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Mr. James Charles Wright

Mr. James Charles Wright

Butler, Vines and Babb
  • Personal Injury, Business Law, Appeals & Appellate ...
  • Tennessee
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Reviewed by John Edd W. April 18, 2020
Jimmy will ALWAYS help you achieve the BEST results.
Jimmy is not only knowledgeable of the law, but as a Christian he cares about you and responds to your needs as if they were his own. I count him not just as the best attorney for me, but as a friend. I have used Jimmy for many, many business needs (contract review, defense against fraudulent claims, workers' compensation investigation, human resource issues, etc.) as well as personal needs. I wouldn't think of using anyone else.
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Summary

Mr. Wright was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He attended Middle Tennessee State University (B.S., summa cum laude, 1977); the University of Tennessee (J.D., 1980). He was honored with the Order of the Coif and served on the Tennessee Law Review. Mr. Wright's father was a lawyer so he grew up working in his Dad's office. He is admitted to the United Supreme Court Bar as well as all Tennessee State and Federal Courts. He is also admitted before the Sixth Circuit and Fourth Circuit Bar as well as the U.S. Court of Claims. His practice is varied covering a broad spectrum of matters. Author credits include: Tennessee Current Legal Summaries. Co-Author: Avoiding Environmental Liability in Tennessee; Hazardous Waste in Tennessee. Mr. Wright was the Distinguished Alumni Speaker - University of Tennessee College of Law 2008 Commencement. He has been selected as a Mid-South Super Lawyer and has been selected and listed in a listing of Knoxville's best attorneys. He is AV rated and has been selected as one of the 10 best attorney's in Tennessee in client satisfaction. He has also been selected as one of the top 1% of lawyers in America by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. The firm as a whole has been noted as a U.S. News Best Law Firms in America and as a top law firm in Fortune Magazine. Mr. Wright is a past Chair of the Tennessee Bar Association Tort and Insurance Practice Section. He has been on the Executive Committee of the Tennessee Bar Association Section on Environmental Law since the founding of the Section and is a past Chair of the Section. He is the Co-Chair of the Knoxville Bar Association Environmental Law Section. Mr. Wright served as lead State Chair for Tennessee for the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance and as an Education Committee Chair. Mr. Wright is a member of the American Inns of Court - Hamilton Burnett Chapter.

Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Business Law
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Construction Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Insurance Defense
Additional Practice Area
  • General Civil
Video Chat and Conferencing
  • Zoom
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Fee arrangements are negotiable with the client to meet the client's needs. Work can be done on an hourly basis, by the project or task or on a contingent fee or cost savings basis.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Tennessee
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6th Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Partner
Butler, Vines and Babb
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Education
University of Tennessee - Knoxville
J.D.
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Honors: Order of the Coif Graduate
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University of Tennessee - Knoxville
J.D.
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Honors: Order of the Coif Graduate
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Awards
Best Lawyers in America listing
U.S. News and World Reports
AV Rating
Martindale Hubbell
The AV rating is the highest rating awarded. This based upon reviews by lawyers and judges.
Top 1% of Lawyers in America
The National Association of Distinguished Counsel
Top 1% of Lawyers in America
American Institute of Legal Counsel
Mid-South Super Lawyer
Super Lawyers
Professional Associations
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Member
- Current
Activities: Mr. Wright has served: Education Committee and as a State Chair. Mr.Wright also has a CLMP designation from CLM. He has spoken at the annual conference.
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Tennessee State Bar  # 009285
Member
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Activities: Mr. Wright has was a founding member of the Environmental Law Section. He has also served as The Chair of the Section Mr. Wright has also chaired the Section on Torts and Insurance Practice.
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Tennessee Current Legal Summaries
Butler, Vines and Babb
Speaking Engagements
Ethics Update , Show of the South , Chattanooga
TBA
Moderated a three hour ethics update.
Certifications
CLMP
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Websites & Blogs
Website
Website
Legal Answers
265 Questions Answered

Q. Wife signed lease, didn’t know she signed my name also. She passed away, was going to move until I saw it
A: This is what I got from your post: 1. Your wife signed a lease and signed your name over 2 years ago. 2. You and your wife have been living in the property since then. 3. Your wife has now passed away. You want to know if you are legally responsible under the lease. Likely yes. 1. you have lived there - and taken the benefits of the lease. 2. The landlord relied upon the signatures in leasing the property - (probably) 3. This is an interesting - I'm wondering if the doctrine of necessaries would extend to a lease. - under this doctrine you are liable for the necessary debts of your spouse- like medical bills; funeral expenses. I haven't seen a case on rent.
Q. If worker’s compensation denied my claim and offered a settlement. Can I also get short term disability? double dipping?
A: If Worker's Comp denied the claim on the basis that the injury didn't occur in the course and scope of employment and therefore was not a covered claim but then offered to settle - then you might be able to claim disability. The settlement should confirm that the Comp carrier / employer deny the injury occurred in the course and scope. You should talk to a lawyer to make sure how you follow through on this. Also there may be some language in the disability policy that could provide a credit or offset. Interesting.
Q. My mother in law recently passed. According to the Husband(father) there was no will. However, the children were told
A: If there was no will - then any children she may have would inherit a child's portion of her estate. If she had an attorney you can check with the attorney to see if there was a will. Someone should probate the estate - for now without a will - The estate and perhaps the heirs will need a lawyer.
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Main Office- East Tennessee/ Smoky Mountains Location
2701 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
Telephone: (865) 637-3531
Fax: (865) 637-3385
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed (Today)
Sunday: Closed
Butler, Vines and Babb
Memphis- West Tennessee
41 Diana St.
Memphis , TN 38104
Telephone: (865) 637-3531
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed (Today)
Sunday: Closed
108 N. Spring St.
Murfreesboro, TN, USA
Telephone: (865) 637-3531
Fax: (865) 637-3385
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Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday: Closed (Today)
Sunday: Closed
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