Kurtis J. Winstead, Partner

kwinstead@rudylaw.net | (615) 515-3530

Areas of Expertise: Business & Corporate, Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution

Professional Associations: Member, Nashville Bar Association, Member, Tennessee Bar Association, Member, American Bar Association 

Education: Centre College, B.S.,   University of Richmond, J.D., U.S. Army War College, Master of Strategic Studies 

Kurtis J. Winstead is an East Tennessee native, having grown up in Rogersville. He received his undergraduate degree from Centre College, where he was a varsity athlete (football) and member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Kurt earned his law degree from the University of Richmond in Virginia. Kurt's practice focuses on litigation and general business law. His litigation practice consists of civil actions, both federal and state courts, involving torts, commercial matters and defense of employment actions. Practical litigation experience compliments Kurt's role as "outside" General Counsel for Tennessee businesses, especially when acting as advisor or advocate on matters such as commercial transactions, torts, employment issues and contracts. He is General Counsel for two state-wide associations: Tennessee Housing Association and Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association. Since 2000, Kurt has served as a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator. He is admitted to practice in all State and Federal Courts of Tennessee, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Kurt has an AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

Since 1990, Kurt has served in the Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG) branch of the Tennessee Army National Guard. He currently holds the rank of Colonel and has been Tennessee's State Staff Judge Advocate, Joint Force Headquarters, since 2009. Kurt was deployed overseas in 2005 for Operation Iraqi Freedom III, earning the Meritorious Service Medal as a Senior Judge Advocate. He graduated from the U.S. Army War College (DDE), Carlisle, PA, in 2010 with a Master of Strategic Studies. In 2012, Kurt received the Citizen of the Year Award from The Not Alone America's Future Series Nashville for his service in the Tennessee National Guard.

Kurt is an Adjunct Instructor of Business Law at Belmont University's Undergraduate College of Business Administration. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for Battle Ground Academy, Franklin, Tennessee, serving on the Executive Committee and chairing both Strategic Planning and Head of School Search Committees. From 2008-2012, Kurt served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Tennessee Arts Commission. He is a member of the Nashville Business Forum, Franklin City Club, V.F.W. Post 9543 and National Guard Association. Kurt and his wife, Beth, live in Franklin, with daughters Bridget and Mary Hannah.