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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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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
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  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
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    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
6th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Butler, Vines and Babb
- Current
University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Honors: Order of the Coif Graduate
University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Honors: Order of the Coif Graduate
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
- 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.
Tennessee State Bar # 009285
- Current
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.
Articles & Publications
Tennessee Current Legal Summaries
Butler, Vines and Babb
Speaking Engagements
Ethics Update, Show of the South, Chattanooga
Moderated a three hour ethics update.
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Websites & Blogs
Legal Answers
182 Questions Answered

Q. bought a karaoke hard drive on line for my wife. bought only for personal use. never used for any monetary gain.
A: You will likely need to talk to an attorney. If you have not used any item then you likely have not infringed on any protected work. You may have a right of action against the company that sold you the hard drive as well. You may have a number of legal defenses.
Q. Me and a construction company are in one county, they damaged my car in a second county. In which county do I file suit?
A: You can sue the Defendant either where the accident occurred or in the County where the Defendant is located.
Q. I was merging into the right lane from the left lane when the car in the right sped up and hit me. Am I at fault? :(
A: If the other car hit you in the rear this would tend to indicate the other driver has some fault. You have a duty to make sure before changing lanes that it can be done safely. If truly you were making a lane change and the other driver sped up then probably more the other driver's faut than yours.
Q. Hi, I'm looking for a specific statutes outlining the legalities of starting a boxing club in TN. Thank you
A: I suggest you contact the Tennessee Athletic Commission.
Q. I’m in Tennessee and opened up a med spa with an Md . The Md is now saying I cannot be an owner because I’m not an md
A: There is a medical spa law in Tennessee. Go to: You can also call.
Q. My landlord just sold the house I've been renting and I'd like to move. Can I break the lease?
A: Sounds like you can't terminate the lease on a transfer of the property if there is no language related to the transfer other than what you say.
Q. TN Code Ann. 62-20-105: Need an interpretation of section e. Court Judgments can be enforced without a coll. license?
A: Your question is not clear to me. TCA 62-20-101 et seq. provides for licensing of business that collect debts. Subsection e allows for someone to voluntarily make a payment or in the event of a final judgment pay the judgment. The person cannot set aside the payment simply because he debt collector was not licensed. If your question relates to the collection of Court Judgments, these can be enforced by the individual that obtained the judgment, by a lawyer or a debt collection service or someone not in the "collection service business."
Q. Will my employer still pay for my medical bills if I choose to quit because of injury on job?
A: You should be entitled to medicals. But I suggest you speak to an attorney. Workers comp law is complicated to deal with.
Q. If a person riding a bike in crosswalk in AR is hit by speeding car (another car Had stopped) who is at fault?
A: If this happened Arkansas an Arkansas lawyer should answer. Generally a bicyclist on a bike is a "vehicle" not a pedestrian and the rules would apply. Whoever has the right of way in the intersection, the other vehicles will need to yield the right of way.
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East Tennessee/ Smoky Mountains Location
2701 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
Telephone: (865) 637-3531
Fax: (865) 637-3385
108 N. Spring St.
Murfreesboro, TN, USA
Telephone: (865) 637-3531
Fax: (865) 637-3385