Happell, Perry R.

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Address: The Parklane Building 5200 Maryland Way Suite 120, Brentwood, TN 37027
Lawyer Firm: McCune Zenner Happell, PLLC
Phone: 615-953-8337
Fax: 615-251-6958
Website: https://www.mzhlawfirm.com

Areas of Practice Bankruptcy, Social Security Disability

Career Overview

Founding partner Perry Happell concentrates his practice in the areas of bankruptcy and Social Security Disability.

Named one of the Top Ten Bankruptcy Attorneys in Tennessee by the National Academy for Bankruptcy Attorneys.

Mid-South Super Lawyer for 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 in the area of consumer bankruptcy law.

Perry is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the United States Bankruptcy Court.

Perry is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association; Nashville Bar Association; National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys; National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives; and a former member of Tennessee State Board of Accountancy.

In 2012 he was the recipient of the Nashville Bar Association’s Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year Award.

He has been board-certified in consumer bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification for 23 years.


Perry earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

He completed his undergraduate work at Middle Tennessee State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science and studied political science and history.

Personal Interests

Perry is active in the Nashville community, including being an alumni board member and annual fund co-chairman for the University School of Nashville and a member of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Brentwood, Tennessee. Perry is also a former board chairman of the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Middle Tennessee.

Perry and his wife of over 40 years have lived in Brentwood, Tennessee, since 1978. They enjoy spending time with their son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren in Ohio. The Happells are also happy to have their daughter and son-in-law nearby, who are successful small-business owners in Nashville. Both of Perry’s children attended Williamson County Schools and graduated from Brentwood High School.

Perry enjoys all types of music, from rock to classical, and he played drums in several rock bands during high school and college. He is an avid New York Yankees fan, and he enjoys following our Tennessee Titans. He loves to read, particularly history and fiction.

Perry is very proud of his Scottish roots (his grandparents came to the U.S. from Scotland in 1908) and he is a member of the Murray Clan Society of North America and the Scottish Society of Middle Tennessee. When possible, he enjoys travelling to Scotland and visiting his relatives there.

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