Charles Cornelius joined Cornelius & Collins, LLP in 1969, and is a senior partner in the firm. The focus of his practice is in the area of estate and probate administration, estate planning, estate inheritance and gift taxation, wills and trusts, conservatorship/guardianship law and wrongful death/personal injury litigation. He regularly appears in the Probate Division of all courts in Middle Tennessee. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants and is admitted to practice in all state courts, as well as the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.
In addition to a successful legal practice, Charles is a member of the Probate and Property Division of the American Bar Association, and the Middle Tennessee Estate Planning Council.
Charles received his JD degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1968. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University in 1966, majoring in Economics. Charles also served as a Pilot in the Tennessee Air National Guard from 1969 – 1997.
- Tennessee Supreme Court
- U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee
- AAA Auto Club South, Inc.
- Cumberland Trust & Investment Company
- Morgan Keegan Trust
- Nashville Bank & Trust Company
- Pinnacle National Bank Trust Department
- Regions Bank Trust/Estate Settlement Department
- SunTrust Banks Trust/Estate Settlement Division
- United Power Service, Inc.
- Explosive Engineering Services, Inc.
Professional Associations & Memberships
- Nashville Bar Association
- Tennessee Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Nashville Estate Planning Council
- Tennessee Asset Protection Trusts, Cornelius & Collins, LLP, Quarterly Newsletter, Summer 2008
- Overview of New Federal Estate and Gift Tax Law and Status of Tennessee Inheritance/Gift Tax Law, Cornelius & Collins, LLP, Quarterly Newsletter, Summer 2011
Civic & Community Activities
Nashville Bar Association, Pro Bono Program
Past Employment Positions
Tennessee Air National Guard, Colonel – Pilot, 1969 – 1997
- Phi Delta Phi
- Sigma Alpha Epsilon