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:
Chris is licensed to practice in the following jurisdictions:
In addition to practicing in state court, Chris is admitted in the following additional courts to practice law:
Contact Chris to discuss your case or develop a co-counsel relationship.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AmJur Award, Complex Litigation||Samford University, Cumberland School of Law||1996|
|Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award||Rhodes College||1994|
|Attorney||Gilreath & Associates||1997 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Tennessee Association for Justice, Ethics Committee||Member||2010 - Present|
|Louisiana Association for Justice||Member||2009 - Present|
|United States Supreme Court||Member||2005 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee||Member||2005 - Present|
|Memphis Bar Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee||Member||1998 - Present|
|United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit||Member||1998 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee||Member||1998 - Present|
|District of Columbia Bar||Member||1998 - Present|
|Tennessee Association for Justice||Member||1997 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||Member||1997 - Present|
|American Association for Justice, Key Person Committee||Chair||2009 - 2010|
|American Association for Justice, Budget Committee||Member||2006 - 2007|
|American Association for Justice||Board of Governors||2006 - 2008|
|American Association for Justice||Executive Committee||2006 - 2007|
|American Association for Justice, New Lawyers Division||Chair||2005 - 2006|
|Knowles et al v. State of Tennessee||State maximum verdict of $300,000 per person upheld|
|Ferguson v. Ritchie Tractor Company||Jury Verdict for $5,000,000|
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|Samford University, Cumberland School of Law||N/A||JD - Juris Doctor||1997|
|Rhodes College||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1994|
|Southern Trial Lawyers Association||Strategic Use of Collaborative Partnerships||2015|