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Benjamin T. Reese

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+ BReese 2010

Tallan Building 200 W. ML King Blvd., Suite 500 Chattanooga Tennessee 37402-2566

ben.reese@leitnerfirm.com

423-424-3940 (direct)
423-308-0933 (direct fax)

423-265-0214 (local)
423-266-5490 (fax)
800-421-0979 (toll free)
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Areas of Practice

Civil Rights/ Government
Construction
General Liability
Transportation Law
Labor & Employment

STATE BAR ADMISSIONS

Tennessee

Education

University of Tennessee, B.S., 1999 (cum laude)

University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, J.D., 2004

Honors and Awards

Research Editor for the University of Memphis Law Review.

Publications Chair for the Tennessee Bar Association, Young Lawyer's Division.

Chattanooga Bar Association, Secretary (2012), Young Lawyer's Division.

Mr. Reese is a Member in the Chattanooga office, whose primary focus is litigation in the areas of transportation, construction, premises liability, and workers' compensation. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Reese completed a one-year judicial clerkship with Magistrate Judge Diane Vescovo in the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.

Representative Client Work

Mr. Reese has represented a broad range of clients in various types of litigation. Generally, Mr. Reese has experience representing trucking companies on catastrophic collision cases; property owners (both residential and commercial) in premises liability cases; real estate agents and insurance agents in professional negligence cases; employers and insurance carriers in workers' compensation cases; and construction and architectural companies on large scale highway and land development projects.

Below are a few of his representative cases:

Obtained summary judgment in a catastrophic personal injury case at a construction site.  Defended appeal successfully before Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.  See Scott v. AMEC Kamtech, Inc.. 2011 WL 65903 (6th Cir. 2011). 

Obtained summary judgment for local funeral home in a negligence action. Successful defense of the appeal in Tennessee Court of Appeals. Jackson v. Williamson & Sons Funeral Home, 2011 WL 4824181 (Tenn. Ct. App 2011).

Mr. Reese has also successfully defended employers and insurance carriers in workers’ compensation trials throughout East, Middle and Western Tennessee, including several successful appeals with favorable trial results.

Eady v. Commodore Express, 2012 WL 760655 (Tenn. Workers' Comp Panel 2012).

Parrish v. Highland Park Baptist Church, 2011 WL 4949861 (Tenn Workers' Comp Panel 2012). 

Court Admissions

Tennessee; US District Court for Eastern, Middle and Western Tennessee; US Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

Professional Affiliations

Chattanooga Bar Association (Young Lawyers Division) 

Tennessee Bar Association

American Bar Association

Defense Research Institute

ALFA International

Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association

National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel 

Brock Cooper American Inns of Court