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

R. Dale Bay

Dale Bay is a shareholder in the firm’s Nashville office, where he served as managing shareholder for 20 years and was a founding member of the board of directors and compensation committee. Since beginning his practice with the firm in 1984, Mr. Bay has concentrated in the area of civil jury trial litigation in state and federal courts throughout the State of Tennessee and the southeastern United States. Mr. Bay’s current litigation work is primarily focused in the areas of medical malpractice (Healthcare Liability), professional malpractice defense, product liability, and catastrophic injury tort liability defense. In addition to medical professionals, legal professionals and product liability related clients, Mr. Bay represents clients in transportation/trucking law, aviation law, personal injury automobile/personal lines, employment discrimination, and business and commercial litigation. Mr. Bay has defended numerous complex, multi-million-dollar personal injury claims in both state and federal courts, representing a variety of national and international clients as well as local companies and professionals. As a defense trial lawyer, Mr. Bay has served in the capacity as regional counsel taking the role of lead trial counsel in multiple jurisdictions in the southeastern United States. He also has extensive experience serving as local Tennessee trial counsel working with national or regional counsel to further the clients’ litigation needs.


  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Member, International Association of Defense Counsel
  • ALFA International


  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Selected by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell as Elite Lawyer of the South (2017, 2018)
  • Best Lawyers® 2015 ,2018 and 2020 Product Liability Litigation – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year”  in Nashville
  • ALM Top Rated Lawyer in Healthcare Law 2015
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America©, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Named in Mid-South Super Lawyers 2013-2016
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law – the American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel

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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


Cumberland University, A.A., 1979
Middle Tennessee State University, B.S., 1981
University of Tennessee, J.D., 1984

Bar Admission

Tennessee, 1984

  • 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]

    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]

    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]


    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]

  • Representative Experience

    Mr. Bay began his legal career in 1984 defending individuals, corporations, and businesses in a variety of tort related matters. After successfully defending a major international client in a Tennessee jury trial in 1989, he was asked by the client to continue representing them as trial counsel through out the southeastern United States. During this period of time, he was asked to join ongoing litigation and assist local attorneys prepare numerous cases for trial. Mr. Bay subsequently obtained several defense verdicts on behalf of this client and appeared in dozens of state and federal court matters over the next decade and a half on behalf of this client and others similarly situated.

    In addition to multi-state litigation, many clients depend on him to protect their interests within the state of Tennessee. He has successfully defended many professionals accused of malpractice. This includes the defense of lawyers, physicians, accountants, real estate brokers, hospitals, surgery centers, and home health care agencies. In this area, Mr. Bay has obtained complete and otherwise favorable defense verdicts in multiple jurisdictions in the state. In addition, many other cases have been dismissed either through dispositive motion practice, settlement, or other means.

  • Mr. Bay has focused his speaking experience on service opportunities with local and State bar seminars and client directed educational presentations for employees and customers. Mr. Bay presents annual seminars for both clients and client agents and customers on specific topics of current interest relevant to their areas of business. He is frequently asked to speak at professional meetings and seminars as well.