Samuel Lanier Felker - Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Samuel Lanier Felker

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

Sam Felker is a shareholder in the Firm's Nashville office and a member of the Product Liability/Mass Tort Group. For over 30 years, Sam has focused his litigation practice on the defense of product liability, food safety, mass torts and commercial cases. In pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, Sam has served as national, regional and local counsel in defending manufacturers throughout the United States. During the course of his career, Sam has also represented clients in significant commercial litigation involving insurance coverage, securities fraud, breach of contract, theft of trade secrets, defamation and intellectual property.

University of VirginiaJ.D. 1980Mississippi State UniversityBS 1977
Defense Research Institute American Health Lawyers Association Metropolitan Nashville Board of Health. Tennessee Stonewall Bar Association Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel; Drug, Device and Biotechnology and Product Liability Sections American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Products Liability Committee, Membership Chair Tennessee Bar Association; former chair of Litigation Section Nashville Bar Association, Federal Courts Committee

Case History

Representative Matters
  • Served as national counsel for major U.S. food company in multiple significant cases alleging product contamination.
  • Served as regional counsel for pharmaceutical manufacturer in multiple suits alleging serious injuries from use of over-the-counter medication.
  • Led a team of over 50 attorneys and legal professionals in defending a pharmaceutical company in diet drug litigation in Tennessee, consisting of over 2,500 federal court cases throughout the state. Also served on the client’s national expert witness team deposing medical causation experts throughout the country.
  • Defended Japanese insurance company in significant insurance coverage dispute involving the cost of defending hundreds of suits filed over alleged defective products.
  • Represented clients in food contamination recalls involving peanut butter products and ingredients.
  • Defended manufacturer of smoke alarm in wrongful death case and coordinated national defense of similar products.
  • Defended a leading manufacturer of orthopedic knee and hip devices in multiple suits alleging product defect and failure.
  • Served as lead counsel in defending manufacturer of over-the-counter pain medication in case alleging catastrophic injuries.
  • Served as lead counsel in defending manufacturer of electrical components in case involving multiple deaths.
  • Defended brokerage firm in arbitrations throughout United States involving alleged securities fraud and broker misconduct.

Office Location

Baker Donelson Center, Suite 800
211 Commerce Street
Nashville, TN 37201
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants of the Nashville Metro Area
Samuel Lanier Felker has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation (Civil Litigation, Complex Litigation, Intellectual Property, Mass Tort, Plaintiffs)
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants (Pharmaceutical)
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants