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Dan R. Pilkington Awarded Preeminent Peer Review Rating

Posted on April 25, 2017

Watson, Roach, Batson, Rowell & Lauderback, P.L.C. is pleased to announce Dan R. Pilkington has been recognized by Martindale-Hubbell as the firm’s newest AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated attorney.  Martindale-Hubbell is recognized as one of the preeminent objective attorney rating services.  This is the highest possible rating that can be earned from this organization and is given to only a select few.  An attorney must demonstrate unrivaled skill, unparalleled understanding of the intricacies of the law, and ethical professionalism at all times in order to gain an AV Preeminent rating.  Mr. Pilkington’s practice concentrates in civil litigation, including insurance defense, civil rights, employment law, governmental tort law, and business services.

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Emily Taylor is guest speaker at Tort and Insurance Forum

Posted on April 20, 2017

On March 31, 2017, Emily Taylor presented a session concerning the Tennessee Governmental Tort Liability Act at the Tennessee Bar Association Tort and Insurance Forum 2017.  The Forum was held at the Bar Center in Nashville, Tennessee.  This full day forum offered sessions with essential and practical material for tort and insurance attorneys and those interested in tort and insurance law. 

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Courtney E. Read Becomes Member of Firm

Posted on January 17, 2017

Courtney E. Read has become a member of Watson, Roach, Batson, Rowell & Lauderback, P.L.C. effective January 1, 2017.  Ms. Read practices in the areas of civil litigation, appeals, governmental tort law litigation and healthcare liability defense litigation. Read More

Hanson R. Tipton Elected Secretary of Knoxville Bar Association

Posted on December 20, 2016

Hanson R. Tipton was elected Secretary of the Knoxville Bar Association at the Knoxville Bar Association Annual Meeting and Elections on December 9, 2016. The KBA serves more than 2,000 members with an eighteen-member Board of Governors.  All KBA policies and programs are either developed or overseen by the bar's Board of Governors.  The Executive Committee (Officers of the Knoxville Bar Association) consists of the President, the President-Elect, the Secretary, the Treasurer, and the Immediate Past President.

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Firm to Sponsor 2016 Knoxville Challenger Charity Tennis Tournament

Posted on November 07, 2016

The firm will again sponsor the Knoxville Challenger Tennis Tournament, which returns to Knoxville on November 8 – 13, 2016 at the Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center on the University of Tennessee campus. 

The Knoxville Challenger is a professional charity tennis tournament designed to provide opportunities to aspiring young professional tennis players to advance to the top levels of the game.  The Knoxville Challenger is part of the USTA Pro Circuit series, which is a pathway to the U.S. Open and tour-level competition.  Tournament players will compete for $50,000 in prize money and ATP ranking points.

The Knoxville Challenger benefits the Helen Ross McNabb Center, a regional not-for-profit provider of behavioral health care in East Tennessee.  The event is held every year in memory of Harry W. Stowers in recognition of Mr. Stowers’ life, work, commitment and passion for the Helen Ross McNabb Center.

For the tournament schedule and ticket information, visit www.knoxchallenger.com.

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John T. Batson, Jr. recognized as a Top Attorney 2016

Posted on October 19, 2016

John T. Batson, Jr. was recognized as a Top Attorney 2016 by Cityview Magazine in the July – August 2016 edition.  Mr. Batson was recognized in the category of Administrative Law.  Cityview describes its award process as follows:  “Each year, Cityview calls upon members of the Knoxville Bar Association to determine which attorneys in East Tennessee are the best in their respective fields.  The one criterion we most want the participating attorneys to consider when casting their ballots is whom they would recommend to friends and family if a particular matter fell outside of their practice specialties." Read More

Hanson R. Tipton recognized as Top Lawyer

Posted on September 13, 2016

Hanson R. Tipton was recognized as a Top Attorney 2016 by Cityview Magazine in the July – August 2016 edition.  Mr. Tipton was recognized in the category of Worker’s Compensation – Defense.  Cityview describes its award process as follows: “Each year, Cityview calls upon members of the Knoxville Bar Association to determine which attorneys in East Tennessee are the best in their respective fields.  The one criterion we most want the participating attorneys to consider when casting their ballots is whom they would recommend to friends and family if a particular matter fell outside of their practice specialties.”

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Nathan Rowell selected for 2016-2017 Class of UT Chancellor's Associates

Posted on August 30, 2016

Nathan Rowell has been selected for the 2016-2017 Class of the University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Associates. The appointment is a three year term.  As active liaisons between the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the community, the Chancellor’s Associates are committed to enhancing communications and interaction between the university family and the greater Knoxville area.

The membership of the Chancellor’s Associates, made up of business, professional, and volunteer leaders from the region, interact and work with the administration, faculty, and students of the university to strengthen local ties, reinforce the town and gown bond, and build new alliances.

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Rowell to be inducted as Fellow of Knoxville Bar Foundation

Posted on April 29, 2016

Nathan D. Rowell will be inducted as a Fellow of the Knoxville Bar Foundation on May 24, 2016.  Each year, the Foundation inducts a new Fellows Class which is less than one percent of the active bar association.  According to the Foundation, Fellows represent attorneys who have distinguished themselves in the practice of law and service. 

The Foundation’s board of directors reviews numerous nominations and determines the inductees who have demonstrated superior legal skills and high ethical standards and service to the community.

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Dedication of Robert H. Watson, Jr. Research and Information Center

Posted on February 18, 2016

On January 14, 2016, members of the firm attended the dedication of the Robert H. Watson, Jr. Research and Information Center at the University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service.  A bronze commemorative plaque was unveiled in recognition of Mr. Watson’s work with the Tennessee Municipal League Risk Management Pool and municipal governments in Tennessee.  The program included comments by Jim Thomas of MTAS, Dr. Joe DiPietro, President of the University of Tennessee, Dawn Crawford, President/CEO of the TML Risk Management Pool, Mrs. Pat Watson, and Dr. Herb Byrd III, Vice President of Institute for Public Service.

Pictured in the photograph are Benjamin K. Lauderback, Pat Watson and Beth Drinnen.  (Photo: Adam Brimer/University of Tennessee).


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Firm Sponsors 2015-16 Knoxville Jr. Ice Bears Squirt Travel Team

Posted on December 14, 2015

Watson, Roach Batson, Rowell & Lauderback, P.L.C. is pleased to announce that it has recently become a sponsor of the 2015-16 Knoxville Jr. Ice Bears Squirt Travel Team.  The team consists of the best nine and ten year old youth ice hockey players in the East Tennessee area.  The team currently participates in the Southern Youth Travel Hockey League and will participate in various tournaments throughout the season in locations such as Charlotte, North Carolina, Indianapolis, Indiana and Nashville, Tennessee.

Additional information about the Knoxville Jr. Ice Bears Squirt Travel Team can be found at http://www.kaha.org/page/show/1934929-squirt-jr-ice-bears-2015-2016- and https://www.facebook.com/2016KnoxvilleJrIceBearsSquirtTravelTeam/?ref=hl .

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Rowell Running for Knox County Law Director

Posted on November 18, 2015

Nathan Rowell, a member of the Firm, will be running for the office of Knox County Law Director in the March 1 Republican Primary. 

Rowell, who graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1995, practices almost exclusively in the area of governmental law.  He has represented Knox County, the Knox County Board of Education, the City of Knoxville, Knoxville/Knox County CAC and hundreds of other Tennessee cities and counties for almost 20 years.  He was a clerk for two judges on the Tennessee Court of Appeals prior to joining the firm in 1997.  

He is rated an AV Preeminent lawyer, the highest possible rating, by peer survey from Martindale-Hubbell, and is an active member of the bar and the local community.

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Nathan Rowell named to Campaign Steering Committee

Posted on October 09, 2015

Nathan Rowell has been named to the University of Tennessee College of Education, Health and Human Sciences “Journey to the Top 25” Campaign Steering Committee.  The Committee is responsible for supporting efforts to reach the college’s goal of raising $40,000,000.  It will focus on funding priorities such as faculty support, graduate fellowships, undergraduate scholarships, and strategic college based initiatives. Read More

Firm Sponsors Knoxville Challenger Charity Tennis Tournament

Posted on October 05, 2015

The firm is pleased to announce it will again sponsor the Knoxville Challenger tennis tournament, which is being held on November 10 – 15, 2015 at the University of Tennessee Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center.  The annual tournament is designed to provide opportunities to aspiring young American professional tennis players to advance to the top levels of the game.

The tournament benefits the Helen Ross McNabb Center and honors the memory of Harry W. Stowers.  The Helen Ross McNabb Center provides behavioral health services to children, adults and families facing mental illness, addiction and social challenges.

The tournament offers a variety of volunteer opportunities as well.  For more information on the Knoxville Challenger event, please visit www.knoxvillechallenger.com.

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Hanson R. Tipton rated Preeminent lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell

Posted on August 17, 2015


Hanson R. Tipton has been rated as a Preeminent lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell. The AV rating is the highest rating a lawyer can achieve. Reviews occur in stages over the course of a lawyer's career typically after a United States or Canadian lawyer has been admitted to a state or provincial bar for 10 years or more. Personal interviews are conducted by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell representatives, confidential questionnaires are distributed and, at times, lawyers under review may be asked to provide professional references to assist with the process.

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Watson Roach sponsors Tennessee Municipal League's Annual Conference

Posted on June 15, 2015

Watson Roach was recently a sponsor of the Tennessee Municipal League’s Annual Conference, held in Nashville, Tennessee on June 6-9, 2015.  The conference provides workshops, business development, and training for municipal administrators and personnel across the state.  In addition, the firm was also featured as one of the exhibitors during the conference.  Reid Spaulding, Hanson Tipton, Courtney Read, and Brian Bibb represented the firm.

 

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LMU Dedicates Courtroom to Honor Robert H. Watson, Jr.

Posted on April 30, 2015

On April 10, 2015, Lincoln Memorial University John J. Duncan, Jr. School of Law dedicated the university’s courtroom in honor of Robert H. Watson, Jr.  Mr. Watson was instrumental in the founding of the Duncan School of Law.  The program included remarks from Autry O.V. “Pete” Debusk, Justice Gary R. Wade, Pat Watson and Jon G. Roach on behalf of the firm. 

The ceremony included the unveiling of a portrait of Mr. Watson which will be on permanent display in the courtroom.  Mr. Watson’s family was in attendance and gathered in front of the portrait for the unveiling.

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Court Grants Summary Judgment to Defendants in Craig v. City of Alcoa, et al.

Posted on March 25, 2015

On December 17, 2014, the Honorable Thomas A. Varlan granted summary judgment to all defendants in the lawsuit Ryan Darres Craig v. City of Alcoa, et al. No. 3:13-cv-00241, filed in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee at Knoxville. The Plaintiff’s Complaint alleged a violation of the Fourth Amendment’s protections against the use of excessive force by City of Alcoa, Tennessee police officers in their use of a taser to apprehend the fleeing Plaintiff.  After briefing by the parties, the Court granted full summary judgment to the City of Alcoa and defendant police officers, dismissing the case.

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Nathan Rowell Elected to City People Board of Directors

Posted on February 02, 2015

Nathan Rowell has been elected to the Board of Directors of City People, an organization of downtown workers and residents that supports and promotes downtown Knoxville’s culture, history and economy.

 

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Firm Sponsors Knoxville Jr. Ice Bears Squirt Travel Team

Posted on January 07, 2015

Watson, Roach, Batson, Rowell & Lauderback, P.L.C. has recently become a sponsor of the Knoxville Amateur Hockey Association’s (KAHA) Jr. Ice Bears Squirt Travel Team.  The team is made up of the best nine and ten year old youth ice hockey players in East Tennessee. The team currently participates in the Southern Youth Travel Hockey League and plays in various tournaments throughout the season in locations such as Cincinnati, Ohio and Nashville, Tennessee.

More information about the Knoxville Jr. Ice Bears Squirt Travel Team can be found at http://www.kaha.org/page/show/1269220-squirt-jr-ice-bears-2014-2015- and https://www.facebook.com/jricebearssquirttravel?ref=hl.

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Hanson Tipton Receives KBA President's Award

Posted on December 23, 2014

Hanson R. Tipton was given the 2014 Knoxville Bar Association’s President’s Award for his service as Co-Chair of the KBA Judicial Committee.  The President’s Award is given in recognition of outstanding performance and dedicated service on behalf of the Knoxville Bar Association.  This year the Judicial Committee coordinated the KBA’s “Get to Know Your Judicial Candidates” website and other community education efforts for the 2014 judicial elections.

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Firm Sponsors Risk Management Conference

Posted on December 12, 2014

Dan Pilkington and Benj Lauderback represented the Firm as a sponsor at the Tennessee Public Risk Management Association (TnPRIMA) Annual Conference held November 19-21 in Nashville, Tennessee.

TnPRIMA is dedicated to the advancement of risk management in the public sector and provides resources and training to public entities across the State of Tennessee.  The annual seminar included a variety of topics addressing public employee safety/benefits, liability issues and other critical risk area. 

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Firm helps sponsor charity tennis tournament

Posted on October 09, 2014

Watson, Roach, Batson, Rowell & Lauderback, PLC is pleased to be a sponsor of The Knoxville Challenger, which will return to Knoxville on November 4–9, 2014 and will be played at the University of Tennessee Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center.

The Challenger Series is a part of the USTA’s Pro Circuit series which hosts national and international players and takes place all around the globe, typically including players ranked between 75 and 250 in the world.

The proceeds of the Knoxville Challenger event will benefit The Helen Ross McNabb Center, a regional not-for-profit organization that provides quality and compassionate mental health care, addiction recovery and social services to those in need within the Knoxville community. The event will also honor the memory of the late Harry W. Stowers, co-founder of Stowers Machinery Corporation, the Caterpillar dealer in East Tennessee, whose passion and commitment for The Center was displayed in fundraising for The Center from 1987 until his death in 2007.

For more information on the Knoxville Challenger, visit www.knoxvillechallenger.com.

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Jon Roach recognized as 2014 Attorney for Justice

Posted on September 08, 2014

Jon Roach has been recognized by the Tennessee Supreme Court as a 2014 Attorney for 

Justice.  The Attorney for Justice recognition is given for providing fifty or more hours of pro bono service in Tennessee during the previous calendar year. 


 

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Nathan D. Rowell Approved as Mediator in Federal Mediation Program

Posted on August 15, 2014

The firm is pleased to announce that Nathan D. Rowell has been approved to become a certified mediator in the Federal Mediation Program in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. 

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Benj Lauderback Participates as Instructor at Knoxville Police Dept. Academy

Posted on July 07, 2014

Benjamin Lauderback was invited to participate as an instructor in the recent Knoxville Police Department Academy training class. 

The Knoxville Police Department Academy is a 24 week instruction and testing course that covers all aspects of law enforcement.  Benj instructed the cadets on legal aspects as it relates to civil rights and the defense of civil litigation in that context.  The Knoxville Police Department is an internationally accredited police department that employs approximately 400 sworn and 120 civilian personnel.  It hosts one of the few police academies in the state of Tennessee.

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Robert Watson Honored by Tennessee Municipal League Risk Management Pool

Posted on June 24, 2014

On Friday, June 20, 2014, the Tennessee Municipal League Risk Management Pool held a ceremony honoring its longtime Chief Trial Counsel, Robert H. Watson, Jr. in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Many Pool administrators and employees were present, along with many attorneys who practiced with and knew Mr. Watson.  Various speakers shared memories of Mr. Watson, both personally and professionally.  Robert Watson defended members of the TML Risk Management Pool for 30 years, and helped pioneer the defense of governmental entities in civil litigation under federal law, and under the Governmental Tort Liability Act.  During the ceremony, Dawn Crawford, President of the Pool, dedicated the Pool’s conference room to Mr. Watson, and the Pool announced that the library and reading area at the new Municipal Technical Advisory Services (MTAS) building would be dedicated in Robert Watson’s memory.  The ceremony was organized and planned by the TML Risk Management Pool and its President, Dawn Crawford.  Read More

Nathan Rowell becomes Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator

Posted on May 08, 2014

Nathan D. Rowell has completed training and has become a Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator, in accordance with the provisions of Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31.  Read More

Tipton appears on WBIR's 10 News at Five

Posted on April 28, 2014

Hanson R. Tipton appeared on WBIR’s 10 News at Five on April 25, 2014 to discuss the Knoxville Bar Association’s “Get to Know Your Judicial Candidates” website, a public service of the KBA to provide information about each of the candidates running in Knox County judicial elections this year.  The project originated in the KBA Judicial Committee, of which Mr. Tipton is a co-chairman.  The site, which is a special section of the main KBA site (www.knoxbar.org), went live in early 2014.  The KBA plans to keep the site updated throughout the year at each stage of the election process.  Early voting for the Knox County Primary Election is taking place through May 1, and Election Day (for the Primary) is May 6. The general election will be on August 7.

The primary focus of the site is biographical information about the individual candidates and information about each court.  This information, delivered in a straightforward and easy-to-understand format, provides a convenient way for voters in Knox County to get non-partisan information about candidates running for judge so they can make informed decisions at the ballot box.  The site also includes resources from the League of Women Voters and details on the election process from the Knox County Election Commission so that voters will know what to look for in a judicial candidate.   

The video of Mr. Tipton's appearance may be viewed at: http://www.wbir.com/media/cinematic/video/8171731/kba-offers-judicial-candidates-website/

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Firm provides and serves lunch to Wesley House Community Center attendees

Posted on March 19, 2014

On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, the firm of Watson, Roach, Batson, Rowell & Lauderback, PLC provided and served lunch to the children of Wesley House Community Center in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Jon Roach, John Batson, Nathan Rowell, Emily Cleveland, Courtney Epps, Brian Bibb and several members of their staff attended and assisted with the luncheon. Afterward, firm members were given a tour of the Wesley House facility.

Wesley House Community Center offers an after school learning program for children in grades K-8, summer program, performing arts and cultural education, and senior care for the community's elderly.

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Firm sponsors Jr. Ice Bears Mite Select youth hockey team

Posted on January 15, 2014

Watson, Roach, Batson, Rowell & Lauderback, P.L.C. has recently become the sponsor of the Knoxville Amateur Hockey Association’s (KAHA) Jr. Ice Bears Mite Select youth hockey team.  The team is made up of the best youth hockey players in East Tennessee who are 8 years of age and under.  The team will play in various tournaments in locations such as Huntsville, Alabama and Nashville, Tennessee.

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Emily Cleveland becomes member of Firm

Posted on January 02, 2014

Emily A. Cleveland has become a member of Watson, Roach, Batson, Rowell & Lauderback, P.L.C. effective January 1, 2014. Read More

Tipton appears on WBIR's 10 News at Five

Posted on December 09, 2013

Hanson R. Tipton appeared on WBIR’s 10 News at Five on December 4, 2013 to discuss the Knoxville Bar Association’s upcoming “Get to Know Your Judicial Candidates” website, a public service of the KBA to provide information about each of the candidates running in Knox County judicial elections in 2014.  The project originated in the KBA Judicial Committee, of which Mr. Tipton is a co-chairman.  The KBA plans to “go live” with the site, which will be linked from the main KBA site (www.knoxbar.org), in early 2014 after all of the nominating petitions for each election are in.

The site will include resources from the League of Women Voters and details on the election process from the Knox County Election Commission so that voters will know what to look for in a judicial candidate.   The primary focus, however, will be biographical information about the individual candidates and information about each court.  This information, delivered in a straightforward and easy-to-understand format, will provide a convenient way for voters in Knox County to get non-partisan information about candidates running for judge so they can make informed decisions at the ballot box.

The video may be viewed at:  http://www.wbir.com/videos/news/politics/2013/12/04/3873301/


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Bibb volunteers as judge for the Region VII National Moot Court Competition

Posted on November 18, 2013

Attorney Brian Bibb served as a volunteer judge for the preliminary rounds of the southeastern regional for the National Moot Court Competition organized by the New York City Bar and the American College of Trial Lawyers. Teams from various southeastern law schools, including the University of Tennessee, gathered at the University of Tennessee College of Law on November 15th and 16th to compete. Every year, over 150 law schools compete in the regional rounds throughout the United States, and the winners advance to the final rounds held in New York City. This widely–recognized National Moot Court Competition allows law students to hone their appellate advocacy skills by arguing before prominent members of the legal profession. Various current and former judges and members of the local bar were invited to participate as judges for the oral argument round. Read More

Firm helps sponsor the Great Harvest at Rocky Hill Elementary School

Posted on November 04, 2013

On October 10, 2013, Watson, Roach, Batson, Rowell & Lauderback was one of the corporate sponsors of the Great Harvest, a fund-raising event to benefit the Rocky Hill Elementary School Foundation.  Money raised by the Great Harvest will be used by the Foundation for a number of benefits to the school in 2013-14, including:

 	-	Funding the PTO yearly budget and family events such as the Rocky Hill Rodeo 
		and the Pumpkin dance;
	-	Supplementing security enhancements provided by Knox County;
	-	Increasing technology access by purchasing additional iPads;
	-	Providing a Tech Coach for the 2014 school year;
	-	Improving the Accelerated Reader Program to include an iPad-based system; and 
	-	Purchasing new playground equipment.
 
The 2013 Great Harvest was a great success, raising over $100,000 for the Foundation.
 
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Firm helps sponsor Knoxville Challenger charity tennis tournament

Posted on October 10, 2013

Watson, Roach, Batson, Rowell & Lauderback, PLC is a proud sponsor of the 2013 Knoxville Challenger which is a $50,000 men’s pro tennis tournament held at the University of Tennessee Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center from Tuesday through Sunday, November 5-10, 2013.  This is the biggest professional tennis event in our region and is an opportunity to see (up close) the rising stars of tomorrow.  Nearly all of the current top ranked U.S. players (Mardy Fish, John Isner, James Blake, Ryan Harrison) played in the Knoxville Challenger as they were climbing the world rankings.  Challenger tournaments attract players (usually half American and half international) with world rankings between 80 and 250. These players are fighting for ranking points so that they can compete at the Grand Slam level. 

The Knoxville Challenger is being run for the benefit of a local not-for-profit organization, The Helen Ross McNabb Center, which provides mental health care, substance abuse treatment, and social services to children, adults and families.  Over 170 sponsors and 300 volunteers have come together to make this the largest fundraising special event for the Center. 

Tickets: General Admission tickets of $10/day will be available at the gate. There are also a limited number of $25 full week passes. Matches will begin at 10:00am and finish late in the evening.

Parking:  A free designated public parking area, SC40 is located to the left of the railroad trestle off of Kingston Pike in front of the Kingston Pike Building (2309 Kingston Pike).  A complimentary direct bus shuttle service provides quick transportation to the Tennis Center.

Volunteers needed:  Please visit the tournament website, www.knoxchallenger.com.  This website allows people to sign up to be a volunteer and/or a ball person and will soon be updated with draws, results, schedules, live scoring, live video, maps, and sponsor information.

 
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Courtney Epps Elected as Barrister of Hamilton Burnett Inn of Court

Posted on August 14, 2013

Courtney Epps was recently nominated and elected as a Barrister of the Hamilton Burnett American Inn of Court. The American Inns of Court is an amalgam of judges, lawyers, law professors and law students. The Inns of Court is designed to improve the skills,
professionalism and ethics of the bench and bar.

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Firm Sponsors Knoxville United Soccer Association Team

Posted on August 14, 2013

The firm has recently become the primary sponsor of a Knoxville United Soccer Association under 13 boys team.  This is a team put together of Knoxville area boys who possess the
desire and ability to participate on a club or travel soccer team, but may be hampered in their efforts to do so because of significant cost prohibitions that can prevent some families from being involved in that experience. 

The firm’s sponsorship will enable the team to travel and play against a high level of competition throughout the region and the State.  The firm recognizes the hard work, dedication and teamwork that will be necessary from each player in order to put together a successful season.  These are just some of the important skills it is hoped these boys will learn through their time together, and the firm considers itself privileged to be a part of their learning and playing experience.   The firm wishes each player great success in
the upcoming season.  

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Tipton elected to Rocky Hill Elementary Foundation Board of Directors

Posted on August 14, 2013

Hanson R. Tipton was elected to the Board of Directors of the Rocky Hill Elementary School Foundation.  The Foundation was organized to work with the Rocky Hill PTO to provide resources to allow every student at Rocky Hill Elementary School to receive a world-class education.

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Robert Watson speaks at LMU Duncan School of Law Graduation

Posted on May 30, 2013

On May 18, 2013, the Lincoln Memorial University, Duncan School of Law, held its first graduation ceremony.  Robert Watson was a speaker at the event.  He spoke about
the need to be ethical and to care for your family and community.  He also
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Firm provides lunch to Wesley House

Posted on May 30, 2013

On Wednesday, March 27, 2013, the firm of Watson, Roach, Batson, Rowell & Lauderback, PLC provided lunch to the children of Wesley House. Robert Watson, Jon Roach, Nathan Rowell, Dan Pilkington, Courtney Epps and several members of their staff attended and assisted with the luncheon. Afterward, firm members were given a tour of the Wesley House facility and the children presented thank you notes they had prepared. 

Wesley House Community Center offers an after school learning program for children in grades 1-5, summer program, performing arts and cultural education, and senior care for the community's elderly.

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Nathan Rowell to speak at KBA Law Practice Today Expo

Posted on March 06, 2013

On April 12, 2013, Nathan Rowell will speak at the Knoxville Bar Association Law Practice Today Expo.  Mr. Rowell will be on a panel speaking on the topic of “Leadership 101: The Next Generation of Law Firm Leaders.”  The panel will address challenges faced by modern law firms.

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Benjamin Lauderback asked to speak at CIT Conference for local law enforcement

Posted on January 15, 2013

In January, Benjamin Lauderback was invited to attend and
provided an overview regarding the defense of civil rights litigation with
members of law enforcement.  His discussion centered on the defense of
police officers who have been sued after subduing and arresting a plaintiff
with mental disabilities in the civil rights context.  This was the fifth
occasion Mr. Lauderback has been invited to speak with various members of law
enforcement from throughout the East Tennessee area.  The week-long
seminar held for law enforcement members dealt with critical intervention
training as it pertains to interacting with members of the community who suffer
from various mental conditions and disabilities.  Mr. Lauderback focused
his discussion and talking points on the defense of civil cases filed by arrestees
or families of arrestees against law enforcement.

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Hanson R. Tipton Elected to KBA Board of Governors

Posted on December 20, 2012

Hanson R. Tipton was elected to the Knoxville Bar Association Board of Governors at the KBA Annual Meeting and Elections on December 14, 2012. The Knoxville Bar Association serves more than 1600 members with an eighteen-member Board of Governors. All KBA policies and programs are either developed or overseen by the bar’s Board of Governors. Elections for the Board of Governors are held each December and each Board member serves a three-year term.

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Brian Bibb passes Bar Exam

Posted on November 16, 2012

The firm is pleased to announce that Brian Bibb has passed the Tennessee Bar Exam and has joined the firm as an associate. Mr. Bibb graduated summa cum laude, ranked first in
his class, from the University of Tennessee College of Law in May, 2012.  While at the University of Tennessee College of Law, Mr. Bibb served as Articles Editor for the Tennessee Law Review and as a teaching assistant for the College’s legal writing course. 

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Watson and Batson recognized as Top Attorneys

Posted on November 16, 2012

Robert Watson and John T. Batson, Jr. were recognized as Top Attorneys 2012 by Cityview Magazine in the July – August 2012 edition.  Mr. Watson was recognized in the category of
Constitutional Law/Civil Rights.  Mr. Batson was recognized in the category of Worker’s Compensation – Defense.

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Hanson Tipton moderated panel at CLE

Posted on September 24, 2012

Hanson  R. Tipton was one of the moderators for a Panel Discussion and Q & A with local circuit court judges at the Knoxville Bar Association’s “Circuit Court Practice Bench Bar Conference” CLE on Friday, September 28, 2012.  This CLE was an opportunity to meet the local circuit court judges and learn how recent changes in the law will affect practice in Circuit Court. It offered valuable insight into how attorneys can enhance their effectiveness in front of the bench. Advice was offered from each of the judges to provide lawyers with valuable insights for practicing in their courtrooms. This Bench Bar Conference brought together East Tennessee circuit court judges and the attorneys who appear before them.

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Robert Watson selected by Knoxville Bar

Posted on September 12, 2012

Robert Watson has recently been elected a Fellow of the Knoxville Bar Foundation.  The introduction of new Fellows took place at the Annual Fellows Dinner in Knoxville.  The Knoxville Bar Foundation’s purpose is two-fold, to honor attorneys who have distinguished
themselves in the profession and to raise funds to provide assistance to those
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Robert Watson is guest speaker at three seminars

Posted on September 12, 2012

On May 5, 2012, Robert Watson spoke at the Spring Conference of the Tennessee County Attorneys Association, whose members include County Attorneys and their deputies from urban and rural counties throughout Tennessee.  The TCAA Spring Conference was held at the Chattanoogan Hotel, where Mr. Watson gave a history and discussion on the ever changing and evolving area of civil rights litigation.

On May 31, 2012, Robert Watson attended a meeting of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police as guest speaker and discussed the importance and impact of recent Supreme Court decisions on issues police chiefs and their officers encounter on a day to day basis.  The TACP meeting was held at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel in downtown Nashville, TN.

On June 11, 2012, Robert Watson spoke to the Tennessee Municipal Attorneys Association during its Summer Seminar held at the Knoxville Convention Center.  Mr. Watson provided an update to the TMAA in the area of civil rights and tort law under the Governmental Tort Liability Act.

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Watson and Roach certified as Advocates

Posted on June 21, 2012

On May 3, 2012, Robert H. Watson, Jr. and Jon G. Roach were officially certified as Civil Pretrial Practice Advocates by the National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice
Advocacy.

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8th Annual Wesley House Golf Tournament

Posted on May 31, 2012

Watson, Roach, Batson, Rowell & Lauderback, PLC recently sponsored a hole at the 8th Annual Wesley House Adult & Youth Golf Tournament. Donations from the tournament help with tutoring lessons for inner-city youth, as well as life skills and mentoring. Wesley House Community Center offers an after school learning program for children in grades 1-5, summer program, performing arts and cultural education, and senior care for the community's elderly.



 

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Jon G. Roach and Dan R. Pilkington honored for Pro Bono service

Posted on April 26, 2012

Jon G. Roach and Dan R. Pilkington were recent recipients of the Pro Bono Honor Roll Award by Legal Aid of East Tennessee (LAET) for pro bono service in 2011. Legal Aid of Tennessee has served 26 counties, from Chattanooga to Johnson City for over 40 years. The mission of Legal Aid of East Tennessee is to ensure equal justice for elderly, abused, and low income persons, providing a wide range of civil legal assistance and advocacy. Read More

Hanson R. Tipton elected to TBA YLD Fellows

Posted on June 24, 2011

Hanson R. Tipton was recently elected a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division during the association’s annual convention this month in Chattanooga.

The TBA YLD Fellows was founded to promote the objectives of the YLD and to encourage young lawyers to be active in the TBA. New members are invited to join the organization based on their involvement with and commitment to the YLD while they were young lawyers. The Fellows organization meets annually during the TBA’s summer convention to elect officers and induct new members.

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Jon Roach rated Preeminent lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell

Posted on May 20, 2011

Jon G. Roach has been rated as a Preeminent lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell. The AV rating is the highest rating a lawyer can achieve. Reviews occur in stages over the course of a lawyer's career typically after a United States or Canadian lawyer has been admitted to a state or provincial bar for 10 years or more. Personal interviews are conducted by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell representatives, confidential questionnaires are distributed and, at times, lawyers under review may be asked to provide professional references to assist with the process.

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7th Annual Wesley House Golf Tournament

Posted on May 20, 2011

Watson, Roach, Batson, Rowell & Lauderback, PLC recently sponsored a hole at the 7th Annual Wesley House Adult & Youth Golf Tournament. Donations from the tournament help with tutoring lessons for inner-city youth, as well as life skills and mentoring. Wesley House Community Center offers an after school learning program for children in grades 1-5, summer program, performing arts and cultural education, and senior care for the community's elderly

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Hanson Tipton speaks at KBA seminar

Posted on April 11, 2011

On April 8, 2011, Hanson R. Tipton spoke at a Knoxville Bar Association CLE titled “Race to the Future: The Changing Legal Marketplace.”  Mr. Tipton was on a panel that spoke about topics such as the pressures of meeting billable goals, climbing the firm ladder, and gaining/retaining/pleasing clients. The panel addressed how the legal services marketplace is undergoing tremendous upheaval from a wide range of sources, including the economic crisis, the emergence of non-lawyer competitors, and a massive generational shift. Read More

Nathan Rowell selected by Tennessee Bar Foundation

Posted on February 07, 2011

Nathan D. Rowell has recently been elected a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, an association of 730 attorneys across the state.  Invitations to membership, which is a position of honor, were extended to 35 attorneys this year by the Board of Trustees.  The introduction of new Fellows took place at the annual Fellows' Dinner in Nashville. 

The Bar Foundation's purpose is two-fold: to honor attorneys who have distinguished themselves in the profession and to administer a grant making program.  That project, known by its acronym “IOLTA” (Interest On Lawyers' Trust Accounts), has awarded grants in excess of $17,000,000 to law-related, public interest projects throughout Tennessee.

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Nathan Rowell elected to Wesley House Board

Posted on January 13, 2011

Nathan Rowell has been elected Vice President of the 2011 Board of Directors for Wesley House Community Center.  The Board of Directors consists of at least 18 volunteers from throughout Knoxville who serve for 3 year terms.  Wesley House Community Center offers an after school learning program for children in grades 1-5, summer program, performing arts and cultural education, and senior care for the community's elderly.

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Hanson R. Tipton speaks at KBA seminar

Posted on December 16, 2010

On December 3, 2010, Watson, Roach, Batson, Rowell & Lauderback attorney Hanson R. Tipton participated in “Ethics Bowl IV,” an entertaining and enlightening ethics seminar produced by the Knoxville Bar Association and conducted in a “scholars bowl” competition format. The theme of this year’s Ethics Bowl was “Family Feud,” and teams were made up of KBA lawyers and judges who were related to each other.  Hanson’s teammate was his father, The Hon. Joseph M. Tipton.

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Firm helps sponsor charity tennis tournament

Posted on October 25, 2010

Watson, Roach, Batson, Rowell & Lauderback, PLC is pleased to be a sponsor of The Knoxville Challenger, which will return to Knoxville on November 9 – 14, 2010 and will be played at the Knoxville Racquet Club’s indoor tennis facility.

The Challenger Series is a part of the USTA’s Pro Circuit series which host national and international players and take place all around the globe, typically including players ranked between 75 and 250 in the world.

The proceeds of the Knoxville Challenger event this year will benefit The Helen Ross McNabb Center, a regional not-for-profit organization that provides quality and compassionate mental health care, addiction recovery and social services to those in need within the Knoxville community. The event will also honor the memory of the late Harry W. Stowers, co-founder of Stowers Machinery Corporation, the Caterpillar dealer in East Tennessee, whose passion and commitment for The Center was displayed in fundraising for The Center from 1987 until his death in 2007.

For more information on the Knoxville Challenger, visit http://www.knoxvillechallenger.com/ or contact Howard Blum, howard.blum@mcnabb.org.

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Courtney Epps passes Tennessee Bar Exam

Posted on October 08, 2010

The firm is pleased to announce that Courtney Epps has passed the Tennessee Bar Exam and has joined us as an associate. A Knoxville native, Ms. Epps earned her Bachelor’s degree and doctor of jurisprudence from Wake Forest University.

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Jon Roach and John Batson elected Masters of the Bench of Inn of Court

Posted on September 15, 2010

Jon Roach and John Batson were recently elected Masters of the Bench of the Hamilton Burnett American Inn of Court. The American Inns of Court are an amalgam of judges, lawyers, law professors and law students. The American Inns of Court program is designed to improve the skills, professionalism and ethics of the bench and bar.

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6th Annual Wesley House Golf Tournament

Posted on May 20, 2010

Watson, Roach, Batson, Rowell & Lauderback, PLC recently sponsored a hole at the 6th Annual Wesley House Adult & Youth Golf Tournament. Donations from the tournament help with tutoring lessons for inner-city youth, as well as life skills and mentoring. Wesley House Community Center offers an after school learning program for children in grades 1-5, summer program, performing arts and cultural education, and senior care for the community's elderly.

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Six members of the firm recently spoke at a seminar

Posted on April 20, 2010

Six members of the firm recently spoke at a seminar designed specifically for Tennessee attorneys who represent municipalities and other government agencies. Topics covered included Medicaid, Workers' Compensation, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Clean Water Act, voting issues and civil rights. Organized by firm member Robert H. Watson, Jr., those speaking included Watson, Jon G. Roach, John T. Batson, Jr., Nathan D. Rowell, Benjamin Lauderback and Reid A. Spaulding.

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The Firm's expanded office space

Posted on March 01, 2010

The Firm has expanded its office space on the 15th floor of Riverview Tower, 900 S. Gay Street in downtown Knoxville.

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Nathan D. Rowell has been rated as a Preeminent lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell

Posted on February 08, 2010

Nathan D. Rowell has been rated as a Preeminent lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell. The AV rating is the highest rating a lawyer can achieve. Reviews occur in stages over the course of a lawyer's career typically after a United States or Canadian lawyer has been admitted to a state or provincial bar for 10 years or more. Personal interviews are conducted by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell representatives, confidential questionnaires are distributed and, at times, lawyers under review may be asked to provide professional references to assist with the process.

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New Members Of The Firm

Posted on February 07, 2010

Hanson R. Tipton and Reid A. Spaulding became members of the firm effective January 1, 2009.

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New Associate Attorneys

Posted on February 07, 2010

The firm is pleased to announce that Emily A. Cleveland and Sarah Larkin have become associate attorneys with the firm.

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Tennessee Bar Association's 2008 Leadership Law program

Posted on February 07, 2010

The Firm is pleased to announce that associate Hanson R. Tipton has been selected to participate in the Tennessee Bar Association's 2008 Leadership Law program. The six-month program is designed to equip Tennessee lawyers with the vision, knowledge, and skills necessary to serve as leaders in their profession and local communities. This year's class of 35 attorneys was chosen from across the state.

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Dan R. Pilkington Nomination

Posted on February 07, 2010

Dan R. Pilkington was recently nominated and elected as a Barrister of the Hamilton Burnett American Inn of Court. The American Inns of Court are an amalgam of judges, lawyers, law professors and law students. The Inns of Court are designed to improve the skills, professionalism and ethics of the bench and bar.

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Firm News

Dan R. Pilkington Awarded Preeminent Peer Review Rating

Posted on April 25, 2017

Watson, Roach, Batson, Rowell & Lauderback, P.L.C. is pleased to announce Dan R. Pilkington has been recognized by Martindale-Hubbell as the firm’s newest AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated attorney.  Martindale-Hubbell is recognized ...

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Emily Taylor is guest speaker at Tort and Insurance Forum

Posted on April 20, 2017

On March 31, 2017, Emily Taylor presented a session concerning the Tennessee Governmental Tort Liability Act at the Tennessee Bar Association Tort and Insurance Forum 2017.  The Forum was held at the Bar Center in Nashville, Tennessee.  ...

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