Harry P. Ogden

Senior Counsel
265 Brookview Centre Way
Suite 600
Knoxville, Tennessee 37919
T: 865.549.7120
F: 865.633.7120

Harry P. Ogden, senior counsel and former managing shareholder of the Firm's Knoxville office, represents long term care facilities and their parent entities, various types of clinics, and medical professionals including medical doctors, dentists, nurses, psychologists and social workers. He has also represented clients in other professions, including defense of accountants, lawyers, agents and brokers.

Mr. Ogden devotes a significant portion of his practice to defending manufacturers and distributors of products, including medical devices, industrial equipment, automotive components, asbestos and other chemical and alleged toxic tort matters. Mr. Ogden has served as statewide and local counsel to numerous product manufacturers in products liability cases, and he has handled medical malpractice and long term care litigation for clients across the state. He has handled multiple premises liability claims for grocery stores, discount merchandisers, home improvement stores and industrial facilities, as well. In commercial litigation he has represented insurance companies in ERISA litigation and coverage matters.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter – "You've Been Sued," Memphis Area Psychologists Association (June 9, 2012)
  • Presenter – "Charting Errors/ Do's and Don'ts," Healthcare Education Systems' Tennessee Summer Symposiums, Knoxville, TN (August 14, 2009)
  • Presenter – "Mediating Medicare and Other Liens in Long Term Care Cases," Knoxville Bar Association section on Alternative Dispute Resolution (September 2007)
  • Presenter – "Nursing Home Litigation," Smoky Mountain Paralegal Association (September 2006)
  • Presenter – "2005 Killer Cross Examinations," Federal Bar Association seminar (November 2005)
  • Co-Presenter – "Nursing Home Malpractice in Tennessee: Successful Case Management from Investigation to Trial" (May 2004)
  • Presenter – "Confidentiality, Privilege and Immunity: Potential Areas of Liability," Tennessee Society of Clinical Social Work, Knoxville, TN (March 1997; 2002 Update on the same topic October 2002)
  • Presenter – "New & Improved – A Look at the Revisions to the New Model Code," Knoxville Bar Association Ethics & Professionalism seminar (December 2000)
  • Author – "Workplace Harassment in Tennessee," Business Law Focus (Tennessee Edition) (June/July 1996, vol. 2, no. 3.)
  • Mr. Ogden has made numerous presentations to health care entities and insurance companies on topics such as health care litigation and claims handling.

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Member – American, Tennessee and Knoxville Bar Associations  
  • Fellow – Tennessee Bar Foundation, Board of Trustees (2007 – 2009), Board Chair Elect (2009 – 2010), Chair (2010 – 2011)
  • Fellow – Knoxville Bar Foundation, Board of Directors (2010 – present)
  • Honorary Fellow – Tennessee Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Board of Governors – Knoxville Bar Association (2002 – 2004)
  • Member – Defense Research Institute
  • Member – American Health Lawyers Association
  • Emeritus – Hamilton Burnett Chapter, American Inns of Court  
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers (Business Litigation, 2009; Professional Liability: Defense, 2010 – 2014)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in Medical Malpractice Law, Personal Injury Litigation and Product Liability Litigation since 2007 
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2014 Knoxville Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Named a Top Attorney in the Knoxville CityView magazine (2008 – 2012)
  • Listed in Marquis Who's Who in American Law (1985 – present)
  • Vice President, Board of Directors – The Sertoma Center (2008 – present)
  • Law Clerk – Honorable Charles E. Nearn (retired), Tennessee Court of Appeals, Western Section


  • Tennessee, 1976
  • U.S. District Courts for Western, Middle and Eastern Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • University of Tennessee, J.D., 1975
  • Southwestern at Memphis (Rhodes College), B.A., 1971