DAVID CAÑAS is a commercial litigator who represents clients in a wide variety of business disputes, including contract disputes, non-compete issues and discrimination cases. He also represents clients in bankruptcies as corporate debtors’ counsel and creditors’ counsel.

David’s role in a dispute is to take charge and stay ahead of the other side. He helps his clients stay informed and focused throughout the legal proceedings. David also works with his clients to resolve disputes before litigation or bankruptcy becomes necessary.

David was named Pro Bono Attorney of the Year by the Tennessee Bar Association in 2006 for his work with a TennCare client over coverage for a medical device. That case came to him through the Tennessee Justice Center (TJC), an organization that advocates on behalf of Tennessee families in need. He has embraced the TJC’s mission and worked on other pro bono cases with them since. He now serves on the TJC board. To learn more about the TJC visitwww.tnjustice.org.

Before beginning his practice, David served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Hewitt P. Tomlin, Jr., and David R. Farmer on the Tennessee Court of Appeals in Jackson, Tennessee.  He is an avid runner and has run the Boston Marathon several times.


  • Tennessee Justice Center, – Director (2008-2013)
  • Mid-South Commercial Law Institute – board of directors
  • Nashville Hispanic Chamber of Commerce


  • University of Tennessee, J.D.
    • magna cum laude
  • Vanderbilt University, B. A., Political Science

Bar and Court Admissions:

  • Tennessee, 1994


  • Tennessee Court of Appeals Judge Hewitt P. Tomlin, Jr.
  • Tennessee Court of Appeals Judge David R. Farmer



  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Litigation – Bankruptcy (2012 – 2022)