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James Rayburn Kennamer

also known as Jay Kennamer, Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist by the NBTA

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Both Brent Burks and I are Board Certififed Civil Trial Specialists certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Less than 2% of attorneys have this important certification.  What is unknown to the public is that most claiming to be trial attorneys dont have enough trial time or experience to even submit an application to become board certified.  Question: Do you want someone handling your claim that the insurance company knows is a settler and no threat to its insured?  Do you just rely upon a commercial where one claims to have a track record, but no board certification?  Do you want a law firm that claims to be local, but actually is based in another state? 


I am Jay Kennamer.  I have practiced for over 22 years.  According to the 2014 Tennesse Jury Verdict Reporter, I am the only one from the Chattanooga area listed in the "Ten-Year Totals" for trying the most cases during that time period in the whole State of Tennessee. 


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 60%
  2. Wrongful Death: 10%
  3. Social Security: 10%
  4. Workers Compensation: 10%
  5. Defective and Dangerous Products: 10%



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  • Gregory Brent Burks

    I endorse this lawyer. Jay is a highly competent and aggressive lawyer. The defense attorneys and insurance companies know that. He has handled many hundreds of civil personal injury cases to conclusion. If a reasonable offer isn't received, he will get a case ready for trial in an efficient manner and will try the case. He has been listed several times as one of the most prolific trial lawyers in the state of Tennessee. I strongly endorse him from my personal observation to handle any and all personal injury cases, motor vehicle cases and any other civil litigation.


    Gregory Burks Car Accidents Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Herbert A Thornbury

    I endorse this lawyer. Jay Kennamer will see the case through to a successful conclusion. He is aggressive and takes no nonsense from the insurance companies. Jay will get the job done to your satisfaction.


    Herbert Thornbury Car Accidents Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

323 High Street
Chattanooga, TN, 37403


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200411/07/2015
ALAuthorized to practice law199210/16/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Half OwnerMcMahan Law Firm2010 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Tennessee Association for JusticeBoard Member2015 - Present
American Association for JusticeN/A2010 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Too many to listN/A
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Emory UniversityTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws1993
Samford University, Cumberland School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
University of AlabamaPre-LawBS - Bachelor of Science1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Gallagher Bassett SeminarPLaintiff Attorney Perspective2015
Yearly Review SeminarComparative Fault & Tort Law Udate2013