Quick Results
Professional Photo
Professionals

Leigh M. Chiles

Shareholder
Memphis
T: 901.577.2207
F: 901.577.0875

Leigh M. Chiles concentrates her practice in complex business and health care litigation, including antitrust litigation, fiduciary duty litigation, class action litigation, ERISA litigation qui tam actions, litigation involving managed care organizations, and payer-provider disputes.

Featured Experience

Represented trustee of more than 35,000 retirement benefit plans in successfully quashing a seizure warrant issued by the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee directing the turn-over of more than $3 million held in a 401(k) by a plan participant under investigation by grand jury for fiduciary fraud.

Defended scores of benefit-denial claims across the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Circuits brought against insurers of ERISA-governed life, health and disability plans.

Defended a 401(k) plan sponsor against a breach of fiduciary duty claim related to enrollment and change of beneficiary procedures and vesting requirements.

Professional Biography

Overview

Ms. Chiles also advises health care clients concerning compliance with EMTALA, HIPAA, and Section 501(r) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Ms. Chiles practices out of the Firm's Memphis office. She regularly represents clients in state courts in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee, and in federal courts throughout the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Circuits. A deeply experienced appellate advocate, Ms. Chiles has handled more than 50 appeals before the Arkansas and Tennessee appellate courts and the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Circuit Courts of Appeals.

Representative Matters
  • ERISA

  • Represented trustee of more than 35,000 retirement benefit plans in successfully quashing a seizure warrant issued by the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee directing the turn-over of more than $3 million held in a 401(k) by a plan participant under investigation by grand jury for fiduciary fraud.

  • Defended scores of benefit-denial claims across the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Circuits brought against insurers of ERISA-governed life, health and disability plans.

  • Defended a 401(k) plan sponsor against a breach of fiduciary duty claim related to enrollment and change of beneficiary procedures and vesting requirements.
  • Represented a publicly-traded company and plan sponsor in developing a Department of Labor-compliant, two-tiered system for administering claims for pension and retirement benefits.

  • Business Litigation

  • Defended a wholesale pharmaceutical distributor in an action brought by a pharmaceutical manufacturer in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas seeking $37 million in damages for the purported breach of a Wholesale Purchase Agreement and Return Goods Policy, fraud and violation of deceptive trade practices laws.

  • Defended the issuer of annuities in an action seeking more than $20 million in actual and punitive damages under theories of negligent supervision, conversion, fraud and vicarious liability for the actions of an independent sales representative.

  • Represented a Fortune 500 company in enforcing non-competition, non-solicitation and non-disclosure agreements against former executive-level employees and their new employer.
  • Successfully defended a market-share leading physician-hospital organization in an antitrust case alleging conspiracy to boycott brought by an independent ambulatory surgery center against the client and a third-party administrator.

  • Defended the largest hospital system in Tennessee in a class action lawsuit concerning third-party liability billing practices.

  • Successfully defended a class action suit against a multibillion dollar corporation alleging breach of fiduciary duty with respect to the management of a self-funded health benefit plan.

  • Successfully enforced contracts for the payment of transplantation services on behalf of a Center of Excellence against numerous Puerto Rican Medicare Advantage Plans, including penalty provisions.
  • Represented the nation's largest distributor of complex rehabilitation equipment in unfair competition, theft of trade secrets and non-competition litigation in Texas federal court.
  • Represented an insurer in a class action regarding reimbursement for emergency services provided to beneficiaries of Tennessee's Medicaid program (TennCare).
  • Successfully defended a physician hospital organization against claims that it conspired to boycott a surgery center and two of its physician investors from the outpatient surgery market in the Memphis area in violation of the Sherman Act, as well as state law unfair competition and tortious interference claims, with the Eastern District of Arkansas dismissing the federal claim with prejudice, specifically adopting the defendant's arguments, and declining to exercise supplemental jurisdiction over the state law claims.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers (2016)
  • Listed in Mid-South Rising Stars (2013)
  • Member – Editorial Advisory Board, The Arkansas Lawyer (2003 – 2006)
  • Member – Board of Directors, Association of the Bar of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (2002 – 2004)
  • Member – Arkansas Bar Association
  • Member – American Bar Association
  • Member – Defense Research Institute
  • Member – Committee on Uniform Laws, Arkansas Bar Association (2003 – 2006)
  • Note and Comment Editor – Arkansas Law Review (1997 – 1998)
  • Member – Baker Donelson Women's Initiative Committee (Memphis Office Liaison)
Publications
  • Sixth Circuit Editor and Tennessee and Sixth Circuit ERISA Contributing Author – Misrepresentations in the Life, Health and Disability Insurance Application Process: A National Survey, American Bar Association, (forthcoming work) (January 2011)
  • Sixth Circuit Contributing Author – ERISA Survey of the Federal Circuits , American Bar Association, (forthcoming edition) (January 2011)

Awards

Education

  • University of Arkansas, J.D., 1998
  • Centre College, B.A., 1995

Admissions

  • Arkansas, 1998
  • Tennessee, 2007
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, 2000
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2002
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, 2004
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2004

Email Disclaimer

NOTICE: The mailing of this email is not intended to create, and receipt of it does not constitute an attorney-client relationship. Anything that you send to anyone at our Firm will not be confidential or privileged unless we have agreed to represent you. If you send this email, you confirm that you have read and understand this notice.
Cancel Accept