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Hanson R. Tipton

Hanson Tipton has 20 years of experience, and practices in the areas of health care liability, civil defense litigation, government tort law, workers’ compensation, and insurance defense.

Mr. Tipton is a natural leader who has held many voluntary and elected leadership positions with the Tennessee Bar Association and the Knoxville Bar Association. He is a graduate of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Leadership Law Class of 2008.

In 2020, he served as President of the Knoxville Bar Association, which includes more than 2,000 members and an 18 member Board of Governors. He won the 2014 KBA President’s Award in recognition of outstanding performance and dedicated service on behalf of the Knoxville Bar Association. He also currently serves on the Alumni Council for the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Mr. Tipton served as a law clerk for Senior Judge John K. Byers for almost two years following law school.

Mr. Tipton is a loyal, if long-suffering, fan of University of Tennessee athletics, and enjoys traveling to and attending concerts in various venues across the South and beyond. He lives in West Knoxville with his wife and daughter.

Awards + Recognitions

  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Memberships + Associations

  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Continuing Legal Education Committee, Past Member
  • Young Lawyers Division Publications Committee, Past Chair
  • American Bar Association
  • Knoxville Bar Association, President 2020, Board of Governors, 2013 to 2015 and 2016 to 2021
  • Knoxville Bar Foundation, Fellows, 2017 to Present
  • University of Tennessee College of Law Alumni Council, 2021 to Present


  • J.D., University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, TN, 2002
  • B.S., Psychology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 1996


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

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.

Health Care Liability Matter

Obtained defense verdict after ten day jury trial in health care liability matter arising out of the death of a young woman who developed myocarditis while hospitalized.

Dennis v. Smith (2015)

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

Bohanan v. City of Knoxville (2004)

Obtained favorable opinion in the Tennessee Supreme Court reversing lower court in workers’ compensation hypertension case.

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