TOP PHOTO: Campbell Countian David H. Dunaway was selected to receive the Super Lawyer designation for the second time in his career.

By Charlotte Underwood

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Campbell Countian David H. Dunaway was selected to receive the Super Lawyer designation for the second time in his career. This honor designates him among the top attorneys in the nation. 
Dunaway was recognized by his peers and was selected to Super Lawyers for 2006 – 2010, and 2018 – 2021. This selection is based off of an evaluation of 12 indicators including peer recognition and professional achievement in legal practice.

Dunaway is an attorney who represents clients in the Maryville, Tennessee area.

According to Dunaway, the “glory for the selection belongs to God.”

“God gave me the talent and ability and granted me the opportunity to serve the injured and in some way give a voice to working men and women over the years,” Dunaway said.

In 2003, The Trial Lawyers for Public Justice selected Dunaway as a Finalist for National Trial Lawyer of The Year for his work in safeguarding the assets from the sale of the LaFollette Medical Center when $9.2 million was required to be held in trust for indigent medical care. 

Dave Dunaway with his grandson Virgil, son of Tim and Rachel Dunaway Pote.

He has represented numerous laborers, teachers, medical personnel, and law enforcement officers injured or who contracted occupational diseases in the line of duty,  including not only workers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratories, but Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport , Denso in Maryville to Nissan in Smyrna, Tennessee.

David Dunaway grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee, in the “Happy Holler and Lincoln Park communities of Old North Knoxville.” He graduated from Fulton High School in 1967 and was recently voted a Fulton High School outstanding alumnus and added to their Wall of Fame in October 2018.  

Dunaway chose to pursue a career in law after completing undergraduate studies. He attended The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and graduated in 1975. He passed the bar exam and was admitted to legal practice that same year. After beginning his law practice in 1975 in Scott County, Tennessee, he moved to LaFollette in April of 1976 and has continued to maintain a residence or property in Campbell County for the last 46 years.

He represents clients with Personal Injury – Products: Plaintiff issues in Tennessee. He also represents clients with Workers’ Compensation: Claimant and Employment Litigation: Plaintiff issues.

Being selected to Super Lawyers is “limited to a small number of attorneys in each state.” 

According to, being selected “as one of the few attorneys to garner the distinction of Super Lawyers, David Dunaway has earned the respect of peers as one of the top-rated attorneys in the nation.”

While maintaining ties to Campbell County, he has now moved his law practice to Maryville , Tennessee, where he continues to serve injured and disabled workers suffering from occupational diseases.

“I am humbled that my colleagues and my peers would extend the selection. Our offices have served more than 16 thousand clients over the last 45 years. While I am now practicing at Maryville with one of my former associates, Rick Owens, I will always be grateful for the opportunity that was extended to me to represent so many people in LaFollette and across East Tennessee,” Dunaway said. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 03/02/2022-6AM)

One Reply to “Dave Dunaway receives “Super Lawyer” designation”

  1. Thank You . This was a great news story! I will always be grateful for the friendships that were formed in our community.
    WLAF was there at the beginning of the construction of my office in 1992. They were also there in October 2011 when our offices and personnel suffered interruptions and damages created by Potters Southeast Constuction and their subcontractors.WLAF made sure the true facts were reported . WLAF remains an icon and voice for The LaFollette, Tennessee community.The Freedom of Expression and WLAF’s promotion of that Freedom has served and will continue to serve the community.

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