Insurance Defense Litigation
For almost 50 years the firm has provided experience and expertise primarily as a defense firm for the insurance industry. Our attorneys currently provide over 100 years of collective experience in defense of claims involving automobile liability, workers’ compensation, product liability, professional liability, premises liability as well as issues involving insurance coverage and insurance fraud..learn more
Our attorneys are regularly involved in the litigation of complex claims, including multi-jurisdiction and class action claims, wrongful death and complex injury claims, construction litigation and complex insurance coverage litigation.learn more
One of Chattanooga’s most established law firms, Luther-Anderson is proud to provide the experience and expertise you need to get the results you expect. For almost 50 years the firm has evolved primarily as a defense firm for the insurance industry but currently offers a full range of litigation expertise in the area of automobile liability, workers’ compensation, product liability, professional liability, premises liability as well as personal injury, criminal law and family law.
Highly Accredited Attorneys
The firm is an AV firm rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available. Our attorneys are admitted to practice in State and Federal Courts. We are regularly engaged in practice in both Tennessee and Georgia. The firm is located in downtown Chattanooga, giving us easy access for our clients and to the local courts. Chattanooga, Tennessee is strategically located approximately two hours from Atlanta, Nashville and Knoxville.
We recognize the importance of a strong attorney client relationship and build that relationship through constant and clear communication with our clients, knowledge of our clients’ goals and our personal attention to attaining those goals. Our clients stay informed and receive regularly updated information concerning the status of their matter. They enjoy the peace of mind that comes with professional, experienced representation and exceptional client service.
Originally established in 1970, Luther-Anderson evolved primarily as a defense firm for the insurance industry but currently offers a full range of litigation expertise in the area of automobile liability, workers’ compensation, product liability, professional liability, premises liability as well as personal injury, criminal law and family law. The firm is an AV firm rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available. Our attorneys are admitted to practice in State and Federal Courts. We are regularly engaged in practice in both Tennessee and Georgia.
Yesterday the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (“PCAST“) released a final Report finding that many of the forensic science techniques used to prosecute criminal cases do not meet scientific standards. Specifically, the Report raised issues with the use of tool-mark analysis (ballistics), bite mark, hair, footwear and other evidence used in criminal cases all over the country. This is yet another critical look at the state of forensic science and the way it is used to convict people at a staggering rate.
The Report said:
PCAST concluded that there are two important gaps: (1) the need for clarity about the scientific standards for the validity and reliability of forensic methods and (2) the need to evaluate specific forensic methods to determine whether they have been scientifically established to be valid and reliable. Our study aimed to help close these gaps for a number of forensic “feature-comparison” methods—specifically, methods for comparing DNA samples, bitemarks, latent fingerprints, firearm marks, footwear, and hair.
Despite the Report’s recommendations, the Attorney General stated that the Department of Justice will not adopt the recommendations in relation to the admissibility of forensic science as evidence at trial. This comes only a few days after DOJ issued a Memorandum addressing certain changes in their policy towards forensic evidence and releasing a code of professional conduct for forensic analysts.
The ongoing struggle of the validity of forensic science in the courtroom and ways to improve the reliability of the science is ongoing. This is an incredibly important topic in terms of criminal defense because of the likelihood that a jury will believe “scientific” evidence over other potentially more reliable evidence because they are told that it is, in fact, science. If you have been charged with a crime and the evidence includes any kind of forensic evidence it is important to contact an attorney that is familiar with the challenges of forensic evidence.
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