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William J. Carver

  • Partner
Martindale-Hubbell | AV Preeminent | Peer Rated For Highest Level Of Professional Excellence | 2019

Will Carver is an AV rated, extremely knowledgeable, experienced and hard-working litigation attorney who values the relationships he builds with his clients and their businesses. He is a creative problem solver who diligently focuses on understanding his clients' goals, challenges and opportunities and provides his clients effective and efficient representation. His primary areas of practice are Litigation, Employment and Labor and Local Government and Public Utilities. He also helped develop the firm's Creditor's Rights and Bankruptcy practice areas and serves as City Attorney for the City of Townsend, Tennessee.

In August 2013, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam appointed Mr. Carver to serve on the Tennessee Education Lottery Board of Directors which oversees Tennessee's two-billion dollar annual lottery sales. Governor Bill Lee appointed Mr. Carver to a second five-year term, expiring in 2023. Proceeds from these sales fund college scholarships, after-school programs, and other education initiatives.  He became Chair of the Board in 2021.

Legal Aid of East Tennessee selected Mr. Carver and one other attorney to receive its 2010 Pro Bono Partner Award for his role in establishing a Saturday Bar Clinic in Blount County, Tennessee.

Mr. Carver represents individual and corporate clients in various litigation matters including:

  • Construction law
  • Breach of contract
  • Employment law
  • Debt collection
  • Products liability
  • Personal injury
  • Government Law
  • Insurance Law

He has successfully handled cases in both state and federal courts throughout Tennessee involving the publishing industry, software industry, shipping industry, aircraft industry, music industry, construction trades, banking industry, manufacturing industry, government contractors, insurance coverage disputes and retail businesses.

Representative Matters

Mr. Carver represented a national manufacturer in a federal court lawsuit brought by a vendor alleging breach of contract.  The District Court granted a Motion to Dismiss in his client's favor.

He successfully litigated multiple declaratory judgment actions in federal court on behalf of an aircraft insurance company.

Mr. Carver successfully defended a package carrier in various lawsuits for property damage throughout East Tennessee.

He also represented a national music industry company in a significant collection action against a business who misappropriated copyrighted music.

Areas Of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Employment and Labor
  • Local Government and Public Utilities
  • Creditor's Rights
  • Bankruptcy

Bar Admissions

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


  • University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
    • J.D. - 2003
    • Honors: Dean's Citation for Contributions to Student Life
    • Honors: Graduate Assistant, Leadership Development Office
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    • B.A. - 2000
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Graduated With Honors
    • Honors: Torchbearer Award for Contributions to Campus Life
    • Honors: President of the Student Body

Representative Cases

  • Heyward v. CDM Smith, Inc., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 103314 (E.D. Tenn. August 5, 2015)
  • City of Townsend v. Anthony Damico, 2014 Tenn. App. LEXIS 302 (Tenn. Ct. App. May 27, 2014)
  • Clark v. G4S Government Solutions, Inc. d/b/a WSI Oak k RIdge, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 37832 (E.D. Tenn. March 21, 2014)
  • Shroyer v. Dollar Tree Stores, Inc., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 126522 (E.D. Tenn. 2011)
  • VanBebber v. Roach, 252 S.W.3d 279 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2008)
  • United States Specialty Insurance Company v. N602DW, LLC, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 166127 (October 5, 2017)
  • Merwin v. Davis, 2017 Tenn. App. LEXIS 162 (March 9, 2017)
  • American Accessories Int'l, LLC v. Conopco, Inc., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 829 (E.D. Tenn. January 4, 2017)
  • United States Speciality Insurance Company v. N602DW,LLC, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 166127 (M.D. Tenn. October 5, 2017)
  • U.S. Speciality Ins. Co. v. Clinton J. Payne, et. al., Docket No. 4:16-cv-52 (E.D. Tenn. November 28, 2017)

Classes / Seminars

  • "Lawyers' Role in Law Firms," University of Tennessee College of Law, February, 2014
  • "OMG! R U Serious?" Social Media & Employment Law, Kramer Rayson LLP Employment Law Seminar, October, 2012
  • "The Changing Legal Marketplace," Knoxville Bar Association Law Today Expo, April, 2011

Honors And Awards

  • Knoxville Business Journal 40 Under 40, 2014
  • Received the Legal Aid of East Tennessee Pro Bono Partner Award, 2010
  • Selected for inclusion to City View Top Attorneys, 2009 - 2017
  • Graduated from Leadership Blount, Class of 2009
  • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • University of Tennessee College of Law Board of Alumni Advisors
  • University of Tennessee Young Alumni Council
  • Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association
  • Tennessee Education Lottery, Board of Directors
  • University of Tennessee Knoxville Chancellor's Associates, Member
  • Blount County Saturday Bar Volunteer
  • Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Member

Civic / Community Involvement

  • New Hope, Blount County Children's Advocacy Center, Board Member
  • American Cancer Society Regional Leadership Council
  • Blount County Young Life Committee
  • Blount County Library Foundation Board of Directors
  • Leadership Blount Board of Directors, Chairman, 2011 to 2012