James Mackler
Bone McAllester Norton
511 Union St Ste 1600
Nashville, TN 37219-1780
Work Phone: (615)238-6312
Fax Phone: (615)248-4668
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James E. Mackler concentrates his practice in the areas of federal criminal defense, regulatory compliance and civil litigation, where he has 15 years of experience defending and prosecuting criminal cases at the state, federal and military level. He is the founder of the firm’s unmanned aerial systems (UAS) focus, the first of its kind in the region. James also leads the firm’s veteran and military law efforts, helping former military members transition to the civilian sector and representing soldiers and officers in disciplinary hearings. This includes helping them develop entrepreneurial strategies as well as ensuring that veterans receive the services they need and deserve.

James joined Bonelaw in 2011 after eight years of active duty service in the U.S. Army. After spending seven years developing a successful private legal practice in Colorado, James was inspired by the events of September 11, 2001 to join the military. He spent three years as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot with the 101st Airborne Division, including a one-year deployment to Iraq. After returning from Iraq, James transferred to the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps, where he served as a legal adviser to high-level commanders and as a supervising criminal prosecutor.  As a former Senior Trial Counsel for the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Mackler led a team of 12 prosecutors in the investigation and prosecution of cases involving financial fraud, kidnapping, rape and murder. James has tried approximately 40 highly contested court martials and countless administrative hearings. James earned his Parachutist Badge, Combat Action Badge, Air Medal and an Army Achievement Medal during his time in the Army. He also (barely) survived the Army’s rigorous Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape (SERE) training. Today, he continues to serve as a defense attorney in the Army Reserves.


Additional Information

TBA Membership Status: Member : 2015 - 2016
Legal Education: U of Washington
Year Licensed: 1997
Year Licensed in Tennessee: 2006
Section Membership(s): Leadership Law Alumni, Litigation Section, TBA Members, Leadership Law Class of 2014
Practice Areas/Areas of Interest: Administrative Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Corporate Counsel, Criminal Law - Defense, Criminal Law - Prosecution, General Practice, Government, Labor & Employment Law, Legislative Representation, Litigation - General Civil Practice, Litigation - Commercial, Military Law