John W. Dawson IV
John Dawson focuses his practice on the areas of environmental and construction law and products liability. Prior to attending law school, John had a successful career as a civil and environmental engineer. John incorporates this knowledge base and past experience into his practice, providing him a unique insight into his clients’ interests and goals.
John’s practice encompasses:
- Environmental – Representing industries, utilities, and municipalities in environmental disputes and regulatory enforcement actions, as well as environmental permitting and compliance, related to water and wastewater treatment, storm water management, air emissions, site remediation, hazardous waste and materials management, and water use rights, as well as representing clients in corporate and real estate transactions.
- Construction & Real Estate – Representing owners, developers, contractors, and designers in various construction and real estate transactions and disputes; preparing and negotiating construction agreements.
- Products Liability & Mass Torts – Working with manufacturers in a wide variety of industries utilizing his background in science and engineering to provide a foundation for comprehensive legal representation in disputes involving products and chemicals.
John is a contributing author of the Water Quality Control Handbook, and an article summarizing his thesis on reaeration in rivers and streams was published in the Journal of Environmental Engineering.
Media Mentions & Firm News
Chambers USA — Environment (2020-2023), Up and Coming (2019)
The Best Lawyers in America© — Litigation: Construction; Litigation: Environmental (2023-2024)
Tau Beta Pi
Phi Kappa Phi
University of Tennessee Legal Clinic
University of Tennessee Environmental Law Moot Court Team