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Howard B. Hayden

ph: 901.312.1640
email: howard@wisemanashworth.com


Howard Hayden focuses on defending long-term care providers, assisted living facilities and other healthcare providers in litigation and arbitration. Howard successfully defended a wrongful death action in Middle Tennessee that remains one of the few Tennessee cases against a long-term care provider to result in a full defense jury verdict. To best achieve his clients’ goals, Howard has been involved in numerous trial science exercises designed to test juror attitudes toward the long-term care industry and to formulate effective defense strategies to challenge the typical claims lodged against long-termcare providers. He frequently counsels long-term care providers and assisted living facilities on risk management issues and is a frequent speaker at local, state, and national seminars on matters of interest to the long term care community.  He also serves as General Counsel and an executive board member of a 160 bed non-profit skilled nursing facility that is consistently the highest rated such facility in the Memphis area for both quality of care and employee satisfaction. He is also a registered lobbyist and is active in the legislative process on matters of interest to healthcare providers. He has testified before the Tennessee Senate Judiciary Committee on several occasions on pending legislation.

Howard joined the Wiseman Ashworth Law Group in October 2010 and manages the firm’s Memphis office. He is a Tennessee Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator. Howard regularly practices out of Nashville and is also licensed to practice in Mississippi. He is AV®Preeminent™ rated—the highest peer-review rating possible. When not working closely with caregivers in the long-term care field to better understand their issues and challenges, Howard can be found at sporting events with his two sons, rooting for the Memphis Grizzlies or adding to his vintage watch collection.

  •  Nursing Liability
  •  Medical Malpractice
  •  Legal Malpractice
  •  Arbitration and Mediation
    (Tennessee Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator)
  • Tennessee, 1984
  • Mississippi, 2005
  • Memphis Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association
  • University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 1984
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, B.S., with honors, 1981
    (Scripps Howard Merit Scholarship)