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Thomas A. Williams

Of Counsel

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


423-424-3924 (direct)
423-308-0921 (direct fax)

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

ADR / Mediation
Family Law
General Liability
Product Liability
Transportation Law
Probate / Estate Planning
Workers' Compensation




University of Chattanooga, B.S., 1961

University of Tennessee, J.D., 1963

Honors and Awards

AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell

"Lawyer of the Year - Personal Injury Defense", Chattanooga area, Best Lawyers, 2014

Best Lawyers, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants; Insurance Law

Super Lawyer, Mid-South region

Best Lawyers Award Badge

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Thomas A. Williams has over 50 years of legal experience and trial experience in all the Tennessee court systems, along with pro hac vice appearances in State and Federal Courts in Georgia. 

As a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, and a retired LTC with the Army Reserve JAG Corps, Mr. Williams has experience in handling all types of federal, civil and criminal cases, including the aftermath of the James R. Hoffa conviction and his related attempts to have his conviction overturned.  His litigation experience after leaving the Department of Justice includes claims in product liability, business and commercial disputes, construction liability, tort liability, fire loss and the management of risk associated with litigation.  He is an author and has presented numerous seminars on topics within his expertise.

Mr. Williams has recently completed a term as Trustee of the Board of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Hospital Authority.  He chaired the Legal Committee and reviewed laws related to government supervision of the medical field.  He is frequently asked to mediate disagreements which are pending in the court system.

Representative Client Work

Obtained summary judgment in federal court for business who loaned an employee who was alleged to have negligently caused the death of a co-worker at the recipient company

Represented contractors on contract issues, as well as construction disputes

Represented restaurants on e-coli issues

Represented employers on litigation brought by employees injured at work

Represented insurance companies in fire, cause and origin litigation

Represented building contractor successfully in recovering damages from design professionals in building collapse case

Represented trucking company successfully on highway accident where jury decided case for trucker and concluded the plaintiff's injuries and medical bills were not recoverable

Represented property owners in fall down cases and obtained jury verdicts for defendants

Represented corporations in defense of product liability cases

Court Admissions

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

Professional Affiliations

Chattanooga Bar Association, Past President (1986-1987)

Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association, Past President (1994-1995)

Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (Member 1983-2015, Emeritus Member 2016-present)

Chair of the Admissions Committee (2000-2004)

Co-Chair of the Insurance Industry Initiative (I-3) (2005-2008)

Vice President of the FDCC (2005-2007)

Board of Directors of the FDCC (2008-2009)

University of Tennessee College of Law Advisory Counsel (1993-present)

Tennessee Board of Law Examiners District Investigating Committee (1989- present)

Association of Defense Trial Attorneys

Chattanooga Bar Foundation Fellow

Tennessee Bar Foundation Fellow

American Bar Foundation Fellow

Defense Research Institute (1983-present)

Board of Directors (2003-2006)

American Board of Trial Advocates

Community Involvement

Former Trustee positions on the boards of McCallie School and Girls Preparatory School

Former Trustee on the board of Erlanger Hospital

Publications and Lectures

"Dial Fire for Arson," Tennessee Bar Journal, Vol.17, No.1 (Feb. 1981)

"The ABCs of EMG," Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel Quarterly, Vol.46, No.1 (Fall 1995).