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Daniel Roberts Pilkington

Civil rights Attorney at Knoxville, TN

5.0   1 review

also known as Dan Pilkington

  • Licensed for 19 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2005
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Daniel

Learn Daniel’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Civil rights

    19 years

  2. Employment and labor

    19 years

  3. Medical malpractice

    19 years

  4. Business
    Cannabis and Cannabusiness specialist

    19 years

Dan Pilkington is a member at the firm of Watson, Roach, Batson and Lauderback in Knoxville, Tennessee. Mr. Pilkington practices civil litigation in federal and state courts, with an emphasis on public officials and law enforcement. His experience includes defending municipal clients in civil rights actions, including police misconduct ligation.

An East Tennessee native, Dan Pilkington attended East Tennessee State University where he obtained his Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. Mr. Pilkington was admitted to the Tennessee Bar in 2005. In addition, he is also admitted before the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Tennessee as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Mr. Pilkington has represented municipalities and police officers in all levels of courts within the State of Tennessee including the Tennessee Supreme Court. He has successfully represented the same class of clients in Federal Courts within Tennessee and the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals located in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Mr. Pilkington has successfully defended municipalities and officers in cases with accusation of negligence, assault, false arrest, and false imprisonment under state law. He has successfully defended officers facing accusation of illegal search and seizure, illegal arrest and excessive force based upon the United States Constitution. He has successfully represented officers in use of force cases across all ranges of the force continuum up to and including use of deadly force. Mr. Pilkington has represented Chiefs of Police and municipalities in cases involving alleged failures on the part of command staff to train and supervise and cases involving alleged unconstitutional customs, policies and procedures.

Mr. Pilkington has worked with and against law enforcement experts across the county in cases arising out of use of force, use of deadly force and general police liability. He has advised police departments, command staff and officers in the areas of legal liability, discipline, policy drafting, use of force, laws of arrest and search and seizure.

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Daniel Roberts Pilkington
900 S Gay St Ste 1500
Po Box 131
Knoxville, TN, 37902-1858


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Posted by Daniel | May 7, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Experienced, Professional, Compassionate, Trustworthy
I am unable to express completely the gratitude I have for you for the work put into my case. You are truly a model example of what a professional In their field should be. I knew then and know now that I did the right thing. Receiving the vindication through the court with documentation is what I sought and the closure from having reached that objective is satisfying. I am humbled by and grateful for the dedication shown on my behalf. I appreciate you and hold you in high regard. I would absolutely not forget about you. Should I need legal services in the future I would not look anywhere else. It is worth it to have the confidence of your representation while going through a difficult and stressful situation. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet you and get to know you throughout this process. I pray for God’s continued protection, guidance, and direction in your life. If I can ever help in any way, please do not hesitate to let me know.
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  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Watson Roach
  • 2006 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Robertson Overbey
  • 2005 - 2006


  • University of Tennessee College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • East Tennessee State University
  • BBA - Bachelor of Business Administration
  • 2002
  • Carson-Newman College
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Machoka v. City of Collegedale
  • Case Dismissed on summary judgment.
  • Browning v. City of East Ridge
  • Defense Verdict
  • Chucks's Package Store , et al. v. City of Morristown, Tennessee
  • Defense Verdict for Municipal client.
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  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • Diversity in the Profession Committee
  • 2018 - Present
  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • 2005 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Legal Leaders - 2020 Top Ranked Lawyer
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • 2020
  • Top Rated Litigator
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • 2019
  • 2019 Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment Law
  • Legal Leaders
  • 2019
  • Elite Lawyers of the South - Top Rated Lawyer
  • ALM and Martindale Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators for Tennessee
  • America's Top 100 LLC
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Top Rated Litigator
  • Legal Leaders
  • 2018
  • Sergeant at Arms
  • Counsel
  • 2015
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  • NA
  • No Publications available.
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • Law Enforcement CIT Training
  • 1983 Civil Rights Update
  • 2019
  • Cannabusiness - What Lawyers should know about Cannabis Legalization
  • Cannabusiness/Hemp Law
  • 2019

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Litigation Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"Dan is an excellent litigator. He is intelligent, observant, efficient, and organized. He connects well with people. I strongly endorse him as an attorney."
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