Elizabeth M. Hutton

Top rated Medical Malpractice attorney in Johnson City, Tennessee

Herndon, Coleman, Brading, & McKee, LLP
Elizabeth M. Hutton
Herndon, Coleman, Brading, & McKee, LLP

Practice Areas: Medical Malpractice, Family Law, Appellate; view more

Licensed in Tennessee since: 2007

Education: Appalachian School of Law

Selected to Rising Stars: 2018 - 2019

Herndon, Coleman, Brading, & McKee, LLP

104 E Main St
Johnson City, TN 37604 Visit website


A partner at the law offices of Herndon, Coleman, Brading, & McKee, LLP, in Johnson City, Tennessee, Elizabeth M. Hutton represents clients with cases involving civil litigation, family law, federal practice, insurance defense and medical malpractice. With more than 14 years of legal experience, she provides sound and knowledgeable counsel to her clients in the Tri-Cities area. 

With a special focus on medical malpractice matters, Ms. Hutton has immense experience taking on cases involving doctors and their practice. Additionally, she is well known for working on complex litigation cases and for her skills in family law, negligence, and class actions. She has represented many people before licensing boards and before the Tennessee Court of Appeals. 

With an educational background in the medical field, Ms. Hutton knows the workings of this field and serves as a zealous advocate for those who have been injured due to professional negligence by those in the field of medicine and other areas as well. She has a firm commitment to her clients’ needs and best interests.

Ms. Hutton obtained her nursing degree from East Tennessee State University in 2001, where she was the vice president of her nursing class. She obtained her Juris Doctor in 2007 from the Appalachian School of Law. She became a representative and a member of the House of Delegates in the 1st Judicial District and has been since 2014.

Active in prominent legal associations, Ms. Hutton has memberships in the Tennessee Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute and the Christian Legal Society. She completed a program at the American Bar Association’s National Trial Academy in Tort Trial and Insurance Practice and was honored for excelling in it. She also received the Virginia Bar Association Family Law Award from the Virginia Bar Association and has a “Good” rating on Avvo. 

Practice areas

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Defense, Family Law, Appellate, Personal Injury - General: Defense

Focus areas

Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent, Medical Malpractice

  • 60% Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Defense
  • 20% Family Law
  • 10% Appellate
  • 10% Personal Injury - General: Defense

First Admitted: 2007, Tennessee

Professional Webpage: https://lawyerfirm.com/attorneys/

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Serves at Quillen College of Medicine as a Professor to Medical Students, Doctoring III Class, Professor, Quillen College Of Medicine
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Christian Legal Society
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Educational Background:
  • East Tennessee State University, Bachelors of Science in Nursing, 2001
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Registered Nurse, 2002
  • Recipient of the Virginia Bar Association Family Law Award, 2007
  • , Completed the American Bar Association’s National Trial Academy in Tort Trial and Insurance Practice, 2015
  • Attorneys Elizabeth Hutton and Justin Hutton obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a prominent Pediatric Pulmonologist and her employer in the Circuit Court of Washington County, Tennessee in August of 2021. The Plaintiff alleged that the Pediatric Pulmonologist failed to properly diagnose and treat a six (6) month old child with pre-existing heart conditions, who presented to the Pediatric Pulmonologist’s office with complaints of respiratory distress. Shortly after being discharged from the doctor’s office the child presented to the Emergency Department in respiratory distress, and despite heroic treatments she continued to deteriorate and ultimately passed away the following day. The defense alleged that the physician’s diagnoses and treatment of the child was appropriate with the information she had available to her at that time, but the child ultimately succumbed to a rare, and in this case, fatal infection caused by Bordetella Bronchiseptica (Kennel Cough) that was undiagnosed at that time. There were no settlement negotiations prior to trial. The Plaintiff asserted at trial that the child’s mother was entitled to damages in the range of $1.6 million to $2.7 million for lost earning capacity for the child, and additional monies for pain and suffering and loss of consortium. After seven days of trial, the jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of the defense., 2021
  • Roberts v. Prill, 2014 Tenn. App. Lexis 368
  • Attorneys Elizabeth Hutton and Justin Hutton of the East Tennessee firm of Herndon, Coleman, Brading & McKee, LLP obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a vascular surgeon in the Circuit Court of Washington County, Tennessee on November 23, 2021.  The Plaintiff alleged that the physician breached the applicable standard of care by recommending a HeRO Graft for her permanent dialysis access, as she alleged she was not a proper candidate for the device. Further, she alleged that the physician breached the standard of care by placing the device in a vein that had not been properly studied by the manufacturer of the device.  Last, she contended that the physician committed medical battery by failing to obtain proper informed consent prior to the surgical procedure.  Unfortunately, approximately two (2) months after placement of the HeRO Graft, there was a catastrophic failure when the device broke in two, with a portion of the device migrating into the Plaintiff’s heart.  She claimed she suffered extensive pulmonary embolisms and other injuries due to the physician’s actions.  The defense asserted that the physician’s recommendations for use of the device and the location of device placement were appropriate and did not cause the catastrophic failure of the device.  The physician also asserted that he obtained proper consent from the patient prior to the procedure. After seven (7) days of trial, the jury returned a unanimous decision in favor of the physician on all counts., 2021
Industry Groups:
  • Medical

Office location for Elizabeth M. Hutton

104 E Main St
Johnson City, TN 37604

Phone: 844-678-9750


2 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2018 - 2019

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