The consistent theme in Adam Dread’s life is public service. With your vote for Adam Dread for General Sessions Judge during Early Voting or on Election Day, May 6, that service will continue with greater impact.
Adam Dread has called Nashville home for more than thirty years since graduating from Vanderbilt University in 1985. Between 1986 and 2000, he worked as a professional touring stand-up comedian touring the US and abroad, a freelance columnist, a radio host, and a feature producer of TNN’s Prime Time Country. He was appointed to serve on Metro Beer Board in 1999. In 2002, Nashvillians elected him to the Metro Council.
During his two terms as a Metro Councilman at Large, he served as Chairman of Public Safety and Regulated Beverage Committees, as well as chairing the Convention and Tourism Committee. He is credited for building the live music stage at the airport, in conjunction with the Convention Tourism Bureau, to welcome visitors and locals to Music City with live music. He also drafted and passed the laws making taxi riding safer and more efficient for passengers and drivers.
While still serving on the Metro Council, he began the Nashville School of Law and received his J.D. in 2004. During the last decade, his law practice has spanned many areas of law and helped many people. He was instrumental in the “Poison Pet Food Recall” case, and helped many Tennesseans who wrongly lost their pets. He was also an integral part of the team who fought the State for allowing people to carry open fire arms in to restaurants where alcohol was served. Since becoming an attorney, he has received numerous accolades, including being voted “Nashville’s Best Attorney” by the readers of the Nashville Scene four times. As a former City Councilman, Adam has donated his services to marry countless Davidson County couples.
Adam Dread became a Supreme Court Rule 31 Listed Mediator in 2008, in both Civil and Family law. Since then, he has also received additional training and certification to mediate situations in which domestic violence is prevalent. The training is relevant to his style of practice to this day since General Sessions Court involves a lot of mediation. Often, in civil matters, the attorneys (or mediators) and their clients will reach a resolution, which can then be ordered by the judge.
He is married to Leslie Darling. Adam and Leslie’s charitable involvement includes active participation in numerous Nashville charities including The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, The Community Resource Center, The Belcourt Theater and the General Sessions Drug Court Foundation. He also volunteers his time to emcee numerous charity events around the city, and the country.
He is a member of the American Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, Nashville Bar Association, The Tennessee Sheriffs' Association and The 100 Club of Nashville.