J. Gerard Stranch IV

J. Gerard Stranch IV

Member
Location:
Nashville, Tennessee
Phone:
615-254-8801
Fax:
(615) 255-5419
Email:

Mr. Stranch practices in the areas of complex litigation (including, securities, class actions, antitrust, shareholder derivative actions, and ERISA 401k litigation), personal injury, Labor and employment, and oversees the Firm's mass tort docket. He is the partner in charge of the Class Action, Complex Litigation and Mass Tort practice group in the firm. Mr. Stranch has served as lead counsel for the firm in numerous cases including In re: Alpha Corp. Securities Litigation ($161 million settlement in a securities fraud suit), Lankford v. Dow Chemical ($4.2 million settlement in a nationwide consumer protection class action). He served on the Executive Committee in Dahl v. Bain Capital Partners ($590.5 million settlement). He has served as Liaison Counsel in In Re: Regions Morgan Keegan Closed‐End Fund Litigation ($62 million settlement). Mr. Stranch has also handled multiple voting rights issues and ballot access cases, including successfully defending the Democratic National Committee in a lawsuit which sought to keep President Obama off the Tennessee ballot. Mr. Stranch is currently on the Plaintiff Steering Committee for the In re: New England Compounding Pharmacy, Inc. Products Liability Litigation MDL and is the lawyer in charge of coordinating all litigation arising in Tennessee. To date over $225 million in settlements have been obtained on behalf of the victims of New England Compounding Pharmacy. He was also recently appointed to the Steering Committee of In re Volkswagen "Clean Diesel" Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation. A partial settlement has been reached for the 2.0L engine cars that is valued at over $10 Billion. The 3.0l claim has received preliminary approval in a deal that is valued at a minimum of $1.2 billion and could be almost $5 billion.  The Bosch claim has also received preliminary approval for a $327.5 million settlement.


At the age of 15, Mr. Stranch won the prestigious Congress‐Bundestag Scholarship, which provides a full year of study in Germany. Mr. Stranch maintains his fluency in German and has used it in the prosecution of cases.

Mr. Stranch graduated from Emory University undergrad and received his law degree from Vanderbilt University School Law School. In addition to clerking for the Firm during law school, Mr. Stranch interned at the Juvenile Public Defender's office in Nashville and helped protect the rights of Tennessee children under the Bryan A. settlement at the Vanderbilt University Juvenile Practice Clinic. Mr. Stranch is an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University School of Law teaching a seminar on the practice of civil litigation. He has been and is currently listed as one of the Top 40 Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers Association, and as a MidSouth Rising Star from 2009-2015 by the Super Lawyers. Mr. Stranch also serves on the executive committee of the Class Action Trial Lawyers Association.

Areas of Practice

  • Class Actions and Complex Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Mass Tort
  • Wrongful Death
  • ERISA
  • Labor and Employment

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado

Education

  • Vanderbilt University Law School, Nashville, Tennessee
    • J.D. - 2003
  • Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
    • B.A. - 2000

Representative Cases

  • In re: Alpha Corp. Securities Litigation ($161 million settlement in a securities fraud suit)
  • Lankford v. Dow Chemical ($4.2 million settlement in a nationwide consumer protection class action)
  • Dahl v. Bain Capital Partners ($590.5 million settlement)
  • In Re: Regions Morgan Keegan Closed‐End Fund Litigation ($62 million settlement)
  • In re: New England Compounding Pharmacy, Inc.

Classes/Seminars

  • Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt University School of Law teaching a seminar on the practice of civil litigation

Honors and Awards

  • MidSouth Rising Star by the Super Lawyers, 2009-2015
  • Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyers Association

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Public Justice
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Tennessee Association for Justice
  • Lawyer's Coordinating Committee of the AFL‐CIO
  • General Counsel Tennessee AFL-CIO and Federal Appointment coordinator
  • General Counsel Tennessee Democratic Party
  • National Trial Lawyer
  • Board of Directors, Cumberland River Compact
  • Class Action Trial Lawyers Association , Board Member
  • Board of Governor’s Tennessee Association for Justice
  • Montessori School of Franklin, TN, Past Board Member