From the very beginning of the establishment of Arnett, Draper & Hagood in 1954, the firm's practice has focused primarily on civil litigation in all state and federal courts. The range of legal services the firm offers has steadily expanded since its inception to include such areas as commercial and corporate transactions, wills, trusts, estate planning, probate and other matters, in addition to the long standing tradition of the firm's litigation and trial practice. The combined years of courtroom experience possessed by the firm's members provides a substantial depth and breadth of trial experience and courtroom skills which can be marshaled quickly, efficiently and effectively to protect its clients' interests and advance a client's cause. The areas of litigation covered by the firm's practice include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Health Care
- Insurance Defense
- Personal Injury
- Products Liability
- Professional Malpractice
- Workers' Compensation
Although the majority of the firm's practice has traditionally focused on litigation, the firm's approach to serving the needs of its clients recognizes that there are occasions when the client's best interest may not be served by litigation. One of the firm's guiding principles is, and has always been, to provide prompt, efficient and cost effective legal services and counsel to maximize the chances for a successful resolution of a client's problems. The firm fosters a strong work ethic aimed at marshaling its considerable array of legal talent and experience to evaluate quickly and efficiently each client's unique individual needs and to provide prompt and sound legal advice for the client's use in deciding how those needs may best be protected and advanced through such options as litigation, settlement, mediation or arbitration.
Should it be determined that litigation is in the best interest of a client, it is the policy of the firm to advance and protect its client's interests aggressively, consistent with the highest ethical standards of the profession, by taking advantage of the firm's depth of trial experience and courtroom skills.
In that regard, members of the firm, as reflected in their individual biographies, have achieved distinction as trial lawyers by election to the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Association of Defense Counsel, the Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel, the American Board of Trial Advocates, and the American Inns of Court, as well as serving in such trial lawyers organizations as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association, the Defense Research Institute and others. In addition the firm is listed in Best's Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys as well as the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.
Thorough preparation and zealous representation of a client's interests are the hallmarks of Arnett, Draper & Hagood's approach to litigation. The firm is privileged to represent a wide variety of personal and corporate clients, many of which are prominent local, regional and national corporations and takes pride in providing quality legal services in a cost effective manner through a "result oriented" approach to litigation.