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800 South Gay Street, Suite 2500, Knoxville, Tennessee 37929

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 629, Knoxville, TN 37901-0629

Established: 1948

Practice Areas

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Business Law
  • Construction Law
  • Contracts
  • Corporate Law
  • Labor and Employment
  • Environmental Law
  • Insurance Defense
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Property
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Estate Planning
  • Trusts
  • Tax Litigation
  • Commercial and Business Transactions
  • Estate Planning and Administration
  • Government Contracts
  • Healthcare Regulation
  • Immigration Law
  • Municipal and Local Government
  • Public Policy
  • Sports Law
  • Trust and Fiduciary
  • Zoning
  • Intellectual Property
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Taxation

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About Us

Established in 1948, Kramer Rayson LLP has built a reputation as one of Tennessee's leading law firms. We have been involved in some of the state's most significant legal decisions, and our firm has earned the respect of many in the legal community. Our firm was named one of the "Best Law Firms" by U.S. News & World Report, and many of our attorneys are included in the list of Best Lawyers in America.

Kramer Rayson LLP has twenty-five lawyers who are graduates of law schools around the country, including the University of Tennessee, the University of Memphis, Vanderbilt University, the University of Arkansas, Seattle University, Southern Methodist University and the College of William and Mary.

The firm encourages its members to become involved in activities outside the practice of law. The attorneys have served on many local boards, including such institutions as the Knoxville Museum of Art and the University of Tennessee. In addition, firm members are actively involved in state and local bar associations and otherwise participate in numerous charitable and educational entities and activities.

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Additional Locations

  • Oak Ridge, Tennessee
  • 105 Donner Drive, Suite A
  • Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830
    • Telephone: 865-220-5134
    • Fax: 865-220-5132

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Client Information

Insurance Clients

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Personnel Information

Members of the Firm


John T. Johnson, Jr.

Knoxville, TN

Practice Areas
  • Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Product Liability
  • Personal Injury
Admitted
  • Tennessee, 1974
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, 1974
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, 1978
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1978
Additional Biographical Details:

Best Lawyers in America 2007-2019; Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year; Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2019 Civil Litigation/Defense; City View-2019 Top Attorney for Civil Litigation, Personal Injury-Auto Accident-Defense, Personal Injury-General-Plaintiff, Insurance Law and Wrongful Death-Defense

Memberships:
  • American, Tennessee and Knoxville Bar Associations
  • Fellow, Tennessee and Knoxville Bar Foundations
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Education:
  • Tennessee Technological University, B.S. (with distinction), 1971
  • The University of Tennessee, J.D., 1973

Born: 1949

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Warren L. Gooch

Knoxville, TN

Practice Areas
  • Health
  • Administrative Law
Admitted
  • Tennessee, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, 1978
Additional Biographical Details:

Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year" Administrative/Regulatory Law; Best Lawyers in America 2007-2019; CityView Top Attorneys 2019, Administrative Law and Health Care Law

Memberships:
  • American, Tennessee, Anderson County and Knoxville Bar Associations
  • Tennessee Hospital Association
  • Fellow, Tennessee and Knoxville Bar Foundations
  • American Health Lawyers Association
Education:
  • The University of Tennessee, B.A. (with high honors), 1974
  • The University of Tennessee, J.D., 1977

Born: 1952

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Edward G. Phillips

Knoxville, TN

Practice Areas
  • Labor and Employment
Admitted
  • Tennessee, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2016
Additional Biographical Details:

Best Lawyers in America; Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year" Labor and Employment; Mid South Super Lawyers, Employment Litigation Defense; CityView Top Attorneys 2019, Labor & Employment Law-Employer and Appellate Practice

Memberships:
  • American, Tennessee and Knoxville Bar Associations
  • Fellow, Tennessee and Knoxville Bar Foundations
Education:
  • East Tennessee State University, B.S. (with honors), 1975
  • The University of Tennessee, J.D. (with honors), 1978

Born: 1953

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Thomas M. Hale

Knoxville, TN

Practice Areas
  • Corporate Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Law
Admitted
  • Tennessee, 1980
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1981
Additional Biographical Details:

Best Lawyers in America; Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" Litigation-Real Estate; Mid-South Super Lawyers 2019-Business-Corporate; CityView Top Attorney 2019, Business Litigation and Corporate Law

Memberships:
  • American, Tennessee and Knoxville Bar Associations
  • Fellow, Tennessee Bar Foundation
Education:
  • The University of Tennessee Knoxville, B.A., 1976
  • The University of Tennessee Knoxville, M.B.A., 1980
  • The University of Tennessee Knoxville, J.D., 1980

Born: 1954

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Jackson G. Kramer

Knoxville, TN

Practice Areas
  • Corporate Law
  • Real Estate
  • Tax Litigation
  • Estate Planning
Admitted
  • Tennessee, 1983
Additional Biographical Details:

Best Lawyers in America; Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year" Litigation-Trusts and Estates; CityView Top Attorneys 2019, Corporate Law, Estate Planning/Trusts, Taxation and Wills/Probate

Memberships:
  • American, Tennessee, Anderson County and Knoxville Bar Associations
Education:
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A., 1980
  • Southern Methodist University, J.D., 1983

Born: 1957

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Beecher A. Bartlett, Jr.

Knoxville, TN

Practice Areas
  • Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Labor and Employment
  • Personal Injury
Admitted
  • Tennessee, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Tennessee, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Additional Biographical Details:

Best Lawyers in America, "Lawyer of the Year" Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs; Best Lawyers in America; CityView 2019: Civil Litigation, Federal Court Practice, Insurance Law, Labor & Employment Law, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death

Memberships:
  • American, Tennessee, Anderson County and Knoxville Bar Associations
  • Fellow, Tennessee and Knoxville Bar Foundations
Education:
  • The University of Tennessee Knoxville, B.A. (with honors), 1979
  • Memphis State University, J.D., 1982

Born: 1957

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John C. Burgin, Jr.

Knoxville, TN

Practice Areas
  • Employment Law
  • Employee Benefits
  • Government Contracts
Admitted
  • Tennessee, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth and Ninth Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Tennessee Supreme Court
Additional Biographical Details:

Best Lawyers in America; CityView Top Attorneys 2019: Appellate Practice and Employee Benefits/ERISA-Defense; Appointed to Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization, 2006

Memberships:
  • American, Tennessee and Knoxville Bar Associations
Education:
  • Northeast Louisiana University, B.M., 1981
  • Northeast Louisiana University, M.M., 1983
  • The University of Tennessee, J.D., 1989
Clerkship:
Law Clerk, Honorable Gary R. Wade, 1989-1990

Born: 1959

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Charles M. Finn

Knoxville, TN

Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Health
  • Estate and Tax Planning
Admitted
  • Arkansas, 1982
  • Tennessee, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee
Additional Biographical Details:

Best Lawyers in America; CityView Top Attorneys 2019: Business/Commercial Law, Corporate Law, Estates Planning/Trusts, Health Care Law and Wills/Probate

Memberships:
  • American, Tennessee, Anderson County and Knoxville Bar Associations
  • National Health Lawyers Association
Education:
  • The University of Texas, B.A. (with honors), 1978
  • University of Arkansas, J.D., 1981
  • Washington University, LL.M. (with honors), 1985

Born: 1956

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Robert A. Crawford

Knoxville, TN

Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Insurance Law
  • Construction Litigation
  • Personal Injury
Admitted
  • North Carolina, 1974
  • Florida, 1976
  • Tennessee, 1980
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1980
Additional Biographical Details:

Best Lawyers in America; Mid-South Super Lawyers 2019 Civil Litigation-Defense; CityView Top Attorneys: Wrongful Death Defense, Personal Injury-Motorcycle and Automobile Defense, Insurance Law and Construction Law; Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law

Memberships:
  • American, Tennessee, Anderson County and Knoxville Bar Associations
  • The Florida Bar
  • Fellow, Knoxville Bar Foundation
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Inns of Court
Education:
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, A.B., 1971
  • The University of Tennessee, J.D., 1974
Military:
USAF/JAG 1974-1981

Born: 1949

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John E. Winters

Knoxville, TN

Practice Areas
  • Labor and Employment
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
Admitted
  • Tennessee, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:

Best Lawyers in America; Best Lawyers In America "Lawyer of the Year" Insurance Law; Mid-South Super Lawyers, Civil Litigation- Defense; CityView Top Attorneys 2019: Labor & Employment Law and Employer-Civil Litigation; University of Memphis Law Alumni Board

Memberships:
  • American, Tennessee, Anderson County and Knoxville Bar Associations
Education:
  • The University of Tennessee Knoxville, B.A. (with honors), 1990
  • University of Memphis Law School, J.D. (with honors), 1993

Born: 1968

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Steven E. Kramer

Knoxville, TN

Practice Areas
  • Labor and Employment
  • Corporate Law
  • Sports Law
Admitted
  • Tennessee, 1982
Additional Biographical Details:

Best Lawyers in America; Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" Labor Law-Management; CityView Top Attorneys 2019: Entertainment & Sports and Corporate Law; Regional Board of Directors for First Tennessee Bank; Board of Directors, Boys & Girls Club

Memberships:
  • American, Tennessee and Knoxville Bar Associations
Education:
  • Miami University, B.S., 1976
  • University of Southwestern Louisiana, M.B.A., 1979
  • The University of Tennessee, J.D., 1981

Born: 1954

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Shannon D. Coleman Egle

Knoxville, TN

Practice Areas
  • Health Care
  • Business Law
  • Real Estate
Admitted
  • Tennessee, 1999
  • Georgia, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, 2000
  • U.S. Tax Court
Additional Biographical Details:

CityView Top Attorneys 2019: Health Care Law and Income Tax/IRS Resolutions

Memberships:
  • American, Tennessee and Knoxville Bar Associations
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • American Inns of Court
Education:
  • Lincoln Memorial University, B.A. (summa cum laude), 1996
  • The University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 1999

Born: 1975

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Kate E. Tucker

Knoxville, TN

Practice Areas
  • Immigration Law
Admitted
  • Tennessee, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee
Additional Biographical Details:

Best Lawyers, Employment Law-Management; CityView Top Attorneys 2019, Immigration and Naturalization

Memberships:
  • American, Tennessee and Knoxville Bar Associations
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
Education:
  • The University of Tennessee Knoxville, B.A. (cum laude), 1997
  • William & Mary School of Law, J.D., 2001

Born: 1975

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William J. Carver

Knoxville, TN

Practice Areas
  • Creditor Rights
  • Litigation
  • Local Government Defense
  • Bankruptcy
Admitted
  • Tennessee, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:

Leadership Blount Co.; Univ. of Tennessee College of Law Board of Alumni Advisors; American Cancer Society Regional Leadership Council; CityView Top Attorney 2019: Civil Litigation, Collections/Foreclosures, Contract Law, Entertainment & Sports and Personal Injury-Auto Accident-Defense

Memberships:
  • American, Tennessee and Knoxville Bar Associations
  • Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association
Education:
  • The University of Tennessee Knoxville, B.A. (magna cum laude), 2000
  • The University of Tennessee Knoxville, J.D., 2003
Honors:
2010 Legal Aid Pro Bono Partner Award; Univ. of Tennessee Knoxville Chancellor Scholars

Born: 1977

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George R. Arrants, Jr.

Knoxville, TN

Practice Areas
  • Corporate Law
  • Labor and Employment
  • Transactional Law
Admitted
  • Tennessee, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1991
Additional Biographical Details:

Best Lawyers, Employment Law-Management; CityView 2019, Business Litigation

Memberships:
  • Tennessee and Knoxville Bar Associations
  • American Inns of Court
Education:
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A., 1984
  • The University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D. (with honors), 1987
Clerkship:
Judicial Clerkship, Honorable R. Allen Edgar, U.S. District, Eastern District of Tennessee, 1987

Born: 1962

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Robert L. Bowman

Knoxville, TN

Practice Areas
  • Labor and Employment
  • Civil Litigation
  • Local Government Defense
Admitted
  • Tennessee, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1996
Additional Biographical Details:

Greater Knoxville Business Journal "Top 40 Under 40" Business Leaders in East Tennessee; CityView Top Attorney Award

Memberships:
  • American, Tennessee and Knoxville (Fellow) Bar Associations
Education:
  • The University of Tennessee Knoxville, B.S. (with honors), 1991
  • The University of Tennessee, J.D. (cum laude), 1995

Born: 1969

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Managing Partner



Betsy J. Beck

Knoxville, TN

Practice Areas
  • Labor and Employment
  • Civil Litigation
Admitted
  • Tennessee, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:

Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law

Memberships:
  • American, Tennessee and Knoxville Bar Associations
Education:
  • The University of Tennessee Knoxville, B.S. (cum laude), 2000
  • The University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2003

Born: 1978

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Associate Attorneys



Brandon L. Morrow

Camille H. Sanders

Bryce E. Fitzgerald

Erica D. Green

Nathaniel D. Moore

Andrew M. Hale


Of Counsel



Wayne R. Kramer

Leslie L. Shields



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