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About John Schweri

Attorney at Law

Serving Lawrence, Lewis, Marshall, and Maury Counties in Tennessee

John M. Schweri was born and raised in Middle Tennessee. He graduated from Hillsboro High School, where he enjoyed participating in sports (baseball, wrestling) and the arts (music, theatre). He also focused on his education, which included honors and AP classes and high school Forensics.

John attended Columbia State Community College, followed by Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism in 2001. Upon graduation, he received a full scholarship as a Graduate Assistant in the Speech Department and completed a Master’s in Business Administration at MTSU in 2003.

While attending MTSU, John participated first as debater then as debate coach with the MTSU Policy Debate Team, competing in more than 50 regional and national tournaments. His debate awards include Top Speaker in the State of Tennessee and Top Speaker in the Southeast/South Central Region.

After receiving his M.B.A. from MTSU John attended Nashville School of Law, from which he graduated and received his Doctor of Law Degree (J.D.).

Nashville School of Law
Doctor of Law (JD),

Middle Tennessee State University
M.B.A., Computer Information Systems

Middle Tennessee State University
B.S., Mass Communications - Journalism

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State of Tennessee - All General Sessions, Municipal, &  Circuit Courts -  November 2013

State of Tennessee  - Supreme Court  - November 2013 

United States Tax Court  - November 2019


Top Speaker in the State of Tennessee

Cross Examination Debate Association

Tennessee State Tournament, Cookeville, Tennessee

March 2001

Top Speaker in the Southeast/South Central Region

Cross Examination Debate Association

Southeast/South Central Regional Tournament of 11 States, Gainesville, Florida

April 2001

Tennessee Association for Criminal Defense (TACDL) Criminal Defense Trial College 2015


Middle Tennessee State University Policy Debate Team

Assistant Director

2001 - 2003


Middle Tennessee State University Policy Debate Team

Team Member

1999 - 2003


Cross Examination Debate Association

1999 - 2003

Watershed Public Theatre - Board Member

Muletown Review - Percussionist

Department of Children’s Services- Foster parent

Meadow Green Hall LLC - Founder, 2020


American Bar Association

Member  November 2013 - Present

Tennessee Bar Association

Member  December 2013 - Present


Maury County Bar Association

Member  October 2014 - Present

Tennessee Association for Criminal Defense (TACDL) Member 2014 - Present

Law Office of John M. Schweri

2013 - Present

Square 39 Investments, LLC

President 2020

Treasurer 2021

Treasurer 2022

Law Office of Robert D. Massey

January 2015 - September 2015

​Law Office of John M. Schweri

November 2013 - January 2015

Assistant Director of Policy Debate

Middle Tennessee State University  2001 - 2003


Founding Partner & CEO
Wall Properties LLC in Nashville, TN
June 2009 – April 2019

Founder & CEO
Foxwood Properties LLC
April 2019 – Present


Director of Marketing

R.H.Boyd Publishing Corporation

July 2005 - December 2010

Book Publishing Company
Sales and Marketing 2010-2019

Clear Voice Solutions Inc.
Director of Marketing 2003-2005

Gaye Thompson, CPA Tax Preparation 2013

Q & A with John Schweri

Please describe a case in the last year or two where you made a big difference.

I represented a client in a complex juvenile custody case that spanned several years and won custody at trial for my client paternal grandmother.

How did you build a successful practice?

By being honest with clients, the Court, witnesses, other attorneys and working hard and diligently, and keeping promises to clients to fight hard for them, taking care of my clients inquiries by promptly returning calls, texts, emails, and writing letters to keep them informed about the status of their case and options going forward, doing the right thing for my client even when it involves a lot more work, doing the thorough detail oriented work on every case to understand all the facts and law involved, and investigate all avenues to reach the best resolution for my client. I treat every case like I’m the one on trial.

What should clients look for in a lawyer?

Honesty, work ethic, morals, experience, the ability to communicate, understanding of the law and local legal community. Ability to take a case to trial and win.

How important is local knowledge to the success of your cases?

80%, the other 20% is hard work, experience and diligence, and ability as a trial attorney. 

What information can you provide in a free phone consultation?

My understanding of similar cases, ability to help in the matter, local insight, connections I’ve made and experience I’ve gained in handling more than 3000 cases.

What information do you need in a free phone consultation?

General overview of the case, parties involved to check conflicts, and estimate time frame and desired outcome of the case. 

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?

I cover 12 counties which is more than most, and have a Master's in Business Administration and a background of more than 18 years in Tax Law, Audit Defense, and Consulting businesses including working at a local CPA firm and more than 14 years in owning, buying, selling, and renting multi-family real Estate in Nashville TN and surrounding areas.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?


Helping people through difficult times, or helping them build or plan their businesses and estates. 


What are your other interests in addition to law?

Spending time with friends and family, playing drums and guitar with my bands and attending concerts, traveling and road trips, cooking and bartending, playing and watching sports, cards and board games, hiking and working out, attending live theatre and participating in community theatre, spontaneous road trips, planning conferences and festivals, playing video games and going to fun parks and watching the sunset staying up all night and going to bed after sunrise.  

Are you involved in your community?

I volunteer in our Juvenile Court to help support the youth facing criminal charges and trying to get their lives on track so they have somebody to believe in them, I play drums in an annual concert called Muletown Revue where we raise money for children in the Court system (CASA) Court Appointed Special Advocates, and our local hospital, I do a lot of pro bono work for community members  who do not have the resources to hire an attorney and performed more than 100 hours a year of free service to the community every year I’ve been in practice. I believe all people deserve justice regardless of their ability to pay for it and try to donate as much free time as I can to help others especially disadvantaged parties. I am a lover of people and causes and Love a good challenge. 

I run an event center where we do concerts and fundraisers for non-profits, children, schools, and the environment, we have Saturday farmers markets for local farmers & merchants, do conferences for Midwife continuous education & training, do summer camps for inter-city kids from Nashville to visit the country, community dinners, Sunday brunch, weddings, festivals, conferences, live theatre, birthday celebrations, family reunions, and concerts.


 in Columbia, TN

Physical Address

39 Public Sq, 3rd Floor

Columbia TN, 38401


Mailing Address

PO Box 859

Columbia TN, 38402-0859








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