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Legal Division

James K. Polk Building, Suite 300
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: 615.741.2941
Fax: 615.532.5988

John Reinbold
John Reinbold
General Counsel 

The Legal Division is comprised of attorneys and support staff located in the Department's headquarters and regional offices. The division provides a wide range of legal services to the Commissioner, his staff, and all divisions and regions. Services include preparation and review of contracts, grants, procurement documents, and right-of-way acquisition documents; representation of the Department in administrative hearings; drafting and review of legislation, regulations and department policies; advice on regulatory requirements; assistance in employment matters; and coordination of responses to public records requests. The office works closely with the State Attorney General's Office in response to contract, tort, employment, and condemnation cases involving TDOT.

Public Records Requests
To make a public records request contact the Legal Division at 615-741-2941 or by email. The Department has 7 business days to respond to a request or advise when it will be fulfilled. Fees may apply. For more information visit the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury, Office of Open Records Counsel website.

Claims for money damages against the State of Tennessee that involve the Department of Transportation are covered by the Tennessee Claims Commission Act found in Title 9, Chapter 8, Parts 3 and 4, of the Tennessee Code Annotated. The first step in making such a claim is to give written notice of the claim to the Division of Claims Administration (see T.C.A. Section 9-8-402). That notice may be given using the form available below.

Special Instructions: The Claims Form must be printed, filled out completely, signed with an original signature and then sent by U.S. mail to the address shown on the form. Click on the link below to access the form.

Claims Form (pdf file)

Additional Information:  For further information on filing a claim or questions regarding the status of a claim that has already been filed, contact the Division of Claims Administration at (615) 741-2734 or visit the Division of Claims Administration website.