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Charles W. Dooley

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


423-424-3904 (direct)
423-308-0904 (direct fax)

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

Workers' Compensation




Columbia Military Academy

Vanderbilt University, B.A. 

Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., 1969 

Honors and Awards

AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell

Fellow of the Chattanooga Bar Association

Pro Bono Recognition from Legal Aid of East Tennessee from the Bruce C. Bailey Volunteer Award(2006)

American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in Real Estate

Founding Member of the Cumberland Law Review

Inducted into Phi Delta Phi - served as Magister (1968)

Member of Legal Aid of East Tennessee Inaugural Pro Bono Attorneys Hall of Fame

Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year Award, 2014

Albert L. Hodge Volunteer Award, Chattanooga Bar Association, 2015

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It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Charles W. "Buz" Dooley on December 2, 2017. He was very devoted to providing quality representation for his clients, but perhaps will best be remembered for his pro bono work in the community. Please keep the Dooley family in your prayers. 

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Mr. Dooley has been frequently invited to present seminars on Tennessee Workers' Compensation and liability law to employers, human resource professionals, and insurance adjusters all over the United States, and began seminar activity when invited to present his Workers' Compensation in Tennessee" overview to the National Business Institute in 1988 and 1989.  He is also the author of the Tennessee chapter of the American Law Firm Association's bi-annual Workers' Compesnation Law:  A State-by-State Analysis since 2000.

Mr. Dooley was recently inducted into the Legal Aid of East Tennessee Inaugural Pro Bono Attorneys Hall of Fame. In 2014, He was presented the Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year Award. In 2015, He was presented the Albert L. Hodge Volunteer Award by the Chattanooga Bar Association.

Representative Client Work

Construction Defense involving underground distribution system explosion

Slip & Fall in premises liability

Defense of Motor Vehicle Accidents of all types involving trucks, U/M motorcycle, automobile and pedestrian

Food Liability Defense

Engineering and other Product Failure Defense

Attorneys' and Insurers' Malpractice

Fire Loss and other First Party Defense

Intellectual Property Defense regarding drawings, copyright and trademark  law

Court Admissions

Tennessee; Eastern and Western US District Courts; US Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; Tennessee Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations

Workers’ Compensation Steering Committee of American Law Firm Association

Former Board Member, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and President of the Chattanooga Bar Association

Tennessee Bar Association (Member, Section on Labor and Employment Law)

Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association

DRI - Defense Research Institute  

International Association of Defense Counsel (Member, Committees on Casualty Insurance, Products Liability and Construction).

Legal Aid of East Tennessee Inaugural Pro Bono Attorneys Hall of Fame, Member

Community Involvement

Little League Coordinator of Dixie Youth Baseball on Signal Mountain – 1973-74

Awarded Lion of the Year 74-75 by the Signal Mountain Lion’s Club

Served as President of the Tornado Athletic Club of McCallie School – 1979

Previously served as Board Member, and attorney for Moccasin Bend Girl Scout Council

Previously served as a sunday school teacher, Junior and Senior Warden of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church

Publications and Lectures

Recent speaking engagements in which Mr. Dooley participated include:

2006 – Orlando, Florida – Tennessee Workers’ Comp and Liability Seminars

2006 – Louisville, Kentucky – Tennessee Workers’ Comp and Liability Seminars

2006 – Atlanta, Georgia – Multi-State Issues portions of “Strategies for Success: Solving Today’s Workers’ Compensation Challenges” at the Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta

2007 – Louisville, Kentucky – Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Seminar

2007 – Indianapolis, Indiana – Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Seminar

2007 – Charlotte, North Carolina – Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Seminar

2008 – Baltimore, Maryland – Workers’ Compensation Seminar with ALFA (American Law Firm Association)

2008 – Irving, Texas – Tennessee Liability Law Seminar

2009 – Indianapolis, Indiana – Tennessee Liability Law

Since 2000, we have authored the Tennessee portion of ALFA’s State-by-State Compendium on Workers’ Compensation