|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||2000||03/25/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Pro Bono Award||Legal Aid of East Tennessee||2006|
|Order of the Coif||University of Georgia School of Law||2000|
|Torts Award: Highest Grade (A+)||West Publishing||1998|
|Civil Procedure Award: Highest Grade (A+)||West Publishing||1998|
|Criminal Law Award: Highest Grade (A+)||West Publishing||1998|
|Attorney||DeGaetano Law Firm||2009 - Present|
|Attorney||Law Offices of Morgan Adams||2007 - 2009|
|Associate and Special Counsel||Boult, Cummings, Conners & Berry||2001 - 2007|
|Judicial Law Clerk||United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit||2000 - 2001|
|Software Developer||CSC Consulting & Systems Integration||1996 - 1997|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Tennessee Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Law Section||Chairman||2011 - Present|
|Tennessee Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Law Section||Executive Committee||2007 - Present|
|Chattanooga Bar Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|Tennessee Bar Association||Member||2001 - Present|
|United Staes District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee||Member||2001 - Present|
|United States District Court For The Eastern District of Tennessee||Member||2001 - Present|
|United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit||Member||2001 - Present|
|American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America)||Member||2001 - Present|
|Tennessee Association for Justice (formerly Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association)||Member||2001 - Present|
|Georgia State Bar Association||Member||2000 - Present|
|Tennessee Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Law Section||Vice-Chair||2010 - 2011|
|Nashville Bar Association||Member||2001 - 2005|
|Alpha Tau Omega||President||1995 - 1996|
|Holcomb v. Cagle||Won summary judgment; affirmed on appeal.|
|Maddy v. [National Restaurant Chain]||$10 Million jury verdict.|
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|Georgia Law Review||Note, "The Need for a Clearer Definition of ‘Affiliate’ in Rule 144 Under the Securities Act of 1933: An Economic Argument"||1999|
|University of Georgia School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2000|
|Vanderbilt University||Economics||BS - Bachelor of Science||1996|
|Webcast: Overserved But Underinsured||Liquor Liability||2010|
|TBA Tort & Insurance Practice Section Uninsured Motorist Seminar||Introduction of Speakers and Agenda regarding Uninsured Motorist Insurance||2010|
|Court Square Series - Dickson, TN||Liquor Liability||2010|
|Court Square Series - Columbia, TN||Liquor Liability||2010|
|Court Square Series - Cleveland, TN||Liquor Liability||2010|
Posted by Rod
Admittedly, personal injury attorney's have some of the lowest credibility and professionalism scores of any category of professionals. If more personal injury attorneys were more like Joe, this would not be true.
Several months ago my wife was injured in a boating accident, and once it was clear that responsible party's insurance company was not going to do the right thing, we decided we needed to retain an attorney. We dreaded trying to select an attorney because of some other incidents we have had over the years with attorneys. We cast about on the Internet and found this website to obtain feedback on attorneys.
Based upon reviews here on AVVO, we selected two attorneys to present our situation to. Both made appointments to meet with us very quickly, but in those interviews, we were much more impressed by Joe. He did not pander, over-dramatize, or over-promise, while also impressing us with his knowledge and intelligence.
Once we retained him, he worked very efficiently, quickly, and proficiently to move forward. We engaged the insurance company two times within the first month, and each time they barely gave us the time of day.
We then proceeded to file a Federal lawsuit. Upon doing this, the insurance company offered to settle within two weeks. From everyone that we spoke with, this seemed to be a highly unusual behavior on the part of the insurance company. Generally once an insurance company has decided to deny the claim, they will usually go through with discovery at a minimum.
We are convinced that part of the reason they chose to settle when they did was that Joe effectively applied maximum pressure to them.
Once the insurance company cut the check, Joe tackled my wife's employee insurance company that had covered most of the medical expenses following the accident, and successfully negotiated with them to significantly reduce their claim on the settlement, which really helped us because had they insisted on being fully reimbursed, there would not have been much money left to compensate my wife.
And to top it off, Joe agreed to perform his services for us at significantly less than the going rate, and less than the other attorney quoted to us. It is unusual do get high quality service for less than typical fees.
Joe was aware that the insurance settlement would not fully make us whole, so he was quite conservative in what he asked for in return. I believe one of the reasons that he can afford to work for more reasonable fees than some attorneys is that, as far as we know, he has no employees. He answers his own phone and Emails, and does his own research and filings. This means that everything is handled promptly in a very professional manner.
WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND JOE DEGAETANO
Posted by anonymous
Joe was very professional & kept my best interest in mind. Not familiar with the legal system, Joe kept me informed & guided me all the way. He always took my calls & would respond to my email's quicklly. I would most definatly refer him . I would like to take this oportunity to thank him.
Posted by anonymous
Mr. DeGaetano took my case when several other attorneys declined. The other attornies said they did not want to spend their money when we probably would lose anyway. The Co. the suite was against has very deep pockets and the and the wherewithall to drag it out for years. Joseph took my caSE IMM. AND HE GOT RIGHT DOWN TO BUSINESS! lONG STORY SHORTENED, if I EVER NEEDED REPRESENTATION again I would use Joseph DeGaetano and no one else!! Joseph cares when others dont . Dont get me wrong, he does care but he also has the ability to take command of the court room. I learned an awful lot about the law through Joseph and he was a master of the mediation. Joseph DeGaetano was the answer to my problems and through him my dreams were answered . I am very thankful that he came into my life.I dont see how anyone else could do any better. v.m.