Spears, Moore, Rebman & Williams, P.C.

Spears, Moore, Rebman & Williams, P.C.

Spears, Moore, Rebman & Williams is a full-service mid-sized law firm located in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Firm Overview

We practice predominately in southeastern Tennessee and northern Georgia but also represent clients in many other areas of the country. Over generations, SMRW has acquired an outstanding reputation for its commitment and service to the community and region.
Main Office
Main Office
801 Broad Street, 6th Floor
Chattanooga,  TN  37402
Phone
  • 423-756-7000
Websites
Business
This is the historic nucleus of the firm and is primarily defense-oriented. It encompasses general civil litigation and administrative law.
Our attorneys are practitioners with extensive knowledge in medical and other professional malpractice defense, traditional insurance defense, workers' compensation, products liability, FELA, personal injury (both plaintiff and defense), disability, discrimination, wills, trusts, and estate litigation, commercial litigation, public utility regulation, and corporate, real estate, contract, and construction litigation. Spears, Moore, Rebman & Williams' professional team is experienced in counseling clients throughout all stages of the litigation or administrative process.

Barret S. Albritton

Emphasis
Insurance Defense

Experience
Barret Albritton has focused his practice on insurance defense litigation, which has allowed him to provide service to a wide range of clients and allowed him to gain litigation experience in the areas of Construction Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Professional Negligence, Products Liability, Tort Liability (trucking/automobile negligence, premises liability, railroad), Workers' Compensation, and Subrogation.

Bar Admission
-Tennessee, 2003
-U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, 2003
-M.D. Tennessee, 2014

Professional Affiliations
-Chattanooga Bar Association
-Tennessee Bar Association
-American Bar Association
-Federal Bar Association
-Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association (Secretary/Treasurer 2014)
-Claims & Litigation Management Alliance

Community Involvement
-Brock-Cooper American Inns of Court
-Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chattanooga
-Hospice of Chattanooga (Endowment Committee)
-Leadership Chattanooga, Class of 2012 (Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce)

Publications and Lectures
AFLA Compendium: Tennessee Law Update, "RELEVANT TENNESSEE CASE LAW AND/OR STATUTES RELATING TO DAUBERT AND ITS PROGENY", Co-Author

Tennesse Bar Association presentation at the Torts and Insurance Forum in Nashville regarding the "Defense of a UM Claim from the Insurance Carrier's Perspective". (February 24, 2011)

2014 Tennessee Department of Labor Workers' Compensation Conference; Panel Speaker


Practice Areas
Litigation

Lane C. Avery

Emphasis
-Business and Corporate Law
-Health Care
-Estate Planning

Experience
Lane Avery's practice involves the general representation of health care providers, including physicians and physician groups, closely-held businesses, including corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies, the sales and acquisitions of businesses, the formation of business entities, estate planning, the sale and disposition of real estate, and employment law.

Bar Admission
-Georgia, 1982; Tennessee, 1983
-U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
-U.S. Tax Court

Education/Academic Honors
-Vanderbilt University, B.S., Economics and Business Administration, 1979
-Mercer University, J.D., 1982
-University of Florida, LL.M. in Taxation, 1983

Professional Memberships
-Tennessee Bar Association
-Chattanooga Bar Association
-Federal Bar Association
-Estate Planning Council of Chattanooga

Personal
Born November 26, 1957, Columbus, Georgia

Practice Areas
-Business
-Healthcare
-Tax, Trust & Estate

Arthur P. Brock

Emphasis
-Medical malpractice defense
-Professional liability
-Products liability
-Insurance defense
-Civil litigation

Experience
Art Brock is head of the healthcare litigation section at SMRW. He has over 30 years of experience representing hospitals, physicians, major manufacturers, attorneys, accountants, and businesses. He has lectured in the areas of medical malpractice, hospital liability, risk management, legal malpractice, and trial practice.

Bar Admission
-Missouri, 1982; New Mexico, 1983; Tennessee, 1990
-U.S. Supreme Court
-U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits
-U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee

Education/Academic Honors
-St. Louis University, J.D., cum laude, 1982
-Western Illinois University, B.A., with honors, 1979

Awards/Honors
-First Annual Brock-Cooper American Inn of Court Civility Award, 2009
-Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
-Fellow, Chattanooga Bar Foundation
-Fellow, Tennessee Bar Foundation

Professional Memberships
-Tennessee Bar Association
-Missouri Bar Association; New Mexico Bar Association
-Chattanooga Bar Association
-American Health Lawyers Association
-Defense Research Institute
-Justices Brock and Cooper Inn of Court (past President and Executive Committee member)

Public Service and Community Activities
-Downtown Sertoma Club of Chattanooga, Board of Directors
-Hospice of Chattanooga, Board of Directors
-Veterans Memorial Park of Collegedale, Board

Personal
Born January 24, 1957, Detroit, Michigan

Practice Areas
Litigation
Education
  • St. Louis University
    Juris Doctorate

Scott N. Brown, Jr.

Emphasis
-Bankruptcy Law
-Civil Litigation
-Probate Law

Experience
Scott Brown is in essence a general practitioner, but concentrates in bankruptcy, probate and litigation. He has served as a Chapter 7 Panel Trustee in bankruptcy cases for many years and has represented creditors in other bankruptcy matters. He has undertaken a variety of plaintiff and defense cases at the trial and appellate levels of both state and federal court systems.

Bar Admission
-North Carolina, 1965; Tennessee, 1970
-U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Sixth Circuits
-U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western District of Tennessee

Education/Academic Honors
-Wesleyan University
-University of North Carolina, B.S., 1963; LL.B., 1965
-Order of the Coif
-Phi Beta Kappa
-North Carolina Law Review, Staff and Business Manager

Professional Memberships
-Tennessee Bar Association
-Chattanooga Bar Association, Past President
-Christian Legal Society
-Tennessee Bar Foundation, Past Chairman
-Chattanooga Bar Foundation

Public Service and Community Activities
-Inner-City Ministries, Past Board President
-Chattanooga Christian Community Foundation, Past Chairman
-First Presbyterian Church, Elder

Personal
-Born December 17, 1941, Chattanooga, Tennessee
-LT, JAGC, USNR, active duty 1965-1968

Practice Areas
-Business
-Litigation
-Tax, Trust & Estate
Education
  • University of North Carolina
    Juris Doctorate

David C. Burger

Emphasis
-Taxation
-Corporate
-Health Law
-Hospital Law
-Wills and Estate Planning

Experience
Having practiced law for more than 30 years, Dave Burger's background in accounting before law school has been very beneficial in connection with his representation of small and medium size businesses as well as individual clients. Financial and business background has been and continues to be a very valuable asset available to firm clients. Mr. Burger's practice consists primarily of healthcare, tax compliance, wills and estate planning, as well as general corporate practice.

Bar Admission
-Tennessee, 1972
-U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
-U.S. Tax Court

Education/Academic Honors
-East Tennessee State University, B.S., 1964
-University of Tennessee, J.D., 1972
-Certified Public Accountant, Tennessee, 1970

Professional Memberships
-American Bar Association, member Tax Section
-Tennessee Bar Association
-Chattanooga Bar Association

Personal
Born February 16, 1943, Greeneville, Tennessee

Practice Areas
-Business
-Healthcare
-Tax, Trust & Estate
Education
  • University of Tennessee
    Juris Doctorate

Terry A. Cavett

Emphasis
-Trusts and Estate Planning
-Estate Administration
-Business Planning

Experience
Terry Cavett's practice of more than 30 years involves the general representation of families in their estate planning and in the administration of trusts and estates. Her practice also includes formation of business entities and succession planning. Terry has been selected for inclusion for several years in the Best Lawyers in America listing, including 2013, in the practice of Trusts and Estates.

Bar Admission
-Tennessee, 1981
-U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee

Education/Academic Honors
-University of Tennessee, B.A. 1978, with High Honors
-Phi Beta Kappa, 1977
-University of Tennessee, J.D. 1981

Professional Memberships
-Tennessee Bar Association
-Chattanooga Bar Association
-Estate Planning Council of Chattanooga
-Chattanooga Tax Practitioners

Personal
Born February 16, 1956, Knoxville, Tennessee

Practice Areas
Tax, Trust & Estate
Education
  • University of Tennessee
    Juris Doctorate

Randy Chennault

Emphasis
-Estate Planning Law
-Tax Law
-Corporate Law
-Mergers and Acquisitions
-Health Care Law

Experience
Randy Chennault's practice involves the general representation of individual and closely-held businesses, including corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies and sole proprietorships. His prior experience as a Certified Public Accountant enables him to quickly analyze both the legal and financial issues of a business transaction or controversy. Although Mr. Chennault has a particular aptitude for tax planning and estate planning, his practice includes health care law, mergers and acquisitions and the formation and general representation of business entities.

Bar Admission
-Tennessee, 1988
-Education/Academic Honors
-University of Tennessee, B.S., 1981; J.D., 1988
-Certified Public Accountant, Tennessee, 1985

Professional Membership
Chattanooga Bar Association

Personal
Born May 11, 1958, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee

Practice Areas
-Business
-Healthcare
-Tax, Trust & Estate
Education
  • University of Tennessee
    Juris Doctorate

Howell Dean Clements

Emphasis
-Medical malpractice defense
-Insurance defense
-FELA and common carrier defense
-Civil litigation

Experience
Dean Clements has over 19 years of litigation experience representing primarily physicians and hospitals in the area of medical malpractice defense, railroads in Federal Employee Liability Act litigation, and insureds in personal injury defense.

Bar Admission
-Tennessee, 1991
-U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
-U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee

Education/Academic Honors
-University of Tennessee, J.D., 1991
-University of Tennessee, B.A., with high honors, 1988

Professional Memberships
-American Bar Association
-Tennessee Bar Association
-Chattanooga Bar Association, Board Member
-Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association
-National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
-Justices Brock and Cooper Inn of Court
-Defense Research Institute

Public Service and Community Activities
-University of Tennessee National Alumni Association
-American Heart Association
-American Cancer Society
-McCallie School, Alumni Council Member

Personal
Born on May 11, 1966, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Practice Areas
Litigation
Education
  • University of Tennessee
    Juris Doctorate

John B. Curtis, Jr.

Practice Areas
-Healthcare
-Litigation

Anna Marie Davenport

Emphasis
-Civil Litigation
-Commercial Litigation
-Insurance Defense
-Medical Malpractice Defense

Experience
Anna Marie Davenport joined the firm in 2008 after completing a one-year judicial clerkship with the Chancery Court for the 11th Judicial District of Tennessee. She is a 2007 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law and focuses her practice in commercial litigation and medical malpractice defense.

Bar Admission
Tennessee, 2007

Education/Academic Honors
-University of Tennessee, B.A. in American Studies, magna cum laude, 2002
-University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2007
-William J. Brennan Legal Research Award

Professional Memberships
-Tennessee Bar Association
-Chattanooga Bar Association

Personal
Born April 7, 1979, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Practice Areas
Litigation
Education
  • University of Tennessee College
    Juris Doctorate

Jennifer Kent Exum

Emphasis
-Estate Planning Law
-Tax Law
-Corporate Law
-Civil Litigation

Experience
Jennifer Kent Exum joined the firm in 2006 after several years working in the business sector. Her prior experience in marketing, branding and project management lend breadth to her practice which centers primarily in the areas of estate planning, probate and estate administration, tax, and civil litigation. She was named a shareholder in the firm in January 2012

Bar Admission
-Tennessee, 2006
-Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, 2008

Education/Academic Honors
-Girls Preparatory School
-Northwestern University, B.A., 1997
-University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 2006
-Tennessee Law Review, Editor

Professional Memberships
-Chattanooga Bar Association
-Tennessee Bar Association
-Estate Planning Council of Chattanooga, Officer
-Society of Financial Service Professionals, Chattanooga Chapter President
-Tennessee Bar Association - Estate Planning and Probate Section Executive Council, East Tennessee Delegate
-Tennessee Bar Association - Estate Planning and Probate Section, Legislative Subcommittee Member

Public Service and Community Activities
Hosanna Community
Scenic Land School

Personal
Born July 14, 1975, Long Branch, New Jersey

Practice Areas
-Business
-Litigation
-Tax, Trust & Estate
Education
  • University of Tennessee
    Juris Doctorate

Leslie Townsend Foster

Emphasis
-Civil Litigation
-Medical Malpractice Defense
-Professional Liability
-Insurance Defense Law

Experience
Leslie Foster joined the firm in September of 2008 after graduating from Mississippi College School of Law. Her practice centers primarily in the areas of medical malpractice defense, professional liability, and insurance defense.

Bar Admission
-Tennessee, 2008
-Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, 2009

Education/Academic Honors
-Lipscomb University, B.A. with honors, 2005
-Mississippi College School of Law, J.D. with honors, 2008
-Rule 31 Trained Mediator

Professional Memberships
-Tennessee Bar Association
-Chattanooga Bar Association
-Justices Brock and Cooper Inn of Court
-Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association
-Public Service and Community Activities
-Chattanooga Inner City Outreach, Volunteer
-Hospice of Chattanooga, Inc., Volunteer

Personal
Born Nashville, Tennessee

Practice Areas
-Healthcare
-Litigation
Education
  • Mississippi College School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Sharel VanSandt Hooper

Emphasis
-Medical malpractice defense
-Nursing home malpractice defense
-Professional liability
-Insurance defense
-Civil litigation

Experience
Sharel Hooper has over 20 years of experience primarily in medical malpractice defense. Her representation includes physicians, certified nurse anesthetists, registered nurses, and healthcare facilities. She has an extensive background representing nursing homes. Ms. Hooper's nursing training provides her with additional insight when it comes to the often complex and difficult concepts of medical malpractice.

Bar Admission
-Tennessee, 1989; Georgia, 1990; Alabama, 1991
-U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth and Eleventh Circuits
-U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
-U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
-Alabama Professional Registered Nursing License
-Inactive

Education/Academic Honors
-Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, J.D., 1989
-University of North Alabama, B.S. in Nursing, 1986

Professional Memberships
-American Bar Association
-Tennessee Bar Association
-Georgia Bar Association; Alabama Bar Association
-Chattanooga Bar Association
-Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association
-Defense Research Institute

Public Service and Community Activities
-Junior League of Chattanooga, Board of Officers
-PTA Board Member
-Baylor School Celebrations, Committee Chair
-Medical-Legal Seminars

Personal
Born March 7, 1964, Florence, Alabama

Practice Areas
Litigation
Education
  • Samford University
    Juris Doctorate

Joseph Alan Jackson, II

Practice Areas
Litigation

Thomas S. Kale

Emphasis
-Banking
-Business Associations
-Mergers and Acquisitions
-Transactional
-Real Estate
-Bankruptcy
-Business Litigation

Experience
Tom Kale is head of the Business Section at SMRW. He has over 40 years experience representing banks and public and private business, and handling mergers and acquisitions, transactional matters, real estate, bankruptcy and business litigation.

Bar Admission
-Tennessee, 1964
-U.S. Court of Appeals for Sixth Circuit
-U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
-Education/Academic Honors
-Duke University, J.D., 1964
-Duke University, A.B., 1961

Professional Memberships
-American Bar Association
-Tennessee Bar Association
-Chattanooga Bar Association
-Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association
-Estate Planning Council of Chattanooga<
-Tennessee Bar Foundation, Fellow
-Chattanooga Bar Foundation, Fellow

Public Service and Community Activities
-Siskin Foundation, Board of Directors
-Metropolitan Council for Community Services, Board of Directors
-READ of Chattanooga, Board of Directors
-Family and Children's Services of Chattanooga, Board of Directors
-St. Barnabas Nursing Home, Board of Directors
-Rotary Club of Chattanooga, Board of Directors
-St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Vestry and Senior Warden

Personal
Born October 2, 1939, Mooresville, North Carolina

Practice Areas
Business
Education
  • Duke University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

G. Michael Luhowiak

Emphasis
-Construction Law
-Employment Law
-Professional Liability Defense
-Insurance Defense
-Estate Administration

Experience
G. Michael Luhowiak has over 32 years of experience in the general practice of law with an emphasis in litigation. He has tried a multitude of cases in the Circuit and Chancery Courts of the State of Tennessee and also in the Federal Court System representing primarily defendants. The focus of his trial practice has been in the areas of construction law, employment law, insurance law, personal injury and professional negligence. He also practices in the estate administration and probate areas.

Bar Admission
-Tennessee, 1972
-U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
-U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee

Education/Academic Honors
University of Tennessee, B.S., 1964; J.D., 1972

Professional Memberships
-American Bar Association
-Tennessee Bar Association
-Chattanooga Bar Association (Secretary-Treasurer, 1998; President-Elect, 1999; President, 2000)
-Defense Research Institute
-Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
-Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association
-American Inns of Court (Master of the Bench)/div>
-Tennessee Bar Foundation, Fellow
-Chattanooga Bar Foundation, Fellow

Public Service and Community Activities
-American Heart Association
-Volunteer Community School

Personal
Born August 12, 1946, Knoxville, Tennessee

Practice Areas
-Litigation
-Tax, Trust & Estate
Education
  • University of Tennessee
    Juris Doctorate

Roy C. Maddox, Jr.

Emphasis
-Business and Corporate Law
-Health Care Law
-Employee Benefits Law
-Probate
-Estate Planning

Experience
Roy Maddox's practice involves the general representation of health care providers, including physicians and physician groups, closely-held businesses, including corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies, the sales and acquisitions of businesses, the formation of business entities, estate planning, the sale and disposition of real estate, and employee benefits law.

Bar Admission
-Georgia, 1975
-Florida, 1978
-Tennessee, 1980

Education/Academic Honors
-University of Georgia, B.B.A. in Accounting, 1972
-Mercer University, J.D., 1975
-University of Florida, LL.M. in Taxation, 1976
-Certified Public Accountant, Georgia, 1979

Professional Memberships
-Tennessee Bar Association
-Chattanooga Bar Association
-Florida Bar Association
-Chattanooga Tax Practitioners (President, 1994-1995)
-State Bar of Georiga

Personal
Born February 6, 1950, Macon, Georgia

Practice Areas
-Business
-Healthcare
-Tax, Trust & Estate
Education
  • Mercer University
    Juris Doctorate

Timothy J. Millirons

Emphasis
-Medical malpractice defense
-Professional liability
-Insurance defense
-Personal injury defense
-Civil litigation
-Premises liability
-Bankruptcy
-Commercial Litigation

Experience
Tim Millirons has over 12 years of experience in civil litigation concentrated in both medical malpractice defense representing physicians, hospitals, and nursing homes, and business litigation, representing banks and other creditors in bankruptcy and other matters, at the trial and appellate levels in both state and federal court. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Millirons had experience as a budget analyst with the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C. providing a strong financial and analytical background.

Bar Admission
-Tennessee, 1997
-U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
-U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee

Education/Academic Honors
-University of Tennessee, J.D., 1997
-University of Tennessee, Masters in Public Administration, 1991
-University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, B.S., magna cum laude, 1988
-Order of Barristers
-Phi Delta Phi

Professional Memberships
-American Bar Association
-Tennessee Bar Association
-Chattanooga Bar Association
-Justices Brock and Cooper Inn of Court
-Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association

Public Service and Community Activities
-Leadership Chattanooga, Class 2009-2010
-Southeast Tennessee Legal Services
-UTC Alumni Association
-Small Business Development Center - Chattanooga
-East Brainerd Church of Christ, Deacon and Children's Ministry

Personal
Born July 5, 1966, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Practice Areas
-Business
-Litigation
Education
  • University of Tennessee
    Juris Doctorate
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