Christopher Gilreath

Christopher Gilreath

Chris Gilreath believes that the practice of law is very personal. When a client comes to talk to about a problem, it is often because they have suffered a devastating human loss. Chris believes first and foremost that the law should work to protect human life and personal freedoms. His experience as a leader and lawyer reflects his commitment to preserving the rights of people in the face of attacks by greedy corporations and insurance companies, who would give away the rights of people to increase their profits.

His training began long before attending law school. As the son of the founder, Sidney Gilreath, Chris grew up working at the firm, witnessing first hand how juries of ordinary citizens held wrongdoers accountable. At the age of fifteen, Chris began assisting attorneys and clients with their cases at Gilreath & Associates. This early experience helped instill in Chris a strong sense of right and wrong, as well as a strong appreciation for how our system of civil justice works. "People want and need to know that we have a strong system of civil justice for times when others violate the law and cause people harm," says Gilreath. "As civil justice attorneys, we are charged with responsibility for enforcing people's rights by presenting their case in court. I can think of no finer honor for a lawyer than to stand before a jury of peers and tell them how they can do something positive for the community by finding in favor of a deserving client."

Chris' leadership has been evident in his actions. In college, Chris was honored with the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, given to one senior man and one senior woman at Rhodes College who most exemplify leaders who give back to their community and leave making the college a better place. While attending Cumberland School of Law, Chris was selected to serve on the Cumberland Honor Court, a judicial body instilled with the responsibility of prosecuting hearings for law students who have violated the school's honor code, the primary means by which discipline was administered.

Recent Posts By Christopher Gilreath

U. S. Supreme Court Clarifies Pleading Standards

Chris Gilreath, Esq. Recently, attorneys have been plagued with the dual Supreme Court decisions of Iqbal and Twombly, which seem to require that plaintiffs plead their complaint with particular specificity, or face having their case dismissed. Put simply, they aren’t just a legal hoop to get through, they’re more like a wall. Often referred to as the Twombly-Iqbal standard, its result was that it became much more difficult for plaintiffs–the ones seeking justice in court–to even get through the door. This especially affected anyone with a discrimination claim, which is generally more difficult to prove with specific details early on. …

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AT&T Settles $105 Million for Unlawful Charges to Consumers

Chris Gilreath, Esq. AT&T Inc. will pay $105 million to settle claims with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), all 50 states and the District of Columbia, that the company billed wireless customers unauthorized charges for services. $80 million will be used for customer refunds and the remainder will pay for state and federal fines. The unauthorized charges were for services offered by another company, such as subscriptions for ringtones, wallpapers, and text messages containing flirting tips, horoscopes, and celebrity gossip. The practice, also known as third party billing or mobile cramming, is a lucrative scam …

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