Waverly Crenshaw, a Nashville attorney, has become the second African-American federal judge on active status in Tennessee.
President Obama nominated Crenshaw 14 months ago to replace U.S. District Judge William Joseph Haynes Jr. The Senate voted Monday to confirm Crenshaw Jr. to a U.S. district court judgeship. Want to know more about him? His background? Is he married? Does he have children? Read everything we know about him below!
Waverly was born Waverly David Crenshaw, Jr. on December 17, 1956; in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the son of Corinne S Crenshaw and Waverly David Crenshaw Sr. His mother died in 2001 at age 86.
He holds a J.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1981 and B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1978. For his work in labor and employment law, he has been recognized in America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Chambers & Partners) since 2004 as well as the Nashville Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar,” “Best 101 Lawyers” by Business Tennessee, and Mid-South and Tennessee Super Lawyers. He serves as a Director of Tennessee Performing Arts Center Management Corporation.
He was an assistant attorney general in Tennessee from 1984 to 1987 and a law clerk to U.S. District Judge John Nixon from 1982 to 1984. Mr. Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr. became the first African-American to be a partner at Waller Lansden and has been a partner in a majority law firm longer than any other African-American attorney in Nashville.During his decades long career, he has provided day-to-day advice to management on all aspects of employment and labor law. Mr. Crenshaw concentrated his practice in the areas of labor and employment and all employer/employee-related issues as well as government regulatory issues.
Waverly Crenshaw specialized in the areas of federal employment litigation, including complex, multi-plaintiff discrimination, harassment and retaliation cases. Mr. Crenshaw successfully defended a 92 plaintiff race discrimination action; a race-based class action challenging hiring practices; a multi-plaintiff racial harassment, discrimination and retaliation lawsuit through jury trial; successfully defended a diabetes protocol in response to a challenge under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); successfully defended against § 301 Labor Management Relations Act actions at trial and on appeal; and obtained defense judgment in cases filed under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). For a complete list of his professional background you can go here.
Not much more is known about the personal life of Waverly Crenshaw, who seems to be a very private person.