Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC

617 W. Main Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
United States
Phone: (865) 292-2307
Fax: (865) 292-2321
Email: sbarrett@hdclaw.com

Dalton L. Townsend

Lawyer Dalton T. TownsendOf Counsel
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Phone: 865-292-2307
Fax: 865-292-2321

Dalton Townsend graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee in 1965. In his senior year he was named a Torchbearer. He received his law degree from the University of Tennessee and was admitted to the Bar in 1968. While in law school, he was case notes editor for Tennessee Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Coif. After law school, Mr. Townsend served as an Army officer with duty in Vietnam. He was managing partner of Hodges, Doughty & Carson from 1997 through 2003. He served as Chairman of the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization for 2010. Mr. Townsend is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, past chairman of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Mid South Super Lawyers. He has served as a member of the Knoxville Bar Association Board of Governors and as a member of the Tennessee Bar Association Committee for the Study of Standards of Professional Conduct, 1995-97. He has extensive trial experience in state and federal court. Mr. Townsend served as president of Cherokee Country Club from 2003 until 2005. His hobbies include travel, fishing, and golf.

AV Preeminent Rated

Areas of Practice

Litigation Percentage

  • 90 percent of practice devoted to litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit


Honors and Awards

  • Mid-South Super Lawyer 2011 – Personal Injury Defense: General
  • Cityview 2011-12 Top Knoxville Attorney – Personal Injury-Motorcycle Accidents & Wrongful Death-Defense
  • Best Lawyers in America 2012 – Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants & Product Liability Litigation-Defendants
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers 2012 – Personal Injury Defense: General
  • Cityview 2012-13 Top Knoxville Attorney – Personal Injury – Auto Accident – Defense, Personal Injury – Motorcycle – Defense, Wrongful Death – Defense
  • Best Lawyers in America 2013 – Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants & Product Liability Litigation-Defendants
  • Super Lawyers 2013 – Litigation-Personal Injury Defense: General
  • Cityview 2013-14 Top Knoxville Attorney – Personal Injury-Auto Accident Defense; Personal Injury-Motorcycle Accident Defense; Product Liability-Defense; Wrongful Death-Defense
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers 2013 – Personal Injury Defense: General
  • Best Lawyers in America 2014 – Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, Product Liabiity Litigation-Defendants. Listed as Best Lawyer since 1995.
  • Cityview 2014-15 Top Knoxville Attorney – Personal Injury – Motorcycle – Defense, Personal Injury – Auto Accident – Defense

Professional Associations and Memberships

Past Employment Positions

  • Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC, Managing Partner, 1997 – 2003


  • Phi Gamma Delta