Samuel W. Rutherford
SAMUEL W. RUTHERFORD has practiced law more than 35 years, primarily as a litigator in personal injury, tort claims, transportation, product liability, workers’ compensation, professional negligence construction, insurance defense and insurance coverage. He represents major manufacturers, international companies, trucking companies, distributors, insured, self-insureds, churches, and insurance companies. Mr. Rutherford completed tractor-trailer driver training programs and industry seminars. Product liability work includes industrial machinery, commercial and recreational vehicles, sport and utility equipment and food industry litigation. Three decades of trials and jury verdicts include defense of industrial equipment related deaths, closed head injuries, vehicle accidents and premises liability accidents involved fatalities and multiple severe injuries, and use of numerous documents and experts in various fields. Successful defense of catastrophic injury, multiple fatality accidents, and multi-million dollar damage claims has been achieved through examination of expert witnesses, surveillance data and witnesses, application of statutory and case law, focus groups, and mediation. He is Co-Chair of the Judicial Committee for the Knoxville Bar Association and holds memberships in the Insurance Section of the Tennessee Bar Association, Knoxville Bar Foundation, and Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association. He has been a seminar speaker on transportation, workers’ compensation, and employer-employee issues.
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