Tennessee Defense

Lawyers Association


  • 15 Aug 2019 5:00 PM | Mary Gadd (Administrator)

    TDLA Members:

    Send in your TDLA Award Nominations for "Defense Lawyer of the Year" and "Rising Star" by August 30th!

    Nomination Form: click here

    Awards will be given at our Annual Meeting, September 18-20, 2019 in Knoxville.

  • 22 Jul 2019 5:00 PM | Mary Gadd (Administrator)

    TDLA Annual Meeting Registration is now open for TDLA Members. To register visit the Events section of our website, or click here.

    Young Lawyers may register under the Young Lawyers Boot Camp and Annual Meeting event, or click here.

  • 02 Jun 2019 8:00 PM | Mary Gadd (Administrator)

    TDLA Annual Membership runs from July 1 to June 30. The month of June is a great time to renew your membership with TDLA and continue to receive all of the wonderful TDLA benefits! 

    Current Regular/ Young Lawyer Members: A generated invoice will be emailed to you on Monday June 3. Please check your email box for the invoice! You may either renew by credit card or by sending a check to P.O. Box 282, Lookout Mountain, TN 37350. 

    Prospective Members: It's a great time to become a TDLA member! To submit an online application please click here.

    Questions? Do not hesitate to reach out to Mary Gadd, TDLA Executive Director if you have any questions! office@tdla.net

  • 22 Apr 2019 8:39 PM | Mary Gadd (Administrator)

    One of the membership benefits at TDLA is being part of an organization that can make a difference in Tennessee law. TDLA has submitted several Amicus Briefs in the last few months and below is a summary of those efforts.

    Individual Healthcare Specialists, Inc. v. Bluecross Blueshield of Tennessee, Inc. - TDLA garnered national attention from DRI for its involvement in this case. The Tennessee Supreme Court issued an opinion in January addressing the issues discussed in the Amicus Brief filed by DRI with the assistance of TDLA last year. In the case, the Court found Defendants breached its contract with Plaintiffs by failing to pay post-termination commissions, but the discovery rule did not apply because the alleged breach did was not "inherently undiscoverable. While the Court did not reject the discovery rule with respect to all breach of contract cases, the opinion indicated that the discovery rule would apply in very narrow circumstances, if at all.

    Martin et. al v. Rolling Hills Hospital, LLC - This is a healthcare liability case in which the Court of Appeals reversed the trial court’s dismissal of the claim based on plaintiffs’ incomplete HIPAA authorization and failure to comply with Tenn. Code Ann. section 29-26-121. The Supreme Court accepted the parties’ application and has asked for briefs regarding the role of prejudice in a substantial compliance analysis and when a plaintiff fails to provide a HIPAA-compliant authorization with the pre- suit notice letter. The parties’ briefing of these issues is completed, and TTLA has submitted an Amicus Brief. In response, TDLA Professional Negligence and Medical Malpractice Chair Chris Vrettos of Gideon, Cooper & Essary has filed an Amicus Brief on behalf of TDLA last week. More to come on this case.

    Tennessee Farmers v. DeBruce - TDLA members Hannah Lowe of Trammell, Adkins and Ward and Hank Spragins of Hickman, Goza and Spragins have agreed to co-author an Amicus Brief on behalf of TDLA regarding this significant case. The Tennessee Declaratory Judgment Act (Tenn. Code Ann. 29-14-107(a)) requires that “all persons shall be made parties who have or claim an interest which would be affected by the declaration, and no declaration shall prejudice the rights of persons not parties to the proceedings.” To date, Tennessee appellate courts have never gone so far as to hold that a court would not have subject matter jurisdiction to hear a declaratory judgment action when the insurer failed to include a party that claims an interest in the declaration. This case makes doing so a possibility.

  • 19 Mar 2019 8:00 AM | Mary Gadd (Administrator)

    TDLA officers will be attending the Southern and Southeastern Region meeting in Key Largo, Florida. In keeping with DRI Cares we are collecting new, best-selling books, audiobooks on CDs, music CDs, and DVDs with new movies to donate to the Friends of Key Largo Library. The Library is excited about getting donations and depend on these donations to provide materials to their patrons. A wish list has been set up through Amazon Smiles with links as set out below. If you want to send something prior to the meeting, Melissa Roeder’s firm, Foley Mansfield, in Miami has agreed to hold the items for FDLA to pick up before the meeting. 

    Young Adult Books:


    Movies (DVD)


    Music (CDs)



    Foley Mansfield

    Attn: Virginia Johnson – DRI

    4770 Biscayne Boulevard 
    Suite 1000 
    Miami, Florida 33137 
    Main: 305-438-9899
    Fax: 305-438-9819

    Thank you for caring!

  • 14 Dec 2018 12:00 PM | Mary Gadd (Administrator)

    Save the Date for these exciting TDLA and DRI events for 2019! More to come!!!

    January 25-26, 2019 - TDLA Trial School, Nashville, TN - more info by clicking here

    June 13-16, 2019 - TDLA/ ADLA Joint Summer Conference, Sandestin, FL - more info click here

    October 16-18, 2019 - DRI Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA

  • 14 Dec 2018 8:00 AM | Mary Gadd (Administrator)

    DRI Golden Coat Challenge - a nationwide coat drive!

    WHO: All State & Legal Defense Organizations (SLDO) members, core sponsors, law firms, and friends.

    WHAT: A diehard, fierce, nationwide competition among SLDOs to collect the most new and gently used coats. All collected coats will be donated to organizations in your local community, which will provide them free of charge to individuals in need. Winner (collector of the most coats) will receive a Golden Coat Award provided by #DRICares and bragging rights. All who participates are winners and will feel awesome for helping others.

    WHEN: Until December 31, 2018.

    HOW: Each SLDO will report to Melissa Roeder (mroeder@foleymansfield.com) on the number of coats collected. The top three SLDOs will be announced in The Voice.

    Please send donated coats by December 31, 2018 to attention:
    Lynn V. Lawyer, TDLA President
    Law Office of Gary R. Wilkinson
    51 Century Blvd., Suite 300
    Nashville, Tennessee 37214

  • 30 Oct 2018 5:00 PM | Mary Gadd (Administrator)

    TDLA was presented the Rudolph A. Janata award at the DRI Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA earlier this month. The award is presented to an outstanding state & legal defense bar organization that has undertaken an innovative or unique program contributing to the goals and objectives of the organized defense bar. We are honored to receive this national award, and we recognize all TDLA leadership, past and present, who have tirelessly volunteered their time to achieve this honor! 

    Onwards and upwards! 

  • 28 Oct 2018 8:03 AM | Mary Gadd (Administrator)

    The 2019 TDLA Sponsorship package is now available. 2019 sponsorships run from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019. Get in on a full year of visibility with a national award winning organization and over 500 TDLA members!

    Click here to view the 2019 sponsorship package. 

  • 27 Sep 2018 8:00 AM | Mary Gadd (Administrator)

    TDLA has scheduled a trial school CLE program for January 25 and 26 in Nashville.  The first day, Friday, January 25, will feature presentations on trial techniques in a traditional CLE setting.  The second day will be a mock trial using a NITA problem with judges, jurors, and attorney mentors participating in the program.  The students will actually try the case on Saturday, January 26.  We need volunteers for presenting the CLE and for acting as judges, jurors, and attorney mentors during the trial day.  

    If you are available, and are interested in volunteering for any of these roles, please complete the following 
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