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Eugene Podesta

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Eugene J. Podesta Jr. (Gene Podesta) is a shareholder in the Memphis office and co-chair of the Firm's Hospitality Industry Service Team.

Professional Biography

Overview

Mr. Podesta concentrates his practice in commercial, business, class action and health care litigation. He has extensive experience in the defense of suits against health care providers, accountants and lawyers.

He also has extensive experience as regional litigation counsel for several national and international franchisors. Additionally, he has extensive experience litigating intellectual property claims, including trademark and patent infringement cases.

Representative Matters
  • Won judgment in excess of $1 million on behalf of trust against former trustee on breach of fiduciary duty claim.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2005 in the areas of Personal Injury Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Professional Malpractice Law and Medical Malpractice 
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers (2006 – 2008, 2010 – 2018)
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized as a "Client Service All Star" by BTI Consulting Group (2017)
  • Fellow – Memphis Bar Foundation
  • Master – Leo Bearman, Sr. American Inns of Court
  • Member – American, Tennessee and Memphis (Director, 1988 – 1989) Bar Associations
  • Member – Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility Hearing Committee Member
  • Former Member – Alumni Advisory Council University of Tennessee College of Law
  • Former Member – Board of Governors University of Tennessee National Alumni Association
  • Former Chair of the Firm's Tort and Insurance practice group (2000 – 2004)
  • Member – DRI
Speaking Engagements
  • "Assault on Franchising," Lawyers' Journal Club of Memphis (September 2015)
  • "Forum Shopping in Hotel/Hospitality Litigation," DRI Strictly Hospitality Seminar (September 2011)

Education

  • University of Tennessee, J.D., 1981, with honors
  • University of Tennessee, B.S., 1979, with honors

Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1982
  • U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, 2014

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