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James Charles Wright

Trucking accident Attorney at Knoxville, TN

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State TN
    Acquired 1981
    Active No misconduct found

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About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Brain injury
    Mr. Wright has handled numerous Traumatic Brain Injury Claims (TBI) for over 30 years.

    36 years

  2. Trucking accident
    Mr. Wright has handled trucking and transportation claims for over 30 years. He works rapid response- being able to be on the scene shortly after an accident occurs in order to preserve and obtain facts.

    41 years

  3. Environmental and natural resources
    Mr. Wright is a founding member and past chair of the Tennessee Bar Association Environmental Law Section. He has practiced in this area since 1983.

    41 years

  4. Personal injury
    Handled numerous personal injury cases over 30 plus years.

    41 years

  5. Business

    8 years

  6. Construction and development
    Mr. Wright, before becoming a lawyer worked in construction, later becoming the president of a construction company with a bond in excess of 1 million dollars performing residential and commercial construction. He has handled numerous construction and development matters.

    41 years

  7. Defective and dangerous products
    Mr. Wright has tried products cases in several states. He has acted as a regional and national counsel. Cases have included defective product design as well as claims of defect; drug and medical device and food product claims.

    41 years

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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Butler, Vines and Babb
Po Box 2649
Knoxville, TN, 37901-2649


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Posted by Jeremiah | November 28, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Bad window installation
James Wright seemed the most knowledgeable and helpful out of the 8 different attorneys I spoke with. I only called Mr Wright for advice but he even negotiated down a judgement against me over the phone at No Charge!! I would recommend him to anyone needing legal advice. His phone staff were also kind and professional.
Posted by anonymous | October 14, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Lien question answered
I had a question about a contractor placing a lien on a residential home. Answered within a couple days and straight to the point. Thank you very much.
Posted by Ted Wampler, Jr. | February 10, 2013
President, Wampler's Farm Sausage Company
James Wright handles everything legal for us. We have him review all of our agreements and contracts. He handles our employee policies, credit applications, purchase orders, etc. That has turned into things like winning in court and actually collecting bad debts. Jimmy handles our workers comp to product liability. He recently won a case, including legal fees, for a lien placed against us because of the actions of a contractor that did not do the right thing. Jimmy is not only a powerful attorney; he is an honest and wonderful person. He always conducts himself in an ethical and professional manner. Jimmy also handles all of my family’s other business and personal legal issues. I would highly recommend him as the best of the best.
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Posted by John Edd Wampler | January 22, 2013
President, Family Brands International, LLC
Jimmy Wright is a knowledgeable professional in every aspect of handling a case and keeping us informed of its status and our options, along with common sense recommendations to achieve amicable resolutions in a timely fashion. We have been satisfied using his services on a regular basis for several years.


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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Member
  • Butler,Vines and Babb
  • 1981 - Present


  • University of Tennessee College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1977

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Anthony v. Felknor & Cunningham
  • Appeal decision in favor of client
  • Campbell County v. Brownlee Kesterson
  • Favorable outcome for client on apeal
  • Cinncinnati Ins. v. Fred S. Post
  • Favorable outcome on appeal for client
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  • CLM
  • Tennessee Lead State Chair
  • 2010 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Environmental Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Environmental Law Section
  • Former Chair
  • N/A
  • Knoxville Bar Association, Environmental Law Section
  • Co-chair
  • N/A
  • Tennesse Bar Association
  • Chair Tort and Insurance Practice Section
  • 2012 - 2013
  • CLM
  • Education Committee Co-Chair
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Environmental Law Section
  • Executive Committee
  • 2003 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2016
  • Knoxville's Best
  • City View Magazine
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • Mid-South Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
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  • Legal Summaries
  • Tennessee Current Legal Summaries
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • The Show of the South
  • Ethics Update
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (3)
Endorse James
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Wright is a highly skilled and brilliant lawyer. He has a wealth of knowledge and is a pleasure to work with."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Other
"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."
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