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

Leslie F. Bishop

Leslie F. Bishop, a Lewis Thomason shareholder, is responsible for all aspects of a general defense litigation practice, with an emphasis in workers’ compensation and employment law. Her employment practice ranges from representation of employers at state agencies to trial on all employment issues. She currently serves as co-chair of the firm’s Workers’ Compensation Practice Group.

Ms. Bishop joined the firm from the Tennessee Department of Labor Workers’ Compensation Division where she supervised the Knoxville Regional Office which covered nineteen counties. She has served as a member of the Governor’s Task Force charged with reform of workers’ compensation laws in the State of Tennessee. She has been a certified Mediator and has successfully participated in over 1,000 mediations, primarily workers’ compensation disputes.


  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Knoxville Bar Association


  • Named a Cityview Magazine “Top Attorney”
  • Member, College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America©, Workers’ Compensation Law Employers

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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


Tennessee Technological University, B.S., 1985

University of Memphis, J.D., 1988

Bar Admission

Tennessee, 1988

  • Employment

    We have a long history of providing full-service counsel to employers and are adept at handling all types of employment disputes, as well as drafting employment contracts, manuals, leave policies, non-compete and separation agreements and other policies to minimize the likelihood of employment-related issues and misconduct. Our lawyers also have… [Read more]

    Workers' Compensation

    The lawyers of Lewis Thomason have years of experience representing various employers, including large self-insured companies and several insurance carriers, in workers' compensation claims filed by their employees. Whether a claim is settled early in the proceedings, presented at the Department of Labor through a benefit review conference or ultimately… [Read more]

  • Representative Experience

    • Developed in-house policies and strategies for proper investigation and prevention of workplace accidents.
    • Assisted in certification of drug-free workplaces reducing workers’ compensation premiums for employers.
    • Successfully defended employers in workers’ compensation suits state wide.
    • Trained employers on how to avoid the “Bermuda triangle”: workers’ compensation, FMLA, and ADA.
    • Featured speaker at workers’ compensation seminars sponsored by lawyers as well as employers.
    • Annual speaker at multiple seminars for human resource agents and safety personnel.