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

Lewis Thomason has a longstanding tradition of excellence and success.  Our almost 90 highly skilled attorneys are Tennessee-based and serve regional and national clients. We are committed to providing a level of service that builds trust and establishes long-term relationships. Whether you’re facing a lawsuit, struggling with a legal issue or need help with a complex business matter, we are confident that the first step to getting the results you want is to contact Lewis Thomason.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Lewis Thomason represents clients in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) proceedings, including mediations and arbitrations. We understand that ADR often presents unique opportunities for parties to take charge of legal disputes and conclude what otherwise would be lengthy, unpredictable and costly litigation.

Appellate

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, the Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Circuit Courts of Appeals, as well as handling cases on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Business & Commercial

We offer comprehensive representation to businesses of all types. Our services range from helping resolve disputes through litigation, mediation or arbitration to offering sound business advice, document preparation and other transactional services.

Class Action

We have successfully developed strategies for challenging class certification and discovery related to those issues. If certification is granted, we have the ability to bring together a team of players to manage class litigation on a statewide, regional or national basis.

Construction

We have a diverse construction practice and a solid record of accomplishment. Some of our lawyers devote their entire practice to the construction industry. Several have architectural, engineering, contractor, real estate development or other construction backgrounds that further enhance their ability to understand the construction industry and successfully navigate its often complex contracts and diverse relationships.

Copyright & Trademark

We excel at all types of copyright matters, including copyright registration with the U.S. Register of Copyrights; defending and prosecuting copyright infringement cases; and issuing and defending copyright infringement cease-and-desist letters.

Criminal Defense

Our defense attorneys possess vast experience in all aspects of criminal law, whether the matter involves investigations or actual charges. Representation of people and companies during FBI and police investigations, prosecutor inquiries and federal grand jury investigations is a critical aspect of the defense against allegations of wrongdoing.

Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is an emerging and evolving legal field that requires a dedicated team of lawyers experienced in information security and privacy and its ever-changing rules and regulations. We offer full services in legal advisory matters such as risk awareness and training; litigation and regulatory defense involving data breaches; and IT security referral information, including audits, vulnerability testing and forensic investigation.

Education

We advise school boards and superintendents on legal matters involving day-to-day operations; draft and lobby for legislation in the Tennessee Legislature; compose and revise board policies and administrative rules and regulations; defend those policies and procedures in state and federal courts and before legislative committees; and develop and deliver school board and school employee training seminars throughout the state. Lewis Thomason has represented governmental subdivisions, municipalities and educational institutions, including matters regarding educator-student issues, employment and real estate.

Eminent Domain & Condemnation

We have extensive experience representing both individual landowners and businesses whose property or property rights are being acquired through eminent domain proceedings. We also represent governmental entities seeking to acquire property for a wide variety of use, including airports, highways, bridges, water and sanitation facilities, parks and schools.

Employment

We have a long history of providing full-service counsel to employers and are adept at handling all types of employment disputes, as well as drafting employment contracts, manuals, leave policies, non-competition agreements, separation agreements and other policies to minimize the likelihood of employment-related issues and misconduct.

Estate Planning & Probate Law

Lewis Thomason attorneys offer a wealth of experience in advising individuals how to plan for the future and handle the estate administration process. Our Estate Planning and Probate Law practice concentrates on a full range of estate planning instruments, including will construction, trusts, living wills, powers of attorney and other health care directives.

Family Law

Lewis Thomason has represented clients in complex Family Law cases, both in trial and appellate courts, including cases with issues concerning division of high-asset property, child custody and other family law issues. We also represent clients in uncontested cases and adoptions.

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.

Health Care Law

Lewis Thomason has extensive experience 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.

Hospitality

With years of experience representing clients such as hotels, restaurants, department stores, grocery stores, resorts and spas, nightclubs, event venues and transportation companies, we are prepared to help you navigate a wide array of legal issues, including labor and employment, liability, real estate, corporate and global transactions.

Immigration

The Immigration Practice group of Lewis Thomason has a long history of commitment to serving individual clients and developing creative solutions to complex immigration matters.

Insurance

We have decades of experience providing counsel and legal defense to insurance companies, the people they insure and self-insured clients. The firm has represented thousands of insured clients of many leading insurance companies in a wide range of cases and has represented insurers in cases involving insurance coverage disputes, bad faith claims and workers’ compensation.

Intellectual Property

Lewis Thomason has actively participated in major patent and trademark litigation in the federal courts, primarily assisting out-of-town counsel in these difficult matters.

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 Little Brown) and the Internet.

Mediation

We have several attorneys who are specially trained and certified by the Tennessee Supreme Court to mediate disputes and help parties attempt a resolution short of a trial.

Municipal & Administrative

We have a long history of providing legal counsel to cities and towns throughout Tennessee.

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.

Product Liability

Based on decades of effective product liability defense, we are recognized throughout the state, region and nation as a strong product liability defense firm and are well prepared to guide our clients through the maze of pretrial discovery and litigation.

Professional Liability

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.

Real Estate Law

Lewis Thomason has represented both residential and commercial clients in a variety of real estate transactions, including development, franchising and zoning land use. Whether buying or selling, financing or leasing, we have experience in working with clients in the negotiation and preparation of real estate documents, as well as representation at closing.

Small Business Representation

Our small business representation focuses on all aspects of the day-to-day operation of a small business. From advising clients on the appropriate corporate structure for conducting their business, to managing the startup or dissolution of a business, we are equipped to handle any corporate need.

Taxation

We are knowledgeable and experienced in a wide range of federal and state tax matters, and we handle cases for clients across Tennessee and the Southeastern United States.

Toxic Tort

We have a 30-year-plus history of defending cases and claims relating to toxic exposure in the chemical and asbestos industries. We also have been actively involved in issues related to hazardous waste cleanup for Department of Defense and Department of Energy contractors and subcontractors.

Transportation

Common carrier cases present unique issues not always associated with motor vehicle accidents, so it is important that your defense counsel be exceedingly well qualified in these types of cases. With a long history representing a wide range of clients, we have that critical experience.

Workers’ Compensation

Lewis Thomason has years of experience representing various employers, including large self-insured companies and several insurance carriers, in workers’ compensation claims filed by their employees.