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The 10 Best Personal Injury Lawyers in Knoxville


Personal injury lawyers may be a dime a dozen, but good ones are somewhat thinner on the ground. If you’ve suffered an accident or injury that wasn’t your fault, finding a lawyer who’ll put your interests first and foremost is fundamental to getting the compensation you deserve. If you live in Knoxville, you’ll struggle to find a better set of experts than these ten outstanding personal injury lawyers.

10. Luke Durham

First up, we have Luke Durham, a consummate professional with a reputation for delivering outstanding service at every turn. He may not have the decades of experience that some of our other entrants have, but in his 8 years of practice, he’s proved himself a worthy contender. Reliable, upfront, and thorough to a fault, he makes a first-rate advocate.

9. Cort Sikes

If you want a free consultation, transparent fees, a responsive, professional service, and a lawyer that will represent your interests fully and unreservedly, Cort Sikes might well be your ideal match. Specializing in serious personal bodily injury cases (including car, motorcycle, truck, and premises liability), Sikes enjoys an outstanding reputation and an equally praiseworthy success rate.

8. Marcos M. Garza

When Justia refers to someone as the "go-to" guy in the field of personal injury law in East Tennessee, you know you’re on to a good thing. As founding partner of the Garza Law Firm, Marcos M. Garza enjoys an unparalleled reputation amongst both his peers and his clients, thanks no doubt to his straight-taking, transparent strategy and client-centric approach… not to mention his track record in fighting tenaciously for his client’s interests. Free consultations are offered, along with a contingency fee structure that means you don’t pay if he doesn’t win. If you needed any more convincing, a quick glance at his award titles (which by the last reckoning included AV Preeminent (Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence) - Martindale-Hubbell, Super Lawyer - Super Lawyers, and Rising Star - Super Lawyers) should be just enough to do it.

7. Timothy M. McLaughlin

With nearly 30 years of experience, a reputation as a bulldog in the courtroom, membership with the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, and a hugely successful record across every area of personal injury, Timothy M. McLaughlin of law firm Nassios & McLaughlin, PLLC is without question one of the most respected personal injury lawyers in Knoxville.

6. Jedidiah McKeehan

If you want a lawyer who sees you as something more than just a paycheck, who’ll be honest about your chances of success, and realistic about your expectations, Jedidiah McKeehan ticks the box and then some. “Honesty above all else. Even if it hurts your feelings, and hurts my wallet,” is his motto, and, judging by the legions of clients willing to sing his praises on sites such as, it’s more than just words. Aggressive, 100% upfront, and with an outstanding record of success in the courtroom, he’s exactly the kind of straight shooter you could be looking for.

5. Troy Lee Bowlin II

As the founder of The Bowlin Law Firm P.C., Troy Lee Bowlin II enjoys an outstanding reputation among both his peers and his clients. As a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, he comes with all the accreditations you could wish for. Tenacious in his pursuit of justice, backed by an outstanding success rate, and offering a transparent fee policy, there’s little to be lost in trusting your case to him – and very possibly, a lot to gain.

4. Gary Dawson

Gary Dawson is a personal injury lawyer with a reputation for delivering on his promises. With more than 40 years of experience under his belt, he knows what it takes to win a case – and more often than not, that’s exactly what he does. With a 10 rating on and a history of securing seven-figure settlements for his clients, he offers the kind of legal protection that more than justifies his fees.

3. G Turner Howard III

Spinal Cord Injury, Medical Malpractice, Traumatic Brain Injury, Serious Injuries, Car, Truck, Motorcycle & Bicycle Accidents… G Turner Howard III takes on them all, and in more cases than not, wins the day. The Best Rated ranks him as one of the top three personal injury lawyers in Knoxville - with an outstanding reputation for delivering results, free consultations, and a contingency fee payment structure, we’re loathed to disagree.

2. James R. Owen

When your peers give you reviews like “James checks all the boxes when it comes to being a zealous advocate for his clients. He has the knowledge and passion that this job requires,” and “James is an excellent attorney who cares about his clients. He listens to their needs and advocates tirelessly for them. He provides unparalleled representation,” you know your good at your job. And with the backing of a Justia score of 10, so do your clients. James R. Owen has won the approval of thousands of clients over his time in practice, successfully winning settlements and verdicts across all kinds of personal injury cases. If you want someone who’ll defend your interests at every step of the way, he may well be the man for the job.

1. Mark C. Hartsoe

Want to know one of the signs of a good lawyer? One that has a 10 rating on Justia. And as it just so happens, that’s exactly what Knoxville based Super Lawyer Mark C. Hartsoe has… that, plus free consultations, 34 years of experience with car accident, truck wreck, motorcycle wreck and premises liability/slip and fall cases, an aggressive strategy, a clutch of awards (including Mid-South Super Lawyer - Super Lawyers, and Top 100 Trial Lawyer - American Trial Lawyers Association), and a highly personable, client-centric approach that will put your needs front and center at all times.

Dana Hanson

Written by Dana Hanson

Dana has extensive professional writing experience including technical and report writing, informational articles, persuasive articles, contrast and comparison, grant applications, and advertisement. She also enjoys creative writing, content writing on nearly any topic (particularly business and lifestyle), because as a lifelong learner, she loves to do research and possess a high skill level in this area. Her academic degrees include AA social Sci/BA English/MEd Adult Ed & Community & Human Resource Development and ABD in PhD studies in Indust & Org Psychology.

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