Foster D. Arnett (1920 - 2002)

Foster D. Arnett, the founder of our Firm, passed away in December, 2002. He was a decorated veteran of the Pacific Theatre in World War II, a leader of both his community and the bar, and a loving husband, father and grandfather. We all miss him.


Bachelor of Arts, University of Tennessee, 1946;
LL.B., University of Virginia, 1948


Omicron Delta Kappa - Honorary Leadership Fraternity (Honorary Member); Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity (Honorary Member); Scarrabbean Honorary Secret Society, Scabbard and Blade; Company Commander of the Honor ROTC Company in the 4th Corp Area, U.S. Army; Editor-in-Chief, the Volunteer, boxing and debating teams, At the University of Virginia School of Law Secretary of Class of 1948, President of The Student Legal Forum and Member of The Raven Society; Torchbearer - one of eight University of Tennessee seniors selected annually; Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.


Virginia Bar and Tennessee Bar. Licensed to practice in all courts of the Commonwealth of Virginia; licensed to practice in all state, federal and appellate courts of Tennessee; licensed to practice before U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (Life Member Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference), before the United States Supreme Court, and admitted to practice in various other United States District Courts and state courts.


President, Knoxville Bar Association (1959–60); Board of Governor’s Award 1989; President, Tennessee Bar Association (1968-69); former Dean and past President of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (1989 & 1992); American Bar Association; Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates, Fellow American Bar Foundation, Charter Member of AHA Society of Hospital Attorneys; Past President of the University of Tennessee National Alumni Association

Service: ABA Standing Committees: Unauthorized Practice of Law and Standing Committee on Association Communication; Member of Litigation, Tort and Insurance Practice, and General Practice Sections of the American Bar Association. Has served from time to time on various committees, including committees on Aviation and Space Law, State Certification of Legal Specialists, etc.

Fellow: American College of Trial Lawyers (Member and former Chairman of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Committee; Member of the Ethics Committee); International Academy of Trial Lawyers (former Dean and President of the Academy and a Trustee of the Foundation); International Society of Barristers; Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates (TN Charter Member and Past President TN Chapter), American Inns of Court (Master of the Bench, Hamilton S. Burnett Chapter); American Bar Foundation (Life Fellow) and Tennessee Bar Foundation (Charter Fellow)

American Academy of Hospital Attorneys of The American Hospital Association (Charter Member) and Member, Tennessee Hospital Association

International Association of Defense Counsel (formerly IAIC), (Secretary-Treasurer, 1981-84) and Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel (FICC) Southeast Defense Counsel Association (Past Vice-President)

Defense Research Institute (Charter Member)
Product Liability Advisory Council, Inc. (Sustaining Member)
The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
The Federalist Society
American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects (“Scribes”)
Legal Advisory Board, Southeastern Legal Foundation
Former Commissioner, National Conference Of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws


Graduate, The Advanced Infantry School, The Parachute School, The Parachute Demolition School, and of the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

Parachute Infantry Officer during World War II with service in New Guinea and the Philippines, Silver Star for Gallantry in Action Against the Enemy - Leyte, Philippine Islands, 12/12/44, Purple Heart for Combat-Incurred Wounds, Bronze Star, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, etc., LTC., USAR Ret. (11/28/80)


Knox Children’s Foundation (formerly Children’s Home of Knoxville) (President, 1959-60, re-elected 1960-61 and 1975-76)
East Tennessee Hearing & Speech Center (President, 1963-64; re-elected 1964-65)
Knoxville Teen Center, Inc. (President, 1969-70; re-elected 1970-71)
Knoxville News-Sentinel Charities, Inc. (President 1985 - )
Also has served on boards of various civic organization, among others: American Red Cross; American Cancer Society; Boy’s Club of Knoxville; Knoxville Cerebral Palsy Center; United Fund, Red Cross Annual Fund Drive; President, The University of Tennessee National Alumni Association, 1961-62
School of Law, U.Va., Chairman of Annual Giving and President, U.Va. School of Law Alumni Assn.
Member of University of Tennessee Development Council and Chairman, The University of Tennessee Annual National Alumni Giving Program, 1961-63
Tennessee Military Institute (Member, Board and Executive Committee, 1973-75)
Fort Loudon Association, Vice-President, 1972-75
National Chairman, Appeals Committee, University of Virginia Law School Foundation (1986-88); First Vice President of the Law School Alumni Council (1988-91)


Participant and lecturer, trial practice seminars and CLE programs, etc., at University of Tennessee College of Law, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, International Association of Insurance Counsel, Illinois defense Counsel Association, ICLE, University of Michigan, Insurance Counsel Trial Academy of the University of Colorado, Defense Research Institute seminar, etc.

Author of papers and presentations reported in various legal publications


Marquis Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in the World, The Best Lawyers in America