It has been a busy and productive year here at Hunter, Smith & Davis.

On behalf of all our attorneys and staff, we want to wish you a joyous Christmas season with peace, happiness, and prosperity in the New Year.

We thank you for your business and friendship, and look forward to continued service in 2019.


Steve Darden, Managing Partner
Hunter, Smith & Davis Again Recognized in
"Best Law Firms" Rankings by
U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers
Hunter, Smith & Davis is honored to announce the firm's continued inclusion on the annual "Best Law Firms" list published by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers.
Firms included in the 2019 Edition of “Best Law Firms” are recognized for professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving recognition signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.
Hunter, Smith & Davis Achieves Several
Favorable Outcomes for Clients Following Trials in 2018
In November 2018, partners Leslie Ridings and Caroline Williams successfully defended at trial a personal injury suit. Our client was a motorist who struck a jogging pedestrian. Unfortunately, the pedestrian's injuries were extensive. The amount sought in the lawsuit exceeded a million dollars.

The first day of trial resulted in an early mistrial, but not to be deterred, the court reconvened the next day with jury selection and the trial followed. The trial took two days. In defense, Leslie and Caroline were able to establish that the jogger was 80% at fault, with only 20% on the Defendant. Thus, under the law of modified comparative fault, the Plaintiff's claim was denied.
Leslie Ridings
Caroline Williams
Defense verdicts were also awarded by the juries in a trio of trials involving health care clients. Jimmie Miller was involved in all three, with able assistance from co-counsel.

The most recent was this month in the defense of a health care institution in Washington County.

In April, Jimmie and Meredith Humbert, also a partner with the firm, received a defense verdict in a multi-week trial for a physician group in Sullivan County.

In February, HSD Partner Jim Humphreys and Jimmie represented a physician in Wise County, Virginia and received a defense verdict following an eight-day trial.

The health care practice group represents several hospitals in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, as well as numerous physician practice groups.
Hunter, Smith & Davis Holds
Annual Labor & Employment Seminar
Approximately 50 local businesses participated in the firm’s annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar, held at the Millennium Center on Thursday, November 29. As always, the goal of the seminar is to keep your organization in compliance and out of court. Attendees gained cutting edge insights on the following topics:

  • Tennessee Workers’ Comp Updates
  • Strong Economy & Complacency = Union Organizing
  • ADA Mental Health Accommodations
  • Immigration Law Update
  • FMLA Cases You Should Know
  • Sexual and Other Forms of Harassment

If you missed the seminar and are interested in training for your Company, contact Labor & Employment Chair Steve Darden via email or at (423) 283-6303. 
S. Morris Hadden Celebrates
50 Years with Hunter, Smith & Davis
Morris Hadden was honored by the firm with a celebration earlier this year of his 50 years of service. He is an active litigator with a record of more than 200 jury trials and is also a former Managing Partner of the firm. Morris received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Tennessee (1961, 1964).

Morris is a past member of the TBA Board of Governors, a former Tennessee Supreme Court Special Justice, and is currently a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. After receiving his J.D., he served as a Special Agent with the FBI for three years before joining Hunter, Smith & Davis.
About Hunter, Smith & Davis, LLP
Hunter, Smith & Davis has a long and distinguished history during which we have had the privilege of representing businesses and many small and large industries in the Northeast Tennessee/Southwest Virginia region since the law firm was founded in 1916.

Today, our attorneys continue to represent many commercial and professional organizations in the region and beyond from our offices in Kingsport and Johnson City, Tennessee. Click on the link to visit our website .
K ingsport Office
Hunter, Smith & Davis, LLP
1212 North Eastman Road
Kingsport, TN 37664
Phone: (423) 378-8800
Fax: (423) 378-8801
J ohnson City Office
Hunter, Smith & Davis, LLP
100 Medtech Parkway, Suite 110
Johnson City, TN 37604
Phone: (423) 283-6300
Fax: (423)283-6301
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