NASHVILLE, TN. (WLAF) – David H. Dunaway, an attorney at Rick A. Owens Law Offices in Maryville, who also practiced in LaFollette, has been nominated for Sue Ann Head Award for Excellence in Workers’ Compensation. Dunaway has nearly 50 years of experience helping injured employees receive workers’ compensation benefits in Tennessee.

The Sue Ann Head Award for Excellence in Workers’ Compensation award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the Tennessee workers’ compensation system.  The Sue Ann Head Award is named in honor of Sue Ann Head, who served as the Tennessee Division of Workers’ Compensation Administrator until her retirement in 2011. Head led the division through several reforms that made the system more efficient and equitable for both employers and workers during her over 40 years of service. 

David Dunaway

In 1975, Dunaway established and practiced law generally in a multi-attorney law office which has now represented over 16,000 blue-collar and white-collar injured workers in state and federal courts. 

Dunaway exercises extraordinary creativity in his litigation, according to the release from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Not only does he review and litigate under existing law, but he is also not afraid to litigate issues that will modify, change, repeal, or even extend existing law, the release said. He has been involved in multiple constitutional challenges using this innovative legal analysis.

Dunaway has a reputation for always working with the injured worker in mind: striving to protect the rights of the Tennessee worker, said the release. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 5/22/2023- 6AM)

2 Replies to “Dunaway nominated for state award”

  1. Congrats Dave! I wish you were still in lafollette but we know where to find you.

  2. Thank you for your comments. I am humbled to be nominated for this award. I am thankful to God .Our God is truly The God of Second Chances. I am grateful to the citizens of LaFollette for their loyalty and allowing me to represent them . The maximum power of the law should not be limited to the chosen few.

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