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2607 Kingston Pike, Suite 200
Knoxville, Tennessee 37919Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 865-637-5600
Fax: 865-637-5608
www.boatlf.com
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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1708, Knoxville, TN 37901-1708
Established: 1922

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Automobile
  • Trucking Law
  • Casualty
  • Fire
  • Life Insurance
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Workers' Compensation
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About Us
Since 1922, the firm, formerly known as Poore, Cox, Baker, Ray & Byrne, has maintained a general and trial practice in state and federal courts. Its members have served on the trial bench as well as holding offices in state and local bar associations. Currently, its personnel hold memberships in the American Inns of Court, Defense Research Institute, National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, International Association of Defense Counsel, Trucking Industry Defense Association, Tennessee Bar Association and Knoxville Bar Association.

Its members primarily represent individual and corporate defendants in civil litigation. The attorneys and support staff participate in all phases of civil trial practice and litigation. Such areas include products liability, automotive, railroads, toxic tort, insurance, casualty, motor carrier, asbestos, professional liability and medical malpractice, workers compensation, commercial law, environmental law, personal injury, mediation, civil rights, corporate and business entities, and commercial transactions.
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
American Commerce Insurance CompanyGreat West Casualty Company
The HartfordLiberty Mutual Insurance
National Indemnity CompanyNorthland Insurance Company
State Volunteer Mutual Insurance CompanyWestern World Insurance Company
Non-Insurance Clients
Advance Auto Parts, Inc.Allied Signal, Inc.
A.W. Chesterton CompanyCriterion Claim Solutions
Foster WheelerHoneywell, Inc.
Young InsulationYoung Sales
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Personnel Information
Firm Members
Harry T. Poore — (1889-1956)
Taylor H. Cox — (1903-1962)
J.W. Baker — (1915-1991)
John (Jay) W. Baker, Jr.
Knoxville, TN
Admitted
  • Tennessee, 1972
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Tennessee, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1992
Memberships:
  • Tennessee and Knox County Bar Associations
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
Education:
  • University of Notre Dame, B.S., 1968
  • The University of Tennessee, J.D., 1971
Born:1946
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James G. O'Kane
Knoxville, TN
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1973
  • Tennessee, 1977
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Tennessee, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Sixth Circuits, 1986
Memberships:
  • Tennessee and Knoxville Bar Associations
  • Master of the Bench of the Hamilton Burnett American Inn of Court
  • Defense Research and Trial Lawyers Association
  • Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association
Education:
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1970
  • Louisiana State University, J.D., 1973
Born:1948
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Debra Thompson
Knoxville, TN
Admitted
  • Tennessee, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, 1993
Memberships:
  • Tennessee and Knox County Bar Associations
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
Education:
  • East Tennessee State University, B.S., 1982
  • The University of Tennessee at Memphis, B.S., 1984
  • The University of Tennessee Knoxville, J.D., 1992
Born:1960
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Of Counsel
Michael K. Atkins
Knoxville, TN
Admitted
  • Tennessee, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, 1996
Memberships:
  • Tennessee and Knoxville Bar Associations
Education:
  • The University of Tennessee, B.S., 1991
  • University of Memphis, J.D., 1996
Born:1968
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Associates
Emily H. Thompson
Knoxville, TN
Admitted
  • Tennessee, 2001
Memberships:
  • Tennessee, Knox County and Knoxville Bar Associations
Education:
  • The University of Tennessee, B.A., 1997
  • The University of Tennessee, J.D., 2001
Born:1975
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Trevor L. Sharpe
Knoxville, TN
Admitted
  • Tennessee, 2002
Memberships:
  • Tennessee and Knoxville Bar Associations
Education:
  • King College, B.A., 1996
  • University of Dayton, J.D., 2002
Born:1973
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Raymond G. Lewallen
Knoxville, TN
Admitted
  • Tennessee, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, 2011
Memberships:
  • Tennessee and Knoxville Bar Associations
Education:
  • The University of Tennessee, B.A., 2007
  • The University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2010
Born:1985
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Tennessee Insurance Law Digest
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(Revisors of the Tennessee Insurance Law Digest for this Publication)