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Two leading Tennessee law firms – Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop, P.C. and Thomason, Hendrix, Harvey, Johnson & Mitchell – have merged to form one of the largest state-based firms in Tennessee.
The firm commenced joint operations on January 1, 2014, and will be known as Lewis Thomason. It will offer clients an expanded legal network and a statewide presence in Tennessee, with offices in Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville and Sevierville. The combined firm will continue to focus on all practice concentrations it offers across the state including its emphasis on litigation.
“This is a natural fit between our two well-known and highly respected law practices,” said Lisa Ramsay Cole, Lewis Thomason’s president and managing shareholder of the firm’s Nashville office. “Both firms are known for their commitment to client service, and both have solid reputations and strong identities in their respective legal communities. We plan to combine the best practices of both firms to better serve our clients.”
“Our cultures and practice areas are naturally complementary,” said Michael E. Keeney, managing shareholder of Lewis Thomason’s Memphis office. “This greatly facilitated a smooth transition to a unified organization that blends both firms and highlights their strengths. It also results in our having a statewide footprint that gives our clients access to a broader pool of experienced attorneys.”
Lewis King was founded in 1960 by brothers George W. Morton, Jr. and L. Clure Morton, with a primary focus on defense and commercial work. Since its founding, it has diversified significantly while growing to include 58 attorneys with locations in Knoxville, Nashville and Sevierville. In addition to a wide range of practice areas, the focus of the firm remains the representation of companies and individuals in litigation.
Thomason Hendrix was founded in 1967 by John Thomason, Frank Crawford and Roy Hendrix and is located in Memphis. It currently employs 33 attorneys who engage in a strong litigation practice emphasizing the representation of doctors, health care and other professionals and entities.
“Both of our firms have grown naturally over the years without prior mergers,” Keeney said. “We are now undertaking this collaboration because of its tremendous potential for our firms and, most importantly, for our clients. It’s truly a win-win situation for all concerned.”
“Both of our firms remain committed to offering exceptional representation at a reasonable cost,” said Cole. “Our overriding goal is to provide a high level of service that builds trust and establishes productive, long-term relationships with our clients.”
Lewis Thomason today has 91 attorneys in its four offices in Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville and Sevierville.