K. Stephen Powers - Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

K. Stephen Powers

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008
Phone: 423-209-4130

Steve Powers serves some of the largest motor carriers in the trucking industry in their accident litigation defense across the country. As a shareholder in the Firm's Chattanooga office, he practices transportation law and handles a variety of defense litigation and employment matters. His transportation practice includes regulatory and administrative law matters, as well as counseling on electronic data retention systems and policies, e-discovery and insurance coverage issues. He has spoken at a number of industry meetings, including the American Trucking Associations 2006 Forum for Motor Carrier General Counsels held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where his presentation addressed electronic onboard recorders and e-discovery in accident litigation, and the American College of Transportation Attorneys' 2011 Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, concerning property brokers' liability for personal injuries and cargo losses arising out of motor carrier accidents. Mr. Powers also made a presentation at the Trucking Industry Defense Association's Advanced Seminar in Miami, Florida, on February 9, 2012 discussing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Compliance, Safety, Accountability safety measurement system.

Mr. Powers is widely experienced in employment law matters, and he has defended manufacturers in a variety of industries in product liability litigation, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, construction equipment and tobacco products.

Mr. Powers has been admitted pro hac vice in numerous state and federal courts and has served as lead defense trial counsel in multiple jurisdictions. In addition, he emphasizes alternative dispute resolution, and particularly encourages early mediation of catastrophic injury and death cases, for which he has enjoyed a very high success rate.

Mr. Powers is a member of the Firm's Transportation, Labor & Employment, and Drug, Device & Bioscience Industry Practice Groups and he is a member of the Firm's 24 Hour Motor Carrier Emergency Response Team, a group of attorneys dedicated to providing rapid post-accident intervention and investigation throughout the Firm's footprint and beyond, whenever and wherever you need us.

University of TennesseeBA 1976University of Tennessee College of LawJ.D. 1979
Justices Ray L. Brock and Robert E. Cooper Chapter, American Inns of Court International Association of Defense Counsel (Business Litigation Committee) American College of Transportation Attorneys, Inc. (2013 – 2015)Trucking Industry Defense Association Transportation Lawyers Association Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association Defense Research Institute (Drug and Device Committee, Trucking Law Committee) Tennessee and Chattanooga Bar Associations American and Federal Bar Associations

Client Comments

"Steve has extensive experience defending truck accident cases."

-David McDowell
Director of Risk Management
Averitt Express, Inc.

Office Location

1900 Republic Centre
633 Chestnut Street
Chattanooga, TN 37450
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants of the Chattanooga Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Product Liability Litigation - Defendants of the Chattanooga Metro Area
K. Stephen Powers has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!K. Stephen Powers has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Transportation Law (Motor Carrier, Trucking)