Robert Pryor

Founding Partner

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Knoxville, TN

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865-522-0910

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Robert E. Pryor, Sr., is a native Tennessean born April 2, 1943, in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Mr. Pryor was admitted to the Tennessee bar in 1969.  He is a graduate of The University of Tennessee (B.S.) and The University of Tennessee College of Law (J.D., 1969).  He is a member of the Knoxville, Tennessee, and American Bar Associations; the American Association of Justice; the Tennessee Association for Justice; American Board of Trial Advocates (Advocate); Hamilton Burnett American Inn of Court (Master of the Bench Emeritus); and the Society of Law and Medicine. 

Mr. Pryor is a founding partner of the firm and has practiced as a trial litigator in civil matters since his admission to the bar in 1969.  Because of his regional and national reputation as a trial attorney, Mr. Pryor has represented clients in the courts of many other states.  Because he believes that the mark of a true professional is the willingness to give back to the profession by teaching others, he has been an Instructor in Law and an Adjunct Professor of Law most of his professional career.  He served as a lecturer on law in the College of Business of The University of Tennessee from 1971 to 1974 and has served since 1978 as an Adjunct Professor of Law and lecturer at The University of Tennessee College of Law.  He has served as a faculty member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, the Case Western School of Law Litigation Forum, and the Tennessee College of Advocacy.  Mr. Pryor is a frequent presenter and lecturer on trial practice topics on educational programs for lawyers sponsored by the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, the Knoxville Bar Association, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the National Practice Institute, the Tennessee Young Lawyers Conference, the Federal Practice Institute, the Georgia Bar Association, and the National Business Institute.

In 1977, Mr. Pryor served as President of the Tennessee Young Lawyers Conference and was a member of the Board of Governors of the Tennessee Bar Association from1977-78.  He has served as an officer of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association and as a member of its Board of Governors intermittently since 1974.  He was elected to the Tennessee Appellate Court Nominating Commission and served from 1991-94 and has been a member of The University of Tennessee College of Law Advisory Board and Dean's Circle since 1995. 

Mr. Pryor has vast experience in representing injured people in various types of litigation and much of his practice has been devoted to the representation of the catastrophically injured client. He is married to the former Norma Lee Hammer, and they have three children, Robert E. Pryor, Jr. (a partner with the firm), John P. Pryor, and Amy Pryor of Knoxville.   They have five grandchildren.

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Medical Negligence
  • Products Liability

Education

  • University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
    • J.D. - 1969
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
    • B.S. - 1966

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1969
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 1970
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1980

Honors

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America
  • Listed among 101 best lawyers in state of Tennessee by Business TN
  • Listed among 150 best lawyers in state of Tennessee by Business TN
  • Voted top lawyer in Knoxville in personal injury and professional malpractice in survey of lawyers and judges conducted by City View Magazine
  • Voted one of "Knoxville’s Top Attorneys" in a Survey of Lawyers and Judges, City View Magazine

Classes/Seminars

  • Advanced Trial Practice, University of Tennessee Law College, 1978 to Present
  • Lecturer, College of Business of The University of Tennessee, 1971 to 1974
  • Faculty Member, National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • Faculty Member, Case Western School of Law Litigation Forum
  • Faculty Member, Tennessee College of Advocacy
  • President, Tennessee Young Lawyers Conference, 1977

Published Works

  • Products Liability, Michie, Second Edition, 1995

Professional Associations

  • Knoxville Bar Association, Member
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Member
  • Tennessee Association for Justice, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • America Association for Justice, Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Advocate
  • Hamilton Burnett American Inn of Court, Master of the Bench Emeritus
  • Society of Law and Medicine, Member
  • Board of Governors of the Tennessee Bar Association, Member, 1977 to 1978
  • Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, Officer
  • Board of Governors, Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 1974 to Present
  • Tennessee Appellate Court Nominating Commission, 1991 to 1994
  • The University of Tennessee College of Law Advisory Board and Dean's Circle, Member, 1995 to Present

Current Employment Positions

  • Founding Partner
Personal Injury Claims

Personal Injury Claims

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect

Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect

Catastrophic Injuries & Deaths

Catastrophic Injuries & Deaths

Defective & Dangerous Products

Defective & Dangerous Products

Mediation, Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution

Mediation, Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution

Other Practice Areas

Other Practice Areas