Sidney Gilreath


Gilreath & Associates

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(865) 269-6058 ext. 124


550 W Main St Ste 600








Being a pilot made me a better lawyer. Flying requires discipline, organization, and the ability to plan ahead. I obtained my pilots instruction from Evelyn Johnson of Morristown, TN and later was approved for my flying certificate from her since she is an FAA flight examiner. I hold a private pilots license, land with an instrument and multi engine rating, I have logged more than 4000 hours as pilot in command of an aircraft. Being a pilot has allowed me to fly across the southeast, not only to meet with clients but to attend hearings and trials, since most small towns now have airports.


Kodak, Tennessee

Admitted to practice:

Tennessee, 1962; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, 1962; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and Eleventh Circuits, 1966; U.S. Supreme Court, 1995


Maryville College (B.S., 1958); University of Tennessee at Knoxville, LL.B., 1962, Phi Alpha Delta; Instructor, National College of Advocacy, 1979-1980


Knoxville Junior (President, 1965), Tennessee and American Bar Associations; Tennessee Association for Justice (Vice President, 1969-1970; President, 1971-1972; Life Member, 1983); The American Association for Justice (State Committeeman, 1969; Member, Board of Governors, 1976-1984, 1992; Parliamentarian, 1984-1986; Treasurer, 1987-1988; Vice President 1988-1989); Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (Associate Member); West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (Associate Member); New York State Association of Trial Lawyers, Inc. (Associate Member); American Judicature Society; Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association; American Board of Trial Advocates (President, Tennessee Chapter, 1995-1996); Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys. Fellow: International Society of Barristers; American College of Trial Lawyers; International Academy of Trial Lawyers; American College of Legal Medicine (Associate Member). Founding Fellow, Tennessee Bar Foundation. Adjunct Professor, Trial Advocacy, the University of Tennessee College of Law, 1999; Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy; Certified Civil Trial Specialist, Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization

Reported Cases:

Braden v. Yoder, 592 S.W.2d 897 (Tenn. App., 1979); Smith v. Gore, 728 S.W.2d 738 (Tenn., 1987); Motley v. Fluid Power, 640 S.W.2d 222 (Tenn. App. 1982); Wolfe v. United States, 703 F.2d 569 (6th Cir., 1982); Sweeney v. State Dept. of Transp., 744 S.W.2d 905 (Tenn. App., 1987); Murphree v. Raybestos-Manhattan, Inc., 696 F.2d 459 (6th Cir., 1982); Sterling v. Velsicol, 855 F.2d 1188 (6th Cir., 1988); Steele v. Ft. Sanders Anesthesia Group, P.C., 897 S.W.2d 270 (Tenn. App., 1994); Cruze v. Ford Motor Co., et al., 1999 WL 1206798 (Tenn.Ct.App.); Johnson v. Tenn. Farmers Mut. Ins. Co., 205 S.W.3d 365 (Tenn. 2006)

Practice Areas:

General Personal Injury; Automobile, Motorcycle and Trucking Collisions; Products Liability; Medical Malpractice; Aviation Law; Federal Employers Liability Act