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Chris is a member of Gilreath & Associates, one of the leading plaintiff-exclusive firms in Tennessee. Chris handles serious personal injury cases in the Mid-South and beyond. From the start of his career, Chris has been committed to supporting the civil justice system and has taken a leadership role in that effort. He serves on the Board of Governors for the Tennessee Association for Justice, as well as the American Association for Justice.

Through his experience and network of contacts, Chris handles cases on behalf of clients across the country, and he often enters into co-counsel arrangements with referring attorneys. Chris is licensed in Tennessee, Arkansas, and the District of Columbia. He as admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Tennessee, as well as the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Chris has also appeared before various other state and federal trial courts in multiple states.

Chris is dedicated to pursuing justice for his clients. His first trial involved representation of a family whose father was killed on a dangerous highway where State workers used woefully inadequate safety procedures when maintaining medians. He has tried cases for wrongful death and serious injury resulting from defective products. Chris actively represents people suffering spinal and occupational exposure injuries through workers’ compensation litigation. He has represented numerous truck drivers and their families in trucking cases ranging from wrongful death, products liability, negligence, and contract cases.

Chris also pursues justice for consumers through multi-state class action litigation. His cases range from wage-and-hour litigation, to price fixing, predatory lending, monopolization and unfair competition. Chris is experienced with pursuing both the substantive merits of cases, as well as constructing working teams and coalitions of attorneys in various states throughout the country.


Chris is active in the following professional associations:

  • American Association for Justice

  • Tennessee Association for Justice

  • Louisiana Association for Justice

  • District of Columbia Bar Association


Chris is licensed to practice in the following jurisdictions:

  • Arkansas

  • District of Columbia

  • Tennessee


In addition to practicing in state court, Chris is admitted in the following additional courts to practice law:

  • U. S. Supreme Court

  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

  • Western District of Tennessee

  • Middle District of Tennessee

  • Eastern District of Tennessee


Contact Chris to discuss your case or develop a co-counsel relationship.


Practice areas


  1. Car Accidents: 35%
    18 years
  2. Defective and Dangerous Products: 35%
    18 years
  3. Class Action: 15%
    12 years
  4. Personal Injury: 10%
    18 years
  5. Workers Compensation: 5%
    18 years



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Contact info

Gilreath & Associates, PLLC

200 Jefferson Avenue
Suite 711
Memphis, TN, 38103


ARAuthorized to practice200906/20/2011
DCActive 199805/25/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AmJur Award, Complex LitigationSamford University, Cumberland School of Law1996
Algernon Sydney Sullivan AwardRhodes College1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyGilreath & Associates1997 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Tennessee Association for Justice, Ethics CommitteeMember2010 - Present
Louisiana Association for JusticeMember2009 - Present
American Association for Justice, Key Person CommitteeChair2009 - 2010
American Association for JusticeBoard of Governors2006 - 2008
American Association for Justice, Budget CommitteeMember2006 - 2007
American Association for JusticeExecutive Committee2006 - 2007
United States Supreme CourtMember2005 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of TennesseeMember2005 - Present
American Association for Justice, New Lawyers DivisionChair2005 - 2006
Memphis Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
District of Columbia BarMember1998 - Present
United States District Court for the Middle District of TennesseeMember1998 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of TennesseeMember1998 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth CircuitMember1998 - Present
Tennessee Association for JusticeMember1997 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1997 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Knowles et al v. State of TennesseeState maximum verdict of $300,000 per person upheld
Ferguson v. Ritchie Tractor CompanyJury Verdict for $5,000,000
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Samford University, Cumberland School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1997
Rhodes CollegePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Southern Trial Lawyers AssociationStrategic Use of Collaborative Partnerships2015