Leo M. Bearman , Jr. - Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Leo M. Bearman , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1993

Leo Bearman Jr. is an experienced litigator who has represented clients in civil litigation, class action defense, antitrust matters, insurance defense litigation, products liability defense, intellectual property litigation, professional negligence defense, and commercial litigation.  Mr. Bearman is a shareholder in the Memphis office, and has represented city and county governments as well as a number of national, regional and local companies.

Mr. Bearman is a well-known speaker and writer.  A native Memphian, he has been significantly involved in the Memphis community.  His professional leadership is equally notable and includes former membership of the Tennessee Supreme Court Advisory Commission on drafting Rules of Evidence for the State of Tennessee, Supreme Court Advisory Commission on amending the Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure, and the Tennessee Supreme Court Disciplinary Board Hearing Committee.

Mr. Bearman recently acted as counsel in a significant patent case representing the world leader in medical technology. The trial was held in the United States District Court in Memphis and deemed the longest running trial in the history of the Western District of Tennessee. As part of the outcome, the jury granted our client's request for the right to continue to use the technology and intellectual property at issue, which is the cornerstone of its highly profitable $1.8 billion-a-year spinal business.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • "Caveat Emptor in Sales of Realty ­– Recent Assaults Upon the Rule" Vanderbilt Law Review (1961)
  • "The Competency and Impeachment of Witnesses" Tennessee Law Review (1989)
  • "Legal Malpractice in the Area of Litigation" 17 Memphis State University Law Review 541 (Summer 1987)
  • "Some Observations on the Art of Advocacy" Volume II, Memphis Bar Association Magazine, Number 2 at page 9 (1992)

Yale UniversityHarvard University Law SchoolJ.D. 1960
University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of LawMemphis, Shelby County, Tennessee and American Bar Associations American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)Fellows of the American Bar Foundation (since 1987) Annual Campaign for the Memphis State Law Library (1991 – 92) Annual Campaign, Memphis State Law School (1991 – 92 and 1992 – 93) American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (1995) International Association of Insurance Counsel (November 1, 1980) American College of Trial Lawyers Memphis and Shelby County Bar Association Tennessee Junior Bar Association

Client Comments

"Leo Bearman is an excellent attorney. He and his team were a pleasure to work with. The level of expertise and preparation they brought to the table in dealing with a case of enormous importance was of the highest caliber."

-Charlotte Knight Griffin
Memphis Light, Gas & Water

"Leo Bearman is an exceptionally talented trial lawyer."

"Leo Bearman is a first-class, effective defense lawyer."

Office Location

First Tennessee Building, Suite 2000
165 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Appellate Practice of the Memphis Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants of the Memphis Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Appellate Practice of the Memphis Metro Area2011 Lawyer of the Year in Medical Malpractice Law of the Memphis Metro Area2010 Lawyer of the Year in Bet-the-Company Litigation of the Memphis Metro Area2009 Lawyer of the Year in Personal Injury Litigation of the Memphis Metro Area
Leo M. Bearman, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!Leo M. Bearman, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!Leo M. Bearman, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!Leo M. Bearman, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2011!Leo M. Bearman, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2010!Leo M. Bearman, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2009!

Practice Areas

Appellate Practice
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Litigation - Securities
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Mediation
Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants (Appellate, Litigation, Medical Devices, Medical Negligence, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Wrongful Death)
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (Appellate, Civil Litigation, Product Liability, Professional Malpractice)
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (Appellate, Automobile, Insurance, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Tobacco)
Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants (Consumer Class Actions, Legal Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Professional Liability)