Lewis, Thomason, King, Krieg & Waldrop, P.C.

Caitlyn Luedtke Elam

Caitlyn Luedtke Elam is an associate attorney in the firm’s Knoxville office practicing in the areas of education law, employment law, general civil litigation, and healthcare law. She joined the firm in August 2012. Ms. Elam is a member of the firm’s Education, Employment, and Healthcare Practice Groups.

Ms. Elam defends both private businesses and public entities in a variety of employment law issues, including litigation matters.  Her experience includes defense of clients in court and in front of state and federal administrative agencies involving claims of wrongful discharge, retaliation, discrimination, and harassment.

Ms. Elam counsels both private and public employers on a variety of employment matters outside of the litigation context.  She assists clients in drafting employee handbooks, forms, and advises employers on everyday matters including employee discipline and termination.

Ms. Elam also focuses her practice on representing public entities, including boards of education, across Tennessee on a variety of legal matters. Ms. Elam has assisted clients in drafting new board policies, student and employee discipline, and special education matters. Ms. Elam also focuses her practice on representing health care professionals, including physicians, pharmacists, and health care entities, across Tennessee in health care liability litigation.


  • American Bar Association
  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • East Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Tennessee Council of School of Attorneys
  • Tennessee Valley Human Resource Association


  • Mid-South Super Lawyers® Rising Star, 2017 – 2019
  • Co-Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee, Knoxville Bar Association Barristers Division, 2019-present
  • Graduate, ABA TIPS National Trial Academy, 2017
  • Graduate, Introduction Knoxville Leadership Class, 2015
  • Chair, Disaster Relief Committee, Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Division, 2014-2016
  • Chair, Law School Mentor Committee, Knoxville Bar Association Barristers Division, 2014-2018
  • Former Student Materials Editor, Tennessee Law Review, 2010-2012
  • Former Member, Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law
  • Recipient, Outstanding Graduate Award, Department of Political Science, 2009
  • Baker Scholar at the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy
  • Member Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Pi Sigma Alpha

Knoxville Office

One Centre Square, Fifth Floor
620 Market Street
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902
Telephone (865) 546-4646
FAX (865) 523-6529


The University of Tennessee, B.A., summa cum laude, 2009

The University of Tennessee, J.D., cum laude,  2012

Bar Admission

Tennessee, 2012

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, 2013

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2014

  • Education

    Lewis Thomason has represented governmental subdivisions, municipalities and educational institutions in numerous matters regarding education, including educator-student issues, personnel and employment matters and real estate. We also have defended individual educators in litigation matters arising in the educational setting. In addition to providing legal counsel to both public and private… [Read more]


    We have a long history of providing full-service counsel to employers and are adept at handling all types of employment disputes, as well as drafting employment contracts, manuals, leave policies, non-compete and separation agreements and other policies to minimize the likelihood of employment-related issues and misconduct. Our lawyers also have… [Read more]

    Health Care Law

    Lewis Thomason has extensive experience in providing services to clients in the health care industry at a time when the mission is to deliver excellent patient care while dealing with increased regulatory authority and government oversight. We offer comprehensive legal counsel and compliance with complex and evolving privacy and security requirements… [Read more]

    • “Getting Schooled on Education Law”, DICTA, February 2019
    • “Friending, Following, and Firing: Understanding the Legalities of Your Business’s Use of Social Media”, Knoxville Business Journal, December 2019
    • Bullying, Hazing and Reporting Training, Local Education Agency, 2018
    • Employment Law Basics for Supervisors Training, Mid-Sized Employer, 2018
    • Education Law Update, Local Education Agency, 2018
    • Professional Ethics for Teachers Training, Local Education Agency, 2018
    • What to Expect When They’re Expecting Pregnancy in the Workplace, Lewis Thomason Employment Law Seminar, 2018
    • Special Education Employee Misconduct: How to Handle the Tough Decisions, Tennessee Association for Administrators in Special Education Annual Legal Conference, 2018
    • The Legal Framework for Participation in Extracurricular Activities by Special Education Students, Tennessee Association for Administrators in Special Education Annual Legal Conference, 2018
    • Social Media in the Hiring Process: Pitfalls and Precautions, Knoxville Bar Association Law Practice Today Expo, 2019
    • Special Education Basics Training for Administrators, Local Education Agency, 2019
    • What The Office Teaches us About Employment Law, Knoxville Bar Association Summer Fun CLE Program, 2019
    • The World’s Best Boss – What The Office Teaches Us About Employment Law, Lewis Thomason Employment Law Seminar, 2019
    • IDEA and 504 Training for School Administrators, Local Education Agency, 2019