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

William C. Scales, Jr.

William Scales, Jr. is an Associate in Lewis Thomason’s Nashville office.  Mr. Scales’ practice focuses on commercial contract disputes, business litigation, transportation litigation, and professional liability defense.

Before joining the firm, Mr. Scales was an attorney with a law firm in Des Moines, Iowa, where his practice focused on representing businesses and lending institutions in various aspects of commercial litigation in State and Federal Courts in Iowa.  Mr. Scales has successfully tried several cases to juries and to the bench in both State and Federal court.

Mr. Scales graduated from Drake University Law School in 2011.  During law school, Mr. Scales interned with Federal Bankruptcy Judge Anita Shodeen, District Associate Judge Odell McGhee, competed on Drake University’s National Mock Trial team for two years, and was a Finalist in Drake University’s First Year Oral Argument Competition.  Prior to attending law school, Mr. Scales served as an Officer in the United States Army, where he trained and led soldiers to successfully employ the Patriot Missile System and later served as his Battalion’s S-2 Security Officer.


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


  • Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum, 2018-2019
  • Des Moines Business Record Forty Under 40 Class of 2017
  • Associate Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Drake Law School Board of Counselors 2018 – Present
  • Great Plains Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2015-2017
  • Member, Blackstone Inn of Court, 2010-2017
  • Iowa Chapter of the Federal Bar Association Board of Directors, 2013-2015
  • Des Moines Downtown Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, 2015-2016
  • Family Promise of Greater Des Moines Board of Directors, 2014-2016, Board President, 2016
  • Des Moines Public Library Foundation Board of Directors, 2013-2014, Special Events Chair, 2014
  • Greater Des Moines Partnership’s Youth Leadership Initiative Mentor, 2013-2015
  • Young Leaders Council (Class 71)

Nashville Office

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


Wake Forest University, B.A., 2004

Drake University Law School, J.D., 2011


Bar Admission

Tennessee, 2018

Iowa, 2011

U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa

U.S. District Courts for the Western, Middle and Eastern Districts of Tennessee

  • Business & Commercial

    We offer comprehensive representation to businesses of all types. As detailed below, our services range from helping resolve business disputes through litigation, mediation, arbitration or negotiation to offering sound legal advice upon which to base your business decisions as well as transactional representation, document preparation services and business formation and… [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

    • Obtained a defense verdict in a seven-figure will contest dispute
    • Obtained a seven-figure verdict in minor abuse litigation
    • Obtained six-figure verdict in favor of national lender in foreclosure litigation
    • Obtained defense verdict in trucking accident property damage litigation
    • Obtained summary judgment in favor of national lender in seven-figure commercial lending dispute
    • Obtained summary judgment in favor of national surety in bad faith litigation