David A. Chapman



David Chapman, special counsel in the firm’s Knoxville office, focuses primarily on the defense of local and national transportation companies and commercial motor vehicle drivers, including medical and liability expert retention and discovery, accident investigation and evaluation, and pre-trial, trial and appellate litigation. He has also worked with multiple motor carriers and transportation companies regarding post-accident protocols and FMCSA compliance.


•Super Lawyers Rising Stars - Transportation/Maritime 2015, 2016, 2017
•Adjunct Instructor, University of Tennessee College of Law, 2013-2018
•Adjunct Instructor, Carson-Newman University, 2011
•Coordinator of the University of Tennessee College of Law Pro Bono Project, 2007
•Member, Pro Bono and Public Interest Committee, 2006-2007
•Member, National Moot Court Team, 2005-2007
•Awarded Dean’s Citation for Academic Excellence in six law school courses
•Inducted into the Order of the Barristers and Order of the Coif
•Recipient of the William M. Leech, Jr. Public Service Prize and the Susan B. Devitt National Moot Court Award


•Co-author, “You and Me Goin’ Fishin’ in the Dark:” The Tennessee Recreational Use Statute and Incentivizing Conservation, Tennessee Bar Journal, Environmental Law Section, September 2010
•Co-author, “ ‘Til Death Do Us (Sometimes) Part:” The New Priority Right to Recover for Wrongful Death in Tennessee, DICTA Knoxville Bar Journal, September 2011
•Co-author, “Grief Coverage:” The Tennessee Supreme Court takes on Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress Claims and Uninsured Motorist Coverage, DICTA Knoxville Bar Journal, November 2012
•Co-author, After the Call: Understanding FMCSA and NTSB Inquiries Following a Serious Accident, DRI In Transit, March 2017

Speaking Engagements

•Presenter, admissibility of CSA scores and data compilations in trucking litigation
•DRI Annual Meeting, Trucking Steering Committee, October 2015
•Presenter, Legal Challenges to EDR Data, EDR Summit, March 2018

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Insurance
  • Transportation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
865-546-4646  Phone
865-523-6529  Fax
University Attended:
Carson Newman College, B.A., cum laude, 2003
Law School Attended:
University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2007
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee; U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee; Tennessee; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee


•Defense Research Institute - Trucking Law Committee
•Federal Bar Association
•Knoxville Bar Association
•Non-Engineer Member - Society of Automotive Engineers
•Tennessee Bar Association

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