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

Lawrence F. Giordano

Shareholder, Supreme Court Rule 31 Mediator, and law firm director Larry Giordano engages in a statewide practice based in Lewis Thomason’s Knoxville office. He is a member and has been co-chair of both the firm’s Education Law and Health Care Practice Groups. He concentrates the balance of his practice in the areas of business, commercial and complex litigation. His diverse experience includes an unusually wide range of legal issues, both litigation and transactional. He has significant criminal defense experience and has defended multiple cases with simultaneous civil and criminal proceedings. In addition, Mr. Giordano has substantial appellate experience and has argued before the Tennessee Supreme Court, Tennessee Court of Appeals, Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

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  • Tennessee Council of School Board of Attorneys
  • National School Boards Association’s Council of School Attorneys
  • Hamilton S. Burnett American Inn of Court
  • American Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Knoxville Bar Association


  • Best Lawyers® 2020 Corporate Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Knoxville
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America©, Corporate Law, Education Law and Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Selected, Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2012-2019 (Business Litigation)
  • Selected, Mid-South Super Lawyers, Tennessee Top 100 List 2018
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Knoxville Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Honorary Member, The Order of Barristers
  • Past President, Tennessee Council of School Board Attorneys
  • Past President and Master of the Bench Emeritus, Hamilton S. Burnett American Inns of Court
  • Recipient, Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Conference Law and Liberty Award
  • Recipient, University of Tennessee College of Law Outstanding Adjunct Teacher Award in Advocacy
  • Member, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Member, Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Member, Phi Delta Phi


  • Professor of Law (Adjunct), University of Tennessee College of Law, 1992-2019 (Trial Practice, Advanced Trial Practice, Pretrial Advocacy)
  • Faculty, Emory University School of Law, Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques
  • Administrative Law Judge, State of Tennessee Department of Education


  • Past President of the Board of Trustees of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee
  • Past Member of the Board of Trustees of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee
  • Past Member of the Board of Directors of the Blount Mansion Association
  • Past Treasurer and Secretary, Knoxville Bar Association
  • Past Member of Board of Governors, Knoxville Bar Association
  • Member, Fee Dispute Resolution Panel, Knoxville Bar Association
  • Past President, Knoxville Catholic High School Parent Teacher Association
  • Soccer Coach – USYSA Youth Teams, TSSA Women’s Amateur Teams, TSSA Men’s Amateur Teams, Maryville College Men’s and Women’s Varsity Teams, Knoxville Catholic High School Boys’ Varsity Team

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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


Denison University, B.S., with highest honors, 1975

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1978

Bar Admission

Tennessee, 1978

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

U. S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

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]

    Class Action

    More businesses, public and private, face the risk of class-action lawsuits. We have successfully developed strategies for challenging class certification and discovery related to those issues. If certification is granted, we have the ability to bring together a team of players to manage class litigation on a statewide, regional or… [Read more]


    Lewis Thomason has represented governmental subdivisions, municipalities and educational institutions in numerous matters regarding education, including educator-student issues, personnel and employment matters and real estate. We also have defended individual educators in litigation matters arising in the educational setting. In addition to providing legal counsel to both public and private… [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]


    As participants in the system are learning, litigation is expensive, in money, time and resources. A lengthy pretrial process can be just the start given today’s clogged court dockets and even reaching trial can have unpredictable results. The legal community has developed several forms of alternate dispute resolution, such as… [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]

  • Representative Experience

    • The successful representation of a leading Tennessee road contractor in defense of civil antitrust claims brought under the Sherman and Clayton Acts that proceeded concurrently with a Federal Grand Jury probe.
    • The successful representation of numerous former directors and officers of failed federally-insured banking institutions from officers’ and directors’ liability claims brought by agencies of the federal government and bonding companies.
    • The successful representation of a Fortune 50 defense contractor in a multimillion-dollar custom software development dispute with a local governmental entity in East Tennessee.
    • The successful representation of accountants, attorneys and health care professionals accused of malpractice.
    • The successful representation of a major financial investment company in extensive restrictive covenant employment litigation.
    • The successful representation of a leading Florida-based provider of leisure products and services in the timeshare industry in complex tort litigation filed against it for alleged breach of contract, business interference and conspiracy claims.
    • The successful representation in Federal Court of the plaintiff school district in the largest public school consolidation case in Tennessee history.
    • The successful representation of Tennessee school districts in numerous contested teacher dismissal hearings.
    • The successful class action defense of a leading paper products manufacturer in interstate environmental nuisance litigation.
    • The successful representation of a transactional attorney in a multimillion-dollar estate claim alleging fraud, malpractice, conspiracy and aiding and abetting the breach of fiduciary duties by a major national bank’s trust department.
    • The successful representation of an international automobile manufacturer in recovering and protecting company intellectual property and secrets illegally taken by a former engineering employee.
    • Obtained the dismissal of a six-year-old qui tam action filed in the United States District Court in which an East Tennessee physician was accused of submitting false claims to the Medicaid and Medicare programs.