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William Gerald Tidwell Jr.

Civil rights Attorney at Chattanooga, TN

5.0   8 reviews
  • State Years
    Georgia - GA 2 years
    Tennessee - TN 41 years
  • Licensed for 2 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2020
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State TN
    Acquired 1982
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About William

Learn William’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Civil rights

    30 years, 200 cases

  2. Probate

    41 years, 500 cases

  3. Construction and development

    30 years, 250 cases

  4. Criminal defense

    41 years, 2,000 cases

  5. Personal injury

    41 years, 1,000 cases

  6. Divorce and separation

    41 years, 300 cases

  7. Estate planning

    41 years, 500 cases

Jerry’s 36 years practicing trial law as both a plaintiff’s and defendant’s attorney in a wide variety of civil cases gives him rare perspective on the strength of a case and how it might fare in court. Jerry has handled cases that range from standard civil damage suits such as car wrecks and slip and falls to complex trademark violation cases, construction litigation, commercial litigation, contract disputes, real estate disputes and estate matters. His resume includes domestic litigation and he is one of the few lawyers in the area who has defended a death penalty murder case at trial. With over 200 jury trials, countless bench trials and over 200 appellate arguments before almost every state and federal appellate court in the area, his resume lends the experience you want.

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Located at 1810 McCallie Ave--free, convenient parking.

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Tidwell and Associates, PC
1810 McCallie
Chattanooga, TN, 37404


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Wes | December 29, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Goes Above and Beyond.
Mr. Tidwell has represented me on various legal matters for the last 25 years. He has always been professional, available when I need to talk to him and has been very clear and explained things in the legal system I did not understand so I could understand why something had to be done a specific way. I would recommend Mr. Tidwells services to anyone who needs a competent and understanding lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | December 26, 2018
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What you want / expect from an attorney
Mr. Tidwell has represented me more than once unfortunately. Unfortunate that I needed an attorney. Mr. Tidwell has always been prompt in returning any calls wether it be personally or a staff member that’s familiar with my case(s). He keeps me updated on any and all movement / decisions related to my case(s) via email and those coorespondences are very thorough and concise, too the point. He makes you feel comfortable in the process while making no false promises about the outcome , he clearly lays out the hurdles and advantages you may have in your case. I would recommend Mr. Tidwell to any close friends / relatives that may have an unfortunate need for representation.
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Posted by Susan | December 26, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
I learned early in life that should I ever need a doctor, an attorney, a real estate agent…ALWAYS hire the best. Jerry Tidwell is in that best category of attorneys in the Chattanooga area. His knowledge of the law, listening, critical thinking, and, ultimately, providing counsel to clients is exactly what he provides. And, his reputation in the Chattanooga community is well known and extremely respected. I highly recommend Jerry Tidwell.
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Posted by Karl | December 24, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Mr. Tidwell and his entire staff welcomed my case with enthusiasm and worked through it with precision and dedication. He supported me in a way that made me feel like much more than a client. He was honest and thoughtful with every interaction from the initial consultation through the resolution of the case in 2017 and currently. He represented himself and organization with class and professionalism.
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Posted by anonymous | December 24, 2018
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Pedestrian accident
I was struck by a pickup truck in a pedestrian walkway. I hired Mr. Tidwell to take my liability case. He has been professional, and has kept me informed every step of the way. He is in the process of working on a settlement at this time.
Posted by Kittie | December 23, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Mr Tidwell
I have consulted Mr. Tidwell on various occasions over the years. He is always professional, astute, knowledgeable and incredibly helpful. I recommend him to other people often and will continue to do so.
Posted by Pam | December 23, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Mr. Tidwell’s work is not only efficient. He makes a difficult challenge seem reasonable. He offers options & excellent opinions with experience to back them up. He makes you feel as if you are his only client. While the costs of litigation & legal fees are high, Mr. Tidwell’s rates are reasonable in comparison to competitors and due to the fact that he moves with cautious speed. I refer him to friends & colleagues - all have been thrilled with his work & would contact him again if needed.
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Posted by anonymous | December 22, 2018
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Best in the business
Mr. Tidwell is the the definition of a professional. He executes his work as a true experienced attorney should. Mr. Tidwell is very deilgent and precise when it comes to his cases. His work ethic displays both integrity and compassion. I highly stand by my choice of selecting Mr. Tidwell to represent me and the choice to recommend him to others.
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Tidwell and Associates, PC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Tidwell and Izell
  • 2013 - 2018
  • Partner
  • James, Goins, Carpenter, and Tidwell
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Owner
  • W. Gerald Tidwell, P.C.
  • 1992 - 2011
  • Partner
  • Orwein and Tidwell, P.C.
  • 1991 - 1992
  • Managing Partner
  • Tidwell and Tidwell, P.C.
  • 1987 - 1991
  • Attorney
  • Ortwein and Associates, P.C.
  • 1982 - 1987
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  • University of Tennessee College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1979

Legal Cases

  • Defense of Sub-Contractor in Construction Suit
  • Case against my client dismissed
  • Defense of Sheriff and Sheriff's Department for Civil Rights Violation
  • Case against my client dismissed


  • Chattanooga Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Top 1% of America's Most Honored Professionals
  • American Registry
  • 2018
  • A+ Rating
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2018
  • Best Law Firms
  • US News and World Report
  • 2017
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  • LexisNexis publication
  • Brown v. Mercer-Defriese, No. E2015-00755-COA-R3-CV, 2016 Tenn. App. LEXIS 30 (Ct. App. Jan. 25, 2016)
  • 2016
  • SouthWest Reporter
  • Harrison v. Avalon Props., 246 S.W.3d 587 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2007)
  • 2007
  • LexisNexis publication
  • State v. Bacon, C.C.A. NO. 1164, 1992 Tenn. Crim. App. LEXIS 642 (Crim. App. Aug. 4, 1992)
  • 1992

Speaking Engagements

  • Chattanooga Bar Association
  • Application of the Rules of Evidence in Federal Court
  • 2006
  • Chattanooga Bar Association
  • Tennessee Public Records Act
  • 2003

Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Civil rights Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jerry is a great litigator and willing to spend as much time as needed to properly and zealously defend his clients. I have worked with him and against him in litigation matters and have always been impressed with his work ethics and his personal responsibility."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jerry is a dedicated and thorough attorney who works hard for his clients. He has extensive experience in many areas of the law, one of which is family law. I endorse him fully."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. You can’t go wrong with Jerry Tidwell!"
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Chattanooga Civil rights Lawyer William Gerald Tidwell Jr.
William Gerald Tidwell Jr.
Civil rights Attorney
Chattanooga, TN
Licensed for 41 years