Laura Bradley Myers
Personal Injury Attorney In Knoxville
Laura is a trial lawyer who has been practicing law for twenty-three (23) years. She is an honors graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she graduated in the top quarter of her class. Her first professional legal experience after graduation from law school was at the Tennessee Supreme Court, where she served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Adolpho A. Birch, Jr., former Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Laura is a published author whose work has been cited by the Tennessee Supreme Court. In addition, Laura is an experienced trial lawyer, and has acted as lead counsel in hundreds of cases during her career. She has practiced, tried, and won personal injury and workers’ compensation cases in courtrooms across East Tennessee. In addition to her significant courtroom experience, Laura is an experienced and accomplished writer and negotiator. She has obtained significant settlements for her clients via individual negotiation with insurance carriers and opposing counsel, as well as in formal mediations.
Laura has lived in Knoxville, Tennessee since 1996, with the exception of the year she spent serving as a judicial clerk for Justice Birch in Nashville, Tennessee. Laura lived in several areas of the country when she was growing up, including Pennsylvania, New York, Texas, and Virginia. Laura attended high school and college in Florida. While in Florida, Laura lived near Miami for almost ten years, and she speaks fluent Spanish. The Myers Law Firm is privileged to serve many Spanish-speaking clients, with whom Laura converses directly and personally, without an interpreter. Laura is also a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and grew up spending time with family on the nearby Cherokee, North Carolina reservation.
Following her graduation from high school, Laura attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, on a full academic scholarship. She studied business, finance, and marketing. After Laura’s graduation from college, she worked in direct sales and marketing for almost five years before returning to school to pursue a law degree. Laura lives in Fountain City, Knoxville, Tennessee, and has been married since 1999 to Michael A. Myers, her husband and Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated law partner. Laura and Mike have twin teenage sons who are about to enter their senior year at Central High School. Laura attends a local community church with her family. Her interests include anything her kids are doing, family and missions travel, hiking, and reading. She counts mission, family, and her clients as the most important parts of her life.
Laura received her law degree, with honors, from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1999. At the College of Law, Laura’s studies concentrated on trial advocacy, and her law degree includes an advocacy concentration. While at the College of Law, Laura earned membership on the Tennessee Law Review, where she authored a publication entitled “Torts-Outrageous Conduct and Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress-Actual Exposure to HIV Required in Fear-of-AIDS Cases.” Laura received the Judge Harry W. Laughlin Jr. Memorial, Tennessee Law Review, Best Casenote Award for this publication. In 2001, the Tennessee Supreme Court cited Laura’s work on emotional distress claims in a published full-court opinion. See Estate of Julie Amos et al. v. Vanderbilt University et al., 62 S.W.3d 133 (Tenn. 2001). Since 2001, multiple additional Tennessee appellate courts have cited Laura’s work on emotional distress claims. See Coleman v. Human Soc’y of Memphis & Shelby Cnty., (Tenn. App. 2014), Rye v. Women’s Care Ctr. of Memphis, (Tenn. App. 2014), and Boals v. Murphy, (Tenn. App. 2013).
PROFESSIONAL LEGAL EXPERIENCE
Laura is an accomplished and experienced trial lawyer who has represented thousands of clients during the twenty-three (23) years of her career. Laura has extensive professional expertise and experience in many different kinds of personal injury cases, including car wrecks, catastrophic car wrecks, motorcycle crashes, automobile insurance litigation, underinsured and uninsured motorist litigation, wrongful death cases, and premises liability cases. She carries a significant background in tort law, automobile and vehicular accident law, and insurance law. She has argued and won multiple cases at every level of the Tennessee court system, including the Tennessee Supreme Court.
In addition, Laura has significant trial practice and case litigation experience. Laura has served as lead counsel in over seventy (70) jury and bench trials, including a case tried for nine (9) days over the course of seven (7) months. Upon the conclusion of this trial, the trial court issued a fifty (50) page written opinion awarding Laura’s clients a complete victory on every matter upon which they had filed suit. In addition, Laura has successfully resolved hundreds of cases through complex case negotiations and mediations. Laura uses her Spanish fluency in her litigation practice on a regular basis, and The Myers Law Firm is privileged to serve Spanish-speaking clients.
Upon graduation from law school in 1999, Laura was selected to serve as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Adolpho A. Birch Jr., a former Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Following her judicial clerkship for Justice Birch, Laura worked for years in Knoxville, Tennessee as a civil insurance defense lawyer. While Laura now practices plaintiffs’ personal injury trial work, her years of experience as a civil insurance defense lawyer have given her a unique perspective and insight into what it takes to successfully prosecute car wreck, and personal injury claims against insurance companies.
LEGAL TEACHING AND PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Laura has taught as an adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she has since been asked to teach additional trial advocacy courses. Laura has also lectured as a guest lecturer on various topics in trial advocacy classes taught at the University of Tennessee College of Law, and has served as an ethics panelist for the Knoxville Bar Association. Laura has also lectured at the University of Tennessee College of Law regarding the ethics of advertising in a plaintiffs’ personal injury practice.
From 2014 through 2020, Laura served as the Chair of the Knoxville Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service (“LRIS”) Committee. Then and now, the KBA’s LRIS connects thousands of unrepresented callers, who contact the Knoxville Bar Association, with lawyers who can help them solve their legal problems. Laura has previously served the KBA in multiple other service capacities over the course of her career.
Laura is a member of the Knoxville Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, and the East Tennessee Lawyer’s Association for Women. Laura is a designated Master of the Bench in the local chapter of Knoxville’s legal honorary society, the Hamilton Burnett Chapter of the American Inns of Court.