William R. Hannah


Member of the Firm


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Bill Hannah is a trial lawyer who advises, counsels, and represents companies and individuals involved in disputes or defending against allegations of liability.




Bill represents parties in connection with disputes involving commercial, business and creditor rights, disputes involving product liability, personal injury and wrongful death claims, and disputes involving employment, insurance coverage and claims, construction, transportation and professional liability issues. He also represents clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as in mediations and arbitrations, and before administrative boards and regulatory entities.


Bill advises and represents:

  • Businesses in commercial disputes and in complex business litigation, as well as on matters relating to consumer claims, risk management, insurance coverage and claims, and debt collection;
  • Employers on matters relating to employment and human resources, including hiring, compensation, benefits, leave, workplace injury, discipline, and termination decisions and employment law compliance;
  • Insurance carriers and insureds in policy interpretation matters, coverage and claims disputes, subrogation matters, and bad faith litigation;
  • Product manufacturers and sellers in products liability and consumer claims litigation; and
  • Attorneys and law firms in connection with professional responsibility, professional liability, and legal ethics and best practices.

Bill has been retained by and have served as approved or panel counsel for insurance carriers in the defense of insureds under a variety of insurance coverages, including Auto, HO, CGL, Workers' Compensation, OAIC, EPL, D&O and E&O policies.


Bill is active in bar association committees and attorney organizations addressing legal ethics, professional responsibility, professionalism in the practice of law, and issues relating to the unauthorized practice of law.


Reported cases on which he has serves as counsel include:

  • Morrison v. Allen, 338 S.W.3d 417 (Tenn. 2011).
  • Murvin v. Cofer, 968 S.W.2d 304 (Tenn. App. 1997) (perm. app. den. 1998).
  • Mitts v. Mitts, 39 S.W.3d 142 (Tenn. App. 2000) (perm. app. den. 2001).


Practice Areas:


  • Litigation and Risk Management, including
       - Commercial and Business Disputes
       - Insurance Coverage and Claims
       - Insurance Defense
       - Personal Injury
       - Product and Professional Liability
       - Construction
  • Employment Law and Litigation
  • Representation of attorneys and law firms in connection with professional responsibility, professional liability, and legal ethics and best practices




  • J.D., University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee (1994)
       - Member, Phi Delta Phi
       - Recipient, Certificate of Excellence – Law
         and Medicine Seminar
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi (1991)
       - Major: Political Science
       - Minor: Business Administration
       - Member, Phi Beta Kappa
       - Recipient, Reid and Cynthia Bingham Award
         for Distinction in the Study of Political Science




  • All State Trial and Appellate Courts in Tennessee, Georgia, and Mississippi
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Mississippi, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Mississippi, 2005


Legal Associations:


  • Chattanooga Bar Association
    Member and past Chair, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee
  • Tennessee Bar Association
    Member and past Chair, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee
    Member, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee
    Litigation Section; Appellate Law Section
  • American Bar Association
    Member, Litigation Section
    Member, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
    Member, Labor & Employment Section
  • Lookout Mountain Bar Association
  • State Bar of Georgia
    Member, Professional Liability Section
  • The Mississippi Bar
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Inns of Court, Brock-Cooper Chapter – Master of the Bench
    President, 2014-2015; Executive Committee Member; past Secretary
  • Defense Research Institute
    Employment Law Committee Member
  • Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association
  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers
  • Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, Hearing Committee Member. First Term 2003-2006, Second Term 2006-2009


Civic Organizations:


  • United Way of Greater Chattanooga, Allocation Panel member (2011, 2012, 2014)
  • Assistant Scoutmaster, Boy Scout Troop 172




  • Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Litigation
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Avvo Rating: 10.0 - Superb
  • Albert L. Hodge Volunteer Award, Chattanooga Bar Association, 2006
  • Leadership Law Class, Tennessee Bar Association, 2008