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

J. Wallace Irvin

J. Wallace Irvin, special counsel, is in Lewis Thomason’s Nashville office, where he focuses his practice on construction law with an emphasis on the representation of architects and engineers against professional liability allegations.  Mr. Irvin also represents contractors in a wide variety of business matters, including contract negotiations, project administration, closeout, construction defect defense and payment disputes, including the assertion and enforcement of mechanics’ and materialmen’s liens and performance and payment bond claims.  Additionally, Mr. Irvin advises contractors in administrative matters before the Tennessee Board for Licensing Contractors, Tennessee Occupational Health and Safety Administration (TOSHA) and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT).  He is a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 listed Civil Mediator.


  • American Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel, Membership Chair
  • National Society of Professional Engineers
  • Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce
  • Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee


  • Member of Construction Specifications Institute
  • Member of AGC of Middle Tennessee, Legal Advisory Committee
  • Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum
  • Member, American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry
  • Member, American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
  • Member, Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers
  • Member, Associated General Contractors (Construction Leadership Council)

Nashville Office

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


Tennessee Technological University, B.S., Civil Engineering, 2004

University of Memphis, J.D., 2007

Bar Admission

Tennessee, 2007

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee

U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee

  • Construction

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    • Co-author, Chapter 5 of The Law of Payment Bonds, ABA 2011
    • Contributing author, The Annotated Construction Law Glossary, ABA 2010
    • Coauthor, WHY WOULD I DO THAT? A Review of Factors to Consider When Determining Who Should Engage the Geotechnical Consultant, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, 2012 Workshop D, Midwinter Meeting