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Daphne Bugelli


Daphne Bugelli is an associate in Baker Donelson’s Nashville office, where she assists clients in a broad range of litigation and corporate matters including contract disputes, municipal law, premises liability, insurance defense, landlord-tenant disputes, copyright, and trademark.

Professional Biography

Daphne Bugelli represents clients in Tennessee state and federal courts throughout the country. She has a background in all aspects of tort defense from beginning to end. Additionally, she has experience handling matters in bench and jury trials in addition to arguing before Tennessee Circuit Courts, the Tennessee Court of Appeals and the Chancery Court of Davidson County.

Daphne is fluent in French and is a classically trained vocalist.

  • Obtained a defense verdict in a franchise lease dispute providing for possession of the premises and a monetary judgement over $200,000.

  • Represents small business owners in a wide variety of areas including contested supplier contracts, vendor agreements, and employee disputes.

  • Reached favorable resolutions in several Tennessee Governmental Tort Liability Act cases including personal injury and premises liability claims.

  • Obtained a defense verdict at a jury trial on a claim of malicious prosecution in Tennessee state court.

  • Successfully argued before the Tennessee Court of Appeals to prohibit a zoning variance which would have resulted in a billboard being placed in a residential neighborhood.

  • Co-Chair – Nashville Bar Association's Entertainment, Sports & Media Law Committee
  • Soprano Chorus Member – Nashville Symphony Chorus (2018 – present)
  • Alumni Club President – Nashville Spartan Alumni Association (2019 – present)
  • "Becoming a Better Ally Through Travel," Diversity Matters Newsletter (Fourth Quarter 2021)
  • "How Collective Management Organizations Remunerate Musicians Worldwide," Landslide Magazine, Volume 9, Issue 5 (May – June 2017)
  • "A Law Student's Perspective: A Grand Discussion on Performance Rights," ABA Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries: Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, Volume 33, Issue 4 (Winter 2016)
  • "Baker's Dozen Round-Up," Baker Donelson Women's Initiative Wrap It Up CLE Event (December 2021)


  • Michigan State University College of Law, J.D., 2016, cum laude
  • Vanderbilt University Law School, Visiting Student, 2016
  • Oakland University, B.A., 2013
  • Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Nice, France, Certificate of Musical Studies, 2012


  • Tennessee, 2016
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee


  • French

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Becoming a Better Ally Through Travel
Publication / December 9, 2021

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