Thomas Greer, partner in Bailey & Greer PLLC, has been elected vice president of the West Tennessee grand division of the Tennessee Association for Justice.
It’s a fitting role for the 33-year-old Greer, whose practice areas consist of medical malpractice, personal injury, wrongful death, premises liability and police brutality. His experience includes trials and settlements of cases in both state and federal court, as well as appearances before the Tennessee Court of Appeals and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
“Every day, I represent individuals who have been injured and who deserved to be compensated,” Greer said. “Our interests are to look out for the multitude of people as opposed to individual clients, and also to look out for people who have not yet been injured, but who may be injured or harmed in the future. My experience in handling individual cases and trying a fair number of cases has prepared me for handling this broader job.”
The purpose of TAJ is to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution, to promote the administration of justice for the public good and to advance the cause of those who are damaged in person or property. The organization is led by a president and elected officers, including three vice presidents from each grand division of the state, of which Greer is one.
Over the past few years, Greer said there have been “concerted efforts” by corporations, medical associations and insurance companies to try to limit the rights of Tennessee citizens.
Greer, who graduated magna cum laude from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, isn’t in the courtroom as much as he would like to be, but he said it’s a cause worth fighting for.
“There’s a declining trend for the number of cases that go to trial,” Greer said. “One of the missions of our association is to keep the courthouse open and level the playing field for the ordinary Tennessean. To try to make sure that future generations have the same constitutional rights that we grew up with and that we’ve had.”
Greer began working as a law clerk with Sadler Bailey during his final year in law school in 2004-2005, and was hired as an attorney upon graduation. In 2010, the name of the firm changed to Bailey & Greer.
He’s been a member of the TAJ since 2005, and served on the Board of Governors from 2011 to 2012.
All of Greer’s cases involve helping people who have been injured and helping family members of people who have been killed by the negligence of others. His days vary from being in trial to being in depositions to being in the office preparing cases.
It’s fair to say that law runs in the family for Greer. His grandfather and namesake was a circuit court judge for 25 years. Before and after, he was trial lawyer, including criminal defense and personal injury.
His father, also a trial lawyer in Greer’s hometown of Dunlap, Tenn., is a past president of the TAJ. His general practice includes criminal defense, personal injury and workers’ compensation.
And Greer’s sister, who handles mainly domestic cases and criminal defense, practices with his dad in Cleveland, Tenn.
“(Law)’s in the blood, you could say,” Greer said.
But despite the type of cases a lawyer is in involved in, Greer said there should be one constant in the profession.
“Every lawyer, regardless of what side of the isle you’re on or what type of cases you handle, owes a duty to the profession of law to set an example for all attorneys,” Greer said. “Attorneys tend to have a bad name, and so I think we all kind of owe a collective duty to do the right thing and to set a good example for people in the community.”
When he’s not practicing law, Greer enjoys spending time with his wife and two small children.