Thomas L. Parker - Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Thomas L. Parker

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2011
Phone: 901-577-2179

Tommy Parker is a trial lawyer who conducts internal corporate investigations and defends corporate and individual clients in government investigations and those accused of white collar crime. Mr. Parker has also served as defense counsel in a number of medical malpractice cases against physicians, hospitals and health care providers, and has additional experience in a variety of other substantive areas of tort litigation. Mr. Parker has defended clients in actions brought under the False Claims Act, both qui tam actions and those brought directly by the federal government. He is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney with extensive trial and appellate experience in federal court relating to a variety of criminal matters including bank fraud, mail fraud, narcotics trafficking and money laundering.

University of South CarolinaBS 1985Vanderbilt University School of LawJ.D. 1989
Calvary Episcopal ChurchYouth Villages, Inc., Board of Directors Volunteer Center of Memphis, Board of Directors (1996 – 2001) CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), Board of Directors (1998 – 2006) Young Lawyer's DivisionLeo Bearman, Sr. Chapter of American Inns of Court (2005 – 2010) Memphis Bar Foundation (2006) United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee (2008) United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee (2012 – present) Memphis Bar Association, Secretary/Treasurer (2013); Secretary (2012); Board of Directors (2000 – 2003, 2009 – 2010, 2011 – 2012)

Case History

Representative Matters
  • Served as co-defense counsel for neurosurgeon and neurosurgery clinic in which plaintiff alleged wrongful death as a result of alleged medical malpractice related to a complex neurosurgical procedure and delayed infection. Following a three-week trial in February 2013, the jury returned a defense verdict.
  • Served as co-defense counsel for spice manufacturer in action brought by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in which the FDA sought broad injunctive relief including destruction of inventory based on violations of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. In a published ruling, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee recognized the extensive measures undertaken by the manufacturer to ensure compliance with FDA rules and regulations and that the relief sought by the government was largely unnecessary. The court refused to order much of the relief requested by the FDA.
  • Represented owner of Durable Medical Equipment supplier in federal criminal case in which the client admittedly submitted forged prescriptions and fraudulent claims for power wheelchairs valued at approximately $400,000 and received a sentence of home confinement, probation and restitution.
  • Represented large medical center in DOJ investigation of qui tam complaint alleging False Claims Act violations. Government declined to intervene and dismissed the underlying Complaint.

Office Location

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


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Antitrust of the Memphis Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Antitrust of the Memphis Metro Area
Thomas L. Parker has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Thomas L. Parker has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Government Relations Practice
Litigation - Antitrust
Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants