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

David A. Chapman

David Chapman, special counsel in the firm’s Knoxville office, focuses primarily on the defense of local and national transportation companies and commercial motor vehicle drivers, including medical and liability expert retention and discovery, accident investigation and evaluation, and pre-trial, trial and appellate litigation. He has also worked with multiple motor carriers and transportation companies regarding post-accident protocols and FMCSA compliance.


  • Defense Research Institute – Trucking Law Committee
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • Non-Engineer Member – Society of Automotive Engineers
  • Tennessee Bar Association


  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America©, Transportation Law
  • Recognized as Patriotic Employer by U.S. Department of Defense Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve, 2018
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars – Transportation/Maritime 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Adjunct Instructor, University of Tennessee College of Law, 2013-2018
  • Adjunct Instructor, Carson-Newman University, 2011
  • Coordinator of the University of Tennessee College of Law Pro Bono Project, 2007
  • Member, Pro Bono and Public Interest Committee, 2006-2007
  • Member, National Moot Court Team, 2005-2007
  • Awarded Dean’s Citation for Academic Excellence in six law school courses
  • Inducted into the Order of the Barristers and Order of the Coif
  • Recipient of the William M. Leech, Jr. Public Service Prize and the Susan B. Devitt National Moot Court Award

Best Lawyers Award Badge

Knoxville Office

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


Carson Newman College, cum laude, B.A., 2003

University of Tennessee College of Law, magna cum laude, J.D., 2007

Bar Admission

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee


  • Insurance

    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]


    Common carrier cases present unique issues not always associated with motor vehicle accidents, so it is important that your defense counsel be well experienced in these types of cases. With a long history representing a wide range of clients, we have that experience. Our client base includes a large number… [Read more]

  • Representative Experience

    • Howell, et al. v. McDonald’s Corporation, Nelson Gray Enters., et al., No. E2019-00033-COA-R3-CV, 2019 Tenn. App. LEXIS 429 (Tenn. Ct. App. Aug. 30, 2019) – affirming summary judgment in favor of restaurant client in motorcycle accident claim alleging defective drive-thru roadway design and over $2,000,000 in damages
    • Baugh, et al. v. United Parcel Serv., Inc., No. M2014-00353-COA-R3-CV, 2015 Tenn. App. LEXIS 186 (Tenn. Ct. App. Mar. 31, 2015) – affirming dismissal of motor carrier client following contested resolution of wrongful death claim
    • Sommerville, et al. v. Down Home Pharmacy, LLC, No. 9295-III, Circuit Court for Grainger County, TN (October 2017) – summary judgment in favor of pharmacy client following robbery and multiple murders on premises
    • Moore v. United Parcel Serv., Inc., et al., No. B6LA0169, Circuit Court for Anderson County, TN (September 2018) – summary judgment in favor of motor carrier client on comparative fault grounds
    • Vanderpool v. United Parcel Serv., Inc., et al., No. 17C2407, Circuit Court for Davidson County, TN (October 2018) – summary judgment in favor of motor carrier client on comparative fault grounds
    • Jatta, et al. v. CEVA Logistics US, Inc., et al., No. 2-228-19, Circuit Court for Knox County, TN (November 2019) – dismissal of motor carrier client on procedural grounds
    • Co-author, “You and Me Goin’ Fishin’ in the Dark:” The Tennessee Recreational Use Statute and Incentivizing Conservation, Tennessee Bar Journal, Environmental Law Section, September 2010
    • Co-author, “ ‘Til Death Do Us (Sometimes) Part:” The New Priority Right to Recover for Wrongful Death in Tennessee, DICTA Knoxville Bar Journal, September 2011
    • Co-author, “Grief Coverage:” The Tennessee Supreme Court takes on Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress Claims and Uninsured Motorist Coverage, DICTA Knoxville Bar Journal, November 2012
    • Co-author, After the Call: Understanding FMCSA and NTSB Inquiries Following a Serious Accident, DRI In Transit, March 2017
    • Presenter, admissibility of CSA scores and data compilations in trucking litigation
    • DRI Annual Meeting, Trucking Steering Committee, October 2015
    • Presenter, Legal Challenges to EDR Data, EDR Summit, March 2018