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Jim Wright was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Jim's father was a lawyer so he grew up working in his Dad's office. He also worked construction, drove trucks and tractors, sold firewood, cut grass and even sold Bibles for a bit to make money to go to school.

He graduated College Summa Cum Laude and attended the University of Tennessee College of Law.  He was honored with the Order of the Coif and served on the Tennessee Law Review.

He is admitted to the United Supreme Court Bar as well as all Tennessee State and Federal Courts. Jim 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.

Mr. Wright has acted as a National Counsel, Regional Counsel and Local Counsel and has tried cases in a number of states. He has tried cases on both sides where millions of dollars have been at issue. 

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.


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Practice areas


  1. Trucking Accident: 20%
    33 years
  2. Brain Injury: 20%
    28 years
  3. Personal Injury: 15%
    33 years
  4. Environmental: 15%
    33 years
  5. Other: 30%
  6. More 


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Roger Kreis White Jr

    Jimmy and I have worked together for several years on a state bar association section leadership council. In that capacity, we have had to review pending and passed legislation. Jimmy's masterly of the process and of the instance of these bills is unparalleled.


    Roger White Insurance Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact info

Butler, Vines and Babb

Po Box 2649
Knoxville, TN, 37901-2649


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2016
Knoxville's BestCity View Magazine2016
Top 100 LawyersAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2016
Mid-South Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberButler,Vines and Babb1981 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
CLMTennessee Lead State Chair2010 - Present
Tennessee Bar Association, Environmental Law SectionMemberN/A
Tennessee Bar Association, Environmental Law SectionFormer ChairN/A
Knoxville Bar Association, Environmental Law SectionCo-chairN/A
Tennesse Bar AssociationChair Tort and Insurance Practice Section2012 - 2013
CLMEducation Committee Co-Chair2011 - 2014
Tennessee Bar Association, Environmental Law SectionExecutive Committee2003 - 2004
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Anthony v. Felknor & CunninghamAppeal decision in favor of client
Campbell County v. Brownlee KestersonFavorable outcome for client on apeal
Cinncinnati Ins. v. Fred S. PostFavorable outcome on appeal for client
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Publication nameTitleDate
Legal SummariesTennessee Current Legal SummariesN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Tennessee College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
Middle Tennessee State UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Show of the SouthEthics UpdateN/A