Six attorneys have been named shareholders at Lewis Thomason. Three attorneys are based in Knoxville two in Nashville and one in Memphis
Heidi Barcus in the Knoxville office has represented hospitals, physicians, nurses and other health care professionals in healthcare liability matters for over 25 years. Barcus is licensed in Tennessee and Kentucky and has successfully defended numerous regional and local health care facilities, medical practices, long-term care facilities and insurance companies to verdict at all trial levels of Tennessee and Kentucky courts. She authors a bimonthly practice management column for Law Practice Magazine, was named a 2022 Mid-South Super Lawyer Top 100 Attorneys in Tennessee, named The Best Lawyers® Health Care Law; Litigation Health Care Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Knoxville; listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Civil Rights Law; Health Care Law; Litigation Health Care; Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants’ Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, and listed as a Knoxville Top Attorney in Cityview Magazine. Barcus is board certified by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, is a member of the Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators, a Fellow in the American Bar Association, and a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and the Knoxville Bar Association.
Jackie Dixon in the Nashville office is a trial lawyer with over 35 years of experience in all aspects of family law, including divorce, custody and adoption; wills, estates, conservatorships, probate litigation; as well as personal injury, general civil litigation and appellate work. She is a Tennessee Supreme Court family law mediator. Dixon serves as treasurer of the Tennessee Bar Foundation and vice-chair of the Tennessee Lawyer Assistance Program Commission, and she serves on the board of A Step Ahead Middle Tennessee where she is a founding board member and past board president. Dixon is the recipient of the Nashville Business Journal’s Best of the Bar Family Law, Nashville Bar Association Joseph G. Cummings Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year award, and the Tennessee Bar Association’s President Award. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the Tennessee Bar Foundation, the Nashville Bar Foundation, and the American Bar Association House of Delegates.
Kent Francis in the Memphis office focuses his practice primarily on health care liability defense, commercial transportation, and general civil litigation. He has represented doctors, clinics, and other health care providers in medical malpractice actions. He also represents transportation companies and commercial drivers. Francis is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and Arkansas. Francis is included in the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™ for his work in Health Care Law. He is a New Memphis Fellow, Class of 2023, a member of the Memphis and Tennessee Bar Associations, a former cabinet member of the Equal Justice Young Lawyers Committee, District 14 Representative and Sponsorship Coordinator of the Young Lawyers Division.
Michael Goode in the Nashville office focuses his practice on the tax, business, and estate planning needs of families and businesses. He has extensive experience in preparing estate and business succession plans for a variety of clients both large and small. He works directly with advisors, banks, and trust companies to provide innovative solutions to clients’ wealth preservation needs. On an international level Goode also assists companies and individuals with their corporate and estate planning needs, including the resolution of reporting requirements. He serves as a trusted advisor to governmental agencies, and both small and large companies on various taxation issues. Goode is a member of the Standing Committee on International Trade in Legal Services of the American Bar Association, Chair of the International Section of the Tennessee Bar Association, and is a member of the American Bar Association, Nashville Bar Association and Tennessee Bar Association. He is a Trustee of the Tennessee Federal Tax Institute and named to The Best Lawyers in America, Tax Law, and Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Star.
Marshall Stair in the Knoxville office concentrates his practice in employment law with an emphasis on the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA/wage & hour/overtime), insurance casualty defense, and general commercial and tort litigation. In addition to FLSA litigation he has over a decade of experience handling personal injury and casualty defense claims. He has defended transportation, wrongful death, and other catastrophic injury cases throughout the courts of Tennessee. While attending law school, Stair worked for the United States Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, assisting federal investigations enforcing the Fair Labor Standards Act. Stair has a passion for the community and served as an elected at-large member of the Knoxville City Council from 2011-2019, serving as chair of the Audit Committee and Public Property Naming Committee. He has also served on the board of a number of local non-profits including Central Business Improvement District, East Tennessee Historical Society, Bijou Theater, Legacy Parks, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville History Project and Appalachian Mountain Bike Club. Stair is the recipient of the William M. Leech, Jr. Public Service Award for outstanding service to the legal profession, the legal system and the local community, and a member of the American, Knoxville and Tennessee Bar Associations.
Jeff Thompson in the Knoxville office has tried over 70 jury trials to verdict in state and federal courts. Thompson focuses on healthcare liability, products liability, and the defense of public officials and governmental entities. He is admitted to practice in all Federal and States courts in Tennessee along with the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Thompson is named to Mid-South Super Lawyers and has an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell. He is a member of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, the Defense Research Institute and the American, Knoxville and Tennessee Bar Associations.