Welcome to McDonald, Levy & Taylor Attorneys at Law
Founded in 1980, McDonald, Levy & Taylor is conveniently located in Farragut, Tennessee, a suburb of Knoxville, Tennessee. The firm engages in the general practice of law, with an emphasis on civil litigation. Our attorneys practice in all state and federal courts and have represented both plaintiffs and defendants in serious personal injury matters.
10805 Kingston Pike, Ste. 200
Knoxville TN 37934
The primary focus of McDonald, Levy & Taylor has always been personal injury cases. Our firm has successfully handled hundreds of cases involving a multitude of injuries. Mr. Levy is certified as a Civil Trial Specialist and Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He has been selected as a Super Lawyer in the Mid-South for personal injury by the Super Lawyers publication in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Mr. Levy has been selected as a Best Attorney in America in 2014 and 2015 in Plaintiff's Products Liability cases. Mr. Taylor is listed by the Tennessee Supreme Court as a Rule 31 Mediator. Attorneys at the firm have been asked to speak at numerous seminars concerning the trial of personal injury lawsuits. The firm has also participated in many cases involving significant verdicts or settlements.The firm handles all types of personal injury cases, including:Automobile AccidentsTrucking Accidents Bus Accidents Motorcycle Accidents Injuries Caused by Drunk Drivers Medical Malpractice Pharmacy Malpractice Nursing Home Neglect Products Liability Premises Liability Slip and Fall Injuries Aviation Accidents Dog Bites Injuries from Pollution or Toxic Substances Railroad and FELA Click here to review our videos concerning Personal Injury Lawsuits. General Information If you, your family or friends, have been injured in an automobile accident, truck accident, slip and fall accident, or through other means, as a result of someone else's negligence or reckless conduct, you may be entitled to recover money damages from the person or persons who caused the injury. Negligence, in the simplest terms, is the failure of a person to act in a reasonable manner. In Tennessee personal injury cases, damages are determined by several factors, including Mental and physical pain and suffering Economic loss/impact Future earning capacity (impairment or inability) Physical impairment and disfigurement Loss of enjoyment of life Medical expenses If you have been injured, it is important to your case to: Make sure you get the medical treatment you need and inform the doctors of all of your injuries. Report the accident to your insurance company. Photograph any visible injuries, the damages to the vehicles involved in the accident, and the accident scene. Obtain the names, addresses and telephone numbers of any witnesses. Save your receipts for your prescriptions, over-the-counter medication, medical bills, braces, and other bills you incur as a result of your accident. Do not sign anything or give any interviews or recorded statements without first consulting an attorney. Important Warning: Tennessee has a one (1) year statute of limitations for most personal injury actions. If you fail to file suit within the statute of limitations, you may lose all your rights to bring suit for your injuries. The sooner you involve our team of personal injury attorneys, the faster we can preserve the evidence in your case and protect your rights. In certain rare situations, the statute of limitations may be longer than one (1) year. Frequently Asked Questions Q: What do I need to do if I have been injured? A. It is recommended that you perform the following actions: Contact your insurance company immediately and advise them you have been involved in an accident. Medical Treatment Often after an accident, the nagging pain you thought would go away does not. Injuries can show up a day or two or even longer after the accident. Make sure you immediately get the medical treatment you need and inform the doctors of all your injuries. We suggest writing down your injuries so you don't forget anything. If your complaints are not in your medical records, a judge or jury will wonder why it took so long for you to report them to your doctor. Avoid discussing your case with strangers and/or representatives from the opposing party's insurance company. Often one photograph is worth a thousand words. Take photographs of any visible injuries, damaged automobiles, and the accident scene. Q: What are my attorney fees? A. Attorney fees in personal injury cases are normally based on a percentage of the amount recovered for you. Therefore, if we do not receive a recovery for you we do not receive a fee. You may be responsible for costs that we advance to prepare your case. The contingency fee arrangement will be discussed with you at the first meeting ,and you will be provided with a written contract that sets forth all the terms clearly. Again, if we do not obtain a recovery for you we do not receive a fee. Q. What is my personal injury case worth? A. There are many factors involved in valuing an injury case. A few of those factors include: the type of injury you received, the amount of your medical bills, how the accident happened, how long it took you to recover, and lost wages both current and future. Our firm has years of experience in valuing personal injury cases. However, you can be assured that you will be advised of the progress of your case, and any settlement offers made regarding your case. We will never settle your injury case without discussing the case with you. It is ultimately your decision whether to accept any offers made by the opposing party.
Our goal is to provide you with competent legal representation and the highest degree of professional excellence. To help achieve this goal for you, our attorneys participate in numerous professional organizations, and regularly attend and often speak at legal education seminars. We are proud of our experienced, highly trained legal assistants that will help us professionally represent you. Many of our staff have been with our firm for over twenty years.
Mr. Levy has been practicing law for more than 30 years. He is certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization. He is also certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in Civil Trial Advocacy. He is certified as a Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate by the National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy. His Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating is AV Preeminent, which is the highest rating. Mr. Levy has been selected as a Super Lawyer in personal injury in the Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. He has been selected as Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America which is a highly selective honorary society. His practice areas include civil litigation, personal injury, products liability, workers' compensation and aviation litigation. Currently, Mr. Levy handles cases primarily for plaintiffs. He has successfully pursued numerous cases for clients with serious personal injury, including a products liability case in which he obtained a verdict of $2,825,000.00 for his clients. Mr. Levy has been selected as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer in Tennessee by the National Trial Lawyers Association. In 2012, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Knoxville Bar Foundation. He was selected as Top Attorney in Wrongful Death Plaintiff Cases in the 2012 Cityview Magazine and a Top Attorney in Aviation and Admiralty in 2013 and 2014. Mr. Levy has been selected as one of Best Attorneys in America in the area of plaintiff's products liability cases for 2014 and 2015.
Mr. Levy received his law degree from the University of Tennessee where he was a member of the Tennessee Law Review. Even in law school, Mr. Levy was interested in Products Liability and authored "Products Liability- Bystander Recovery in Strict Liability" which was published in the Tennessee Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Tennessee, and was chosen as the most outstanding senior major in marketing.Learn more about Mr. Levy being Board Certified
On numerous occasions, Mr. Levy has been asked to speak at legal education seminars. Mr. Levy was the program chair and speaker at a Tennessee Bar Association seminar entitled, "How to in $1,000,000 Jury Verdicts by Those Who've Done It." He has spoken at the Tennessee Evidence Workshop several times and has lectured on other trial practice topics such as jury selection and successfully trying a personal injury case. He has also lectured at numerous bar-sponsored seminars concerning the use of computer technology to improve law office efficiency. Mr. Levy has served on several local and state bar association committees.
Mr. Levy's trial techniques in Products Liability cases have been the subject of legal journals. His work in products liability cases lead to a national legal publication reviewing the successful tactics he employed in the case. The injury that Mr. Levy's client sustained was caused by a defective airless spray gun. The deposition of the treating plastic surgeon taken by Mr. Levy was the subject of an instructive article for attorneys. This article points out that the deposition taken by Mr. Levy is a beautiful example of how to take a deposition. The analysis was published by Matthew Bender in the February, 1984 issue of Trauma authored by Marshall Houts, J.D. and is entitled: "Presenting The Medical Evidence: Converting The Deposition Into A Trial Brief Of The Facts." In another published article which can be read at http://www.seak.com, Mr. Levy discusses his techniques in presenting expert witness proof in a Products Liability case involving a school bus.
Mr. Levy is married and the father of two daughters. His community activities include serving as a founding board member of the Dream Connection, Inc., an organization that helps fulfill dreams" of children who have life-threatening illnesses. Since its foundation in 1985, the Dream Connection has fulfilled the dreams of hundreds of children in East Tennessee. Mr. Levy has previously served as president and treasurer of the Dream Connection. He also has served two terms as president of Fox Den Country Club.
He is currently a member of the Farragut Rotary Club and a multiple Paul Harris Fellow. For many years, Mr. Levy served as the chairman of the Rotary Foundation Committee for his local club. Mr. Levy has been a licensed pilot since 1976, and has handled several aviation litigation cases.Mr. Levy has served as a volunteer ombudsman for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). In that role, Mr. Levy assists Guard and Reserve members to insure that they are treated fairly by their employers when their military obligations interfere with their civil employment. In order to become an ombudsman, it is necessary for an attorney to attend classes sponsored by the National Committee for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.
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