Laurenn S. Disspayne

Nashville, Tennessee

Laurenn S. Disspayne is a principal with Manier & Herod practicing civil litigation and specializing in workers’ compensation defense for over 29 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she was a member of the Tennessee Law Review. Ms. Disspayne is admitted to practice law in Tennessee. Ms. Disspayne served as Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert S. Brandt, the late Honorable C. Allen High, and the late Honorable Irvin H. Kilcrease, Jr., Davidson County Chancery Court following law school.

Ms. Disspayne focuses exclusively on workers’ compensation litigation, both trial and appellate work, and she represents employers, self-insured employers, and workers’ compensation insurance carriers throughout the State of Tennessee. She is a veteran in the courtroom and has argued before the Tennessee Supreme Court, Special Workers’ Compensation Panel, and Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. She has additionally served as a speaker at the Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Annual Educational Conference, WCI Workers’ Compensation Educational Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, and at numerous seminars involving workers’ compensation issues. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, Nashville Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association, Workers’ Compensation Institute, and Mid-South Workers’ Compensation Association. Ms. Disspayne co-authored to the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Editions of Manier & Herod’s Tennessee Workers’ Compensation: The Ultimate Guide. Ms. Disspayne was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel in 1992 by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee


  • University of Tennessee College of Law
    • J.D., 1992
  • University of North Carolina
    • B.A., 1989

Published Works

  • Principal Author, Tennessee Workers’ Compensations (4th ed., 2012)
  • Principal Author, Tennessee Workers’ Compensations (3rd ed., 2007)

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association
  • Mid-South Workers’ Compensation Association
  • Defense Research Institute