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

Kati Sanford Goodner

Kati Sanford Goodner is a member of Lewis Thomason’s Business & Commercial and Tax Practice Groups and is based in the firm’s Knoxville office. Commercial Litigation and Tax Controversy are Kati’s primary focus, although her experience and practice routinely includes Estate and Trust Litigation, Conservatorships, and the representation of small businesses in matters ranging from formation issues to shareholder disputes and litigation. After building her practice defending pharmaceutical and products liability cases, Kati transitioned her litigation practice to the commercial and tax realm, where she represents taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service in both civil and criminal tax matters. She is adept at handling complex litigation, having significant experience in numerous MDL cases, both in Tennessee and across the country, and routinely works with experts ranging from accountants to highly-specialized physicians and professional engineers.

A small, but important, niche portion of her practice includes Adoptions, both domestic and international.

Kati is admitted to practice in all state courts in Tennessee, as well as the Eastern and Middle Districts of Tennessee and the United States Tax Court. She is a member of the Knoxville, Tennessee, and American Bar Associations. Currently, Kati enjoys serving as Executive Editor for TortSource, the quarterly publication for the Tort and Insurance Practice Section of the ABA and serving as the ABA YLD Liason to TIPS Publications. She is a board member of both the Young Lawyer Division of the TBA (Mock Trial Co-Chair) and East Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (Secretary).


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


  • Mid-South Super Lawyers® Rising Star, 2018
  • District 3 (Knoxville) Representative for the Young Lawyers Division of the Tennessee Bar Association 2014-2017
  • Editor for TortSource quarterly publication of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the ABA 2015-present
  • Co-Chair for the Volunteer Breakfast Committee, Barristers division of the Knoxville Bar Association 2016
  • Membership Chair, Board of East Tennessee Lawyer’s Association for Women (ETLAW) 2014-2017
  • Co-Chair for Knox County Mock Trial, Barristers division of the Knoxville Bar Association 2012
  • Member-At-Large, Barristers division of the Knoxville Bar Association 2014-2015
  • Member of DRI since 2010
  • University of Tennessee Law Scholar Recipient


Outside the office, Ms. Goodner enjoys being actively involved in the children’s and adoption ministries at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church.  Kati is an avid equestrian and enjoys traveling with her husband, Nathan.

Katherine Sanford Goodner

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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


Wake Forest University, B.A. in English, magna cum laude, 2008

University of Tennessee College of Law, magna cum laude, 2011

Boston University, LL.M

Bar Admission

Tennessee, 2011

U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Tennessee

United States Tax Court

U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

  • 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]

    Estate Planning and Probate Law

    Lewis Thomason attorneys offer a wealth of experience in advising individuals how to plan for the future and handle the estate administration process. Our Estate Planning and Probate Law practice concentrates on a full range of estate planning instruments, including will construction, trusts, living wills, powers of attorney and other… [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]


    We are knowledgeable and experienced in a wide range of federal and state tax matters, and we handle cases for clients across Tennessee and United States. Our tax attorneys provide sophisticated tax advice covering such matters as individual income tax planning; complex estate planning; business tax planning; tax compliance; representation during… [Read more]

  • “Transforming your Smartphone from Time-Sucker to Time-Saver,”  TortSource, Fall, 2015 Edition.

    • “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 – What Non-Tax Attorneys Need to Know.”, CLE at ETLAW meeting (March 21 and April 27, 2018)
    • The Client Relationship: Engaging and Disengaging (February 12, 2016)
    • Access your Office from Anywhere (KBA Law Practice Today Expo, April 22, 2016)