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Paine, Tarwater, & Bickers, LLP
900 South Gay Street, Suite 2200
Knoxville, TN 37902-1821
United States
(865) 525.0880

Firm Details

Paine, Tarwater, & Bickers, LLP represents a variety of clients in civil litigation matters and is called upon by the country's major corporations to assist in complex civil litigation matters. Since 1987, its team of attorneys is engaged in the representation of clients in products liability, toxic tort, pharmaceutical and professional malpractice cases, and is also involved in many kinds of commercial, employment, construction and estate cases.

For 30 years, the firm has represented a number of businesses and corporations and has extensive experience in products liability serving as national coordinating counsel, regional counsel and national trial counsel for its clients.  The firm has considerable trial experience in federal and state courts located in twenty-plus states.  Additionally, it is often called upon to act as appellate counsel in both state and federal courts. 

Paine, Tarwater, & Bickers, LLP is considered creative and result-oriented in its approach, striving to offer pro-active legal service by applying the law and the firm’s considerable advocacy skills in a constructive and innovative manner to win cases and achieve client objectives at a reasonable cost.  Fortune 500 companies and small business owners alike find the firm a good match considering its experience, expertise, and its ability to provide effective, outstanding service at smaller market rates. 


Ned Willard
Legal Administrator


  • Knoxville Best Lawyers Mass Tort/Class Actions - Defendants, Lawyer of the Year - Tom Bickers
  • Legal Aid of East Tennessee's Pro Bono Firm of the Year
  • Legal Aid of East Tennessee's Pro Bono Partner Award - John Elder
  • Legal Aid of East Tennessee's Pro Bono Firm of the Year
  • Knoxville Best Lawyers Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Lawyer of the Year - Dwight Tarwater
  • 2011 Greater Knoxville Business Journal 40 under 40 Award - John Elder
  • Tennessee Bar Association 2015 Leadership Law Class - Taylor Williams
  • Tennessee Bar Association 2016 Leadership Law Class - Catherine Anglin
  • 2014 Knoxville Bar Foundation Fellows - Tom Bickers


Ned Willard
Legal Administrator

Firm Practice Areas

  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

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