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FMS Lawyer Successful in Tennessee Supreme Court Appeal

In a December, 2017 trial, James E. Wagner defended a workers compensation case involving an employee of Alcoa, Inc. who died from pancreatic cancer. The employee’s widow claimed that the employee’s cancer was caused by workplace exposure to coal tar pitch.  The trial court dismissed the case for lack of medical evidence that coal tar pitch could cause this type of cancer.

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Frantz, McConnell & Seymour LLP, Ranked in 2019 "Best Law Firms"

U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers, for the ninth consecutive year, announce the "Best Law Firms" rankings. 

Frantz, McConnell & Seymour, LLP has been ranked in the 2019 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" list regionally in 16 practice areas.

Firms included in the 2019 "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.  

Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity.

Frantz, McConnell & Seymour, LLP received the following rankings in the 2019 U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms":

Regional Tier 1

  • Knoxville

    • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

    • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)

    • Commercial Litigation

    • Construction Law

    • Corporate Law

    • Insurance Law

    • Litigation – Bankruptcy

    • Product Liability Litigation- Defendants

    • Workers' Compensation Law - Employers

Regional Tier 2

  • Knoxville

    • Land Use & Zoning Law

    • Litigation - Construction

    • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants

    • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

    • Workers’ Compensation Law - Claimants

Regional Tier 3

  • Knoxville

    • Litigation - Construction

    • Trusts & Estates Law

Eight FMS Lawyers Named to Best Lawyers® in 2019

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation.

Over 79,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote, and we have received more than 12 million votes to date on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 6.7 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 55,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."

FMS would like to congratulate the attorneys named to Best Lawyers® in the listed practice areas as well as two attorneys who received Lawyer of the Year Awards, Debra L. Fulton for Workers' Compensation Law and Michael W. Ewell for Corporate Law.

Arthur G. Seymour, Jr.

  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Personal Injury Litigations – Defendants

Robert L. Kahn

  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Corporate Law

Reggie E. Keaton

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Litigation - Construction

Donald D. Howell

  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation - Insurance, "Lawyer of the Year Award" for Knoxville
  • Personal Injury Litigations – Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Debra L. Fulton

  • Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers (Lawyer of the Year Award)

Michael W. Ewell

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Corporate Law (Lawyer of the Year Award)
  • Litigation – Bankruptcy

James E. Wagner

  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Action - Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

Mary E. Maddox

  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Workers' Compensation - Claimants
  • Workers' Compensation - Employers

Act Quickly To Avoid Losing Your Lien Rights On Construction Projects

The Tennessee Mechanic's and Materialmen's Lien laws are found in the Tennessee Code at Tenn. Code Ann. § 66-11-101, et seq. They are designed to help ensure that those who perform work or furnish material, services, equipment, or machinery for construction projects get paid.  If they are not paid, the laws allow for a lien against the property that can be enforced by ultimately, if necessary, a sale of the property with the available proceeds being used for payment of the debt.  

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Act Quickly To Avoid Losing Your Lien Rights On Construction Projects

The Tennessee Mechanic's and Materialmen's Lien laws are found in the Tennessee Code at Tenn. Code Ann. § 66-11-101, et seq. They are designed to help ensure that those who perform work or furnish material, services, equipment, or machinery for construction projects get paid.  If they are not paid, the laws allow for a lien against the property that can be enforced by ultimately, if necessary, a sale of the property with the available proceeds being used for payment of the debt.  

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