John E Anderson

John E. Anderson, Sr.

Mr. Anderson's professional experience is highlighted by over 29 years of experience as a trial lawyer, representing clients in state and federal courts throughout the state of Tennessee. He represents major corporations, small businesses, tax-exempt organizations, and individuals in their litigation-related needs. He has served as lead counsel in numerous jury and bench trials, and has argued before the Tennessee Court of Appeals, the Tennessee Supreme Court and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. His experience includes extensive work handling bank and financial institution litigation including consumer complaints, foreclosure litigation and general litigation, complex commercial litigation, products liability litigation, transportation litigation and workers’ compensation defense. On behalf of his clients, Mr. Anderson has worked with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and is familiar with their standards, rules, and regulations. Mr. Anderson is the head of the firm's Transportation Practice Group.

Education & Credentials


University of Tennessee

B.S., 1984
  • With Honors

Washington and Lee University School of Law

J.D., 1989

Graduate, International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy - Boulder, CO


Bar Admission

  • Tennessee


  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America
  • Listed in 2015 A.M. Best's Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys
  • Justice Joseph W. Henry Award for Outstanding Legal Writing, Tennessee Bar Association, 2014
  • Fellow, Nashville Bar Foundation
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating - AV Preeminent

Representative Clients

  • Bass Pro Outdoor World, LLC
  • Church Mutual Insurance Company
  • Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
  • General Casualty Insurance Company
  • Hanover Insurance Company
  • Johnson Controls, Inc.
  • Kirkland’s, Inc.
  • Next Level Instructional Baseball, LLC
  • QBE of the Americas
  • Seterus, Inc.
  • Sodexo, Inc.
  • SunTrust Bank
  • T.H.E. Insurance Company
  • Waste Management, Inc.

Prominent Assignments

State and Federal Court Litigator since 1989.

Successful defense of breach of contract and bad faith litigation brought against insurance company client for alleged wrongful denial of a claim of roof damage to several commercial roofs owned by the Plaintiff. The case involved a January 2015 six-day jury trial in Federal Court in Memphis. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $2.5 million and the jury returned a defense verdict. 

Counsel to regional and national financial institutions in connection with various matters arising in Tennessee, including real property and general litigation matters.

Successful representation of numerous clients in the automobile industry in a variety of commercial litigation matters.

Successfully defended LLC member in dissolution and breach of fiduciary duty action while obtaining full ownership of health care company for client and enforcing noncompete agreement against rogue member.

Successfully negotiated a restructuring of secured debt for health care company and obtained dismissal of related commercial litigation initiated by secured lender. 

Representation of shopping center purchaser in a case against the property owner seeking enforcement of the terms of the purchase contract for recovery of due diligence expenses. Case was resolved favorably for our client prior to filing suit.

Obtained dismissal of case representing a motor speedway at conclusion of plaintiff’s proof after five (5) days of trial involving the testimony of twenty five (25) witnesses. Case involved claim of serious personal injury and severe emotional injury.

Obtained trial dismissal of church client based upon defense of the Ecclesiastical Abstention Doctrine.

Obtained summary judgment of products liability case representing the manufacturer of a medical implant device. Dismissal was upheld on appeal by the Tennessee Court of Appeals.

Represented large automotive brake manufacturer for false designation and trademark infringement to judgment which was the first appellate reported case in State Court in Tennessee granting money judgment under the Lanham Act.

Successful representation of a large variety of claims involving inappropriate sexual conduct, such as inappropriate texting, improper actions of employees and volunteers of churches towards church members and inappropriate conduct of volunteers of nonprofit agencies towards youths entrusted to their custody. 

Successful representation of numerous manufacturers and retail sellers in products liability litigation, including manufacturers of household kitchen and laundry products, medical implant devices, farm products, conveyor systems, animal vaccines and automotive products.

Successful representation of numerous insurance companies in a variety of matters, including coverage disputes and representation of insureds in various civil litigation matters, including automobile accidents, construction disputes, and general civil litigation.

Successful representation as counsel for workers’ compensation defense of major employers throughout the state of Tennessee. Obtained the benchmark decision of the Tennessee Supreme Court in Wausau v. Dorsett, clarifying an employer’s obligation for payment of indemnity benefits in workers’ compensation litigation.

Successful representation of shippers, carriers, transportation brokers and warehousemen in a variety of cargo claims including claims brought under the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act (“COGSA”) and the Carmack Amendment.

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Federal Bar Association 
    • Co-Chair, Surface Transportation Committee, Transportation and Transportation Security Law Section
  • Member, Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
    • Vice Chair, Transportation Section
    • Commercial Litigation, Insurance Industry and Transportation Sections 
  • Member, Tennessee Automobile Manufacturers Association
  • Member, Nashville Bar Association 
  • Member, Tennessee Bar Association  
  • Member, Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Member, Sigma Chi Bar Association
  • Member, Japan-America Society of Tennessee, Inc. (golf committee)
  • Member of Recruiting Committee, Dickinson Wright PLLC

Community Involvement

  • Sigma Chi Fraternity
  • Prior Member - University of Tennessee Board of Governors
  • Prior Officer - University of Tennessee, Davidson County Alumni 


    • United States Supreme Court
    • United States Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit
    • United States District Court for Eastern, Middle and Western Districts
    • Tennessee State Courts


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