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

Chris W. McCarty

Chris W. McCarty, a shareholder in our Knoxville office, practices in the areas of employment law, education law and civil litigation. Mr. McCarty handles matters before state and federal courts throughout Tennessee, and has argued before the Tennessee Court of Appeals. Mr. McCarty also presents on employment and education law topics. His articles on those topics have been seen in numerous publications, including HR Magazine, the Tennessee Bar Journal and the Knoxville Business Journal. Mr. McCarty is approved as a member of the American Arbitration Association’s (AAA) Panel of Employment Arbitrators.


  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
  • DRI – Employment & Labor Law Committee
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • American Bar Association
  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys


  • Tennessee Council of School Board Attorneys, President, 2018-2020
  • Best Lawyers® 2020 Employment Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year” in Knoxville
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America©, Employment Law Management
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Elected Member, 2018
  • Knoxville Bar Foundation, Fellows Program, 2016
  • Member, American Arbitration Association (AAA) Panel of Employment Arbitrators
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers® Rising Star, 2015, 2016
  • Leadership Sevier, 2015
  • Knoxville Zoo, Circle of Friends Leadership Council, 2015
  • Nucleus Knoxville, President, 2014
  • “40 Under 40”, Knoxville Business Journal, 2013
  • Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law, 2012
  • Leadership Tomorrow Sevier, 2010
  • Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, President’s Award, 2009
  • Introduction Knoxville, 2007
  • Knoxville Bar Association, Publications Committee


Following college, Mr. McCarty spent two years teaching eighth grade United States history at Seymour Middle School in Seymour, Tennessee.  He now lives in the Concord area with his wife and their three children, and is actively involved with his church, Cedar Springs Presbyterian.

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Knoxville Office

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

Sevierville Office

248 Bruce Street, Suite 2
Sevierville, Tennessee 37862
Telephone (865) 429-1999
FAX (865) 428-1612


Maryville College, B.A., 2001

University of Tennessee, J.D., 2006

Bar Admission

Tennessee, 2006

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee

Tennessee Court of Appeals

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  • Representative Experience

    Mr. McCarty handles matters in all State and Federal courts throughout Tennessee as well as in the Tennessee Human Rights Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    • The Five Plaintiffs We Dread – DRI’s The Job Description (2018)
    • First Hurdle for FLSA Salary Threshold Just Got Higher – Knoxville Business Journal (2017)
    • FLSA Salary Threshold: The First Hurdle Just Got Higher – DICTA (2017)
    • When Competition is a Bad Word – Knoxville Business Journal (2015)
    • Unfriendly Employees on Facebook May be Protected – Knoxville Business Journal (2011)
    • Court Affirms Injunction Reinstating Striking Workers – HR Magazine (2011)
    • The Best Money Can Buy: Spotting and Using Evidence of Fake Degrees – ALI-ABA The Practical Litigator (2010)
    • No Pain, No Gain: Liability for Deaths and Injuries in School Athletics – Inquiry & Analysis (2008)
    • Blogging for Evidence – TBA Journal (2007)
    • Lewis, Thomason, King, Krieg & Waldrop Employment Seminar (Annual)
    • Analyzing Key Employment Documents and Examination of Witnesses – National Business Institute (2016)
    • Privacy and Social Media in the Workplace – Sterling Education Services (2015)
    • When Rights Aren’t Civil – Tennessee School Boards Association (2015)
    • Hiring and Firing: Do’s, Don’ts and What Were You Thinking – Tennessee Valley Human Resources Association (2015)
    • Student Discipline: Right and Wrong – Tennessee School Boards Association (2013)
    • Independent Contractors: Risks and Rewards – Tennessee School Boards Association (2013)
    • From Friending to Firing: The Workplace & Social Media – Tennessee Valley Human Resources Association (2012)
    •  From Mechanics to Lifeguards: Identifying Employees Exempt From FLSA Overtime Pay – Lorman (2012)
    • Due Process After Bailey v. Blount County – Tennessee School Boards Association (2011)
    • Introduction to Trial Practice: Ethics – Tennessee Bar Association (2011)
    • Service Animals in School – Tennessee School Boards Association (2011)
    • Love Stinks: Strategies and Tips for Handling Workplace Romance Issues – Lorman (2010)