Robert W. Knolton

Robert W. Knolton

Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Martindale Hubbell

Robert W. Knolton has a wealth of knowledge and trial experience in his practice area of Litigation and has provided professional, ethical and high-quality legal work and advice to his clients for more than 50 years.  His ultimate goal is to keep his clients fully informed in all aspects of their case and the law, while simultaneously keeping legal fees and expenses to a minimum.  While most cases are settled without actual trial, he is a skillful negotiator in achieving the best results for his clients in a cost-effective and timely manner.

Mr. Knolton represents his clients with the utmost integrity in litigation matters at both state and appellate levels.  He is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Tennessee, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court.  His broad litigation experience includes:

  • Personal injury
  • Medical malpractice
  • Workers' compensation
  • General product liability
  • Insurance defense and insurance coverage

The Best Lawyers in America, a highly regarded peer-review publication, has included Mr. Knolton in its list for Workers' Compensation litigation every year since 1995.  

Mr. Knolton has significant health care law experience and represents hospitals in peer review and credentialing issues, including the development of medical staff bylaws.  He also represents clients in litigation of medical malpractice and workers' compensation claims against hospitals and has served as the hearing officer of hospitals in due process and peer review hearing.

To reach Mr. Knolton, please call our Oak Ridge Office location at 865-220-5134.

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Workers' Compensation
  • General Product Liability
  • Insurance Defense and Insurance Coverage

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
    • J.D. - 1966
    • Honors: Outstanding Graduate, 1966
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • Honors: President, Student Bar Association
    • Honors: Phi Kappa Phi (honorary academic society)
    • Law Review: Tennessee Law Review, Board of Editors
  • University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
    • L.L.B.
  • Lambuth College, Jackson, TN
    • B.A.
    • Major: Economics and Business Administration

Representative Cases

  • Crook v. Mid-South Transfer, 499 S.W.2d 255 (Tenn. App. 1973)
  • Giles County Bd. of Education v. Hickman, 547 S.W.2d 944 (Tenn. 1977)
  • Derryberry v. Pratt, 557 S.W.2d 923 (Tenn. App. 1977)
  • Genesco, Inc. v. Creamer, 584 S.W.2d 191 (Tenn. 1979)
  • Cox v. Perkins, 585 S.W.2d 590 (Tenn. 1979)
  • Cabe v. Union Carbide Corp., 644 S.W.2d 397 (Tenn. 1983)
  • Phillips v. Anderson County, 698 S.W.2d 76 (Tenn App. 1985)
  • Wilheim v. Kern's Inc., 713 S.W.2d 67 (Tenn. 1986)
  • McCormick v. Snappy Car Rentals, Inc., 806 S.W.2d 527 (Tenn 1991)
  • West v. Pratt, 871 S.W.2d 477 (Tenn. 1994)


  • Participant in Anderson County Leadership Program
  • Lecturer, seminars concerning Hospital and Health Care issues, as well as Workers' Compensation

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers of America (Workers' Compensation Litigation) publication since 1995
  • Named by City View as one of the Top Attorneys in Personal Injury and Workers Compensation
  • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Anderson County Bar Association
  • Knox County Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • National Association of Defense Lawyers
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association
  • Academy of Hospital Attorneys of the Tennessee Hospital Association
  • Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, Hearing Panel Member
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Delegate of the House of Delegates
  • Tennessee Board of Law Examiners, Member
  • Anderson County Circuit "Drug Court", Advisor
  • Anderson County Bar Association and Anderson County Chamber of Commerce - Joint Committees

Civic/Community Involvement

  • Fellow, Tennessee Bar Foundation