Tennessee bar (1981), United States District Court, Middle District (1982), United States Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit (1982), United States District Court, Eastern District (2005), United States Supreme Court (2005), United States District Court, Western District (2008)
University of Tennessee, Knoxville (B.A., 1978);Vanderbilt University School of Law (J.D., 1981) University of Tennessee College of Trial Advocacy (1987); National Institute of Trial Advocacy Master Advocacy Program (1994)
Past & present MEMBERSHIPS
Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates; National Board of Trial Advocacy; Defense Research Institute; Association of Defense Trial Attorneys; Tennessee Bar Association, chair of the TBA Torts and Insurance Practice section and longtime Executive Council member; Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association; Nashville Bar Association; National Association of Subrogation Professionals
Civil Trial Advocate (1994), Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate (2012); National Board of Trial Advocacy, approved as a Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator in 2006 by the Tennessee Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission
Kreis White holds the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell for ethics and legal ability: AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating and has been recognized annually since 2008 as a Super Lawyer in the Mid South and Corporate Counsel editions in civil litigation and insurance coverage. He has a 10.0 AVVO rating.
Approximately 200 jury trials in more than 80 of Tennessee's 95 counties and in 28 of the state's 31 judicial districts. Countless non-jury trials across Tennessee
In His Own Words
I married my high school sweetheart Jennifer decades ago. She's so patient... We host horses and two smart but unruly Heeler dogs on our small farm in South Williamson County. Off hours often involve mowing pastures and splitting firewood. Other pastimes include enthusiastic guitar and banjo picking with more talented colleagues, binge-reading and more recently, participation in town and county politics. Clear skies with stars and lightning bugs light our lives—but not quite as brightly as our first grandchild.
A semi-serious goal is to try a jury trial in every Tennessee county before I stop practicing. That last pesky dozen or so of the 95 are elusive.
As a civil mediator, I enjoy trying to help parties reach what often becomes begrudging settlement.
Favorite book: Animal Farm, by George Orwell ("Some animals are more equal than others...")
Favorite movie: Animal House ("Seven years of college down the drain...")
Favorite courthouses: Those with indoor plumbing and no metal detectors.
Favorite possessions: Martin D-18 acoustic guitar, bought as a pimply kid the early 70's with lawn mowing and birthday money. Honorable mention: our tractor and a very low priced but sweet sounding ugly duckling Martin 00-18 (one of only 53 crafted in 1935).