Reuben N. Pelot, IV

Reuben N. Pelot, IV

Areas of Practice

Litigation: Business and Commercial Disputes, Collections and Lien Law, Workers’ Compensation, Employment Litigation, Insurance Defense and Coverage Matters


Phone: (865) 546-0500

Fax: (865) 525-5293



J.D., cum laude, University of Tennessee, 1991

M.Ed. Policy Development and Program Evaluation, Vanderbilt University, 1987

B.A. Human Services, magna cum laude, University of Tennessee, 1986


Tennessee, 1991

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee,

U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court


Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Alpha Delta Omega Honor Society


Reuben “Buddy” Pelot presently practices primarily in the following areas:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Law and Litigation
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Insurance Coverage and Defense
  • Products Liability
  • Collections and Lien Law

Litigation cases exemplary of Buddy’s work include the following:

  • Sumeru Health Care Group, L.C. v. Hutchins, 2015 WL 3883501 (E.D. Tenn. June 24, 2015)
  • Williamson v. Baptist Hosp. of Cocke County, 361 S.W.3d 483 (Tenn. 2012)
  • Kogan v. Tennessee Bd. of Dentistry, 2008 WL 842462, M.D.Tenn., March 28, 2008
  • Stalley v. Methodist Healthcare, 517 F.3d 911, C.A.6 (Tenn.), February 28, 2008
  • Baptist Physician Hosp. Organization, Inc. v. Humana Military Healthcare Services, Inc., 481 F.3d 337, C.A.6 (Tenn.), March 21, 2007
  • Moore v. Freeman, 355 F.3d 558, C.A.6 (Tenn.), January 13, 2004

Before joining Egerton McAfee, Buddy practiced in Chattanooga and appeared in federal courts throughout the South in commercial litigation, failed bank litigation, director and officer liability litigation, accountant liability, collections, subrogation, and environmental litigation. He is a graduate of the Chattanooga Resource Foundation’s Leadership Program. He served three terms on the Board of the Young Lawyer’s Division of the Chattanooga Bar Association.

In 1996, Buddy and his family returned to Knoxville, where he joined an insurance defense firm. His practice then focused on insurance coverage issues, insurance defense, personal injury, and workers’ compensation. Buddy joined Egerton McAfee as an associate in February 1997 and became a shareholder of the firm in 1999.

Buddy is a member of the Knoxville Bar Association and Tennessee Bar Association.

In the community, Buddy is Vice President of the Bearden High School Foundation Board where he has served since 2009. chairing the Foundation Grant Committee. He has also served on the City of Knoxville Greenways Commission, Community Board of CASA of East Tennessee, Inc., and for several years as President of Blue Grass Baseball League, Inc. for which he is now Vice President and previously coached for a number of years. He is also a certified Referee for the Greater Knoxville Area Interclub Swimming Association. Buddy is a member of the Knoxville Track Club and USA Triathlon.