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

Joseph M. Clark

Mr. Clark maintains a general civil trial practice with a focus primarily on medical malpractice defense.  He serves on the firm’s Board of Directors and is chair of the firm’s Healthcare Practice Group. He has tried numerous civil lawsuits to verdict, and he has briefed and argued cases before the Tennessee Court of Appeals and the Tennessee Supreme Court.  Mr. Clark is a Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator.


  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Memphis Bar Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America


  • Holds the highest rating, AV, from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America©, Medical Malpractice – Defendants
  • Named on list of Mid-South Super Lawyers for medical malpractice law
  • Named one of the Top 50 Memphis Area Super Lawyers, 2012 – 2016 and named as a Tennessee Top 100 Super Lawyer, 2013 – 2016
  • Member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC). Membership in the IADC is by invitation only and peer review.
  • Elected a Memphis Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Received the Memphis Bar Association’s President’s Award in 2007
  • Tennessee Bar Association Litigation Section Executive Council, 2001-2002
  • Served as chair of the Memphis Bar Association’s Litigation Section in 2007 and 2008
  • Associate member of the Leo Bearman Sr. American Inns of Court from 1999 to 2001


Mr. Clark has been involved with Habitat for Humanity, the Memphis Area Legal Services Campaign for Equal Justice, the Memphis Bar Association Phone-a-Thon and the Memphis Bar Association’s Saturday Pro Bono Clinic.

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Memphis Office

One Commerce Square
29th Floor
40 South Main Street
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
Telephone (901) 525-8721
FAX (901) 525-6722


Vanderbilt University, B.A., 1993
University of Kentucky, J.D., 1997

Bar Admission

Tennessee, 1997
U. S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee, 1997
Kentucky, 2000

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

    Lewis Thomason represents clients in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) proceedings, including mediations and arbitrations. We understand that ADR often presents unique opportunities for parties to take charge of legal disputes and conclude what otherwise would be lengthy, unpredictable and costly litigation. Certain Lewis Thomason lawyers have received extensive training in mediating… [Read more]

    Health Care Law

    Lewis Thomason has extensive experience in providing services to clients in the health care industry at a time when the mission is to deliver excellent patient care while dealing with increased regulatory authority and government oversight. We offer comprehensive legal counsel and compliance with complex and evolving privacy and security requirements… [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]


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    Personal Injury Litigation

    Our firm has an established history of successfully representing plaintiffs who have been injured through automobile accidents, defective products, on-the-job accidents and premises liability. From straightforward settlement negotiation to complex, multifaceted litigation, our attorneys have extensive experience and all of the necessary resources to protect our clients' interests in personal… [Read more]

    Product Liability

    Over the past 25 years, manufacturers and insurance companies have faced an explosion of product liability claims. In addition to significantly impacting business finances, product liability claims can lead to adverse publicity, government regulation, class actions and individual claims involving serious injury or property damage, as well as potential exposure… [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]

  • Moderator, MBA, “Videotaped Voir Dire in an Actual Memphis Circuit Court Medical Malpractice Trial,” June 15, 2007
    Presenter, MBA, “Medical Malpractice in Federal Court,” August 5, 2008
    Moderator, MBA, “Voir Dire: Law and Psychology,” August 27, 2008
    Presenter, TDLA, “The Interview Process: What to Expect and How to Succeed,” University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, September 8, 2009 and September 2, 2010.