans who need it the most.”

Just past midnight Tuesday morning March 3, powerful tornadoes touched ground in the city of Nashville, and moved east through neighboring Wilson, Putnam, and Smith counties, ending near Cookeville, Tennessee. Twenty-four Tennesseans were killed.

Winds reached 175 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service, which categorized the events as EF3 and EF4 tornadoes. Hundreds of homes and businesses were destroyed or severely damaged.

“Growing up in Cookeville, which was hit particularly hard,” said Matt Hardin of Matt Hardin Law PLLC, President of TTLA. “But we always pull together and help our neighbors in difficult times.”

TTLA aims to protect the constitutional guarantee of access to justice for Tennesseans, Tennessee families, and small businesses. Learn more at

To learn more about The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, please visit

Contributions to the Trial Lawyers Community Relief Fund can be made online.

Or checks can be mailed to:
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
P.O. Box 440225
Nashville, TN 37244

(Please note the name of the fund in the memo line – Trial Lawyers’ Community Relief

About Lieff Cabraser

Lieff Cabraser is a 100-attorney law firm founded in 1972 with offices in Nashville, San Francisco, and New York. We have a diversified complex and class litigation practice, representing plaintiffs in personal injury/mass tort, securities/financial fraud, employment, product defect, consumer protection, antitrust, environmental and toxic exposures, False Claims Act, digital privacy and data security, and human rights. Our practice has an extraordinary rate of success, recovering for our clients over $124 billion in verdicts and settlements. 28 cases have been resolved for over $1 billion; another 54 have verdicts or settlements at or over $100 million. Our clients include individuals, classes and groups of people, businesses, and public and private entities. We have served as court-appointed plaintiffs’ lead or class counsel in state and federal coordinated, multi-district, and complex litigation matters throughout the United States.


Mark P. Chalos
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

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