Charles Cagle


Charles W. “Chuck” Cagle, shareholder and chair of the education law and government relations practice group at Lewis Thomason, was recently appointed as Tennessee representative and counsel to the Council of Administrators in Special Education.  

In the role, Cagle will assist CASE, a group representing special education directors nationwide, in its meetings with the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee in an effort to seek flexibility in federal regulations and use of funds for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years. If the flexibility is not granted, school districts in every state have the possibility of facing numerous administrative complaints, due process hearings and the loss of federal dollars resulting from the provision of special education services during school closures during the pandemic.  

At Lewis Thomason, Cagle oversees the firm’s representation of more than 70 public boards of education, four private schools, two private universities and a private medical school in a variety of legal matters. He is a registered lobbyist with the Tennessee Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance. His lobbying clients have included school superintendents, school employee professional organizations, school boards, private schools and private universities.

In addition, Cagle served as an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University teaching courses in K-12 education law and public policy and the law of higher education. Vanderbilt recognized him with its distinguished adjunct faculty award in 2014. He is a member of the Tennessee Council of School Board Attorneys, National School Boards Association’s Council of School Attorneys, Education Law Association, American Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association and the Nashville Bar Association, where he serves on the historical committee and the federal practice committee.

Among his numerous professional honors, Cagle is a recipient of the Kip Reel Award, the highest award bestowed for educational leadership by the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents. He is a fellow of the Nashville Bar and was selected by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell as an elite lawyer of the South. Cagle is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in the Best Lawyers in America in education law. 

Cagle is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University, which has recognized him with an outstanding service award in 2006 and its University College of Education distinguished alumni award in 2007. He earned his law degree at Nashville School of Law.

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