A periodic Q & A session with a Lewis Thomason (LT) lawyer
LT: When did you decide to become a lawyer?
Dick Krieg: In my senior year of law school I began as a clerk for Morton, Lewis & King and learned how real lawyers work. It was exciting to me and I knew then that I wanted to be an attorney.
LT: What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Dick Krieg: The class action environmental lawsuit that we won on summary judgment in federal court. With issue after issue it was challenging. But the opportunity to collaborate with several other very talented attorneys from our office on a regular basis was special. I was simply the orchestra conductor keeping everyone on track toward our victory.
LT: What do you enjoy most about being a lawyer?
Dick Krieg: The opportunity to meet and work on different cases for different clients on a daily basis and to be exposed to all kinds of issues, situations and claims. No two days are the same!
LT: You’re stranded on a desert island with only an iPod – what music are you listening to?
Dick Krieg: Likely Chicago, maybe Bob Marley or possibly soothing piano music.
LT: What do you want your legacy to be?
Dick Krieg: I hope everyone understands my passion and love for our law firm which is special because of all the great dedicated people that work in each of our offices. To me it is truly family.
LT: What is one thing on your bucket list and why?
Dick Krieg: Catching lots of big fish at interesting locations. Also travel to Italy and Western Europe. Maybe a cruise – I’ve never been on one.
LT: What is your favorite drink and why?
Dick Krieg: Day to Day it would be Maker’s Mark. Alternatively a special really good Cabernet Sauvignon.
LT: What famous person do you admire and why?
Dick Krieg: Probably Howard Baker because I knew him and worked for him. He was bright, articulate and had the courage on a number of “hot button” issues to vote his conscience.
Richard W. Krieg is a shareholder in Lewis Thomason’s Knoxville office. His litigation work includes several hundred trials and jury verdicts in the areas of transportation law, employment law, product liability, insurance defense, automobile cases, workers’ compensation, premises liability and general tort defense. Other defense work has been in the area of medical negligence defending physicians, dentists, optometrists, health care institutions and providers of home health care services.