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Tyler D. Smith


+ TSmith 2014

900 S. Gay Street Riverview Tower – Suite 1800 Knoxville Tennessee 37902


865-342-4922 (direct)
865-934-4922 (direct fax)

865-523-0404 (local)
865-673-0260 (fax)
800-421-0979 (toll free)
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Areas of Practice

Civil Rights/ Government
Environmental / Mass Torts
General Liability
Product Liability
Insurance Coverage & Defense
Premises Liability
Workers' Compensation




Tennessee Technological University, B.S., 2002 (cum laude)

University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 2005 (cum laude)

Honors and Awards

CALI Awards for Excellence in Products Liability, Evidence, and Trial Advocacy

Dean’s Award for Excellence Best Appellate Brief

University of Memphis Law Review

Judicial Extern for Hon. Bernice B. Donald formerly of U.S. District Court of Eastern Tennessee, now Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Mr. Smith is a lifelong Tennessee resident who joined the firm’s Knoxville office in 2005.  His areas of practice include general civil litigation, personal injury, premises liability, automobile liability, uninsured motorist, insurance coverage disputes, workers’ compensation, and subrogation claims.  He has successfully obtained defense verdicts in jury and non-jury cases in courts throughout East Tennessee.  Mr. Smith has also obtained successful results for clients through dispositive motions, administrative hearings, mediation, and negotiation of confidential settlements.

Representative Client Work

Mr. Smith has extensive experience representing employers, insurance carriers, and third-party administrators in the defense of workers’ compensation claims through trial and administrative hearings with the Tennessee Department of Labor.  He has obtained numerous defense verdicts and positive results for employers on issues of notice, medical causation, last injurious exposure, statute of limitations, independent contractor, drug free workplace, termination for cause, and application of the statutory return to work caps.    

His insurance defense practice focuses on the representation of individuals, businesses, and insurance carriers with a goal toward obtaining a timely resolution through dismissal, trial, or a cost-effective settlement in cases involving personal injury, property damage, premises liability, automobile accidents, uninsured motorist, insurance coverage disputes, products liability, governmental tort liability, real estate disputes, and other complex civil litigation.

Court Admissions

Tennessee; US District Court of Eastern Tennessee

Professional Affiliations

Tennessee Bar Association

Knoxville Bar Association

Inns of Court

Mid-South Workers' Compensation Association