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John W. Chandler, Jr.


During his 40+ years as a trial lawyer, John W. Chandler, Jr. has tried well over 100 jury cases to verdict in State and Federal Courts throughout Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas. He has obtained numerous jury verdicts and settlements for clients of $1.0 Million or more in the following areas of legal practice: tractor-trailer litigation, railroad crossing litigation, products liability litigation, medical malpractice litigation, and §1983 Civil Rights litigation. During the past several years, Mr. Chandler has focused his practice primarily on representing clients in serious injury and death cases resulting from tractor-trailer wrecks.

Mr. Chandler has been licensed to practice law in the State of Tennessee since 1978 and is admitted to practice in all State and Federal Courts in Tennessee, all U.S. District Courts in Arkansas and Mississippi, and the U.S. Sixth and Eighth Circuit Courts of Appeal. He is an active member of several State and National trial lawyers’ organizations, including the American Association for Justice (AAJ) where he served as the Chair of the Railroad Section (2000-2001), The Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys (ATAA), and the Tennessee Trial Lawyers’ Association (TTLA). Mr. Chandler has lectured and made presentations to other lawyers on the handling of automobile accident, truck accident, and railroad accident lawsuits.

Mr. Chandler has been “AV Preeminent Peer Review 5.0 out of 5.0” rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the leading peer based lawyer rating service for the last 24 years or since 1994, “AV® Preeminent™ and BV® Distinguished™ are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards, and policies.” He also has been a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum since 1985, has been listed in Best Lawyers of America, and has been recognized in Who’s Who in American Law.

  • "AV Preeminent Peer Review 5.0 out of 5.0” rated by Martindale-Hubbell - John W. Chandler, Jr.

The Hamilton Firm
Chattanooga, TN (May 2018-Present)

See profile published in Hamilton County Herald.

Law Office of Morgan Adams / Truck Wreck Justice, PLLC
Chattanooga, TN  (October 2008 – May 2018)

During his approximately 10 year tenure with Morgan Adams, Mr. Chandler devoted 100% of his practice to representing Plaintiffs in cases filed in State and Federal Courts throughout the State of Tennessee.  He primarily handled tractor-trailer wreck cases involving catastrophic injury or death.

Solo Practice
Chattanooga, Tennessee  (January 2001 – October 2008)

Along with his wife, Pamela O’Dwyer, Mr. Chandler handled numerous railroad grade crossing cases in State and Federal Courts throughout  Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi. Ms. O’Dwyer and Mr. Chandler obtained several jury verdicts and settlements in excess of $1.0 million, including a $1.4 Million jury verdict in the case of Shanklin v. Norfolk Southern Ry. Co. 369 F3d 978 (6th Cir. 2004).

Burch, Porter & Johnson, PLLC, Memphis, Tennessee
Partner (September 1984 – January 2001)
Associate (September 1978 – August 1984)

After graduating from law school, Mr. Chandler was employed at the Memphis firm of Burch, Porter & Johnson, PLLC where he handled a wide variety of cases both for Defendants and for Plaintiffs. While he was still an associate, Mr. Chandler assumed primary responsibility for representing Illinois Central Railroad Company and Southern Pacific Railroad in grade crossing and FELA cases.  During his tenure at Burch Porter, he also handled numerous Plaintiff cases, including a § 1983 Civil Rights case, wherein he obtained a $1.5 Million verdict for the parents of a young Sheriff’s Deputy who was recklessly shot and killed by his partner.  See Carr v. Hicks, Case No. 2:89-cv-03090, U.S. Dist. Ct. Western District of Tennessee.

  • Author/Editor of the five-volume treatise entitled Handling Motor Vehicle Accident Cases (2d) Thompson Reuters (2001-present) that covers all issues involved in representing Plaintiffs in automobile, tractor-trailer, and railroad crossing cases.
  • Author/Editor of Tennessee Litigation Letter (1992-1995)

Professional Involvement

  • American Association of Justice: Chair Railroad Section (2000 – 2001)
  • Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys (ATAA)
  • Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA)
  • Tennessee Bar Association (TBA)
  • Chattanooga Bar Association (CBA)
  • Memphis and Shelby County Bar Association: Pro Bono Attorney of the Year (1993)

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