Joe L. Fernandez III

Senior Counsel
Joe L. Fernandez


Joe Fernandez is an attorney with Holland & Knight's Nashville office and a member of the firm's Private Wealth Services Group. Mr. Fernandez brings a decade of practice experience in various areas of tax law and tax planning, such as estate and succession planning, business interest valuations, charitable planning, split-dollar insurance planning and installment sales of ownership interests in various family business entities. Mr. Fernandez's practice also covers premarital planning, the preparation and filing of various IRS forms (including estate tax returns and annual gift tax returns), qualified and nonqualified deferred compensation plans, and cash flow forecasting and planning for multiple generations of clients, their families, their trusts and their various business entities.

Mr. Fernandez focuses on facilitating the development and implementation of his clients and their families' goals and objectives, whether it be on a financial, philanthropic or personal level. Mr. Fernandez truly enjoys seeing the passion for a family legacy being passed down from one generation to the next.

Within his community, Mr. Fernandez enjoys volunteering with organizations such as Compassionate Hands and programs like Meals Under The Bridge, initiatives that help uplift and comfort those in the Middle Tennessee area that are experiencing temporary residential displacement.


  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, LL.M., Taxation
  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • Florida State University, B.A., Creative Writing, summa cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Tennessee
  • Kentucky
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • Supreme Court of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Nashville Junior Chamber of Commerce, Professional Development and Civic Committee, Co-Chair, 2014-2015; Vice President of Engagement, 2016
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Tax Law Section, Chair, 2022-2023
  • Tennessee Art League, Events Committee, Co-Chair, 2021-2023
  • Stetson Law Review, Senior Associate, 2010-2011
  • Florida Tax Review, Staff Editor, 2013-2014
Honors & Awards
  • Rising Star, Mid-South Super Lawyers Magazine, 2021-2023
  • Vanderbilt University Mock Trial Competition, Judge, 2022
  • Vanderbilt University Law School Mock Trial Competition, 2022

Speaking Engagements