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

John King

John King is a senior shareholder in Lewis Thomason’s Knoxville office.  He is a preeminent AV rated lawyer having been AV rated over 30 years. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for the past five years. Mr. King has substantial experience in tort and commercial litigation in both state and federal courts. Mr. King’s current primary practice areas are in zoning, land use, governmental contracting, business transactions and administrative law. He represents clients in waste disposal, manufactured housing and residential/commercial development businesses.  Mr. King represents clients on regulatory matters at the state and local levels and also represents clients on legislative issues at the state level.

Mr. King served as Commissioner of Revenue for the State of Tennessee in 1979-1980, with responsibility for the administration of all state tax laws, as well as providing research support for fiscal impact statements on legislative proposals submitted to the legislature. In 1983, Mr. King served as Governor Lamar Alexander’s liaison to the Legislature. For the period of 1981-1989 Mr. King served as a member of and as chairman of the Board of the Tennessee Housing Development, by appointment of the Governor.

Mr. King is a mediator for the Federal District Courts, Eastern Division.  In addition, Mr. King serves as mediator on complex litigation matters and on cases involving land use and condemnation issues.


  • American Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Knoxville Bar Association


  • Fellow, Knoxville Bar Foundation
  • Listed in Business TN Magazine’s Best 100 Lawyers in State, 2004, 2005
  • Listed in the Business TN Magazine’s Best 150 Lawyers edition, 2006-2009
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America©, Land use and Zoning Law
  • Former Chairman, Tennessee Ethics Commission

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Knoxville Office

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


University of Memphis, B.S., 1962
University of Tennessee, J. D., 1965

Bar Admission

Tennessee, 1965

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee

U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

United States Supreme Court

  • Business & Commercial

    We offer comprehensive representation to businesses of all types. As detailed below, our services range from helping resolve business disputes through litigation, mediation, arbitration or negotiation to offering sound legal advice upon which to base your business decisions as well as transactional representation, document preparation services and business formation and… [Read more]


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    Municipal & Administrative

    We have a long history of providing legal counsel to cities and towns throughout Tennessee. Whether negotiating contracts on behalf of local governments or representing municipalities and utility divisions in litigation involving personal injuries and contract disputes, we understand the special legal needs of city and county governments and their… [Read more]