JAMES DAVID (“DAVE”) NAVE is an attorney whose main area of practice is creditor’s/debtor’s
rights, bankruptcy and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, compliance
and defense litigation. In addition to FDCPA defense, he also represents
creditors in defending other types litigation brought under federal consumer
protection laws, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Truth in Lending
Act and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act in state and federal courts
including bankruptcy courts. Over the last couple of years, he has become
increasingly involved in litigation to resolve real property title dispute
issues including actions to quite title and for reformation of other instruments.
Dave began his legal career in 1989 as an associate in the Nashville office
of Baker, Worthington, Crossley, Stansberry & Woolf (now Baker, Donelson,
Bearman & Caldwell). He served as counsel to Henry E. Hildebrand,
III, Chapter 13 Trustee in the Middle District of Tennessee, from December
1999 to October 2005.
Dave is a board certified consumer bankruptcy specialist; certified by
the American Board of Certification. He is a frequent lecturer for various
professional groups on the topics of creditor/debtor rights, bankruptcy
and the FDCPA. Dave is also a certified Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator
by the Tennessee Supreme Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission.
Dave graduated from Washington & Lee University with a B.A.,
magna cum laude,
Phi Beta Kappa, in 1986, with a double major in History and French. Dave graduated with
a J.D. from W&L in 1989.
Published decisions include:
In re Till, 124 S.Ct. 1951 (2004)(co-authored the amicus curiae brief of the National
Association of Chapter 13 Trustees)
In re Gunther, No. 08-8108 (B.A.P. 6th Cir. 2009)
Lee v. Robinson, Reagan & Young, PLLC; No. 3:14-cv-00748 (M.D. Tenn. May 28, 2015)
Murr v. Tarpon Financial Corp.; No. 3:10-cv-00372 (E.D. Tenn. Feb. 10, 2014)
Lani L. Greer v. One West Bank, FSB, et al.; No. 3:11-0050 (M.D. Tenn. 2012)
In re Greer, Adv. No. 309-0476A (Bankr. M.D. Tenn. 2010)
In re Arnold, 376 B.R. 652 (Bankr. M.D. Tenn. 2007)
In re Johnson, 279 B.R. 218 (Bankr. M.D. Tenn. 2002)
In re Brodgen, 274 B.R. 287 (Bankr. M.D. Tenn. 2001)
In re Bennett, 278 B.R. 764 (Bankr. M.D. Tenn. 2001)
Ali v. Professional Real Estate Developers, (Tenn. Ct. App. 2001)
Coastcom, Inc. v. Cruzen, 981 S.W.2d 179 (Tenn. Ct. App. 1998)
Keep Fresh Filters. Inc. v. Reguli, 888 S.W.2d 437 (Tenn. Ct. App. 1994)
Dave’s wife, Donna Nave, works for Mission Health in Asheville in
Strategic Growth and Development. Dave and Donna have two sons: Nikolai
and Jack, adopted from Russia at a very young age. They are now both sophomores
in college: Nikolai at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
in Boston and Jack at Savannah College of Art and Design.
Dave is a big tennis player and fan. He played on the varsity tennis team
at Washington & Lee. More recently, he was an Assistant Coach for
the Father Ryan High School tennis team in Nashville for 4 years.
Dave also loves the outdoors and enjoys hiking, canoeing and just being
outside. When he finds time, he also really likes to read and listening to music.