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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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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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6th Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Butler, Vines and Babb
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University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Honors: Order of the Coif Graduate
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University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Honors: Order of the Coif Graduate
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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
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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.
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Tennessee State Bar # 009285
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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.
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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
204 Questions Answered

Q. A Person hit me and it was there fault
A: If the car had insurance then the claim can be turned into the owner's insurance company. Also make sure your company is aware of the loss. If you have insurance the claim can either be handled under your uninsured/ underinsured motorist coverage- or if you have full coverage then your company can pay and then seek the money back against either the other persons insurance or the person directly.
Q. Can a contract suspension be perpetuous?
A: I am anticipating from your question that a party is suspending performance or request for performance for an indefinite period of time - I don't have enough information to respond to your question and the contract and facts would probably control the answer. If the contract provides that either party can suspend performance or a request for performance for an indefinite time then depending on the burden on the other party - the contract may be voided by the suspension of performance or the request for performance- But again more facts would be needed and a copy of the contract.
Q. What happenes if seller doesn’t honor contract
A: Assuming you mean Seller didn't go through and complete purchase. Your rights and remedies will be set out in your contract. First read your contract carefully or have a lawyer look at it.
Q. Does Tennessee have a cooling off period for selling a home.
A: There is not a "cooling off" period. But have a lawyer look at the documents. There may be conditions in the contract or other matters that would help you.
Q. I have a vaccine injury. It occurred 5 years and a couple weeks ago, can I still file a petition or pursue legal action?
A: It is my understanding there is no discovery rule exception - In other words the 3 years begins to run with onset of symptoms. You should still talk to a lawyer as your symptoms truly related to a vaccine may have been a later onset- Although the sites website specifically lists a vasovagal response as a symptom- not promising.
Q. Is my non compete clause enforceable?
A: I think the answer, unfortunately is "it depends." The issue is whether the non-compete is reasonable. fifty-five miles appears at first blush to be a reasonable distance to keep a tattoo artist from setting up shop "next door" and competing against the employer. But it may not be under your facts. For instance if you haven't been with the company long- and you are going far enough away that you aren't taking business. -- again it may depend. I would suggest you see a lawyer and discuss specifics. Also, the employer may voluntarily let you out if you are far enough away and don't really do to a competitor.
Q. I got in an accident had to go to ER. Car was totaled other person was at fault. I didn’t have insurance at accident.
A: The other driver's insurance is not required to advance or pay your medical bills at this point. Some adjustors will as a courtesy- but again not required to and often times not done- so don't take that as a reflection that the insurer is denying fault or that the insurer is taking some negative action towards you. As to fault- you can normally find out how the insurer considers fault as to how the insurer is handling - or not handling the property damage (although sometimes insurers will pay property damage while still contesting liability. In any event, since you didn't have insurance something will need to be worked out on the bills - so you will likely need to contact an attorney to protect your interests. I hope you recover well.
Q. Who legally owns the pool and property?What legal trouble am I possibly putting myself in by serving on the BOD?
A: Without looking at the documents it would be difficult to say who the owner of the pool is. It sounds like a homeowner's association was created but then allowed to be admistratively dissolved. The pool is likely owned by the owners of the lots in common. But then again that would be subject to the documents. I am not sure what you would be serving on the board of- as there is no entity and no governing documents. Another issue is if the owners carry insurance for the pool property and who is covered? Helping "run" the pool has issues with it as well. Again is there insurance converage? It would likely be best to have a professional company "run" or service the pool. Lots of landmines here. I would suggest the owners get together and hire a lawyer to fix the problems.
Q. I have a accident case going lawyer trying settle for 9,000 how much will he recieve
A: You should have a written contract with your lawyer that spells out fees. Either look at the contract or ask the lawyer for a breakdown of fees and expenses and a copy of the contract.
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