R. Dale Thomas

Mr. Thomas serves as President of Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell, P.L.C., and has been associated with the Firm since receiving his Doctor of Jurisprudence, with honors, in 1988 from the University of Tennessee College of Law. In law school, Mr. Thomas was the author of “Prejudgment Interest in Personal Injury Actions in Tennessee,” 15 Tennessee Judicial Newsletter, No. 1, 1988. Mr. Thomas was also the Articles Editor of the Tennessee Law Review.


Mr. Thomas has experience in the areas of workers’ compensation, employment law, insurance coverage, trucking law, and education law. Mr. Thomas is counsel for the local board of education, and has been retained by other boards of education for representation in specific cases.


Community Involvement

University School of Jackson, Board of Trustees (2004-10 & 2012-15) (Chairman 2008-10)



Papers, Presentations and Publications

May 2012 Employment Law Conference sponsored by West Tennessee SHRM

Topic: Recent Employment Law Update

Prejudgment Interest in Person Injury Actions in Tennessee 15 Tennessee Judicial Newsletter, No. 1, 1988

West TN Business Medical Advisory Council Conference speaker, October 2012

“Workers’ Compensation Legislative Updates”


Representative/Published Cases

  • Canal Ins. Co. v. Moore Freight Services, 2015 WL 3756840 (E.D. Tenn.)
  • Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s of London v. Paniagua, 957 F.Supp.2d 921 (W. D. Tenn. 2013)
  • Moore v. Butler, 2011 WL 6004010 (Tenn. Ct. App.)
  • Canal Ins. Co. v. Coleman, 625 F.3d 244 (5th Cir. 2010)
  • Canal Ins. Co. v. Axley, 680 F. Supp. 2d 923 (W.D. Tenn. 2009)
  • JACO Airfield Const., Inc. v. National Trust Ins. Co., 2007 WL 5114438 (W.D. Tenn)
  • Beeler v. Lennox Hearth Products, Inc., 2009 WL 396121 (Tenn. Workers Comp. Panel)
  • Watson v. Garza, 316 S.W.3d 589 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2008)
  • City of Covington Educ. Ass’n v. City of Covington, 2007 WL 1028589 (Tenn. Ct. App.)
  • Canal Ins. Co. v. N. L. Montgomery and Son Sawmill, Inc., 2006 WL 962525 (W. D. Tenn.)
  • Robinson v. Harkness, 2005 WL 1899465 (W. D. Tenn.)
  • Smith v. Franks, 2007 Fed. Appx. 617 (6th Cir.)
  • Holliday v. Epperson, 2003 WL 23407496 (W. D. Tenn. 2003)
  • Finister v. Humboldt General Hospital, Inc., 970 S.W.2d 435 (Tenn. 1998)
  • Duke v. Replogle Enterprises, 891 S.W.2d 205 (Tenn. 1994)
  • Banks v. Dement Construction Co., 817 S.W.2d 16 (Tenn. 1991)
  • Estate of Barnes v. Woodmen of World Life Ins. Society, 1991 WL 241161 (Tenn. Ct. App.)