Weldon E. Patterson

Weldon E. Patterson

Weldon E. Patterson was born in Harlan, Kentucky. He attended Tennessee Technological University (B.S., 1984), and The University of Tennessee (M.S., 1986; J.D., with Honors, 1988), and was admitted to the Tennessee Bar in 1989. He was an Assistant Editor for the Tennessee Law Review. He is admitted to practice before all of the state and federal courts in Tennessee, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and the United States Supreme Court. He is a Master of the Bench of the American Inns of Court. Weldon has been a member of the Professionalism Committee of the Knoxville Bar Association since 2008, and has been a Hearing Committee member of the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee since 2008. He is a member of multiple bar associations, including the National Transportation Safety Board Bar and the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association. Weldon has been given the highest rating (AV) with Martindale-Hubbell, which is based upon peer reviews. He has been lead counsel in many complex jury cases throughout Tennessee. Mr. Patterson has been a Rule 31 Mediator under the Rules of the Tennessee Supreme Court since 2004. Hobbies and activities include flying, scuba diving, fencing and fly fishing.

Areas of Practice

  • 50% Medical Malpractice
  • 25% Personal Injury
  • 5% Professional Liability
  • 10% Truck Accidents
  • 10% Automobile Liability

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Rule 31 Certified Mediator, Tennessee Supreme Court, 2004

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
    J.D. – 1988
    Honors: With Honors
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
    M.S. with Honors – 1986
    Honors: Selected: Most Outstanding Student
    Honors: Phi Kappa Honors Society
    Honors: Pi Lambda Theta Professional Society
    Major: Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, Tennessee
    B.S., Bachelor of Science – 1984
    Major: Chemistry

Published Works

  • Evidence Workshop Handbook for General Practitioners, Professional Education Systems
  • Trying the Automobile Injury Case in Tennessee, National Business Institute, 1996
  • Trying the Wrongful Death Case in Tennessee: Strategies and Preparation and Valuation, National Business Institute, 1998
  • Trying the Soft Tissues Injury Case in Tennessee, National Business Institute, 1999
  • How to Successfully Make and Manage Objections at Trial in Tennessee, National Business Institute, 2000
  • Tennessee Advanced Litigation Skills for Paralegals, Half Moon, LLC, 2000
  • How to Litigate Your First Civil Trial in Tennessee, National Business Institute, 2001
  • Winning Voir Dire Strategies in Tennessee, National Business Institute, 2002
  • Advanced Trial Advocacy in Tennessee, National Business Institute, 2003
  • Evidence in Trial Practice, National Business Institute, 2006
  • Gaining the Best Settlement in Auto Injury Cases, National Business Institute, 2008
  • Evidence and Expert Testimony Best Practices: Supporting Your Case, National Business Institute, 2008

Representative Cases

Representative Clients

  • Regal Cinemas
  • Ray Bell Construction Company
  • Sam C. Franklin & Son Construction
  • Britton Bridge
  • Blount County, Tennessee
  • Ledic Management

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Knoxville Bar Association, Professionalism Committee
  • Hamilton Burnette American Inn of Court, Master of the Bench
  • Lawyer-Pilot Bar Association
  • Board of Professional Responsibility – Supreme Court of TN, Hearing Committee Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Lectures to professional & public groups, including schools