- University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 1978: Tennessee Law Review
- University of Tennessee, B.A. English cum laude, 1974
The Hamilton Firm
Chattanooga, TN (May 2018-Present)
See profile published in Hamilton County Herald.
Law Office of Morgan Adams / Truck Wreck Justice, PLLC
Chattanooga, TN (October 2008 – May 2018)
During his approximately 10 year tenure with Morgan Adams, Mr. Chandler devoted 100% of his practice to representing Plaintiffs in cases filed in State and Federal Courts throughout the State of Tennessee. He primarily handled tractor-trailer wreck cases involving catastrophic injury or death.
Chattanooga, Tennessee (January 2001 – October 2008)
Along with his wife, Pamela O’Dwyer, Mr. Chandler handled numerous railroad grade crossing cases in State and Federal Courts throughout Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi. Ms. O’Dwyer and Mr. Chandler obtained several jury verdicts and settlements in excess of $1.0 million, including a $1.4 Million jury verdict in the case of Shanklin v. Norfolk Southern Ry. Co. 369 F3d 978 (6th Cir. 2004).
Burch, Porter & Johnson, PLLC, Memphis, Tennessee
Partner (September 1984 – January 2001)
Associate (September 1978 – August 1984)
After graduating from law school, Mr. Chandler was employed at the Memphis firm of Burch, Porter & Johnson, PLLC where he handled a wide variety of cases both for Defendants and for Plaintiffs. While he was still an associate, Mr. Chandler assumed primary responsibility for representing Illinois Central Railroad Company and Southern Pacific Railroad in grade crossing and FELA cases. During his tenure at Burch Porter, he also handled numerous Plaintiff cases, including a § 1983 Civil Rights case, wherein he obtained a $1.5 Million verdict for the parents of a young Sheriff’s Deputy who was recklessly shot and killed by his partner. See Carr v. Hicks, Case No. 2:89-cv-03090, U.S. Dist. Ct. Western District of Tennessee.
- American Association of Justice: Chair Railroad Section (2000 – 2001)
- Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys (ATAA)
- Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA)
- Tennessee Bar Association (TBA)
- Chattanooga Bar Association (CBA)
- Memphis and Shelby County Bar Association: Pro Bono Attorney of the Year (1993)
Author/Editor of the five-volume treatise entitled Handling Motor Vehicle Accident Cases (2d) Thompson Reuters (2001-present) that covers all issues involved in representing Plaintiffs in automobile, tractor-trailer, and railroad crossing cases.
Author/Editor of Tennessee Litigation Letter (1992-1995)
Other Significant Cases:
Feaster v. CSX Transp., Circuit Court of Franklin County, Tennessee
Along with Pam O’Dwyer, Mr. Chandler represented the parents of a high school senior, who was killed in a railroad grade crossing collision after the flashing light signals failed to operate and warn her of the approach of a train. This case was settled for a significant confidential amount. After that settlement, the case was the subject of a July 12, 2004, article published in The New York times entitled, “Death On The Tracks” that was written by Walt Bogdanich, who won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting for that article and other articles on railroad crossing safety.
In re Showa Denko K.K., 953 F.2d 162 (4th Cir. 1992) (L-Tryptophan MDL Litigation)
Mr. Chandler represented over 10 Tennessee clients in product liability suits filed in Federal Court that were consolidated with numerous other cases filed in Courts throughout the United States in Multi-District Litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina; obtained significant settlements (one in excess of $1.0 Million), served as the Tennessee Liaison to the ATLA L-Tryptophan Litigation Group, and briefed and argued the complex “stream of commerce” jurisdictional issue in opposition to Defendant Showa Denko K.K.’s Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction before the MDL Judge on behalf of all similarly-situated United States Plaintiffs.
Bowman v. Corrections Corp. of America, 350 F.3d 537 (6th Cir. 2003).
Mr. Chandler represented the mother of a prisoner at the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), a South Central Tennessee Prison who died after the physician at that facility refused to transfer him to a hospital for necessary medical care. The District Court Judge granted a Motion Mr. Chandler filed and held that CCA’s medical policy, under which the prison physician’s annual salary increased significantly in the event he significantly reduced CCA’s annual costs of providing medical care to prisoners, violated the prohibition of “cruel and unusual punishment” established by the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.