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

Claire McClain Cissell

Ms. Cissell, a shareholder in the firm’s Memphis office, has experience in civil litigation matters. She focuses her practice on medical malpractice defense. Ms. Cissell has extensive experience trying medical malpractice lawsuits to verdict, as well as appellate experience at the state and federal levels.  Ms. Cissell previously served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable James M. Tharpe and the Honorable Robert A. Lanier.


  • Memphis Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Association of Women Attorneys


  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America©, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Mid-South SuperLawyers


 Ms. Cissell volunteers at St. Agnes Academy and Bellevue Baptist Church

Best Lawyers Award Badge

Memphis Office

One Commerce Square
29th Floor
40 South Main Street
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
Telephone (901) 525-8721
FAX (901) 525-6722


Arkansas State University, B.A., 1983
Arkansas State University, M.A., 1988
University of Memphis, J.D., cum laude, 1996

Bar Admission

Tennessee, 1996
Arkansas, 1998

  • 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]


    We have more than four decades of experience providing counsel and legal defense to insurance companies, self-insured clients, businesses and individuals. The firm has represented thousands of insured clients of leading insurance companies in a wide range of cases and has represented insurers in cases involving coverage disputes, policy interpretation,… [Read more]

    Personal Injury Litigation

    Our firm has an established history of successfully representing plaintiffs who have been injured through automobile accidents, defective products, on-the-job accidents and premises liability. From straightforward settlement negotiation to complex, multifaceted litigation, our attorneys have extensive experience and all of the necessary resources to protect our clients' interests in personal… [Read more]

    Professional Liability

    As a professional, your reputation means everything. We are sensitive to the fact that professional liability lawsuits and claims affect reputations, as well as personal finances, and we stand ready to aggressively protect your practice at both the trial and appellate levels. Representative clients include: Accountants Attorneys* Architects Contractors Directors of Corporations Engineers Financial Advisors Hospitals and Medical Facilities Insurance… [Read more]

  • Representative Experience

    • In 2014, Ms. Cissell, Ms. Magee and Ms. Bursi successfully defended a gynecologist in a medical malpractice trial. The Plaintiff alleged, among other things, lack of informed consent. The trial lasted two weeks and involved four expert witnesses and several fact witnesses. At the close of Plaintiff’s proof, the Court granted a directed verdict to the Defendant as to Plaintiff’s claims for medical battery, negligence per se, loss of earnings and earning capacity, and punitive damages. The jury deliberated for less than five hours and returned a verdict for the Defendant, finding that the doctor had acted in accordance with the recognized standard of acceptable professional practice in obtaining informed consent from the patient.