Robert W. Knolton

Robert W. Knolton has a wealth of knowledge and trial experience in his practice area of Litigation and has provided professional, ethical and high-quality legal work and advice to his clients for more than 50 years.  His ultimate goal is to keep his clients fully informed in all aspects of their case and the law, while simultaneously keeping legal fees and expenses to a minimum.  While most cases are settled without actual trial, he is a skillful negotiator in achieving the best results for his clients in a cost-effective and timely manner.


Mr. Knolton represents his clients with the utmost integrity in litigation matters at both state and appellate levels.  He is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Tennessee, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court.  His broad litigation experience includes:


  • Personal Injury
  • Medical malpractice
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • General Product Liability
  • Insurance Defense and Insurance Coverage

The Best Lawyers in America, a highly regarded peer-review publication, has included Mr. Knolton in its list for Workers’ Compensation litigation every year since 1995.
Mr. Knolton has significant health care law experience and represents hospitals in peer review and credentialing issues, including the development of medical staff bylaws.  He also represents clients in litigation of medical malpractice and workers’ compensation claims against hospitals and has served as the hearing officer of hospitals in due process and peer review hearing.


Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • General Product Liability
  • Insurance Defense and Insurance Coverage


Bar Admissions


U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee

U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee

U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee

U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court


University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
J.D. – 1966
Honors: Outstanding Graduate, 1966
Honors: Order of the Coif
Honors: President, Student Bar Association
Honors: Phi Kappa Phi (honorary academic society)
Law Review: Tennessee Law Review, Board of Editors

University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee

Lambuth College, Jackson, Tennessee
Major: Economics and Business Administration


Representative Cases

Crook v. Mid-South Transfer, 499 S.W.2d 255 (Tenn. App. 1973)

Giles County Bd. of Education v. Hickman, 547 S.W.2d 944 (Tenn. 1977)

Derryberry v. Pratt, 557 S.W.2d 923 (Tenn. App. 1977)

Genesco, Inc. v. Creamer, 584 S.W.2d 191 (Tenn. 1979)

Cox v. Perkins, 585 S.W.2d 590 (Tenn. 1979)

Cabe v. Union Carbide Corp., 644 S.W.2d 397 (Tenn. 1983)

Phillips v. Anderson County, 698 S.W.2d 76 (Tenn App. 1985)

Wilheim v. Kern’s Inc., 713 S.W.2d 67 (Tenn. 1986)

McCormick v. Snappy Car Rentals, Inc., 806 S.W.2d 527 (Tenn 1991)

West v. Pratt, 871 S.W.2d 477 (Tenn. 1994)


Classes and Seminars

Participant in Anderson County Leadership Program

Lecturer, seminars concerning Hospital and Health Care issues, as well as Workers’ Compensation


Honors and Awards

Best Lawyers of America (Workers’ Compensation Litigation) publication since 1995

Named by City View as one of the Top Attorneys in Personal Injury and Workers Compensation

AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell


Professional Associations and Memberships

Anderson County Bar Association

Knox County Bar Association

Tennessee Bar Association

American Bar Association

National Association of Defense Lawyers

Defense Research Institute

Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association

Academy of Hospital Attorneys of the Tennessee Hospital Association

Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, Hearing Panel Member

Tennessee Bar Association, Delegate of the House of Delegates

Tennessee Board of Law Examiners, Member

Anderson County Circuit “Drug Court”, Advisor

Anderson County Bar Association and Anderson County Chamber of Commerce – Joint Committees


Civic/Community Involvement

Fellow, Tennessee Bar Foundation

Fisher Russell is located in Knoxville, Tennessee and serves clients in Knoxville, Oak Ridge, Farragut, Kingston, Loudon, Oliver Springs, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Maryville, Clinton, Morristown, Greeneville, Tri-Cities, Wartburg, Harriman, Rockwood, Newport, Rockford, Louisville, Townsend, Jellico, LaFollette, Lake City, Jacksboro, Norris, Hardin Valley, Karns, Rutledge, Maynardville, Tazewell.

Counties: Anderson County, Blount County, Campbell County, Claiborne County, Cocke County, Cumberland County, Greene County, Hamblen County, Hawkins County, Jefferson County, Knox County, Loudon County, McMinn County, Monroe County, Morgan County, Rhea County, Roane County, Scott County, Sevier County, Union County, and all other counties in East Tennessee.