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Paul R. Leitner

Of Counsel

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Tallan Building 200 W. ML King Blvd., Suite 500 Chattanooga Tennessee 37402-2566


423-424-3912 (direct)
423-308-0912 (direct fax)

423-265-0214 (local)
423-266-5490 (fax)
800-421-0979 (toll free)
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Areas of Practice

ADR / Mediation
Environmental / Mass Torts
General Liability
Product Liability
Labor & Employment




Duke University, A.B.

McKenzie College of Law, LLB 

Honors and Awards

The Best Lawyers in America

Super Lawyers

Who's Who In America

Who's Who In American Law

Who's Who In The World

Life Member Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference

Worker's Achievement Award by Trial Attorneys of America

Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by National Board of Trial Advocacy

Fellow, American, Tennessee and Chattanooga Bar Endowments

Lifetime Achievement Award, Chattanooga Bar Association, 2014

Best Lawyers Award Badge

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Paul R. Leitner is the senior member of the Firm now known as Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, PLLC which dates back to June 12, 1882.  He has represented a number of major insurance companies and businesses, including a number of the Fortune 500 corporations.  His litigation experience includes claims in product liability, business and commercial disputes, contract construction liability, tort liability, drug and medical device defense for several of the major pharmaceutical companies.

Representative Client Work

Represented Nordyne and obtained jury verdict in Federal District Court for Nordyne, manufacturer of HVAC, which allegedly destroyed the value of a new home with soot.

Represented Miller Meat Company in multi-million dollar litigation involving the alleged e.coli death of a child, and which resulted in successful mediation.

Represented GlaxoWellcome and obtained successful settlement for a drug which allegedly killed a middle-aged female.

Represented Wyeth in a case where a drug allegedly caused the death of a teen-aged female, and obtained successful settlement.

Represented BIC Lighter Company in alleged explosion case in U. S. District Court resulting in mis-trial and no payment.

Represented Wyeth Laboratories in case involving cardiac arrest of a 3-month old baby causing permanent and total disability resulting in successful mediation after a jury verdict for defendant.

Represented Westinghouse in an action brought by a buyer of network protector and component parts to recover for damages caused by explosion.

Represented plaintiff construction in a controversy against TVA and recovered $4.5 million after jury trial.

Represented Westinghouse as a plaintiff in action against TVA and recovered value of products which TVA refused to pay for after bench trial.

Represented manufacturer of construction equipment in products case after a rollover made plaintiff a paraplegic and received a defendant's verdict.

Represented Crane Company in a breach of warranties suit after sale of a manufacturing plant.

Represented Luken Steel Company in a Federal jury trial lasting 89 days in which 89 witnesses were presented and succeeded in obtaining a defendant's verdict.

Represented Black Clawson Company, which was a third-party defendant in a wrongful death and multiple injuries case resulting in a jury award of $1,048,000 to plaintiffs and received judgment notwithstanding the verdict for third-party Black Clawson.

Represented American Cyanamide Company in polio vaccine products liability action which was successfully settled in mid-trial.

Represented Cessna Aircraft in a multi-week jury trial which was successfully settled near the end.

Represented Fort Dodge Laboratories, a division of Wyeth, and successfully defended a cattle vaccine after a multi-week trial, resulting in a defendant's verdict.

Represented Cessna Aircraft in a wrongful death products liability action and received jury verdict.

Represented Wyeth in a product liability action trial lasting several days and received a defendant's verdict.

Represented Wyeth in a product liability action in Federal Court and received a defendant's verdict regarding an anesthesia product.

Represented a tractor-trailer owner in an accident involving a vehicle and a wall and successfully shifted burden to wall owner which ended up paying the entire verdict.

Represented owner and operator of tractor-trailer unit and obtained a defendant's verdict in an intersection accident which later was appealed to the Sixth Circuit and sustained.

Counsel of record in over 15 reported decisions in State and Federal Court.

Counsel of record in 2 cases appealed to the United States Supreme Court, briefed, but not argued.

Court Admissions

Tennessee; US Supreme Court; Tennessee Supreme Court; US District Court for Eastern, Middle and Western Tennessee; US Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

Professional Affiliations

Life Member of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court Judicial Conference

Fellow of the American Bar Foundation

Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation

Founding Fellow of the Chattanooga Bar Foundation

Chattanooga, Tennessee, American, and Federal Bar Associations

American College of Trial Lawyers (Fellow)

American Board of Trial Advocates (Advocate)

Inns of the Court

Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel

International Association of Defense Counsel

Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association

Trial Attorneys of America

Community Involvement

President, Chattanooga Jaycees

Jaycees "Young Man of the Year"

Member, Hamilton County Juvenile Court Commission

Member, Hamilton County Metropolitan Government Charter Commission

Board of Directors, Family Service Agency

Member, Chattanooga-Hamilton County Community Action Board

Board of Directors, Camp Ocoee YMCA

Chairman, Citizens Committee for Better Schools

Member, Governor's No-Fault Insurance Committee

Member, Board of Directors, Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Association

Member of Official Board, First-Centenary United Methodist Church

Member, Kiwanis Club

Member, Board of Directors, Chattanooga Prison Ministries and Chairman

Board of Directors, The Japan Center of Tennessee

Publications and Lectures

"Primary, Secondary or Pro Rata Apportionment and Contribution Between Insurers", published in The Forum, Volume 7, No. 2 (ABA)

Panelist on ABA Law and Medicine Committee Seminar

Presentation made on the subject "Internal Management of Major Litigation" to International Association of Insurance Counsel"

Speaker at Tennesse Bar Association Seminar on Tennessee Tort Law on "Tennessee Products Liability Act: Current Prospective"

Panelist at Tennessee Bar Association Mock Trial Demonstration Seminar

Speaker at Meeting of International Association of Defense Counsel on subject of "Products Liability"