John Burgess

John Barry Burgess
Managing Member 

81 Monroe Ave - 6th floor
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: (901) 624-0640
Fax: (901) 624-0650
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John Barry Burgess
  practices in the area of civil litigation in both Tennessee and Kentucky. For over 30 years, the focus of his trial practice has been medical malpractice, personal injury, insurance, workers compensation and other areas listed below. In the course of his practice he has represented most of the major insurance companies in relation to liability defense, first party claims and coverage issues. He has experience with personal lines, commercial liability, professional liability and other specialty lines. 

Areas of Practice:
Nursing Home Defense
Insurance Defense
Workers' Compensation
Wrongful Death
Premises Liability
Trucking
Personal Injury Law
Products Liability
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Appellate Practice
Professional Liability
Medical Products & Devices
Medical Malpractice
Municipal Liability
ERISA Litigation

Bar Admissions:
Tennessee, 1980
Kentucky, 2012
U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee, 1980
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 2011
U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit, 1985
U.S. Supreme Court, 1986 

Alternative Dispute Resolution:
Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Listed Mediator
 
Education:
Memphis State University School of Law, Memphis, TN, 1980 J.D.
Law Review: Associate Editor, Memphis State Law Review, 1979 - 1980
Memphis State University, Memphis, Tennessee, 1977 B.A. Honors: Cum Laude

Published Works:
"Civil Rights - Municipal Liability for Police Misconduct", 10 Memphis State Law Review 129, 1979

Representative Cases:
Robert Elliott v. University of Tennessee, 478 U.S.788 (U.S. Supreme Court 1986)
Vicki Speaker v. The Cates Company, 879 S.W.2d 811 (TN Supreme Court 1994)
World Sales, Inc. v. Belz Investment Co., 1994 WL 8155 (Tenn.Ct.App.)
Union Planters Nat. Bank v. American Home Assur. Co. , 865 S.W.2d 907 (Tenn.Ct.App.)
National Mortg. Co. v. Warnes, 1991 WL 268363 (Tenn.Ct.App.)
Craig v. Gentry , 792 S.W.2d 77 (Tenn.Ct.App.)

Honors and Awards:
American Jurisprudence Award for Insurance
Phi Alpha Theta, National History Honory Society, 1976 - 1977

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Tennessee Bar Association, 1980 - Present, Member
Memphis Bar Association, 1980 - Present, Member
Member - Medical Liability and Health Care Law Committee
Leo Bearman, Sr. American Inn of Court, Master of the Bench
Tennessee Healthcare Association, Associate Member
Master of the Bench - Emeritus

Fraternities/Sororities:
Phi Delta Phi