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

Edd Peyton

Mr. Peyton, special counsel and a Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator, is in the firm’s Memphis office. Mr. Peyton’s practice focuses on products liability, employment, insurance, personal injury, professional liability, governmental and public entity defense, medical malpractice defense, and collections. Since joining the firm, Mr. Peyton has participated in a broad spectrum of matters in federal and state trial courts in Tennessee and Mississippi.  He has tried civil lawsuits to verdict, and he has briefed cases before the Tennessee Court of Appeals and the Tennessee Supreme Court.   His prior military and business experience lends a unique perspective that he effectively leverages to solve client issues.

Prior to his legal career, Mr. Peyton was an operations analyst and manager for a national distribution company and an active duty officer in the U.S. Navy, where he served as an engineering officer aboard a destroyer, a weapons officer aboard a guided missile frigate, admissions officer at the U.S. Naval Academy and other leadership positions in the United States Navy Reserve.  He was recalled to active duty for ten months in 2013 as a Rule of Law Team Leader in Afghanistan.   He continues to serve as a commander in the United States Navy Reserve, supporting Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe, U.S. Naval Forces Africa, and U.S. Sixth Fleet.


  • Memphis Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • National Bar Association
  • American Bar Association


  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America©, Litigation – Municipal; Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Fellow, Memphis Bar Foundation
  • President, Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association, 2019
  • Graduate, Leadership Mississippi
  • Graduate, Leadership Memphis
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers®, 2016-2018
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers® Rising Star, 2011-2015
  • The Memphis Bar Association Leadership Forum, 2009-2010
  • Inducted into the United States Naval Academy Athletic Association Hall of Fame
  • Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law, 2016
  • American Bar Association Diverse Leaders Academy, 2017-2018


Mr. Peyton is President Elect of the Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association. He has coached the ABA Labor and Employment and National Black Law Students Association mock trial teams at The University of Mississippi School of Law and Central and Frayser high schools in Memphis. He serves on the board of Kindred Place.

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Memphis Office

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


United States Naval Academy, B.S., 1993
Jacksonville University (Florida), M.B.A., 1999
University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., 2006

Bar Admission

Tennessee, 2006
Mississippi, 2006
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, 2007
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, 2006
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, 2006
United States Tax Court, 2015
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2006

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

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    Health Care Law

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    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]

    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]

    • What do Jurors Think? Using Post-Trial Jury Interviews to Find What is Important in Trial, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, August 23, 2018
    • Running Towards Wellness and Good Health, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, September 5, 2018
    • Speaker, University of Mississippi CLE By the Hour 2018, “Wellness – Running Toward a Healthier Legal Practice”, December 11, 2018, Memphis, TN
    • Panelist, American Bar Association Section of Litigation Women In Litigation Joint Conference, “What You Don’t Know Might Hurt You: Techniques For Effectively Deposing a Rule 30(b)(6) Witness” , November 16, 2017, Philadelphia, PA
    • Speaker, University of Mississippi CLE By the Hour 2016, “Promoting Diversity in the Legal Profession”, December 12, 2015, Memphis, TN
    • Speaker, University of Mississippi CLE By the Hour 2016, “Implicit Bias Influences in Law”, December 12, 2016, Memphis, TN
    • Speaker, Tennessee Bar Association, “Mastering the Deposition: Critical Skills and More 2017”, April 2017, Memphis, TN
    • Speaker, University of Mississippi CLE By the Hour 2017, “Law, Order & Protest: Deciding What is Just”, December 12, 2017, Memphis, TN