The biggest purchaser of billboard space in Hamilton County is the Birmingham, Alabama, based law firm of Wettermark Keith. As previously reported by Kantar Media they spent $1,125,600 in 2016 in the Chattanooga advertising market primarily on ads and television commercials.
Although they do state in the small print at the bottom of their ads that “they do not represent that they provide legal services of a quality greater than any other lawyers” they are quick to list verdicts and settlements they have accumulated in other jurisdictions. They state they now have offices in five states including Alabama and Tennessee. As of October 2017, they have not listed on any form of media that they have obtained any large settlements or verdicts in Hamilton County.
According to lawyers who have dealt with James Wettermark they state that he is a good trial lawyer who early in his career primarily represented railroad workers under the federal F.E.L.A. statute. He has a good record of substantial settlements and verdicts over the twenty-five years he has been in practice.
However, the question remains! Are there no local attorneys who do not possess the same level of trial skills as an out-of-state law firm that operates a small satellite office in Chattanooga?
A second question is whether their results in mostly other states are comparable to the jury verdicts and settlements in Hamilton County, Tennessee? Their website does list one medical malpractice verdict in Middle Tennessee several years ago but gives no specifics.
Lately they have started a television campaign but still do not mention that they are headquartered in Birmingham.
They presently appear to be the largest billboard purchaser of advertising space on the thoroughfares into and out of Chattanooga.
I encourage you to buy local products and hire local, reputable attorneys!