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Sidney W. Gilreath

Phone: (865) 637-2442 ext. 124
Toll Free: (800) 637-7024
Fax: (865) 971-4116

Being a pilot made me a better lawyer. Flying requires discipline, organization, and the ability to plan ahead. I obtained my pilots instruction from Evelyn Johnson of Morristown, TN and later was approved for my flying certificate from her since she is an FAA flight examiner. I hold a private pilots license, land with an instrument and multi engine rating, I have logged more than 4000 hours as pilot in command of an aircraft. Being a pilot has allowed me to fly across the southeast, not only to meet with clients but to attend hearings and trials, since most small towns now have airports.

Born: Kodak, Tennessee

Admitted to practice: Tennessee, 1962; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, 1962; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and Eleventh Circuits, 1966; U.S. Supreme Court, 1995

Education: Maryville College (B.S., 1958); University of Tennessee at Knoxville, LL.B., 1962, Phi Alpha Delta; Instructor, National College of Advocacy, 1979-1980

Member: Knoxville Junior (President, 1965), Tennessee and American Bar Associations; Tennessee Association for Justice (Vice President, 1969-1970; President, 1971-1972; Life Member, 1983); The American Association for Justice (State Committeeman, 1969; Member, Board of Governors, 1976-1984, 1992; Parliamentarian, 1984-1986; Treasurer, 1987-1988; Vice President 1988-1989); Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (Associate Member); West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (Associate Member); New York State Association of Trial Lawyers, Inc. (Associate Member); American Judicature Society; Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association; American Board of Trial Advocates (President, Tennessee Chapter, 1995-1996); Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys. Fellow: International Society of Barristers; American College of Trial Lawyers; International Academy of Trial Lawyers; American College of Legal Medicine (Associate Member). Founding Fellow, Tennessee Bar Foundation. Adjunct Professor, Trial Advocacy, the University of Tennessee College of Law, 1999; Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy; Certified Civil Trial Specialist, Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization

Reported Cases: Braden v. Yoder, 592 S.W.2d 897 (Tenn. App., 1979); Smith v. Gore, 728 S.W.2d 738 (Tenn., 1987); Motley v. Fluid Power, 640 S.W.2d 222 (Tenn. App. 1982); Wolfe v. United States, 703 F.2d 569 (6th Cir., 1982); Sweeney v. State Dept. of Transp., 744 S.W.2d 905 (Tenn. App., 1987); Murphree v. Raybestos-Manhattan, Inc., 696 F.2d 459 (6th Cir., 1982); Sterling v. Velsicol, 855 F.2d 1188 (6th Cir., 1988); Steele v. Ft. Sanders Anesthesia Group, P.C., 897 S.W.2d 270 (Tenn. App., 1994); Cruze v. Ford Motor Co., et al., 1999 WL 1206798 (Tenn.Ct.App.); Johnson v. Tenn. Farmers Mut. Ins. Co., 205 S.W.3d 365 (Tenn. 2006)

Practice Areas: General Personal Injury; Automobile, Motorcycle and Trucking Collisions; Products Liability; Medical Malpractice; Aviation Law; Federal Employers Liability Act


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