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S. Russell Headrick

Mr. Headrick concentrates his practice in three major areas. He represents life, health and disability insurers and self-insureds in all aspects of litigation in state and federal courts at all levels throughout a broad section of the country, including states comprising the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Eleventh federal circuits. His representation includes all issues arising from both individual and group coverage, under both state and federal law, including ERISA and class actions.

Mr. Headrick’s media defense/First Amendment practice includes defending the media in defamation and privacy claims and representing their interests in seeking access to governmental information, such as bringing claims under open records and open meetings acts.

Finally, Mr. Headrick maintains an active appellate practice at every level in state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court.

Court Memberships

  • Tennessee
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Honors

  • Selected among The Best Lawyers in America®, 1991-2014, 2016-2018
  • Selected as the Best Lawyers' 2013 Knoxville Insurance Law “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Selected as Top Attorney in CityView magazine 2009 - 2012
  • Selected for Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2006, 2011-2013

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association Forum Committee on Communications Law
  • Defense Research Institute, Life, Health and Disability Section; Tennessee State Liaison
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Memphis Bar Association

Publications

  • Co-author, Ambiguity Is in the Eye of the Beholder: Judicial Interpretation of Life, Health and Disability Insurance Policies, Defense Research Institute Life, Health, Disability and ERISA Seminar, April 2014
  • Co-author, E-Discovery: Successful Litigation Requires Companies to Retain Massive Amounts of DataMemphis Business Journal, June 2007
  • Contributing author, ERISA Survey of the Federal Circuits (2d ed.), American Bar Association
  • Editor and contributing author, Misrepresentations of Life, Health and Disability Insurance Application Process: A National Survey, American Bar Association
  • Author, 50-State Annual Survey of Defamation Law, Media Law Resource Center

Presentations

  • Speaker, Ambiguity Is in the Eye of the Beholder: Judicial Interpretation of Life, Health and Disability Insurance Policies, Defense Research Institute Life, Health, Disability and ERISA Seminar, April 2014
  • Speaker, Overview of Disability Insurance Coverage and Long-Term Disability Benefits, Tennessee Bar Association, Disability Benefits Forum, March 2007
  • Speaker, Overpayments and Subrogation under ERISA, Tennessee Bar Association, Disability Benefits Forum, March 2007
  • Speaker, Litigating a Disability Claim under a Disability Insurance Policy Controlled by Tennessee State Law, Tennessee Bar Association, Disability Benefits Forum, March 2007
  • Speaker, ADR of Disability Income Cases, Tennessee Bar Association, Disability Benefits Forum, March 2007
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F: 816.292.2001

Assistant

Amy Smith
816.460.5572

Education

University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 1977

Rhodes College, B.A., with distinction, 1973 

Clerkship(s)

  • Law Clerk, Hon. Harry W. Wellford, U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee, 1977-1978