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About me

I believe in hard work, exceptional client communication, and finding creative and cost-effective solutions. 


Since joining Hodges, Doughty & Carson in September 1997, I have represented physicians, nurses, hospitals, assisted living facilities, mental health centers, and other healthcare providers in state and federal courts, as well as state administrative proceedings. I have acquired extensive experience in state and federal trial courts in Tennessee and Georgia, as well as appellate representation before the Tennessee Court of Appeals, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Tennessee Supreme Court. I have also been admitted to practice before the US Supreme Court. I have also successfully represented doctors and nurses in administrative hearings before the Tennessee Board of Medicine and Board of Nursing. In addition to litigation, I advise health care clients on contracts and other medical-legal issues.


Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Heather, and our two sons.



Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 65%
  2. Health Care: 25%
  3. Environmental and Natural Resources: 5%
  4. Government: 5%



Hourly ($1-250/hour), Retainer (sometimes), Pro bono (5%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Hodges, Doughty & Carson

617 Main St
Po Box 869
Knoxville, TN, 37901-0869


GAActive Member in Good Standing 199711/07/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Top AttorneyCityView Magazine2014
Top AttorneyCityView Magazine2013
Master of the BenchAmerican Inns of Court2013
Trial Advocacy SkillsNational Institute for Trial Advocacy2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerHodges, Doughty & Carson PLLC1997 - Present
Law ClerkClark, Ward & Cave1996 - 1996
Legal InternEnvironmental Protection Agency1996 - 1997
Law ClerkEqual Employment Opportunity Commission1995 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
Tennessee Defense Lawyers AssociationN/A2014 - Present
2nd Presbyterian ChurchN/A2011 - Present
Defense Research InstituteN/A2000 - Present
Knoxville Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Tennessee Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Howard v. VickersDefense verdict
Chambers v. Semmer, 197 S.W.3d 730 (Tenn. 2006)N/A
Cable v. HarrisDefense verdict
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Publication nameTitleDate
East Tennessee Medical NewsLegal Matters - Careless Words Can Lead to Litigation2007
East Tennessee Medical NewsLegal Matters - Should You Be An Expert Witness2007
East Tennessee Medical NewsLegal Matters - How to Effectively Document Informed Consent2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Emory University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Emory UniversityEnvironmental Sciences and HistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Medical Records LawResponding to Medical Records Requests under Tennessee Law2012