Laura Deakins
Memphis
(901) 525-8721 VCARD

Education

University of Virginia, B.A
University of Memphis, J.D

Deakins

Laura Deakins, a shareholder in the Memphis office, served four years as the judicial law clerk to the Honorable Holly Kirby on both the Tennessee Supreme Court and Tennessee Court of Appeals before joining Lewis Thomason. Since she has joined the firm, she has amassed a great deal of jury trial and other civil litigation experience. Ms. Deakins worked diligently in obtaining a $22 million dollar jury verdict for her clients in one of her first jury trials and has gained a great deal of appellate experience, arguing and briefing many matters before the appellate courts.  Ms. Deakins’ practice focuses ...

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Laura Deakins, a shareholder in the Memphis office, served four years as the judicial law clerk to the Honorable Holly Kirby on both the Tennessee Supreme Court and Tennessee Court of Appeals before joining Lewis Thomason. Since she has joined the firm, she has amassed a great deal of jury trial and other civil litigation experience. Ms. Deakins worked diligently in obtaining a $22 million dollar jury verdict for her clients in one of her first jury trials and has gained a great deal of appellate experience, arguing and briefing many matters before the appellate courts.  Ms. Deakins’ practice focuses primarily on the defense of corporations, doctors, and hospitals. In addition to her busy practice, Ms. Deakins is currently serving as the president of the Association for Women Attorneys and recently won the Memphis Business Journal’s Ace Associate Best of the Bar Award.

During law school, Ms. Deakins also served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Jon P. McCalla of the Western District of Tennessee and the Honorable Janice M. Holder of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Ms. Deakins was also the Business Editor of the University of Memphis Law Review editorial board, a research assistant, and received CALI awards in Trial Advocacy, ADR/Mediation, and Labor Law.

AFFILIATIONS

  • Included in the inaugural edition of the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for her work in Appellate Practice and Medical Malpractice Law/Defendants
  • Association for Women Attorneys (AWA) – President – 2019
  • Tennessee Bar Association – Executive Counsel for Appellate Section (2019 – Present)
  • Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility – Hearing Committee Panel Member (2018 – Present)
  • Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society (2018 – Present)
  • Leo Bearman, Sr. American Inns of Court – Associate (2016 – Present)
  • Memphis Bar Association (2013 – Present)

PROFESSIONAL HONORS AND ACTIVITIES

  • Memphis Business Journal – Best of the Bar – Ace Associate Winner (2019)
  • SuperLawyers – Mid-South Rising Star – Appellate Category (2018, 2019)
  • Association for Women Attorneys (AWA)
    • President (2019 – Present)
    • President Elect (2018)
    • Vice President (2017)
    • Annual Meeting Chair (2015 – 2017)
    • Mary Wolff Memorial Golf Tournament Committee (2014 – 2019)
    • Mentor (2016 – Present)
  • Memphis Bar Association
    • Bench Bar Conference Committee Recruitment Chair (2018 – 2019)
    • Social Committee – Member (2018 – Present)
    • Young Lawyers’ Division Member (2013- Present)
  • Tennessee Supreme Court – Attorney for Justice (2017- 2018)
  • Community Legal Center (CLC) – Board Member (2016 – 2017)
  • South Main Association (2013 – 2017)
  • Downtown Memphis Commission- My HQ Committee (2016)
  • CALI Awards for Excellence in Trial Advocacy, ADR/Mediation, and Labor Law
  • Cecil C. Humphreys Law Fellowship
  • Kiesewetter, Wise, Kaplan & Prather, PLC Labor Law Award
  • Dean’s Distinguished Service Award – Platinum
  • Girls’ Preparatory School Young Alum Council
  • Junior League of Memphis
  • Chi Omega Symphony Award
  • Girls Preparatory School Founders’ Medal (embodied the founders’ goals of integrity and character).

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

  • Junior League of Memphis
  • South Main Association
  • Girls’ Preparatory School Young Alum Council

 

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