We have briefed and argued more than 250 matters before various state and federal appellate courts, including all sections of the Court of Appeals for Tennessee, the Tennessee Supreme Court and the Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Circuit Courts of Appeals, as well as handling cases on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Members of the Appellate Practice Group also are identified as “mentors for the moment,” volunteering their time to respond to questions about appellate practice from other attorneys in the bar. Our attorneys have been recognized in Best Lawyers in America® for Appellate Practice.
Not only does the Appellate Practice Group handle the appeals of cases originally tried by Lewis Thomason attorneys, we also are called on to handle cases tried outside our firm and are listed on the Appellate Counsel Panel for various clients and carriers.
The subject matter of appeals handled by Lewis Thomason relates to the broad spectrum of substantive legal matters handled by the firm, including such areas as:
- Workers Compensation – Appeals seeking reconsideration of awards and/or the amount of the award, interpretation and application of the statute
- Employment – Appeals regarding matters such as employment rights, discrimination and contract interpretation
- Civil Rights – Appeals related to age, sex and race discrimination claims
- Product Liability – Appeals of jury verdicts regarding failure to warn, warranty claims and product defect claims
- Catastrophic Loss Defense – Appeals related to matters such as workmanship and fire loss issues
- Statutory Construction – Appeals related to the interpretation and application of various statutes during the course of litigation
- Education – Appeals regarding matters such as wrongful termination, student suspension and disability claims
- General Insurance Defense – Appeals seeking reversal of jury verdict adverse to the client or handling the appeal to sustain the trial court on behalf of the client
- Construction – Appeals of trial court decisions regarding contract interpretation, statutes of limitation and jury verdicts