William G. Colvin

Bar Admission

Tennessee, 1979


Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, cum laude, 1979

Vanderbilt University, 1973

Professional Honors

2017 Best Lawyers in America selection Litigation - Construction

Professional and Civic Activities

American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Forum of the Construction Industry, Member

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Tennessee Bar Association, Member

Chattanooga Bar Association, Board of Governors, Treasurer 2015, Secretary 2016

Fellow, Chattanooga Bar Foundation

Brock-Cooper American Inns of Court, Master, Past President, Founding Member

American Association for Justice, Member

Tennessee Association for Justice, Member

Chattanooga Trial Lawyers Association, Member

Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel, Founding Member

William G. Colvin

Of Counsel

Contact via email


Mr. Colvin concentrates his practice in the areas of plaintiff personal injury matters, particularly medical devices and pharmaceuticals, construction and insurance coverage litigation. He has developed a unique career in Chattanooga, serving individuals in mass tort and Multi-District Litigation involving personal injury as well as representing businesses, property owners and insurers in construction litigation. In mass tort and multi-district litigation cases, he has served on discovery committees, as class counsel, and as a judicial appointee to a common benefit fee review committee. As plaintiffs’ counsel in personal injury and commercial litigation over the last fifteen years, he has helped clients recover over $150,000,000 in damages. In construction litigation, he has successfully represented property owners and contractors in commercial and residential disputes and has obtained summary judgments for insurers in construction-related coverage disputes. In all areas of his practice, he has served as local counsel, collaborating with other attorneys from around the nation in a variety of complex cases. He is also a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Mediator for general civil litigation.

Mr. Colvin has given a number of presentations on issues relating to construction law, expert testimony and complex litigation. He has published articles on insurance coverage, electronic communications in litigation, and arbitration. He is a founding member and past President of the Brock-Cooper American Inns of Court and Founding Member of the Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel. He has been recognized as a MidSouth Superlawyer for plaintiff personal injury litigation continuously since 2012.

Mr. Colvin is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga teaching a graduate level class on construction law in the construction management degree program.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, he has been married for 38 years to Jane Colvin. He enjoys time with their daughters, sons-in-law and granddaughters, golf, jogging and his church.

Representative Matters


American & Foreign Ins. Co. v. Sequatchie Concrete Svcs., Inc., 441 F.3d 341, 2006 Fed.App. 0058P (6th Cir. (Tenn.), 2006) (No. 04-6524)

Wilton Corp. v. Ashland Castings Corp., 188 F.3d 670, 1999 Fed.App. 0304P (6th Cir. (Tenn.), 1999) (No. 98-6189)

Olin Corp. v. Yeargin Inc., 146 F.3d 398, 46 ERC 1801, 28 Envtl. L. Rep. 21,362, 1998 Fed.App. 0185P (6th Cir. (Tenn.), 1998) (No. 97-5606)

Penn Mut. Life Ins. Co. v. Cleveland Mall Associates, 916 F.Supp. 715 (E.D.Tenn., 1996)

Penn Mut. Life Ins. Co. v. Cleveland Mall Associates, 841 F.Supp. 815 (E.D.Tenn., 1993)

Stott v. Bunge Corp., 800 F.Supp. 567 (E.D.Tenn., 1992)


City of Tullahoma v. Bedford County, 938 S.W.2d 408 (Tenn., 1997)

Tri Am Construction, Inc. v. J & V Development, 2012 WL 3847166, No. E2010–01952–COA–R9–CV (Tenn. Ct. App., 2011, perm. app. denied 2012)

Wise Construction LLC v. Boyd, 2011 WL 864388, (No. E2009–01899–COA–R3–CV) (Tenn. Ct. App., 2011, perm. app. denied, 2011)

Wagner v. Fleming, 139 S.W .3d 295, (Tenn. Ct. App., 2004) (No. E2002-02304-COA-R3CV)

Oliver v. Hydro-Vac Services Inc., 873 S.W.2d 694 (Tenn. Ct. App., 1993) (No. 03A01-9306-CV-00221)

Peoples Bank of Elk Valley v. ConAgra Poultry Co., 832 S.W.2d 550 (Tenn. Ct. App., Dec 06, 1991) (No. 01-A-01-9103-CH00104)

Dodd v. Varady, 799 S.W.2d 216 (Tenn. Ct. App., 1990) (No. 880)

Kaley by Lanham v. Union Planters Nat. Bank of Memphis, Tenn., 775 S.W.2d 607, 10 UCC Rep.Serv.2d 153 (Tenn. Ct. App., 1988)