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

Susan West Carey

Susan West Carey is a shareholder in Lewis Thomason’s Nashville office. She practices in the areas of employment law, medical malpractice, workers’ compensation and general casualty defense litigation.  Ms. Carey’s practice is concentrated in civil trial litigation in state and federal courts.  She has achieved successful results via both mediation and litigation.  Ms. Carey’s current clients are national, regional and local employers, regional and local health care facilities, and insurance companies.  In addition to her defense practice, Ms. Carey has produced written materials for and spoken at various continuing legal education seminars.  Ms. Carey managed medical malpractice, general liability and employment litigation for Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), the nation’s largest hospital corporation, for 10 years before joining the firm.


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


  • Past president, Nashville Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Division
  • Past President, Alumni Association of Carson-Newman University


Ms. Carey is active in community and professional organizations and has served in various service and leadership capacities at Westminster Presbyterian Church,  The Ensworth School and Montgomery Bell Academy. She has served in the Nashville Junior League and in the Young Leader’s Council.

Nashville Office

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


Carson-Newman College, B.S., magna cum laude, 1986

Vanderbilt University School of Law, J.D., 1989

Bar Admission

Tennessee, 1989

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, 1989

U.S. District Court, Western Districts of Tennessee, 2013

United States Supreme Court

  • 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]

    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]