Kramer Rayson -Attorneys At Law

Kramer Rayson is Committed to Providing
Outstanding Legal Services in a Variety of Practice Areas.

Ed Rayson

E. H. Rayson
800 S. Gay Street, Suite 2500
Knoxville, TN 37929
T (865) 525-5134, Ext. 123
F (865) 522-5723

  • University of Tennessee, B. A., 1944 with Honors
  • University of Tennessee, J. D., 1948
  • Supreme Court of Tennessee, 1948
  • U.S. District Court Eastern Division of Tennessee, 1949
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1949
  • Supreme Court of the United States, 1958
  • Knoxville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations
  • ABA Labor and Employment Law Sections
Honors and Achievements
  • Lieutenant (JG) U.S. Navy 1944-1946
  • Adjunct Professor of Labor Law at the University of Tennessee 1951-1970
  • Recipient of the Knoxville Bar Association Governor's Award 2001
  • Listed in the Best Lawyers 1983-to date
  • Founding Member, Knoxville Bar Foundation
  • Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
  • City View - 2012 Top Attorney in Labor & Employment
  • Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year in Labor 2012

E.H. Rayson is a trial lawyer with broad and in-depth experience in his practice areas of Employment and Labor and Litigation.  He joined the firm, formerly known as Kramer, McNabb and Greenwood, in 1949.

Mr. Rayson has handled numerous cases involving employment, labor, and environmental matters.  He has also served as an arbitrator in a substantial number of labor disputes.  Throughout his legal career, he has represented major employers, employees, and a major labor union.  A substantial majority of the matters in which he has been involved have either been won outright or have ended in a favorable resolution to his clients.  He has tried cases in both federal and state courts.

His focus in each of his practice areas has been the same: a knowledge and understanding of the facts, how the facts can be proved, the applicable law, the time needed for preparation, the potential for resolution, and, ultimately, the proceedings in court.

Representative Cases

Adams v Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, Inc., 199 Fed. Appx. 405 (6th Cir. 2006)

Browning et al v Rohm and Haas Company, 16 F. Supp.2d 896 (E.D. Tenn. 1998), aff'd, 194 F.3d 1311 (6th Cir. 1999) (table) reh'g denied (1999), cert. den., 530 U.S. 1243, reh, den. 530 U.S. 1296 (2000)

Gibbs v. United Mine Workers, 220 F.Supp.871 (E.D. TN.1963), 343 F.2d 609 (6th Cir. 1965), 383 U.S. 715 (1966)

Lamb v. Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc., 835 F.Supp.959 (W.D. Ky. 1993)

Martin v. Boeing - Oak Ridge, Co., 244 F.Supp.2d 863; 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 25654 (E.D. Tenn. 2002)

Miller v Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, Inc., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 79293 (E.D. Tenn. 2006)

Mynatt v Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, Inc., 2008 U.S. App. LEXIS 6002, 2008 Fed. App. 153N (6th Cir. 2008)

Ramsey et al v. United Mine Workers, 265 F.Supp. 388, aff'd 416 F.2d 655 (6th Cir. 1969), rev'd and rem'd, 401 U.S. 302 (1971), 344 F.Supp. 1029 (1972), 481 F.2d 742 (6th Cir. 1973), cert. den., 402 U.S. 983

Stooksbury v. Rohm and Haas Company, 71 Fed. Appx. 444 (6th Cir. 2003), cert. den., 540 U.S. 1075

Trentham v. Hidden Mountain Resorts, Inc., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 69813 (E.D. Tenn. 2010)

Recent Presentations

Mr. Rayson recently addressed the Knoxville Senior Bar in a speech entitled, "Chance and Change."  Throughout the years of much change in the United States, lawyers have been and remain public advocates on great issues that shape the nation and the way legislation is to be constructed and applied.

Representative Matters

Mr. Rayson, with partner Beecher Bartlett, recently represented an elderly woman, with cancer and in desperate need, who had been discharged from her job.  In a jury trial of several day's length and after months of preparation, a substantial judgment was awarded to this client. 

In another instance, with partner Tom Hale, he represented minority shareholders in a suit based on a theory of law novel in Tennessee, and after years of preparation, the argument of motions and the depositions of both lay and expert witnesses, a considerable settlement was achieved for their client.

Of Note

  • Served as Lieutenant (JG) U.S. Navy, 1944-1946
  • Served as Adjunct Professor of Labor Law at the University of Tennessee, 1951-1970
  • Received the Knoxville Bar Association's most esteemed Governor's Award, 2001, commending distinguished service as a lawyer to the community
  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America, 1983 - to date
  • Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year in Labor - Management, 2012
  • Served as Founding Member, Knoxville Bar Foundation
  • Appointed Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation
  • Appointed Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
  • Served as Chairman of the labor law section of the Tennessee Bar Association
  • Selected as 2012 Top Attorney in Labor and Employment, City View magazine
  • Serves as President of the Melrose Foundation
  • Served as former Director of the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce
  • Was senior golf champion at Cherokee Country Club twice