Thomas B. Branch, III practices in the area of general civil
litigation with an emphasis on product liability and corporate litigation.
Mr. Branch has been a trial lawyer since 1960 and the majority of his trial
practice has been devoted to product liability cases since 1980. Products
involved in cases tried by him before juries in federal and state court systems
have included sophisticated electronic devices, ladders, firearms, power tools,
medical prostheses and other devices, valves, control systems, computers and
many others. He has defended the manufacturers and distributors of such products
in cases involving serious personal injury and large property damage. He also
has represented insurance companies in first party litigation in coverage
disputes in life, casualty, environmental and professional liability claims.
While Mr. Branch has experience in corporate litigation ranging from
contractual disputes to securities fraud and antitrust, recently he has
represented closely held corporations and partnerships in litigated dissolutions
and reorganizations. These have included minority and majority shareholder
representation and representation of law firms and lawyers in partnership
withdrawals and reorganizations. He has represented businesses in the specific
performance of contracts for the sale and acquisition of real estate and other
assets. He also has represented clients in state and federal courts in
Tennessee, New York, Ohio and California. A growing part of his practice is the
enforcement of restrictive covenants in employment and acquisition agreements.