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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Tennessee College of Law, 1980
    • B.A., cum laude, University of Memphis, 1978
  • Court Admissions
    • Supreme Court of Tennessee
    • Supreme Court of Georgia
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee
For clients around the world, Greg Leitner gives legal advice and counseling in the areas of general counseling, deal structuring, commercial transactions, and complex commercial disputes. As former outside general counsel for the chemical division of Olin Corporation and for other chemical firms, Greg has led teams handling multi-million dollar commercial transactions including joint ventures, asset purchase agreements, mergers and acquisitions, manufacturing agreements, and environmental disputes. Greg has also prosecuted many large commercial cases, representing corporation clients as the plaintiff resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in recoveries.  Earlier in his career, Greg practiced mostly in the courtroom, and some of his representative court opinions include:
  • Messer Griesheim Industries Inc. v. Eastman Chemical Co., 194 S.W.3d 466
  • Downing, et al v. Bowater Inc., representing Olin Corp., 846 S.W.2d 265
  • In re: Mercury Settlement with the Department of Justice, 59 F.R. 23233, 1994 W.L.167676
  • Olin Corp. v. Lambda Electronics Inc., 39 F.Supp. 2d 912
  • Olin Corp. v. Yeargin Inc., 146 F.3d 398, 6th Cir.
  • Messer Griesheim Industries Inc. v. Cryotech of Kingsport Inc., 45 S.W.3d 588 Tenn.
  • Voluminous transactions involving chemical manufacturing, including construction projects; commercial sales and purchase agreements; development of on-site facilities with lessees; tolling agreements, leases of chemical facilities; rolling stock agreements; real estate issues; logistics agreements; equipment financing; export issues; environmental issues; intellectual property.
  • Representing chemical shipper against Class 1 railroads at the Surface Transportation Board in Washington, D.C.
  • Defended a publicly traded chemical manufacturer in litigation arising from allegations that the manufacturer created fog over Interstate 75, causing many injuries and 15 deaths.
  • Assisted in the successful defense of a chemical manufacturer who operated an Oak Ridge, Tenn., plant that developed the hydrogen bomb. It was alleged that mercury escaped and contaminated local fish, which allegedly resulted in the deaths of the plaintiffs who consumed the fish.
  • Successfully prosecuted a civil case where the client, a major air products company, was supplied defective carbon dioxide contaminated with hydrogen cyanide, which ended up in retail carbonated beverages and in medical products that caused an FDA medical product recall.
  • Successfully litigated a Tennessee mercury incident that resulted in environmental litigation with the Department of Justice representing the United States, labor litigation with the State of Tennessee (TOSHA), and with 58 plaintiffs seeking hundreds of millions of dollars.
  • Defended a publicly traded regional fast food company when a large number of people contracted hepatitis from contaminated food.
  • Successfully placed a publicly traded company into involuntary bankruptcy, which resulted in a full recovery in millions of dollars.