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Chattanooga attorney Phillip A. Fleissner dies after lengthy illness

(From the Chattanoogan.com)
Phillip A. Fleissner, 60, of Soddy-Daisy, a prominent Chattanooga attorney, died Monday, January 2, 2006, at his home after a lengthy illness.

Phil graduated with honors from University of Tennessee Law School in 1971, serving as an editor of the Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif.

He was a 1967 graduate of Yale University, and a 1963 graduate of Baylor School. He was proud to serve as a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, from 1968-1974. Phil was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chattanooga.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond A. and Hazel P. Fleissner of Chattanooga.

He was known for his integrity in the practice of law, gaining a professional reputation for extraordinary diligence in complex insurance defense cases, as well as employment and disability litigation. In his 35-year career before the bar, he handled notable cases involving Tri-State Crematory, Bowater Paper Company, and Velsicol Chemical Corporation.

He was the co-author of the standard reference book on automobile liability insurance in Tennessee, as well as several articles on legal torts and liability. He was the founding attorney of The Fleissner Firm in Chattanooga, after beginning his career with the Chambliss firm.

Phil was a member of the Chattanooga, Tennessee, and American Bar Associations; Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel; International Association of Defense Counsel; Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association; Defense Research Institute; American Board of Trial Advocates; International Association of Insurance Law; and Tennessee Bar Foundation.

Phil is survived by his wife, Catherine M. Fleissner of Soddy-Daisy; a daughter, Lisa F. (Brian) Thom of Singapore; a sister, Elaine Fleissner of Columbia, TN; a brother, Ward (Paula) Fleissner of Chattanooga; three stepsons, Jason (Joni) Keur of Anniston, AL, Matthew (Carol) Keur and Travis (Leann) Keur, both of Chattanooga; two uncles, Worth (Bettye) Powell of Chattanooga, and Ward (Betty) Powell of Pensacola, FL; a nephew, Anton Fleissner, and a niece, Carol Fleissner, of Chattanooga; and seven grandchildren.

Condolences may be sent at www.heritagefh.com

The family asks that donations be made to the Vanderbilt Urology Cancer Research, A-1302 Medical Center North, Nashville, TN 37232-2765, or to Partnership for Families, Children, and Adults, Family Violence Services, 1800 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37404.

Memorial services will be held at 9 a.m. on Friday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with Rev. H. Hunter Huckabay, Jr. officiating.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 2–4 p.m. and 6–8 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 7454 E. Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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