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I am a trial lawyer in the Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel's Litigation and Risk Management and Labor and Employment Sections. I advise, represent and advocate for companies and individuals involved in disputes and defending against allegations of liability.

I represent parties in connection with disputes involving commercial, business and creditor rights, disputes involving product liability, personal injury and wrongful death claims, and disputes involving employment, insurance coverage and claims, construction, transportation and professional liability issues. I also represent clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as in mediations and arbitrations, and before administrative boards and regulatory entities.

I advise and represent:

  • Businesses in commercial disputes and in complex business litigation, as well as on matters relating to consumer claims, risk management, insurance coverage and claims, and debt collection

  • Employers on matters relating to employment and human resources, including hiring, compensation, benefits, leave, workplace injury, discipline, and termination decisions and employment law compliance

  • Insurance carriers and insureds in policy interpretation matters, coverage and claims disputes, subrogation matters, and bad faith litigation

  • Product manufacturers and sellers in products liability and consumer claims litigation

  • Attorneys and law firms in connection with professional responsibility, professional liability, and legal ethics and best practices.

I have been retained by and have served as approved or panel counsel for insurance carriers in the defense of insureds under a variety of insurance coverages, including Auto, HO, CGL, Workers' Compensation, OAIC, EPL, D&O and E&O policies.

In addition, I serve as the firm’s General Counsel and as chair of the firm’s Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee. I am active in bar association committees and attorney organizations addressing legal ethics, professional responsibility, professionalism in the practice of law, and issues relating to the unauthorized practice of law.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
  2. Insurance: 20%
  3. Employment: 10%
  4. Personal Injury: 10%
  5. Other: 10%
  6. More 

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Contact info

Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, PC

Liberty Tower, Suite 1700
605 Chestnut Street
Chattanooga, TN, 37450


MSAuthorized to practice law200507/18/2016
GAActive Member in Good Standing 199507/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2015
Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Leadership Law ClassTennessee Bar Association2008
Albert L. Hodge Volunteer AwardChattanooga Bar Association2007
Certificate of ExcellenceLaw and Medicine SeminarN/A
Phi Beta KappaThe University of Tennessee College of LawN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderChambliss, Bahner & Stophel, PC2009 - Present
Of CounselChambliss, Bahner & Stophel, PC2006 - 2008
ShareholderShumacker Witt Gaither & Whitaker2002 - 2006
ShareholderWitt Gaither & Whitaker2002 - 2002
AssociateWitt Gaither & Whitaker1999 - 2002
AssociateCampbell & Campbell1994 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
United Way of Greater ChattanoogaAllocation Panel2014 - Present
American Inns of Court, Brock-Cooper ChapterExecutive Committee Member2006 - Present
Mississippi BarMember2005 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember1995 - Present
American Bar AssociationLabor & Employment, Litigation, & Tort Trial/Insurance Sections1994 - Present
Tennessee Bar AssociationMember Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee1994 - Present
Transportation Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Tennessee Bar Association, Litigation SectionMemberN/A
Tennessee Bar Association, Appellate Law SectionMemberN/A
Boy Scout Troop 172Assistant ScoutmasterN/A
Tennessee Defense Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
International Association of Defense CounselMemberN/A
American Inns of Court, Brock-Cooper ChapterBarristerN/A
Chattanooga Bar Association, Unauthorized Practice of Law CommitteeMember and past ChairN/A
Defense Research Institute, Employment Law CommitteeMemberN/A
Federal Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Lookout Mountain Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Tennessee Bar AssociationMember and past Chair, Unauthorized Practice of Law CommitteeN/A
American Inns of Court, Brock-Cooper ChapterPresident2014 - 2015
United Way of Greater ChattanoogaAllocation Panel2012 - 2013
United Way of Greater ChattanoogaAllocation Panel2011 - 2012
American Inns of Court, Brock-Cooper ChapterSecretary2006 - 2008
Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility Hearing CommitteeMember2003 - 2008
Publication nameTitleDate
Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel Labor & Employment Law Legal UpdateThe Tennessee Lawful Employment Act of 20112011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Tennessee College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
Millsaps CollegePolitical Science, Business AdministrationBA - Bachelor of Arts1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2015 Annual Review & EthicsSome Professional Responsibility Issues – Nuances, Pitfalls, and Dilemmas2015