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Courtney E. Read

Courtney Read has 10 years of civil litigation experience, including governmental tort law litigation, employment law, healthcare liability defense, and real estate broker defense. Ms. Read focuses her practice on the defense of real estate professionals in errors and omissions litigation, the defense of doctors and other medical professionals, and the defense of governmental entities.

While in law school at Wake Forest University, Ms. Read served as the Student Bar Association President, earned a certificate of academic excellence in the Innocence and Justice Clinic, and served on the recruitment committee for new Wake Forest Law faculty.

Ms. Read and her husband, Josh, can be found running, snow skiing, wake boarding, and traveling when not otherwise working.

Memberships + Associations

  • Tennessee Bar Association, Graduate, Leadership Law Class of 2019
  • Tennessee Board of Law Examiners Investigatory Committee Interviewer
  • Knoxville Bar Association, Functions Committee, Current Co-Chair
  • East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women, Membership Chair
  • Nucleus Knoxville, a forum for young professionals, Past President
  • Knoxville Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2023
  • Sertoma My Life Board, 2021 to present
  • Delta Delta Delta


  • J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston-Salem, NC, 2010
  • B.A., cum laude, Political Science, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, 2007


  • Tennessee, 2010
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, 2011
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2015
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, 2021
  • Supreme Court of the United States, 2022

Representative cases

Health Care Liability Matter

Obtained defense verdict after five day jury trial in health care liability matter involving alleged failure to timely diagnose a lung tumor.

Dennis v. Smith (2015)

Prevailed on appeal after motion to dismiss filed under Tennessee’s Health Care Liability Act was granted below.

Estate of Quinn ex rel. Quinn v. Henderson (2014)

Secured decision affirming grant of summary judgment in wrongful death case arising out of emergency response to an intentionally set fire.

Haynes v. Lunsford (2017)

Court of Appeals affirmed grant of summary judgment below in errors and omission case involving defense of a real estate agent after sale of a cabin.

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