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Laura Deakins

After serving four years as the judicial law clerk to the Honorable Holly Kirby on both the Tennessee Supreme Court and Tennessee Court of Appeals, Ms. Deakins joined Lewis Thomason as an associate in 2015. Since she has joined the firm, she has amassed a great deal of jury trial and other civil litigation experience. Ms. Deakins worked diligently in obtaining a $22 million dollar jury verdict for her clients in one of her first jury trials and has gained a great deal of appellate experience, arguing and briefing many matters before the appellate courts.  Ms. Deakins’ practice focuses primarily on the defense of corporations, doctors, and hospitals. In addition to her busy practice, Ms. Deakins is currently serving as the president of the Association for Women Attorneys and recently won the Memphis Business Journal’s Ace Associate Best of the Bar Award. 

During law school, Ms. Deakins also served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Jon P. McCalla of the Western District of Tennessee and the Honorable Janice M. Holder of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Ms. Deakins was also the Business Editor of the University of Memphis Law Review editorial board, a research assistant, and received CALI awards in Trial Advocacy, ADR/Mediation, and Labor Law.

AFFILIATIONS

  • Association for Women Attorneys (AWA) – President – 2019
  • Tennessee Bar Association – Executive Counsel for Appellate Section (2019 – Present)
  • Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility – Hearing Committee Panel Member (2018 – Present)
  • Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society (2018 – Present)
  • Leo Bearman, Sr. American Inns of Court – Associate (2016 – Present)
  • Memphis Bar Association (2013 – Present)

PROFESSIONAL HONORS AND ACTIVITIES

  • Memphis Business Journal – Best of the Bar – Ace Associate Winner (2019)
  • SuperLawyers – Mid-South Rising Star – Appellate Category (2018, 2019)
  • Association for Women Attorneys (AWA)
    • President (2019 – Present)
    • President Elect (2018)
    • Vice President (2017)
    • Annual Meeting Chair (2015 – 2017)
    • Mary Wolff Memorial Golf Tournament Committee (2014 – 2019)
    • Mentor (2016 – Present)
  • Memphis Bar Association
    • Bench Bar Conference Committee Recruitment Chair (2018 – 2019)
    • Social Committee – Member (2018 – Present)
    • Young Lawyers’ Division Member (2013- Present)
  • Tennessee Supreme Court – Attorney for Justice (2017- 2018)
  • Community Legal Center (CLC) – Board Member (2016 – 2017)
  • South Main Association (2013 – 2017)
  • Downtown Memphis Commission- My HQ Committee (2016)
  • CALI Awards for Excellence in Trial Advocacy, ADR/Mediation, and Labor Law
  • Cecil C. Humphreys Law Fellowship
  • Kiesewetter, Wise, Kaplan & Prather, PLC Labor Law Award
  • Dean’s Distinguished Service Award – Platinum
  • Girls’ Preparatory School Young Alum Council
  • Junior League of Memphis
  • Chi Omega Symphony Award
  • Girls Preparatory School Founders’ Medal (embodied the founders’ goals of integrity and character).

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

  • Junior League of Memphis
  • South Main Association
  • Girls’ Preparatory School Young Alum Council

 

Laura Deakins

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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

Education

University of Virginia, B.A., 2008
University of Memphis, J.D., 2011

Bar Admission

Tennessee, 2011

  • Appellate

    We have briefed and argued more than 250 matters before various state and federal appellate courts, including all sections of the Court of Appeals for Tennessee, the Tennessee Supreme Court and the Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Circuit Courts of Appeals, as well as handling cases on appeal to the U.S.… [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]

    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]

    Transportation

    Common carrier cases present unique issues not always associated with motor vehicle accidents, so it is important that your defense counsel be well experienced in these types of cases. With a long history representing a wide range of clients, we have that experience. Our client base includes a large number… [Read more]

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