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Personal Injury Law Conference for Tennessee Attorneys - Materials Only

Personal Injury Law Conference for Tennessee Attorneys - Materials Only

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Personal Injury Law Conference for Tennessee Attorneys - Materials Only

Held September 21-22, 2017

Nashville School of Law
4013 Armory Oaks Dr.
Nashville, TN 37204

At this two-day event, judges and attorneys from the defense and plaintiffs’ side discussed various issues faced by Tennessee attorneys who practice personal injury law. Issues included social media in litigation, taking on a slip and fall case, and damages, with an emphasis on Dedmon. Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle spoke on motion practice. Judge Ross Hicks spoke on admissibility of expert testimony. Court of Appeals Thomas Frierson spoke on accepting, declining, and terminating legal representation. There was also a case law update.

HIGHLIGHTS - Order your materials today from this information-packed event!

  • Ramifications of the Dedmon decision
  • Researching automobile insurance coverage
  • Latest trends in suits against motor vehicle manufacturers
  • Admissibility of expert testimony – is the expert competent and will the testimony substantially assist the jury?
  • Subrogation and lien issues – Medicaid/Medicare liens, hospital liens, and workers’ comp liens
  • Effective motion practice for today’s civil practitioner
  • Assessing the viability of a slip, trip, and fall case
  • Effective use of social media in litigation
  • Medical discovery and “special issues” in uninsured/underinsured motorist cases
  • Advanced deposition strategies
  • Review of recent personal injury cases
  • Accepting, declining, and terminating legal representation
  • Attorney ethics – conflicts of interest, attorney fees, and social media


  • Laura Baker, Law Offices of John Day, PC, Brentwood
  • Brandon Bass, Law Offices of John Day, PC, Brentwood
  • J. Randolph (Randy) Bibb, Lewis Thomason, Nashville
  • Jamie Durrett, Batson Nolan PLC, Clarksville
  • James F. Exum, III, Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, Chattanooga
  • Judge Thomas R. Frierson, II, Court of Appeals, Eastern Section
  • H. Stephen Gillman, Pryor, Priest, Harber, Floyd & Coffey, Knoxville
  • Judge Ross Hicks, Circuit Court, 19th Judicial District (Montgomery & Robertson counties)
  • Michael H. Johnson, Howard, Tate, Sowell, Wilson, Leathers, & Johnson, Nashville
  • Judge Walter C. Kurtz, former Tennessee senior judge
  • Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle, Davidson County Chancery Court/Business Court
  • Mary Ellen Morris, Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Nashville
  • Bryan Moseley, Moseley & Moseley, Murfreesboro
  • William J. Rieder, Spears, Moore, Rebman & Williams, PC, Chattanooga
  • Melanie Stewart, Heaton & Moore, Memphis



Thursday, September 21, 2017

Personal Injury Law: Case Update
8:00 A.M. TO 9:00 A.M.
Brandon Bass
Law Offices of John Day, PC

Mr. Bass, who serves as Associate Editor of the Tennessee Trial Law ReportTort Edition, will review recent cases from the Tennessee Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals that affect the practice of Tennessee tort lawyers. He will give the case’s holding and explain its significance.

Medical Proof, Damages, and Dedmon
9:00 A.M. TO 10:00 A.M.
Brandon Bass and Laura Baker
Law Offices of John Day, PC

Mr. Bass and Ms. Baker will explain the ramifications of the Dedmon decision and will discuss:

  • What proof is required from the plaintiff
  • Proving the effects of an injury
  • How to prove medical bills
  • What to do when negotiations fail
  • Advanced settlement conference strategies

MORNING BREAK — 10:00 A.M. TO 10:15 A.M.

Attorney Ethics and Professional Conduct
10:15 A.M. TO 11:45 A.M.
Michael H. Johnson
Howard, Tate, Sowell, Wilson, Leathers & Johnson, PLLC 

  • Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Case law/ethics opinions
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Attorney fees and charges
  • Legal ethics and social media


Researching Auto Insurance Coverage (with Review of Policies)
12:45 P.M. TO 1:30 P.M.
Melanie Stewart
Heaton & Moore

  • Steps to obtain copies of insurance policies from carriers
  • Interpreting auto insurance coverage
  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage
  • Commercial vehicle liability insurance
  • Finding other sources of coverage in auto cases
  • Communication with adjusters – disclosure dos and don’ts

Admissibility of Expert Testimony in a Personal Injury Case
1:30 P.M. TO 2:30 P.M.
Judge Ross Hicks
Circuit Court, 19th Judicial District (Montgomery & Robertson counties)

Let Judge Hicks walk you through the ins and outs of admitting expert testimony in a personal injury case.

  • Is the expert competent?
  • Is the testimony reliable?
  • Will the testimony substantially assist the jury?

AFTERNOON BREAK — 2:30 P.M. TO 2:45 P.M.

Special Issues to Consider in Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Cases
2:45 P.M. to 3:30 P.M.
William J. Rieder
Spears, Moore, Rebman & Williams

  • Preparation and preservation of claims
  • Handling conflicts of law with other states
  • What if the car has caused an accident without direct contact?
  • How will the latest appellate court decisions affect your practice?

Effective Motion Practice in Civil Cases
3:30 P.M. TO 5:00 P.M.
Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle, Davidson County Chancery Court/Business Court
Judge Walter C. Kurtz, former Senior Judge, Tennessee Senior Judge Program

For today’s civil practitioners, motion practice is their most common courtroom experience. Even though motions are an essential part of a winning litigation strategy, many lawyers are their own worst enemies when it comes to making and defending motions. Let Chancellor Lyle and Judge Kurtz provide you with the information and skills that will enable you to develop habits to become more effective advocates in your motion practice. You’ll learn about:

  • TRCP 12 motions
  • TRCP 56 motions for summary judgment
  • TRCP 59 motions
  • TRCP 60 motions


Friday, September 22, 2017

Advanced Deposition Strategies
8:00 A.M. TO 9:00 A.M.
Mary Ellen Morris
Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge

Ms. Morris will walk you through some sophisticated deposition strategies and show you how to prepare your client, a witness, or an expert for an upcoming deposition. She will offer tips on: 

  • Developing your discovery strategy
  • Preparing for the deposition
  • Preparing the witness
  • The witness’s role: Dos and don’ts
  • Taking the deposition – what questions to ask and how to phrase them
  • Handling objections
  • Defending the deposition
  • How to use depositions at trial

MORNING BREAK — 9:00 A.M. TO 9:15 A.M.

Ethical Considerations in Choosing Your Clients
9:15 A.M. TO 10:45 A.M.
Judge Thomas R. Frierson, II
Court of Appeals, Eastern Section

Judge Frierson will walk you through some practical ethical considerations when choosing your clients.

  • Accepting/declining representation of a client
  • Withdrawing from representation: Optional and mandatory termination
  • Discharge of counsel by a client
  • Assisting the client upon termination
  • Attorney’s liens

Insurance, Liens and Subrogation
10:45 A.M. TO 12:00 P.M.
H. Stephen Gillman
Pryor, Priest, Harber, Floyd & Coffey 

  • First-party benefits – no-fault personal injury protection (PIP), additional personal injury protection (A-PIP), and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage
  • Tortfeasor’s coverage: Determining coverage, excess coverage, other “deep pockets,” i.e., respondeat superior
  • Colossus
  • Medicaid/Medicare liens
  • Hospital liens
  • Workers’ compensation liens
  • Determining priority and negotiating the value of liens


Social Media in Litigation
1:00 P.M. TO 2:00 P.M.
James F. Exum, III
Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan

The use of social media has exploded in the last 10 years, changing the landscape of civil litigation. In today’s age of chat groups, Twitter, and Facebook, social media can be a treasure trove of relevant information for both the plaintiff and defense. The majority of attorneys may not be using social media to their benefit. Collecting and preserving social media poses significant challenges and evidentiary issues that are not always understood or clearly defined by the courts. While social media has changed the way we live, connect, and communicate, the laws and guidance from the courts have been slow to develop. Let Mr. Exum give you some tips on how to obtain relevant information from social media and use it to your advantage.

Taking on a Slip, Trip, and Fall Case
2:00 P.M. TO 3:00 P.M.
Bryan Moseley
Moseley & Moseley

  • Fundamental aspects of slip, trip and fall cases
  • Deciding whether to take the case – case assessment and screening
  • Gathering evidence and proving the case
  • Potential liable parties
    • Commercial and residential properties and common areas
    • Independent contractors
    • Governmental entities
    • Division of liability between landlords and tenants
  • Sorting out insurance coverage issues
    • Subrogation
    • Self-insured retention – how SIR impacts resolution of claims
    • Medical payments coverage
    • Business/commercial insurance coverage issues
    • Personal insurance coverage issues

AFTERNOON BREAK — 3:00 P.M. TO 3:15 P.M.

Latest Trends in Product Liability Law
3:15 P.M. to 4:15 P.M.
J. Randolph Bibb
Lewis Thomason

Let Mr. Bibb walk you through the latest trends in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against motor vehicle manufacturers alleging unintended acceleration, airbag failures, inadvertent vehicle movement, defective passive and active restraint systems, and seatbelt failures.

Medical Discovery in Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Cases
4:15 P.M. TO 5:00 P.M.
Jamie Durrett
Batson Nolan PLC

  • Review of medical bills and records
  • Physical examination of the injured person
  • Doctor deposition – plaintiff and defense strategies


Your Faculty

Laura BakerLaura Baker is a Shareholder with the Law Offices of John Day, P.C., in Brentwood where she handles personal injury, wrongful death, and tort litigation for individuals across the state of Tennessee. In her practice, Ms. Baker represents people who have been seriously injured as a result of the carelessness of others. She also represents families who have suffered the loss of a loved one in wrongful death accidents. In 2015, Ms. Baker was a winner of the Nashville Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” award. She has been selected as a Mid-South Super Lawyer in both 2013 and 2014, and a Mid-South Super Lawyers® Rising Star in 2012. She served as the President of the Lawyers’ Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter from 2014-2015. She served as the President of the Lawyers’ Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter from 2014-2015. She previously has served this organization in a number of other leadership roles, including as Treasurer from 2012-2013. She is the Chair of the Legislation Committee for the Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women. She is also a member of the Bench Bar Committee of the Tennessee Judicial Conference. She is a Barrister of the Harry Phillips American Inn of Court. Ms. Baker is also a member of the Nashville, Tennessee, and American Bar Associations. She was recently selected as one of 28 inaugural members of the Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum. In 2013, she was selected to the Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law class, an honor reserved for approximately 30 lawyers across the state each year. She is a Barrister of the Harry Phillips American Inn of Court. She is frequently invited to speak to other members of the bar in continuing legal education programs on topics of interest in civil litigation and tort law. Her recent speeches have focused on topics of liability in automobile wreck cases, liquor liability claims, settlements on behalf of minors, and deposition rules.

Brandon BassBrandon Bass is a Shareholder in the Law Offices of John Day, P.C., in Brentwood. Mr. Bass focuses on helping people who have been badly injured or lost a loved one. His core practice areas include products liability, medical malpractice, and trucking lawsuits. His experience in products liability lawsuits includes industrial machinery, pharmaceuticals, automotive and tractor-trailer defects, and defects in construction materials. He has also assisted victims of medical malpractice in recovering for their losses from doctors and other healthcare providers. One of Mr. Bass’s clients was a child who was left in a persistent vegetative state after being infected by what the media calls the “superbug” – methicillin-resistant Staph aureus (MRSA). He also helped the wife and daughter of a man who died due to a pulmonary embolism. In another case, he assisted the children of a father who was not prescribed necessary antibiotics and ultimately passed away as the result of an infection. Mr. Bass has significant experience in trucking lawsuits, including cases involving tractor-trailers, buses, and other commercial vehicles. In one case involving a tractor-trailer collision, he helped a 2-year-old girl who suffered brain damage, a 4-year-old girl who suffered orthopedic injuries, and a grandmother who passed away. He helped a teacher whose leg was amputated as the result of a wreck. In another case, a young man suffered brain damage including the loss of his senses of smell and taste, and another young man suffered three torn ligaments in his right knee. He also assisted a single father who suffered brain damage due to cargo falling on his head. In each of those cases, he helped the victims recover from the person who caused their losses. Mr. Bass serves on the Board of Governors for the Tennessee Association for Justice, and is the organization’s Amicus Curiae Committee Chair. He is also a member of the American Association for Justice, serving on the Board of Governors of its New Lawyers Division, as well as the Tennessee and Nashville Bar Associations. He has been a member of the John Marshall American Inn of Court in Williamson County. He frequently writes on personal injury and wrongful death legal issues. In addition, Mr. Bass has served as Associate Editor of the Tennessee Trial Law ReportTort Edition, a monthly newsletter on tort law, evidence, civil procedure and trial in Tennessee. He was formerly Associate Editor of the Tennessee Tort Law Letter.

J. Randolph (Randy) Bibb, Jr.J. Randolph (Randy) Bibb, Jr., is a shareholder in Lewis Thomason’s Nashville office. Mr. Bibb has more than 30 years’ experience defending products liability and toxic tort claims and lawsuits across the United States. He has served as lead trial counsel representing product manufacturers in more than 100 jury trials in state and federal courtrooms from New York to California and from Florida to Washington State. Today much of his practice is devoted to defending motor vehicle manufacturers in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits alleging unintended acceleration; inadvertent vehicle movement; defective passive and active restraint systems and numerous other defect theories. In addition to his trial practice, Mr. Bibb has argued a number of significant appeals including the adoption of the learned intermediary doctrine in Tennessee; preservation of the right to contribution after Tennessee’s adoption of comparative fault; and preclusion of third-party comparative fault in workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Bibb has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America® from 2005 to the present, and he was named Best Lawyers in America® “Lawyer of the Year” in 2011 (Mass Tort – Nashville), 2012 (Product Liability – Nashville), and 2014 (Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions). He has been included on the list of Mid-South Super Lawyers® since 2006.

Jamie DurrettJamie Durrett is an attorney with Batson Nolan, PLC, in Clarksville. She practices in the areas of medical malpractice, general insurance, and Medicare and Medicaid compliance. Ms. Durrett earned her B.S. degree, summa cum laude, from Austin Peay State University; and her J.D. degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. She is the contributing author of “Closing Arguments: Through the Eyes of a Trial Advocate” by Kevin Kennedy, American Journal of Trial Advocacy, Vol. 30:3, Spring 2007. Ms. Durrett is a member of the Alabama State Bar; the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association; the American Bar Association; the Birmingham Bar Association; the Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program; the Defense Research Institute; The Florida Bar; the Tennessee Bar Association; the District of Columbia Bar Association; the Montgomery County Bar Association and Young Lawyers Division; and the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association. She currently serves as the delegate of the 19th Judicial District to the Tennessee Bar Association House of Delegates and the 10th District Representative to the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. Ms. Durrett has been selected by the American Society of Legal Advocates as a Top 40 Litigation Lawyer Under 40 in the state of Tennessee from 2014 to present.

James F. Exum, IIIJames F. Exum, III, is a member in the Chattanooga office of Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, PLLC, whose practice focuses primarily on premises liability, motor vehicle liability cases, insurance coverage, breach of contract and other general insurance defense. He also practices in the field of family law. Mr. Exum is a member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), Brock Cooper Inns of Court, Hamilton County Pachyderm Club, Tennessee Bar Association, Chattanooga Bar Association, State Bar of Georgia, and the Tennessee Council of School Board Attorneys. He earned his B.A. degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and his J.D. degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.

Judge Thomas R. Frierson, IIJudge Thomas R. (Skip) Frierson, II, currently serves as a Judge of the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Eastern Section. He was appointed by Governor Bill Haslam on February 7, 2013 and subsequently elected August 7, 2014. Judge Frierson previously served as Chancellor for the Third Judicial District comprised of Hamblen, Greene, Hawkins and Hancock Counties. Governor Don Sundquist appointed Judge Frierson as Chancellor in March of 1996. He was subsequently elected in August of 1996 and reelected in August 1998 and August 2006. In 1990, Judge Frierson was elected as Hamblen County General Sessions Court Judge and in such capacity he also served as the Municipal Judge for the City of Morristown. Judge Frierson is a Past President of the Tennessee Judicial Conference, having served as President from June 2010-June 2011. He served as a member of the Tennessee Judicial Ethics Committee from 1993 to 2013, having been appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court. He is a former member of the Tennessee Bar Association Task Force on Judicial Conduct Rules and currently serves on the TBA Committee on the Judiciary. In January 2007, Judge Frierson was elected a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation. From 2007 through 2009, Judge Frierson served as President of the Tennessee Trial Judges Association. On August 12, 2000, the American Board of Trial Advocates, Tennessee Chapter, honored him as “Trial Judge of the Year”. Judge Frierson was inducted into the Morristown West High School Hall of Fame in September 2014. He is a current member of the Hamilton Burnett Chapter of the American Inns of Court.

H. Stephen GillmanH. Stephen Gillman is an associate with the Knoxville law firm of Pryor, Priest, Harber, Floyd & Coffey, where he practices in the areas of personal injury, employment litigation, workers’ compensation, family law and domestic relations, family wills and estates, and criminal defense. In addition to these general practice areas, Mr. Gillman has extensive experience in assisting clients with detainer and ejectment actions and helping small business owners establish their existence; draft and interpret contracts; and formulate internal governing documents, partnership agreements, leases, and other items necessary to conduct business on a daily basis with emphasis on their individual need. He has assisted numerous individuals and small businesses against insurance companies in obtaining successful results in fire and theft loss claims and has represented numerous clients in litigation under the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act. Mr. Gillman represents a number of locally owned businesses and individuals in all forms of litigation and representation. Mr. Gillman was selected in 2015 and 2016 as a Mid-South Super Lawyers® “Rising Star.” He has also contributed to the Knoxville Bar Association magazine “Dicta” and has taught numerous Continuing Legal Education seminars ranging from topics such as “Advanced Personal Injury” to “Legal Ethics.” Mr. Gillman has also contributed as a guest legal expert on WBIR 10 News Weekend on Saturday mornings and has been a commentator on Newstalk 98.7. He earned his B.A. degree, summa cum laude, and J.D. degree, cum laude, from the University of Tennessee. Mr. Gillman is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and an active member of the Knoxville Bar Association and KBA Barristers.

Judge Ross HicksJudge Ross Hicks serves on the Circuit Court for the 19th Judicial District (Montgomery and Robertson counties). He was appointed to the bench in February 2002, elected in August 2002, and re-elected in 2006 and 2014. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Hicks practiced law in Clarksville for over 30 years as a partner in the firm of Cunningham, Mitchell, Hicks, Patton, Peay, and Raconni. Judge Hicks has served in the United States Army Reserve, as president of the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce, and was a founding board member and former president of Leadership Clarksville. Prior to his appointment to the court, he served as the attorney for the Clarksville-Montgomery County School Board for over 20 years and as a former president of the Tennessee Council of School Attorneys. He is a 2004 graduate of Leadership Middle Tennessee and has served on the Executive Committee of Leadership Middle Tennessee, Leadership Clarksville, and the Tennessee Judicial Conference. He is a former Trustee and President of the Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library Foundation and a member of both the Clarksville Area and Robertson County Chambers of Commerce.

Michael H. JohnsonMichael H. Johnson is a partner with Howard Tate Sowell Wilson Leathers & Johnson, PLLC, in Nashville. He has more than 20 years of experience defending lawsuits for individuals and businesses. An experienced litigator, Mr. Johnson has tried well over 100 liability cases to successful conclusion. He has a litigation practice involving insurance, personal injury, consumer law, professional liability, and agribusiness litigation. Mr. Johnson has presented a number of continuing legal education programs on various aspects of litigation, and he is the author of A Quick Guide to Tennessee Premise Litigation. He earned his B.A. degree from the University of Tennessee and his J.D. degree from the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University. Mr. Johnson is a member of the Tennessee and American bar associations, as well as the Tennessee Defense Lawyers.

Judge Walter C. KurtzJudge Walter C. Kurtz received his bachelor’s from The Citadel in 1965 and served in the Army from 1966 to 1969, including a tour in Vietnam with an armored cavalry squadron during which he was awarded The Bronze Star Medal four times. After his Army service, Judge Kurtz attended Vanderbilt Law School, graduating in 1972. He then served as Director of Legal Services of Nashville (what is now Legal Aid) and was the elected Metropolitan Public Defender from 1978 to 1982. He has taught law at both Vanderbilt Law School and The University of Tennessee Law School and argued and won a case before the Supreme Court of The United States. Judge Kurtz served as circuit court judge in Davidson County from 1982 to 2008. During that time, he presided over both civil and criminal cases, including eight death penalty cases. He served as presiding judge from 1987 to 1989. On March 21, 2008, Judge Kurtz retired from the bench to become the state’s fifth senior judge, where he served for over four years. He retired as senior judge on December 31, 2012. Judge Kurtz is married to Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle.

Chancellor Ellen Hobbs LyleChancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle was appointed to Part III of the Chancery Court of Davidson County in 1996. She was elected Part III chancellor in 1998 and re-elected in 2006 and 2014. Chancellor Lyle presides over the state’s first Business Court, which began taking cases on May 1, 2015. She began her legal career at the Texas law firm of Watergate prosecutor Leon Jaworski. She returned to practice law in Nashville where she became a partner in the law firm of Trabue, Sturdivant & DeWitt in 1984. She is married to Walter Kurtz, a former senior judge for the State of Tennessee.

Mary Ellen MorrisMary Ellen Morris, is a member of Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge in Nashville. She is a leading personal injury lawyer serving the Nashville area. She was listed in Best Lawyers in America® in 2017. She handles product liability, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and various other civil litigation matters. Ms. Morris graduated from Western Kentucky in 1982 with a double major in History and Broadcasting. She was given the Award of Excellence Scholarship, the A.M. Stickles History Award Scholarship, and numerous other awards during her time there. After obtaining her B.A. summa cum laude, she went on to study at Vanderbilt University Law School, graduating with her J.D. in 1988. She participated in the Moot Court Team and the Vanderbilt Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Coif. She was given the Law Review Associate Editor’s Award and was the Recipient of the American Jurisprudence Awards in numerous areas. Ms. Morris has published several works over the years, demonstrating her excellent legal knowledge and understanding. She has also taught a class on advanced depositions in Tennessee. She is a member of numerous organizations and groups, including the American Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, the Nashville Bar Association, the Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women, and the Mario Griffin Chapter of the Lawyers Association for Women.

J. Bryan MoseleyJ. Bryan Moseley is a partner in the Murfreesboro law firm of Moseley & Moseley, where his main areas of practice are premises liability and civil rights litigation. Mr. Moseley is a frequent speaker on personal injury and subrogation topics for Tennessee Attorneys Memo, the National Business Institute and other continuing legal education organizations. He earned his B.A. degree, cum laude, from Middle Tennessee State University and his J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Mr. Moseley is a member of the American Association for Justice, the Tennessee Bar Association, the International Code Council, and the ASTM International. He practices in both the State and Federal Courts of Tennessee as well as the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

William J. RiederWilliam J. Rieder is an attorney with Spears, Moore, Rebman & Williams, P.C., in Chattanooga. He has represented a wide array of clients involved in civil litigation. His primary focus is litigation in the areas of professional negligence and tort liability. In the area of professional negligence, Mr. Rieder has successfully defended healthcare providers (physicians, practice groups, and hospitals) and attorneys. In the area of tort liability, he has also successfully defended numerous insureds in motor vehicle accidents, trucking negligence, premises liability for hospitals and apartment complexes, and general liability claims for businesses, etc. Mr. Rieder’s experience in these areas has helped him obtain numerous summary dismissals and defense verdicts at trial on behalf of his clients. His litigation experience also has helped him earn trial verdicts in contract disputes involving physicians’ practice groups, property disputes involving a private airstrip, and contract disputes involving non-compete clauses. Mr. Rieder’s expertise in litigation has earned recognition from Super Lawyers®, which lists him as a Rising Star in the Mid-South, and by the American Society of Legal Advocates, which lists him in the Top 40 Under 40 for litigation in Tennessee. He is also active in governmental relations and the legislative process on matters of interest to healthcare providers. Mr. Rieder is a member of the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association’s Legislative Committee and is the co-chairman of the Professional Negligence & Healthcare Section. He earned his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, with distinction, from the University of the South and his J.D. degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Melanie M. StewartMelanie M. Stewart is a member of Heaton & Moore, P.C., in Memphis. She is a frequent speaker to various professional groups on insurance law. Ms. Stewart is a member of the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association (president, 2010-2011), Defense Research Institute, and The Mississippi Bar. She is licensed to practice in Tennessee and Mississippi. Ms. Stewart earned her B.A. degree from the University of Mississippi and her J.D. degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law.


Location Details

Nashville School of Law
4013 Armory Oaks Dr.
Nashville, TN 37204

Free parking and free wireless internet access

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