Statewide powerhouse injury attorney shares building blocks on the eve of grand expansion
Article as seen in Nashville Post’s 2017 InCharge Leaders Issue
With a bustling Music Row law office, a brick and mortar slated for development in Knoxville, and a 12,500 square foot state-of-art complex in Hendersonville set to open its doors in May, seasoned Nashville trial attorney, Rocky McElhaney, is gearing up for another landmark year. The giant swell of expansion will also accommodate space for McElhaney’s newest ventures including a family law division, a litigation funding company and the Rocky McElhaney Sports Agency.
Since the firm rebranded in 2006, McElhaney says, “It’s been both exciting and scary to set our short-term and long-term goals because we seem to blow past them at a skyrocketing pace. Harnessing the power and growth has been the real management struggle.”
McElhaney’s vision for the firm grew out of noble passions. “When my dad was hurt, a lawyer stood up for him against the insurance company. I knew then that my life’s passion would be helping real people against the powerful. My personal and professional goals have always been to take care of people better than anybody else,” a sentiment which he extends not only to his clients but also to his staff.
For this 3-time Best Places to Work winner, investing in his employees isn’t a new concept. McElhaney, who provides a generous paid maternity leave, long-term disability insurance, profit sharing, flex time and 3-5 weeks of annual paid leave, says “Every year the firm grows — raises, bonuses and benefits grow too.” McElhaney understood early that to build the kind of practice he envisioned, he had to first take care of his firm’s greatest asset, its employees. He made a commitment that he would always provide high-quality benefits, including company-paid health insurance. Despite insurance costs rising, McElhaney has never rolled back on his promise. “Many local firms our size don’t even offer insurance, let alone add dental, vision and disability like we do. I’m proud of that.”
Last year, McElhaney increased his firm’s time and financial involvement with local charities. He believes the community service strengthens morale and fulfils the firm’s mission of helping people. “It’s true what Zig Zeigler wrote years ago. We can get anywhere in life we want to be if we help enough people get where they want to be.”
More on Nashville’s Post 2017 Leaders Issue InCharge List Selection
Only the leading top executives across Middle Tennessee who are setting the pace for innovation, development and financial prosperity in Nashville are considered for this honor with Nashville Post’s Leaders Magazine. Once the Post’s staff has rounded up their picks for the city’s most elite group of go-getting professionals across several categories and fields, they are then narrowed down by the Post’s editorial staff once more and the remaining best of the best are named to their annual InCharge Leaders list. This year Rocky McElhaney was named to InCharge’s Legal section (page 65) and as one of the cities top legal professional leading and directing growth for the good of Nashville.