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736 Market Street, Suite 1550
Chattanooga, TN 37402


Tidwell, Izell & Richardson is a Chattanooga, TN based law firm serving as counsel to businesses and individuals.
Areas of law practice include: insurance, defense litigation, commercial litigation, construction litigation, litigation, civil rights defense, probate, and business law.


The Attorneys: Mike E. Richardson


  • Civil Litigation
  • Criminal Defense


ph  423-551-3681


Mike E. Richardson

Mike Richardson is a seasoned trial attorney who has been practicing law and trying and winning jury trials for his clients for 35 years. Richardson handles various types of litigation matters, and has several areas of specialization in his practice. His primary areas of concentration are professional negligence, personal injury, and criminal defense, including white-collar criminal cases.

Mike Richardson is from Chattanooga and has practiced here for over 35 years. He is married to Cindy Harrah Richardson, who is also from Chattanooga and who has worked with him in his practice and on his cases. They have three children, all now in college, Alex Richardson, AnnaRichardson and Hunter Richardson, all of whom are interested in becoming lawyers in the future and joining the Richardson Family practice.

Mike Richardson achieved an AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell nearly 20 years ago, and has since consistently maintained his AV Rating, which denotes exemplary work in his profession.

Richardson has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for several years and has been recognized for his work in both professional negligence cases and employment discrimination cases. He also has been recognized in the U.S. News Best Law Firms in America.

With respect to his areas of practice, Richardson has enjoyed great success in the area of professional negligence.  He is one of the few trial attorneys in the country who has successfully tried and obtained jury verdicts on behalf of his clients in cases against doctors (Medical  malpractice); cases against lawyers (Legal malpractice); cases  against certified public accountants (Accounting malpractice claims), and suits against banks (Lender liability claims).  

In the area of Accounting malpractice, Richardson successfully tried one of the landmark cases in the state of Tennessee involving the duty owed by professionals, including accountants, to third persons who utilize their work product. Richardson represented Bethlehem Steel Corporation in an accounting malpractice case against Ernst and Whinney and scored a major verdict and made new law in the state of  Tennessee. In another substantial accounting malpractice case, Richardson represented Shell Oil Company and obtained a substantial settlement from the large accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP.  

In legal malpractice cases, Richardson has successfully handled a number of claims against other attorneys who have committed malpractice in their representation of their clients.  In one noteworthy, case, Richardson represented a Chattanooga chemical company by the name of Synair Corporation in a lawsuit in Federal Court in Tennessee against a Dallas, Texas law firm, and won a judgment of 15.6 million dollars for his clients. In another legal malpractice case whereby Richardson represented the bankruptcy trustee for Southern Industrial Bank Corporation, he obtained a judgment in excess of 10 million dollars against a Knoxville law firm.

Richardson has always handled and continues to handle personal injury, tort claims, including basic car  wreck  cases, tractor-trailer accidents, and  has also developed a niche practice in matters involving business torts. A business tort is a situation where businessmen litigate after an acquisition or sale of a business, and it appears that one party may have made misrepresentations or concealed relevant
information from the other side.  Richardson has successfully tried and won a number of these cases for businessmen who have been misled, and/or defrauded. Richardson also has litigated many contract disputes, including real estate contracts.  



  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee
  • Tennessee 


  • Tennessee Bar Association