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

William H. Haltom, Jr.

Mr. Haltom has been with the firm since 1978. He has tried over 100 jury trials and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

He is also an award-winning newspaper and magazine humor columnist. For over 20 years, his columns have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and law journals across the country, and 24/7 on his blog, www.billhaltom.com.  He has authored six books, ranging in topics from seersucker to civility. He has served as chair of the editorial boards for four magazines, including the ABA Journal, the flagship publication of the American Bar Association.  A popular speaker, Bill has delivered commencement addresses and has been the featured speaker at conventions, banquets and leadership seminars.


  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Memphis Bar Association


  • Selected to the 2017 Super Lawyers Tennessee Top 100 List
  • Listed in Super Lawyers, 2007 – Present
  • The Best Lawyers ® Medical Malpractice “Lawyer of the Year”, 2017
  • The Best Lawyers ® Personal Injury Litigation “Lawyer of the Year”, 2016
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Recipient of the Memphis Bar Association “Judge Jerome Turner Lawyer’s Lawyer   Award,” 2016
  • Recipient of the Memphis Bar Association Sam A. Myar, Jr. Memorial Award, 1988
  • Holds the highest rating, AV, from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Past president, Tennessee Bar Association
  • Past president, Memphis Bar Association
  • Former chair, board of editors of the ABA Journal
  • Editor-in-chief, The Barrister
  • Chair, Board of Editors of the Tennessee Bar Journal
  • Listed in the Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Medical Malpractice Law and Personal Injury Litigation.

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Memphis Office

One Commerce Square
29th Floor
40 South Main Street
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
Telephone (901) 525-8721
FAX (901) 525-6722


University of Tennessee, B.A., 1975
University of Tennessee, J.D., 1978

Bar Admission

Tennessee, 1978
U.S. Supreme Court, 1982

  • First Amendment Law

    Lewis Thomason provides legal counsel to print and broadcast media corporations and their employees in the area of First Amendment law. Our lawyers have successfully defended libel, slander and defamation lawsuits in state and federal courts. We also assist media clients in obtaining information withheld by individuals and corporate entities… [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]

    Media Law

    Our representation in the field of media law has primarily been in First Amendment defamation claims in libel and slander cases involving publications and newspapers (e.g., The New York Times and The Memphis Flyer), magazines (e.g., Esquire and Memphis Magazine), television (e.g., WREG-TV and CBS), books (e.g. McGraw Hill and… [Read more]

    Personal Injury Litigation

    Our firm has an established history of successfully representing plaintiffs who have been injured through automobile accidents, defective products, on-the-job accidents and premises liability. From straightforward settlement negotiation to complex, multifaceted litigation, our attorneys have extensive experience and all of the necessary resources to protect our clients' interests in personal… [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]

    • Daddies: An Endangered Species (1996)
    • In Search of Hamilton Burger: The Trials and Tribulations of a Southern Lawyer (2000)
    • No Controlling Legal Authority: Essays on the Insignificant Legal Issues of Our Times (2005)
    • Some Assembly Required: A Daddy’s Christmas Book (2009)
    • The Other Fellow May Be Right: The Civility of Howard Baker (2014)
    • Milk and Sugar: The Complete Book of Seersucker (2016)
    • Commencement speaker, The University of Tennessee, 1989
    • Commencement speaker,  The University of Tennessee Law School, 2001
    • Commencement speaker, The University of Memphis Law School, 2007
    • American College of Trial Lawyers Annual meeting, 2008
    • Alabama Bar Association Annual meeting, 2005
    • Virginia State Bar Association 2007
    • Arkansas Bar Association Annual meeting, 2008
    • Tennessee Supreme Court Annual Dinner, 1993
    • Jackson Day Dinner, Tennessee Society of St. Louis, 2008
    • American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Fellows Debate, 2008
    • Memphis Metropolitan Interfaith Association Leadership Seminar, 2008