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

Lisa Ramsay Cole

Lisa Ramsay Cole is president and managing shareholder of Lewis Thomason and the managing partner of the firm’s Nashville office.  She is also an ex-officio member of the firm’s Board of Directors and Shareholder Compensation Committee.  She is a Supreme Court Rule 31 Mediator, and she practices in the areas of employment law, medical malpractice, workers’ compensation, and general casualty defense litigation. Ms. Cole’s practice for the past 25 years has concentrated in the area of complex civil trial litigation in state and federal courts. She has achieved successful results through defense jury verdicts, summary judgment, mediation, and arbitration in each of her practice areas. Ms. Cole’s current clients are national, regional and local employers; regional and local health care facilities; and insurance companies. In addition, Ms. Cole routinely defends public entities in medical malpractice and civil rights matters.


  • American Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • American Bar Foundation
  • Tennessee Bar Foundation
  • Nashville Bar Foundation


  • Best Lawyers® 2014 & 2019 Workers’ Compensation Law “Lawyer of the Year”,  in Nashville
  • Featured in 2019 Best Lawyers “Women in the Law” Business Edition
  • Trustee, Nashville Bar Foundation
  • Member, The Board of the Women’s Fund
  • Recipient, 2014 Women of Influence award, Company Executive
  • Named on the list of “Mid-South Super Lawyers,” 2010-2017
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America©, Employment Law – Management Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Graduate, Leadership Nashville, 2013
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Tennessee Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Nashville Bar Foundation
  • Past Board Chair, Sexual Assault Center
  • Past Board member, Sexual Assault Center, 2009-2014
  • Past Board member, Nashville Ballet
  • Member, Tennessee Bar Association Glass Ceiling Initiative, 2011-2012; 2018-2019
  • Tennessee Bar Association Lawyer Well-Being Committee, 2011-2015; 2018-2019
  • Past Board member, Nashville Junior League
  • Elder, Westminister Presbyterian Church
  • Advisory Board member, University of Tennessee College of Law Institute for Professional Leadership
  • Member, Dean’s Circle, University of Tennessee College of Law
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Bethel University
  • Member, ALFA International Women’s Initiative Practice Group Steering  Committee


Ms. Cole is very active in community and professional organizations. Ms. Cole was appointed by ABA President Robert Grey to serve a three-year term on the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service.  Ms. Cole is a Member of the Board of Women’s Fund. Ms. Cole has chaired various aspects of fundraisers and volunteered for the Sexual Assault Center, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, the Nashville Symphony, Belle Meade Plantation, the Ensworth School, the Harpeth Hall School, Montgomery Bell Academy, the American Heart Association, and the Nashville Public Library.

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Lisa Ramsay Cole

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Nashville Office

424 Church Street, Suite 2500
P.O. Box 198615
Nashville, Tennessee 37219
Telephone (615) 259-1366
FAX (615) 259-1389


Bethel College, B.S., cum laude, 1987
University of Tennessee, J.D., 1993

Bar Admission

Tennessee, 1993

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee

U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee

  • 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]


    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]

    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]

    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]

    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

    • Successfully defended employers in hundreds of workers’ compensation matters including defenses related to traveling to and from work, workplace safety violations, and violations of drug policy
    • Successfully mediated numerous employment and workers’ compensation cases to conclusion and satisfaction of employers and insurers
    • Defended employers in the EEOC federal courts alleging violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act
    • Successfully defended major healthcare institutions by obtaining early dismissals or summary judgment of claims where appropriate and mediated many others to mutual resolution


  • In addition to her defense practice, Ms. Cole routinely authors treatises and presents educational and training seminars concerning new developments in Tennessee law to her clients in the areas of general employment law, workers’ compensation, and medical malpractice.