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James Allison Holifield Jr

James Allison Holifield Jr

also known as Al Holifield

Practice areas:

Employee Benefits, Employment & Labor, Business

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About Me

Al Holifield, the founder of Holifield & Associates, focuses his practice areas in employee benefits law, employee benefits litigation, employment law, employment litigation and other related corporate matters.  He earned his law degree and M.B.A. degree from the University of Tennessee in 1992, and his B.S. degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1988. He has his Certified Employee Benefit Specialist designation through the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Holifield is a member of the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section, is a co-chair of the Employee Benefits Subcommittee on Fiduciary Responsibility and a member of the Knoxville Bar Association.


Mr. Holifield is a contributing author to BNA Employee Benefit Law (2nd Ed. 2000) and to BNA ERISA Litigation (1st Ed. 2004). He is the past President of the Tennessee Valley Employee Benefits Council and speaks frequently on employee benefit matters. Mr. Holifield also is an adjunct professor teaching Employee Benefits Law at the University of Tennessee College of Law. Mr. Holifield is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the Fourth and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the Eastern and Middle Districts of Tennessee.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1992

  1. Employee Benefits: 60%
  2. Employment & Labor: 30%
  3. Business: 10%

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Contact Info

Holifield & Associates, PLLC

11907 Kingston Pike
Suite 201
Knoxville, TN, 37934

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TNActive199208/17/2015

Professional Misconduct

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
FellowAmerican College of Employee Benefit Counsel2013
Top Employee Benefits/ERISA Attorney - DefenseTop Employee Benefits/ERISA Attorney - Defense- CityView Magazine2013
Top Employee Benefits/ERISA Attorney - DefenseTop Employee Benefits/ERISA Attorney - Defense - CityView Magazine2012
Top Employee Benefits/ERISA Attorney - DefenseTop Attorney - Employee Benefits - Knoxville Cityview Magazine2011

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity Of Tennessee, School Of Law2008 - Present
President/OwnerHolifield & Associates, PLLC2004 - Present
ShareholderKennerly, Montgomery & Finley, P.C.1997 - 2004

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionFiduciary Committee of the Employee Benefits Section2009 - Present
Tennessee Valley Employee Benefits CouncilPresidentN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Yates v. HendonObtained a 9-0 decision
McGrath V. Lockheed MartinCourt held that a fiduciary breach occured and entered a judgment in favor of my client.

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) publicationEmployee Benefits Law2010
Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) ESRA Litigation ReportAge Discrimination in Employee BenefitsN/A

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wharton School, University of PennsylvaniaN/ACertified Employee Benefit Specialist1996
University of Tennessee College of Law N/AJD/MBA - Juris Doctorate and MBA1992
University of Southern Mississippi N/ABS - Bachelor of Science1988

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Affordable Care Act UpdateAffordable Care Act2014
ABA-EBC - MidWinter MeetingSupreme Court Update2014
ERISA Basics National InstituteMinimum Standards for Qualified Plans2013
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Employee Benefits Committee - MidWinter MeetingFiduciary Update: A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That2013
ERISA Basics National InstituteMinimum Standards for Qualified Plans2012
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Employee Benefits Committee - Mid-Winter MeetingFiduciary Update2012
6th Annual American Bar Association, Labor and Employment National ConferenceAge Discrimination in Employee Benefits2012
Worden, Rechenbach & Brooke - Lunch and LearnFiduciary Issues and Fee Disclosures under ERISA Section 408(b)(2)2011
WebcastWho is a fiduciary under the new proposed DOL regulations?2011
Principal Financial SeminarFee Disclosures under ERISA Section 408(b)(2)2011
Merrill Lynch - SeminarFee Disclosures under ERISA Section 408(b)(2)2011
ASPAA National ConferenceHIPAA and HITECH2011