Ortale, Kelley, Herbert & Crawford was founded in 1971 by William P. Ortale, John W. Kelley, Jr., David B. Herbert and William H. Crawford, Jr. The four-person shop in downtown Nashville, has now grown to 24 attorneys and over 50 employees. Building on its respected and long-standing litigation practice and transactional practice concentrated on commercial real estate lending and development, Ortale Kelley grew to be one of middle Tennessee's pre-eminent law firms.
Mr. Ortale passed away at the age of 79 on May 21, 2010, after a year’s valiant battle with cancer. He attended law school at Vanderbilt, graduating in 1955, and went to work as a claims adjustor with State Farm Insurance for eight years. In 1971, he founded the law firm of Ortale, Kelley, Herbert & Crawford with John W. Kelly, Jr., David B. Herbert and William H. Crawford, Jr. Mr. Ortale was a fellow in the Nashville and Tennessee Bar Associations, and was active in numerous industry and charitable organizations, including the Tennessee Defense Lawyers, the Vanderbilt Law School National Alumni Council, the Exchange Club of Nashville, and the Jaycees. He was a member of Richland Country Club and a regular speaker and joke-teller with the World War II Club. Over the past 30 years, Bill and his surviving and beloved wife, Jean, traveled extensively to France, Italy, Russia and China. He is sorely missed, but fondly remembered by his family, friends, and firm. His spirit and energy live on at Ortale Kelley.
David B. Herbert
Mr. Herbert attended Georgia Institute of Technology, obtaining an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering in 1958 and his law degree from the Nashville School of Law in 1967. Between Georgia Tech and the Nashville School of Law, Mr. Herbert served in the United Stated Air Force as a weather officer. Mr. Herbert has extensive experience in both jury and bench trials in the area of commercial litigation, contract cases, and cases involving title insurance claims. He has also appeared as a seminar speaker on the subject of real estate litigation. Mr. Herbert retired from Ortale Kelley in 2017 after 50 years of practicing law.