Steele Cantey

Nashville, Tennessee

Steele Cantey is a principal with Manier & Herod practicing primarily in the areas of business and corporate law, taxation, sophisticated estate and business succession planning, and real estate law.

Mr. Cantey assists businesses of all types and sizes with a variety of matters in areas such as entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, ownership restructuring, general operations, ownership disputes, business divorces, and general business planning.  He has experience negotiating a wide range of contracts for businesses of all sizes, including employment agreements, independent contractor agreements, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, asset purchase agreements, stock purchase agreements, cross-purchase agreements, purchase and sale agreements for tangible and intangible property, lease agreements, employee equity options agreements, and settlement agreements.

Mr. Cantey also advises individuals on tax issues and asset protection issues related to estate and business succession planning and assists clients in developing a personalized estate plan that is tailored to fit their specific needs.  In connection with implementing estate plans for clients, Mr. Cantey advises clients on implementing their charitable goals, including the formation and general operation of public charities, private operating foundations, and private non-operating foundations. In addition, Mr. Cantey advises individuals and businesses on a variety of real estate matters such as purchase and sale transactions and commercial and residential leasing activities, including compliance with the Tennessee Uniform Residential Landlord Tenant Act.

Mr. Cantey received his Bachelor of Science in Finance and International Business, cum laude, from the University of Tennessee during which time he worked with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in the area of wealth management.  In 2015, Mr. Cantey received his Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law, where he specialized in transactional law.  During law school, Mr. Cantey worked as a summer clerk with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, as well as the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office in Atlanta, Georgia, where he argued motions in front of the Superior Court.

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Superior Courts of the State of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • Tennessee


  • Emory University School of Law
    • J.D., 2015
  • University of Tennessee Knoxville
    • B.S., 2012


  • Co-Speaker, Tennessee Bar Association 2023 Estate Planning & Probate Forum, Franklin, Tennessee – “Drafting Engagement Letters in Planning & Administration”
  • Speaker, Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association 2021 Annual Meeting, Nashville, Tennessee – “Estate Planning for Non-Estate Planning Attorneys”