Thomas R. Greer
“At an early age, I knew I wanted to be a lawyer, and not just any lawyer. I wanted to be a trial lawyer, like my father and grandfather. I am proud of the work I do for my clients. I represent the underdog. I help put the powerless on a level playing field with the powerful. I know that without me, or someone like me, corporations and insurance companies would break the rules and never be held fully accountable for the harm they cause.”
– Thomas R. Greer
Since graduating magna cum laude in 2005 from the University of Memphis School of Law, Thomas has helped make a difference in the lives of victims of serious personal injury, wrongful death, and professional negligence.
Thomas has extensive trial experience in both state and federal court. Among other victories in the courtroom, Thomas obtained several impressive jury verdicts and settlements, including:
- $9.4 million jury verdict in personal injury case involving a man who was served a toxic liquid instead of water
- $5 million settlement in trucking injury case
- $4.5 million verdict in fatal motorcycle accident case
- $3.7 million jury verdict in a personal injury trucking case
- $2.75 million wrongful death settlementstemming from an apartment fire that killed a young child
- $2.5+ million verdict in a truck accident injury case
- $1.75 million settlement in a commercial property loss case
- $1.6 million settlement in a truck wreck case
- $1.2 million verdict for personal injury trucking case
- $1.063 million jury verdict in a medical malpractice case
- $1 million settlement in wrongful death medical malpractice case for misdiagnosing a brain aneurysm
- $500,000 wrongful death jury verdict in an auto accident case
- $450,000 personal injury jury verdict in an auto accident case
- $300,000 jury verdict in a personal injury trucking case
Thomas has also made appearances before the Tennessee Supreme Court, Tennessee Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
At the age of only 37, Thomas served as President of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, an organization committed to preserving the civil justice system and protecting the rights of injured Tennesseans. Thomas was one of the youngest people to ever hold this position. Thomas is active in several additional statewide and nationwide organizations and is frequently called upon to teach other attorneys at educational seminars.
In 2012, Thomas was named to the National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40.
In 2015 Thomas was invited to join the American Board of Trial Advocates, which is an invitation-only prestigious organization reserved for only the most experienced and ethical lawyers in the country.
In 2020, he was named the Outstanding Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association.
Thomas also has a 10 out of 10 rating with Avvo, an independent attorney review website, and an AV Preeminent Peer Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating among attorney peers and judges.
Thomas has been featured in the Commercial Appeal and the Memphis Daily News and has contributed as a featured guest columnist in the Commercial Appeal. Thomas has also made appearances on local TV news stations NBC, CBS, ABC, and FOX13.
Thomas is a self-described “family man.” He lives in Memphis with his wonderful wife and four smart, beautiful and funny daughters. When he is not working to improve the lives of his clients, Thomas can be found with his family, playing with his daughters in the yard, at the park, or at the pool. Increasingly Thomas can be seen driving the girls to school, and to various other activities like birthday parties, sleepovers, orthodontist appointments, and tennis, ballet, and violin lessons. Thomas tries to instill in his children the importance of hard work, personal responsibility and accountability, and compassion for others.
Thomas also believes strongly in giving back to the community and supporting those in our society who are less fortunate. With the support of the firm, Thomas and his wife organized and hosted a back-to-school party, complete with bounce houses, carnival games, snow cones, and pizza, and provided over 50 brand-new backpacks loaded with a year’s worth of school supplies to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Memphis.
Several times each year, Thomas gives End Distracted Driving presentations to high school students across Shelby County. The program was created by trial lawyer Joel Feldman, whose daughter Casey was killed by a distracted driver at the age of 21. It is designed to bring awareness to the distracted driving epidemic and to provide useful tools that teens can use to combat the problem. For more information, visit www.EndDD.org.
Since 2015, Bailey & Greer has participated in the Memphis Bar Association’s Summer Law Internship Program for Memphis area minority high school students. The firm exposes the students to real cases by taking the students to depositions, mediations, and trials. The firm pays a generous stipend to the participating students at the end of the program. Some of the students go on to work part-time for the firm as runners and clerks, and many are inspired to pursue a legal career.
Thomas also acts as a mentor to several graduating high school students seeking to take advantage of the TN Promise Scholarship. As a mentor, Thomas serves as a resource and offers encouragement and support to students, including attending high school and college team meetings, reminding students of important deadlines, and helping to eliminate the barriers associated with post-secondary access and success.
- JD, magna cum laude, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, University of Memphis, 2005
- Law Review
- CALI Award for Excellence
- BS, cum laude, History, Tennessee Technological University, 2001
- Earl McDonald Leadership Scholarship
- Phi Alpha Theta: History Honors Society
- Sigma Alpha Epsilon, President
- International Studies, University of Sunderland, England, 2001
- Tennessee, 2005
- Mississippi, 2016
- Arkansas 2017
- United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, 2006
- United States District Court for the Eastern and Western District of Arkansas, 2010
- Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2010
- Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2013
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, 2016
Activities, Organizations and Honors
- AV Preeminent Peer Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
- Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association
- Past President
- Past Vice President
- Board of Governors
- Various Committees
- American Association for Justice
- Board of Governors: 2014-2018
- The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40
- American Board of Trial Advocates
- National Police Accountability Project
- Supreme Court Rule 21 Approved Attorney Mentor
- Mississippi Bar Association
- Mississippi Association for Justice
- Lawyers Involved for Tennessee
- Handling the Police Liability Claim, National Business Institute, December 9, 2011
- Tennessee Governmental Tort Liability Claims, Tennessee Association for Justice, February 23, 2012
- Keeping Everyone Happy: Avoiding Ethical Complaints While Growing Your Practice, Tennessee Association for Justice, December 14, 2012
- Belli Speaker, Tennessee Association for Justice, June 14, 2013
- Keeping Clients Happy and Staying Out of Trouble, Memphis Bar Association, November 14, 2013
- Hospital Liens, Subrogation and Med Pay: A Guide for Tennessee Plaintiff Attorneys, Tennessee Association for Justice, December 12, 2013
- The Reptile: Masters in Damages, 2017
- Setting the Stage to Win at the Pretrial Conference, Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, October 2019
- Professionalism in the Courts, Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, October 2019
- Using Defense Tactics to Win Your Case, Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, June 2020