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Sidney Gilreath

Gilreath & Associates - Knoxville
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Sidney Gilreath
Gilreath & Associates - Knoxville

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

Automobile, Motorcycle and Trucking Collisions

Aviation Law

Federal Employers Liability Act

General Personal Injury

Medical Malpractice

Products Liability

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