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

Tyler D. Smith

Tyler Smith, special counsel, is a lifelong Tennessean who is in the firm’s Knoxville office. Mr. Smith has extensive experience representing employers in the defense of workers’ compensation claims through trial and administrative hearings with the Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. He has obtained numerous positive results for employers on issues of medical causation, last injurious exposure, notice, statute of limitations, independent contractor, drug free workplace, and termination for cause.

Mr. Smith also devotes a significant portion of his practice to insurance and casualty defense, primarily representing professionals in response to negligence claims, defending business and property owners in response to premises liability complaints, defense of personal injury claims, and other complex civil litigation. Mr. Smith has obtained successful results through defense verdicts, summary judgment and mediation in jury and non-jury matters throughout Tennessee.

Mr. Smith is an avid sports fan and played baseball collegiately at Tennessee Tech University. He now lives in the Farragut area with his wife and their three children, and is actively involved with community service and mission programs through their church, Concord United Methodist.


  • Defense Research Institute
  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • Mid-South Workers’ Compensation Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association


  • Inns of Court
  • CALI Awards for Excellence in Products Liability, evidence, and Trial Advocacy
  • Dean’s Award for Excellence Best Appellate Brief
  • University of Memphis Law Review
  • Judicial Extern for Honorable Bernice B. Donald formerly of U.S. District Court, Western Tennessee, and Sixth Circuit of Appeals


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., cum laude, 2002

University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, cum laude, J.D., 2005

Bar Admission


U.S. District Court of Eastern Tennessee

  • Insurance

    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]