Patrick Cruise

Patrick Cruise

Patrick A. Cruise has been rated by Mid-South Super Lawyers as one of the top plaintiff’s personal injury lawyers in Tennessee.  He focuses on serious injury and death cases, including wrecks involving tractor trailers, trucks and other commercial vehicles, as well as car wrecks and premises liability cases. He is a member of the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys, and has earned Martindale Hubbell’s highest peer rating standard of AV Preeminent.  He is licensed in Tennessee, Georgia and Louisiana.  During his nearly 20 year career as a trial lawyer, he has recovered millions and millions of dollars in compensation for injury victims and their families, while always adhering to the highest professional and ethical standards.  He combines an aggressive approach to the investigation and pursuit of justice for his clients, with compassion and understanding for the difficulties faced by those struggling with the loss of a loved one, those facing months of rehabilitation after a bad injury, those facing mounting medical bills, and those facing a lifetime of disability and loss of capacity to earn a living.

Professional Memberships & Awards

  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum – Life Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum – Life Member
  • The National Trial Lawyers’ Trucking Trial Lawyers – Top 10
  • Mid South Super Lawyer: 2013-2016, 2018-2020
  • AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell
  • Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys
  • AAJ – Trucking Litigation Group
  • American Association for Justice
  • Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • 2013 – 2018: Barrister: The Justices Ray L. Brock, Jr. – Robert E. Cooper American Inn of Court


  • May 23, 2019: “Maximize the Value of Your Case” – Webinar Sponsored by Advocate Capital
  • June 2014: 17th Annual Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference
  • October 2012: Mr. Cruise presented at the TAJ Workers’ Compensation Seminar in Nashville.
  • June 2011: Mr. Cruise was one of three presenters/teachers at the continuing legal education course titled Social Security Boot Camp, which took place in Knoxville, Tennessee.


  • Should a Truck Wreck Case be Handled like a Car Wreck Case? The Prairie Barrister, Spring 2021 (Vol. 27, No. 1, 2021).
  • Should a Truck Wreck Case be Handled like a Car Wreck Case? Tennessee Trial Lawyer: Winter 2020.
  • Author and Editor of Chapter 6: Settlement Techniques and Strategies, Handling Motor Vehicle Accident Cases 2d, by John W. Chandler (Thomson Reuters)(2019-2020 Update).
  • How to Properly Prepare Your Personal Injury Client to Testify,  The Tennessee Trial Lawyer, Winter 2018/2019.
  • Preparing your Personal Injury Client to Testify. Verdict: The Journal of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association: Fall, 2014 (reprinted by permission in Idaho Trial Lawyers Association Journal, Vol. 44, No. 2;  and, Trial Talk: Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Vol. 64, Issue 5.
  • The Pocket Constitutionalist, Golden Anniversary, 7th Edition. Paul R. Baier & Co., Protecting Liberty: Privileges or Immunities Clause, Saenz v. Roe. Claitor’s Publishing Division. 2013.
  • Can the ALJ Rely on the Vocational Consultant’s Form to Satisfy Step 5? NOSSCR Social Security Forum: Vol. 34, No. 10 Oct. 2012.
  • Ruminations on Overstreet. Winter 2009 edition of Tennessee Trial Lawyer magazine.

Bisected by the Tennessee River, bordering Georgia and Alabama, at the junction of three interstate highways, including the heavily traveled I-75 corridor, Chattanooga, Tennessee is both a historic railroad town and a modern transportation hub.  I-24 begins in Chattanooga running northwest toward Nashville, TN.  I-59 also begins just outside Chattanooga and runs south toward Birmingham, AL.  To the south, toward Atlanta along I-75, lies Dalton, GA a world center for the carpet and flooring industry. Chattanooga’s diversified economy includes the Volkswagen North American assembly plant, as well as insurance giants Blue Cross Blue Shield and Unum.  Chattanooga is also a major tourist destination attracting millions of visitors each year.  As a result, The Hamilton Firm LLC focus much of its work on representation of persons injured in trucking and transportation related cases as well as serious workplace injury cases.

Chattanooga is the headquarters for two of the nation’s major trucking companies, U.S. Xpress and Covenant Transport. And as crossroads city, Chattanooga ranks first in the nation among all metropolitan cities for the volume of freight moving through the city by truck (according to a recent freight study by Cambridge Systematics and reported in the Chattanooga Times Free Press). Problem areas include the interchanges as well as the entire section of I-24 from I-59 to I-75, and I-75 north to Cleveland, TN. Tractor trailers, while essential to a thriving economy, also present great risks to the traveling public if not operated safely by well trained professional drivers with well maintained equipment.

Chattanooga is also a rail hub for Norfolk Southern and CSX railroads.  Travel, transport and commerce by water, rail and road are essential to our lives and economy, but all the economic activity also brings traffic and congestion, which can lead to more wrecks, accidents and injuries.  This can be a volatile mix when combined with the high freight volume on tractor trailers traveling through or originating in the area.