Sam D. Elliott is a member of the firm and practices primarily in the field of litigation. He has tried jury cases involving products liability, personal injury, employment discrimination and eminent domain. Sam also represents the municipal governments of Soddy Daisy, Collegedale, Lakesite, and Walden and therefore is experienced in such diverse matters as government land use regulation and civil rights litigation. He also advises clients on issues of employment law, environmental law, commercial disputes and professional liability, has served as an arbitrator, and is a Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator. Sam is listed in the Publication Best Lawyers in America for Bet the Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Land Use and Zoning, Litigation-Municipal and Municipal Law. He has been selected as a Mid South Super Lawyer every year since 2006 and is AV® Preeminent™ rated in Martindale-Hubbell.
Sam is a past president of both the Tennessee Bar Association and the Chattanooga Bar Association. Sam began his career clerking in 1981-82 for then U. S. Magistrate Roger Dickson, and has been with the firm ever since. In 1994, in an appointed criminal case which he argued before the Tennessee Supreme Court, he and his co-counsel obtained post-conviction relief for a prisoner on death row. Sam has also appeared as co-counsel for the Chattanooga Bar Association in suits to enjoin the unauthorized practice of law, and volunteers in the pro bono program for Legal Aid of East Tennessee. In 2012, he was named to Legal Aid of East Tennessee‘s Hall of Fame, and is the 2016 winner of the Chattanooga Bar Association’s Ralph H. Kelley Humanitarian Award.
Sam and his wife, Karen, have two daughters, and attend Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church.