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

John R. Tarpley

John R. Tarpley, a shareholder in our Nashville office, has been involved in complex litigation in the areas of tort, transportation, product liability, professional liability, commercial law, and a wide range of insurance-related matters in both state and federal courts.

Mr. Tarpley has also successfully defended a number of trucking companies and their employees, both at trial and in the mediation of claims and has addressed a wide variety of retail issues from both a general civil and a commercial law perspective. Most recently, he has devoted a significant portion of his practice to the mediation and arbitration of civil matters having served as a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Mediator in about 700 cases. Certified as a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 mediator, he is regularly hired to mediate a number of civil matters. He has also been inducted into the distinguished Tennessee Academy of Mediators.

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  • American Bar Foundation
  • American Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Foundation
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • American Law Firm Association (ALFA)
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA)


  • Board of Directors, ALFA International
  • Best Lawyers®, 2019 Transportation “Lawyer of the Year” in Nashville
  • Named to the List of “Mid-South Super Lawyers®”
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America©, Administrative/Regulatory Law; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Member, Tennessee Academy of Mediators
  • Former President, Tennessee Bar Association
  • Fellow, Trustee and President, Nashville Bar Foundation
  • Chair, American Law Firm Association’s (ALFA) Transportation Practice Group
  • Chair, ALFA International’s Diversity Committee
  • ALFA International Board of Directors
  • Chair, ABA Journal Board of Editors
  • Chair, ABA Fellows of the Young Lawyers Division
  • Member, Tennessee Bar Association Executive Committee
  • Former Chair, ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS)
  • Former member, ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Council
  • First editor of TortSource (Publication of TIPS)
  • Former member of ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary (He was the lead reviewer for the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh.)
  • Former member, ALI-ABA Board
  • Member, ABA House of Delegates representing the Tennessee Bar Association; ABA Young Lawyer Division and the Nashville Bar Association
  • State Delegate – ABA House of Delegates
  • Former Editor, Young Lawyers’ Division Barrister magazine
  • Member and Officer, Board of Directors, Nashville Bar Association
  • Former Member, Tennessee Judicial Selection Commission
  • Former Officer of ABA Young Lawyers Division
  • Former President, Tennessee Young Lawyers Division
  • Founding President of Nashville Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
  • Torchbearer, University of Tennessee


As president of the Tennessee Bar Association, Mr. Tarpley established the “Lawyers Care” program and successfully recruited lawyers to do more pro bono work in the state.  In addition, he implemented the “Leadership Law” program and continues to be involved in its programming.  He was the chair of the committee that created the successful TIPS Leadership Academy. Mr. Tarpley recently concluded a successful term as the president of the board of directors of the Music City Chapter of the March of Dimes. Mr. Tarpley has also served on the Board of Directors of First Steps. He is a graduate of the 2016 Leadership Nashville and served as a member of the leadership team for the 2017 class.

He and his wife are active in their church and the parents of adult twins.

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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.S., 1976

University of Tennessee, J.D., 1980

Bar Admission

Tennessee, 1980

All State and Federal Courts

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

United States Supreme Court

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