Sidney W. Gilreath

Top rated personal injury attorney in Knoxville, Tennessee

Gilreath & Associates
Sidney W. Gilreath
Gilreath & Associates

Practice Areas: Personal injury, Medical malpractice, Products liability; view more

Licensed in Tennessee since: 1963

Education: The University of Tennessee College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2009, 2013 - 2022

Gilreath & Associates

550 Main Street
Suite 600
Knoxville, TN 37902 Visit website


Attorney Sidney W. Gilreath is the founder and owner of Gilreath & Associates, which has law offices in Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee. A nationally ranked trial lawyer with more than 58 years of total legal experience, Mr. Gilreath provides exceptional counsel and support to clients across the state who have legal needs involving any of the following:

· Automobile, trucking and motorcycle accidents

· Aviation

· Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) claims

· Medical malpractice

· Products liability

· Personal injury

A licensed pilot with more than 4,000 hours of flight time, Mr. Gilreath is a recognized authority in aviation law, and he has achieved remarkable success advocating on behalf of those who have suffered an injury or loss as a result of an aircraft accident. Equally effective with all other types of personal injury and wrongful death claims, he has recovered millions of dollars in total compensation for his plaintiff clients, and he has gained a reputation as a fierce and tireless advocate for those he serves.

Among his legal credentials, Mr. Gilreath holds his certification as a Civil Trial Advocate from the National Board of Trial Advocacy and as a Civil Trial Specialist from the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization. A leader in his field, he has served as president of the Tennessee and American Bar Associations and other legal organizations, and he is a former member of the board of governors as well as vice president, treasurer, parliamentarian and state committeeman for the American Association for Justice.

Mr. Gilreath has also served as president and vice president of the Tennessee Association for Justice, and he is an active member of many local, state and national legal organizations. Recognized for his outstanding professionalism and service, he has received consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America along with the organization's Lawyer of the Year award in 2011 and 2017. He has also received many designations as among the top trial lawyers in Tennessee and the country.

A 1958 graduate of Maryville College, Mr. Gilreath obtained his Bachelor of Law from the University of Tennessee College of Law at Knoxville in 1962. He also served as instructor at the National College of Advocacy from 1979 to 1980. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th and 11th Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Practice areas

Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Personal injury - medical malpractice: plaintiff, Personal injury - products: plaintiff

Focus areas

Motor vehicle accidents, Personal injury - plaintiff, Trucking accidents, Medical malpractice

  • 40% Personal injury - general: plaintiff
  • 30% Personal injury - medical malpractice: plaintiff
  • 30% Personal injury - products: plaintiff

First Admitted: 1963, Tennessee

Professional Webpage:

  • Sterling v. Velsicol, 855 F.2d 1188 (6th Cir., 1988)
  • Johnson v. Tenn. Farmers Mut. Ins. Co., 205 S.W.3d 365 (Tenn. 2006)
  • Cruze v. Ford Motor Co., et al., 1999 WL 1206798 (Tenn.Ct.App.)
  • Steele v. Ft. Sanders Anesthesia Group, P.C., 897 S.W.2d 270 (Tenn. App., 1994)
  • Motley v. Fluid Power, 640 S.W.2d 222 (Tenn. App. 1982)
  • Murphree v. Raybestos-Manhattan, Inc., 696 F.2d 459 (6th Cir., 1982)
  • Sweeney v. State Dept. of Transp., 744 S.W.2d 905 (Tenn. App., 1987)
  • Wolfe v. United States, 703 F.2d 569 (6th Cir., 1982)
  • Braden v. Yoder, 592 S.W.2d 897 (Tenn. App., 1979)
  • Smith v. Gore, 728 S.W.2d 738 (Tenn., 1987)
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Civil Trial Specialist, Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization
  • Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, President, Tennessee Chapter, 1995-1996
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys. Fellow: International Society of Barristers
  • American Judicature Society
  • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association
  • New York State Association of Trial Lawyers, Inc., Associate Member
  • West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Associate Member
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Associate Member
  • Tennessee Association for Justice, Vice President, 1969-1970; President, 1971-1972; Life Member, 1983
  • The American Association for Justice, State Committeeman, 1969; Member, Board of Governors, 1976-1984, 1992; Parliamentarian, 1984-1986; Treasurer, 1987-1988; Vice President 1988-1989
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, 1962
  • Knoxville Junior, President, 1965, Tennessee and American Bar Associations
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and Eleventh Circuits, 1966
  • Tennessee, 1962
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Instructor, National College of Advocacy, 1979-1980
  • American College of Legal Medicine, Associate Member. Founding Fellow, Tennessee Bar Foundation. Adjunct Professor, Trial Advocacy, the University of Tennessee College of Law, 1999
Educational Background:
  • Maryville College, B.S., 1958

Office location for Sidney W. Gilreath

550 Main Street
Suite 600
Knoxville, TN 37902

Phone: 865-503-2291

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