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I am a Chattanooga trial lawyer representing clients in personal injury, insurance, and business disputes throughout Tennessee and Georgia.  Click here for an article about a recent $10 million verdict in favor of one of my clients in a liquor liability lawsuit in Middle Tennessee. 


I know that each client expects and deserves my full effort and attention, and I therefore will remain available and personally accessible to each of my clients.  


I do not employ paralegals or secretaries.  If you are my client, you will have my cell phone number, and I will be happy to take your call--days, nights, or weekends.


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Practice areas


  1. Wrongful Death: 25%
    15 years
  2. Car Accident: 25%
    15 years
  3. Personal Injury: 25%
    15 years
  4. Trucking Accident: 25%
    15 years



Contingent (25-33%), Free consultation (60 minutes)

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Joseph. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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  • Patricia Best Vital

    I endorse this lawyer. Joe served as a panel arbitrator in the local bar association's fee dispute arbitration program which I chaired. He and I also jointly ran for public election in Fall 2012 for local county Sessions Court Judge. Joe has that rarest of combinations in personal demeanor in being simultaneously personable, keenly intelligent, consummately professional, open, friendly, caring, attentive, focused, objective, competitive while unscrupulously respectful, and unquestionably ethical. Anyone choosing his representation would place themselves in careful and good hands.


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Contact info

DeGaetano Law Firm

50 Frazier Avenue
Suite 300
Chattanooga, TN, 37405


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200001/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pro Bono AwardLegal Aid of East Tennessee2006
Order of the CoifUniversity of Georgia School of Law2000
Torts Award: Highest Grade (A+)West Publishing1998
Civil Procedure Award: Highest Grade (A+)West Publishing1998
Criminal Law Award: Highest Grade (A+)West Publishing1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyDeGaetano Law Firm2009 - Present
AttorneyLaw Offices of Morgan Adams2007 - 2009
Associate and Special CounselBoult, Cummings, Conners & Berry2001 - 2007
Judicial Law ClerkUnited States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit2000 - 2001
Software DeveloperCSC Consulting & Systems Integration1996 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Tennessee Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Law SectionChairman2011 - Present
Tennessee Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Law SectionVice-Chair2010 - 2011
Tennessee Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Law SectionExecutive Committee2007 - Present
Chattanooga Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Tennessee Association for Justice (formerly Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association)Member2001 - Present
United Staes District Court for the Middle District of TennesseeMember2001 - Present
United States District Court For The Eastern District of TennesseeMember2001 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth CircuitMember2001 - Present
Nashville Bar AssociationMember2001 - 2005
American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America)Member2001 - Present
Tennessee Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Georgia State Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Alpha Tau OmegaPresident1995 - 1996
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Maddy v. [National Restaurant Chain]$10 Million jury verdict.
Holcomb v. CagleWon summary judgment; affirmed on appeal.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Georgia Law ReviewNote, "The Need for a Clearer Definition of ‘Affiliate’ in Rule 144 Under the Securities Act of 1933: An Economic Argument"1999
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Georgia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Vanderbilt UniversityEconomicsBS - Bachelor of Science1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Webcast: Overserved But UnderinsuredLiquor Liability2010
TBA Tort & Insurance Practice Section Uninsured Motorist SeminarIntroduction of Speakers and Agenda regarding Uninsured Motorist Insurance2010
Court Square Series - Dickson, TNLiquor Liability2010
Court Square Series - Columbia, TNLiquor Liability2010
Court Square Series - Cleveland, TNLiquor Liability2010