800 Riverview Tower
900 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902-1800
Telephone (865) 522-2717
Fax (865) 522-7929





Welcome to Robertson Overbey.

Our law firm offers a wide variety of legal services ranging from major civil litigation involving complex antitrust and commercial issues and defending physicians and other health care providers in professional negligence cases to serving as bond counsel, issuer's counsel, and underwriter's counsel in more than $7.7 billion dollars worth of tax-exempt financings. Our firm also serves various clients, including a continuing care retirement community, professional engineering firm, utility districts and a municipality as general counsel. We have completed transactions ranging from the acquisition and merger of major area hospitals to the start-up of an environmental research company, a construction company, and the sale of a multi- physician family practice to a major health system.

At the same time, we have represented various commercial enterprises and individuals in federal antitrust grand jury and Department of Justice investigations, handled child custody disputes and family law matters, and given counsel to persons setting out with their first corporate and partnership endeavors.

The firm has a long history. It was founded in 1982 by Claude K. Robertson, J. Edward Ingram, Norman H. Williams, Shannon D. Faulkner, III, and J. Douglas Overbey. Doug Overbey is the current senior and managing partner. He is a resident of Maryville and represents the 2nd District in the Tennessee General Assembly. His legal experience ranges across the gamut from antitrust and commercial litigation to major transactional endeavors. He is the former Chancellor of the Diocese of East Tennessee, and serves as general counsel to a number of corporations in the area as well as City Attorney for the City of Alcoa.

Shelly Wilson moved to Tennessee from Florida in 1999. She worked in Florida for more than eleven years practicing primarily criminal defense, and has worked over the last ten years for clients who need help with antitrust and general corporate law issues including corporate formation and employment law, contract negotiation, land development issues, estate settlement issues, family law, and criminal prosecution.

John Owings was Chief Deputy Law Director and Law Director for Knox County for a combined total of eighteen years. Prior to his experience with Knox County, John was the first pro se law clerk and staff attorney for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee and, while in law school, he worked as an investigator for the Tennessee Human Rights Commission. John has also been a certified federal and state court mediator since 1995. Having practiced law in Knoxville for over 22 years, John’s concentrations are in business, corporate, employment, labor, personal injury, products liability, municipal, governmental and public utilities law, mediation and civil litigation, including defending individual police officers, officials, cities and counties in civil rights actions.

David Waite is a litigator who has been recognized as a medical malpractice specialist by both the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization and the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys. He also litigates nursing home, class action, products liability, toxic tort and catastrophic injury cases. Although he often represents the defendants in these cases, he also represents plaintiffs in selected cases and is proud to be a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, whose membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements.

Stephanie Coleman is the newest associate to the firm. Thus far she has gained experience working on a wide variety of civil cases including products liability and civil rights defense. She also does contracts, powers of attorney, and other drafting work.

The firm is also proud to have the Of-Counsel association of Frederick Fields, who served as Vice President and General Counsel of St. Mary's Health System.

The firm carries an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. We would welcome the opportunity
to serve you.