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Benjamin K. Lauderback

Benj Lauderback has 20 years of experience in the defense of civil rights, employment practices liability, governmental and general tort liability, personal injury, and associated appellate work.

He serves as litigation counsel for multiple municipalities across East Tennessee in both a trial attorney and consultant capacity. He has negotiated many high value claims and contentious disputes. He is retained to investigate pre-litigation matters to provide findings and offer opinions.

Mr. Lauderback has served as first chair in cases in before Tennessee and federal courts. He has been involved in many appellate cases argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the State of Tennessee Court of Appeals.

He has been an invited speaker at many conferences, where he participates in panel discussions with members of the judiciary and other legal professionals.

Mr. Lauderback and his wife Christy have four children. Be it coaching youth sports, gardening, hunting or fishing, when he is not practicing law, he prefers to spend his off time in the outdoors.


  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association


  • J.D., Nashville School of Law, Nashville, TN, 2000
  • B.S., University of Tennessee, College of Communications, Knoxville, TN, 1995


  • Tennessee, 2000
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, 2002
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, 2004
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2002

Representative Cases

Brumley v. City of Cleveland (2019)

Obtained defense verdict after three day bench trial in employment discrimination matter involving whistleblower and retaliation claims.

Cooley v. E. Tennessee Human Res. Agency (2017)

Appellate court affirmed grant of summary judgment in employment discrimination case by transit driver who failed fitness for duty evaluation that claimed disability discrimination and violations of the ADA and FMLA.

Stiles ex rel. D.S. v. Grainger Cty., Tenn (2016)

Obtained favorable opinion in the Sixth Circuit in school bullying and education law matter.

Coffey v. City of Oak Ridge (2014)

Prevailed in Tennessee Court of Appeals after a grant of summary judgment in an employment discrimination matter brought be a police officer alleging whisteblower retaliation and constructive discharge.

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