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Karen G. Crutchfield

Knoxville, Tennessee
(865) 546-1000
(865) 546-1001

KAREN G. CRUTCHFIELD is a Member in the Knoxville, Tennessee office of the Firm, joining in October 2013.  Her law practice focuses on the defense of general civil litigation for businesses and employers, including contracts, construction, premises liability, products liability, professional liability, environmental and workers compensation claims. Karen received a B.S. in Communications from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a MSW with emphasis in Economic Development and Policy from Washington University in St. Louis. She received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1994. Karen is listed in the Best Lawyers of America® in the area of Workers' Compensation Law-Employers, and was named 2018 Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers for Workers' Compensation Law-Employers, Knoxville.  She was selected to participate as a delegate to the OECD-NEA Nuclear Law Program in October of 2013, received the ETLAW Spirit of Justice Award in 2014, and has received the Tennessee Supreme Court Attorney for Justice Award from 2014-2017.  In 2016, she was named to The Fellows of the American Bar Association, which admits only 1% of U.S. lawyers to its ranks.  Karen is President of the Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women 2017-2018, currently serves on the Anderson County Economic Development Board, and is also an active member of other legal, professional and community organizations.

Areas of Practice

  • General Liability Defense
  • Professional Liability Defense
  • Construction Defects Defense
  • Environmental/Toxic Exposure
  • Products Liability
  • Workers' Compensation Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
    • Juris Doctor - 1994
  • University of Tennessee
    • Bachelor of Science - 1988
  • Washington University of St. Louis
    • Master of Social Work - 1991
  • OECD-NEA Nuclear Law Program, Paris, France - October, 2013


  • The Art of Depositions: Preparing Yourself, NBI Seminar, 2008 - Present
  • Bad Faith Claims in Tennessee, NBI Seminar, 2007 - Present
  • Food Fights: Food Liability Issues, Food Liability Seminar Materials for presentation at PLRB Annual Meeting, 2008 - Present
  • Insurance Coverage for Mold Claims, NBI Seminar, 2004 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in the Best Lawyers of America® in the area of Workers' Compensation Law-Employers
  • Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for Workers' Compensation Law-Employers, Knoxville (2018)
  • ETLAW - Spirit of Justice Award, 2014
  • Tennessee Supreme Court - Attorney for Justice Award, 2014-2017
  • Named to The Fellows of the American Bar Association, 2016
  • Appointed by Tennessee Supreme Court as Board of Professional Responsibility Hearing Committee Member for District 2, 2014 & 2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Anderson County Bar Association
  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women, President 2011
  • Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women, President 2017-2018
  • Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute, Construction and WIL Committees
  • Claims Litigation Management Alliance
  • Anderson County Economic Development Board (2016-2017)
  • Leadership Oak Ridge (2012-present)
  • Oak Ridge League of Women Voters

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