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

Joe M. Huffaker

Joe Huffaker is a shareholder in Lewis Thomason’s Nashville office and practices in the areas of tort, workers’ compensation, construction defect and commercial litigation. He has more than 20 years of litigation experience representing individuals, employers and corporations.  He has successfully tried numerous jury and non-jury matters throughout the State of Tennessee. He has also successfully mediated complicated professional liability, construction defect and property and casualty matters.


  • American Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute


  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America©, Construction Law

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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


University of Tennessee, B.A., 1986
Cumberland School of Law, J.D., 1989

Bar Admission

Tennessee, 1990
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee
U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

  • Construction

    We have a broad and substantial construction practice with a solid record of service to the design and construction industry. Our experienced and dedicated construction practice group attorneys understand the construction industry and can help you navigate its often complex contracts and diverse relationships. We work closely with clients to identify… [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]

    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 defended employers in workers’ compensation matters for willful violation of safety devices, failure to give Notice and violations of drug policies.
    • Representation of a major retailer in a premises liability matter regarding an alleged defective condition on the retailer’s property. The matter involved a four day jury trial and ultimately ended in a decision from the Tennessee Court of Appeals in favor of the retailer.
    • Representation of a developer regarding damages in excess of $900,000 to a gas pipeline by an excavation subcontractor. The matter was ultimately resolved for an amount below the client’s cost of defense.
    • Representation of a landscape design company regarding allegations of overcharging and misrepresentation by the design company of being a licensed general contractor. The matter was successfully resolved through mediation.
    • Representation of a developer in a matter wherein the builder alleged misrepresentation, breach of contract and violation of the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act. The matter was successfully resolved in mediation.
    • Representation of a property owner regarding the alleged defective construction of an addition to a residential building resulting in physical injury to the Plaintiff. The matter was tried before a jury that returned a verdict in favor of the property owner after thirty minutes of deliberations.
    • Representation of a commercial property owner/developer regarding a personal injury claim resulting from the alleged dangerous and defective condition of a piece of the owner’s commercial property. The matter was dismissed on summary judgment and the dismissal was upheld by the Tennessee Court of Appeals.
    • Representation of a residential builder regarding the construction of a residence valued at $1,150,000. The homeowner alleged breach of contract, negligence, design deficiencies and violation of the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act. The matter was dismissed on summary judgment and the dismissal was upheld by the Tennessee Court of Appeals.
    • Representation of national lender in bank fraud litigation involving parties who set up complicated straw-buyer real estate transactions to fraudulently obtain loan proceeds from the lender. The matter was resolved in the lender’s favor.
    • May 2012 – Law of Construction Defects and Failures