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

Daniel W. Olivas

Daniel W. Olivas is a Shareholder in the Nashville office who joined the firm in 2005. Mr. Olivas represents national clients in complex products liability litigation and has experience representing automobile manufacturers and suppliers. He successfully defends industrial, construction, corporate, and non-profit clients in employment discrimination matters, including Title VII, ADA, ADEA, EPA, 1981, USERRA, and state employment law disputes. He has significant experience representing insurance clients in coverage disputes and bad faith litigation and specializes in preparing coverage opinions. Mr. Olivas has significant experience defending professional clients against malpractice claims. Mr. Olivas represents clients in appellate matters in the Sixth and Fourth Circuits and in Tennessee appellate courts. He also has significant experience representing national clients in arbitration law matters, including litigating arbitrability disputes.


  • American Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute


  • Guest Lecturer, Medical Malpractice Law, Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia
  • Vice Chair, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, 2009-2010
  • Member, DRI Insurance Law and Professional Liability Committee, 2011-2012

Nashville Office

424 Church Street, Suite 2500
P.O. Box 198615
Nashville, Tennessee 37219
Telephone (615) 259-1366
FAX (615) 259-1389


University of Texas El Paso, B.A., 1988

University of Tennessee, J.D., 2005

Bar Admission

Tennessee, 2005
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, 2006
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, 2007
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, 2008
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2008
Supreme Court of the United States, 2013
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2016
Kentucky, 2016

  • Appellate

    We have briefed and argued more than 250 matters before various state and federal appellate courts, including all sections of the Court of Appeals for Tennessee, the Tennessee Supreme Court and the Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Circuit Courts of Appeals, as well as handling cases on appeal to the U.S.… [Read more]

    Business & Commercial

    We offer comprehensive representation to businesses of all types. As detailed below, our services range from helping resolve business disputes through litigation, mediation, arbitration or negotiation to offering sound legal advice upon which to base your business decisions as well as transactional representation, document preparation services and business formation and… [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]


    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]

    Product Liability

    Over the past 25 years, manufacturers and insurance companies have faced an explosion of product liability claims. In addition to significantly impacting business finances, product liability claims can lead to adverse publicity, government regulation, class actions and individual claims involving serious injury or property damage, as well as potential exposure… [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

    • Successfully argued the appeal for a large state franchisee of a chain of nationally known restaurants and defeated multiple federal appeals seeking to overturn favorable decisions for a national food services provider.
    • Obtained summary judgment for an international manufacturer of heavy equipment in a contract dispute.
    • Obtained Rule 12 dismissal for an international automotive manufacturer in the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.
    • Rendered numerous coverage opinions in high-dollar loss cases.
    • Tenn. Ch., A Practitioner’s Guide to Class Actions, A.B.A. SEC. TORT TRIAL & INS. PRACTICE (2010)
    • Emerging Legislation:  H.R. 2517 The Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act Of 2009, 6 The Whisper 7 (2010)
    • Evidentiary Considerations and Practical Implications for Recalled Products, DRI Products Liability Conference Materials (2011)
    • Tenn. Ch., Professional Liability Insurance Coverage Compendium, DRI INS. & COVERAGE CMTY (2012)