Sidney W. Gilreath


Gilreath & Associates, PLLC
Bank of America Center
550 Main Ave, Suite 600
Knoxville, TN 37902

Tel: (865) 272-2812


Attorney Sidney W. Gilreath is the founder and owner of Gilreath & Associates, which has law offices in Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee. A nationally ranked trial lawyer with more than 58 years of total legal experience, Mr. Gilreath provides exceptional counsel and support to clients across the state who have legal needs involving any of the following:

  • Automobile, trucking and motorcycle accidents
  • Aviation
  • Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) claims
  • Medical malpractice
  • Products liability
  • Personal injury

A licensed pilot with more than 4,000 hours of flight time, Mr. Gilreath is a recognized authority in aviation law, and he has achieved remarkable success advocating on behalf of those who have suffered an injury or loss as a result of an aircraft accident. Equally effective with all other types of personal injury and wrongful death claims, he has recovered millions of dollars in total compensation for his plaintiff clients, and he has gained a reputation as a fierce and tireless advocate for those he serves.

Among his legal credentials, Mr. Gilreath holds his certification as a Civil Trial Advocate from the National Board of Trial Advocacy and as a Civil Trial Specialist from the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization. A leader in his field, he has served as president of the Tennessee and American Bar Associations and other legal organizations, and he is a former member of the board of governors as well as vice president, treasurer, parliamentarian and state committeeman for the American Association for Justice.

Mr. Gilreath has also served as president and vice president of the Tennessee Association for Justice, and he is an active member of many local, state and national legal organizations. Recognized for his outstanding professionalism and service, he has received consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America along with the organization’s Lawyer of the Year award in 2011 and 2017. He has also received many designations as among the top trial lawyers in Tennessee and the country.

A 1958 graduate of Maryville College, Mr. Gilreath obtained his Bachelor of Law from the University of Tennessee College of Law at Knoxville in 1962. He also served as instructor at the National College of Advocacy from 1979 to 1980. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th and 11th Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Braden v. Yoder, 592 S.W.2d 897 (Tenn. App., 1979)
  • Smith v. Gore, 728 S.W.2d 738 (Tenn., 1987)
  • Motley v. Fluid Power, 640 S.W.2d 222 (Tenn. App. 1982)
  • Wolfe v. United States, 703 F.2d 569 (6th Cir., 1982)
  • Sweeney v. State Dept. of Transp., 744 S.W.2d 905 (Tenn. App., 1987)
  • Murphree v. Raybestos-Manhattan, Inc., 696 F.2d 459 (6th Cir., 1982)
  • Sterling v. Velsicol, 855 F.2d 1188 (6th Cir., 1988)
  • Steele v. Ft. Sanders Anesthesia Group, P.C., 897 S.W.2d 270 (Tenn. App., 1994)
  • Cruze v. Ford Motor Co., et al., 1999 WL 1206798 (Tenn.Ct.App.)
  • Johnson v. Tenn. Farmers Mut. Ins. Co., 205 S.W.3d 365 (Tenn. 2006)
At Gilreath & Associates, we know how a serious injury or the death of a loved one through negligence or neglect can be a devastating experience with far-reaching impact on your quality of life. We’ve spent the past six decades helping thousands of clients receive the just compensation they deserve for incidents of serious injury and wrongful death resulting from personal injury, products liability, car accidents, truck accidents, and medical malpractice.

60 years ago, Sid Gilreath established this firm as the home of the best personal injury, product liability, and medical malpractice attorneys in Tennessee. He’s been building on that reputation ever since by providing the kind of expert legal services that have helped thousands of clients achieve the just results they deserve.

Although based in Tennessee, with offices in Knoxville, Nashville, and Memphis, Gilreath & Associates handles cases throughout the southeastern United States. In fact, the firm has obtained successful results in 12 states, both in and out of court. Our attorneys remain proud of their Tennessee roots. Those roots provide us with a unique knowledge of the juries and the legal community here and in surrounding states.

The values of hard work, professionalism, and compassion that Sid Gilreath learned while growing up in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Kodak, Tennessee remain the driving principles behind Gilreath and Associates. Contact us today if you need guidance or help with a personal injury, product liability, or other legal matter.