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

J. Wallace Irvin

J. Wallace Irvin, a shareholder, is in Lewis Thomason’s Nashville office, where he focuses his practice on construction law. Mr. Irvin represents architects, engineers, contractors, and surveyors 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 clients in administrative matters before the Tennessee Board for Licensing Contractors, the Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners, Tennessee Occupational Health and Safety Administration (TOSHA) and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). Mr. Irvin has contributed to numerous industry publications, such as the 2017 A201 Desk book (ABA/AIA 2017), the Tennessee Construction Law Handbook (HLK 2017), the Annotated Construction Law Glossary (ABA 2011), and the Law of Payment Bonds (ABA 2011). Mr. Irvin frequently serves as a lecturer and presenter to construction industry trade organizations and seminar providers. He is a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 listed Civil Mediator.


  • American Institute of Architects, North Alabama Chapter
  • Associated General Contractors of Tennessee (Legislative Committee)
  • AGC, Middle Tennessee Brach (Construction Leadership Council, Secretary; Legal Advisory Committee)
  • Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers
  • Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel (Membership Chair)
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Construction Law
  • Alabama State Bar, Construction Industry section
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Construction Section
  • Defense Research Institute Construction Law Committee (Vice-Chair, Contract and Delay Claims Specialty Law Group)
  • Nashville Bar Association (Friday Fundamentals Committee)
  • Homebuilders Association of Nashville/Middle Tennessee
  • Construction Specifications Institute
  • Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce


  • Leadership Middle Tennessee – Class of 2019
  • Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum – Class of 2016
  • AGC Construction Leadership Program – Class of 2015
  • Martindale Hubbell – AV Preeminent (Peer rated for highest level of professional excellence)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Star


J. Wallace Irvin

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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



U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee

U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee

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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