Kramer Rayson

Combining Knowledge with Practical Sense

Established in Knoxville in 1948, Kramer Rayson LLP has developed a reputation as a preeminent law firm in East Tennessee, providing sound legal advice and outstanding service to its clients. Kramer Rayson’s two offices provide a solid base for serving its clients in East Tennessee and across the nation.

Covering a vast array of legal disciplines, Kramer Rayson’s attorneys represent clients in virtually every aspect of civil and commercial law, including labor and employment, administrative, corporate, health care, immigration and naturalization, government relations, trusts and estates, taxation, insurance defense, and personal injury. 

Betsy Beck, a partner in the firm, advises clients that it’s best to form a relationship with an attorney and a firm before the need for legal counsel arises. “We understand that some people have a particular view of attorneys–they hope they never have to use one,” says Beck, “but, we want people to understand that many times, by being proactive in their relationship with an attorney, they can often avoid or limit a crisis.  There is significant value in meeting with an attorney in advance to hopefully reduce or avoid complications before they arise.”  That has always been a fundamental piece of the firm’s estate planning practice, and its estate planning attorneys are well-equipped in guiding clients in both the legal and practical considerations necessary for their future needs.


This can also benefit employers. For numerous years Kramer Rayson has worked with some of Knoxville’s finest employers. Kramer Rayson can help businesses understand employment laws in Tennessee, in part by reviewing handbooks and other policies and providing training, but also by consulting with employers on difficult situations with a focus on litigation avoidance when possible. Even more valuable to an employer in establishing that relationship is being advised of defenses that are available to the employer, but only if the employer has adopted a particular policy that is properly written. A recent example is Tennessee’s expansion of the Healthy Workplace Act, which essentially provides immunity for employers for certain causes of action if the employer adopts a written policy addressing abusive conduct/bullying that meets specific requirements.


With over 60 years of legal experience under its belt, Kramer Rayson is positioned to be able to serve the Knoxville community for the foreseeable future. “Our seasoned attorneys have significant experience, and we are working to ensure that we are partnering that experience with our newer attorneys so that our clients have a trusted Kramer Rayson team to serve their needs.  There is value in experience, and we are investing in it,” says Beck. This model for growth is what has helped them continue the Kramer Rayson legacy, and it provides clients with more available resources. 

This year, twenty of the firm’s attorneys received top honors in multiple areas of practice in Cityview’s 2019 Top Attorneys. Kramer Rayson’s attorneys have consistently been recognized for their quality legal work in America’s Leading Lawyers for Business by Chambers USA, Mid-South Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers, Tennessee’s Best 100 Lawyers in Business TN Magazine, and numerous other legal publications year after year.

With significant experience in labor and employment, immigration, commercial and corporate law, taxation, trusts and estates, health care, municipality and government, insurance and personal Injury, the firm is able to provide a full array of legal services to its clients. The firm has a legacy of being involved in the community, giving its time and resources to numerous business and not-for-profits, serving on committees and boards and providing financial support.  In addition to the firm’s activities, its 50-plus employees are heavily engaged in a wide variety of civic pursuits, such as philanthropic organizations, religious entities, foundations, and other worthwhile causes.  


In addition to being involved in the community, Kramer Rayson has been recognized as a Top Employer for three consecutive years, a recognition that is only given to employers based on the input of their employees.  The firm prides itself on providing exceptional benefits, along with competitive pay for all its full-time employees. 

Kramer Rayson’s engagement in the community and with its clients and employees is truly an investment. “We want to develop that relationship so that you’ve got trust in us. We partner with you to help you achieve the best possible result.” 

  • 865) 525-5134
  • First Tennessee Plaza
    800 S. Gay St., #2500
    Knoxville, TN 37929
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