Parks T. Chastain, a member of the firm, focuses on the representation
of insurers on a state and national basis. Mr. Chastain represents
insurers in the investigation of first party claims, and in litigation
arising from first party coverage disputes. He has been involved
in litigation dealing with first party policy interpretation, claims
handling practice and procedures, bad faith and extra-contractual
exposure, arson, misrepresentation and fraud. He has also consulted
with insurance carriers regarding the development and drafting
of insurance policy provisions and endorsements. At a national
level, Mr. Chastain has been retained by various carriers to represent
them in the cases involving public adjusters and the appraisal
process, as well as the investigation of insurance fraud.
Mr. Chastain is also active in third party liability coverage litigation.
He has handled hundreds of cases in which an insurance company’s
duty to defend and/or indemnify has been at issue. Mr. Chastain
has litigated third party coverage disputes involving construction
defect claims, mold claims, as well as litigation arising from
policy cancellation and policyholders’ breach of policy terms
Mr. Chastain also practices in general civil litigation with an
emphasis on claims arising from medical, legal and accountant malpractice,
as well as insurance agents’ errors and omissions. He also
represents employers in proceedings before the Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission, and in litigation arising from alleged
discriminatory employment practices.
Born Murfreesboro, Tennessee, June 22, 1965; admitted to bar, 1989,
Tennessee, 1991, U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, U.S. District
Court, Middle District of Tennessee, U.S. District Court, Eastern
District of Tennessee, U.S. District Court, Western District of
University of Louisville (B.S., 1986,
with highest honors; J.D., 1989, cum laude).
Brandeis Society, National Moot Court
Team. Managing Editor, Journal of Law and Education, 1988-1989.
Nashville and Tennessee Bar Associations, President of Tennessee
Chapter of the National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators,
National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators.
Mr. Chastain frequently lectures and gives presentations
on legal issues, including:
“Legal and Insurance Issues in Mold Litigation”
“Emerging Issues in Tennessee Insurance Coverage Law”
“Insurance Coverage and Construction Defect Claims”
“Use of the Declaratory Judgment to Resolve Insurance Coverage
“Bad Faith Claims Practices”
“Fraud During the Appraisal Process: The Impact of Fraudulent
Acts of a Public Adjuster Upon the Insured’s Coverage”