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Mr. James Charles Wright

Mr. James Charles Wright

Butler, Vines and Babb
  • Asbestos & Mesothelioma, Business Law, Construction Law...
  • 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
  • Asbestos & Mesothelioma
  • Business Law
  • Construction Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
Additional Practice Area
  • General Civil
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
6th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Butler, Vines and Babb
- Current
University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Honors: Order of the Coif Graduate
University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Honors: Order of the Coif Graduate
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
- Current
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.
Tennessee State Bar # 009285
- Current
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.
Articles & Publications
Tennessee Current Legal Summaries
Butler, Vines and Babb
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
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7 Questions Answered

Q. I am filing malpractice lawsuit that resulted in death of a parent it is being filed on my behalf do I have to give to
A: Medical negligence cases are very difficult to file without a lawyer. There are a lot of procedural requirements. That is a caution to you. Consult, call a lawyer that does medical negligence cases. To your question- there is astatute dealing with who can bring an action for wrongful death. If your other parent is still living this parent would have a right to file. Also, there is a statute relating to whose benefit a recovery would go. And your brother would likely be entitled to part of the recovery. I am sorry for your loss.
Q. I entered into a contract to sell my home 1 day ago, but now I need to back out. How likely am I to be in legal danger?
A: You likely have signed a TAR form contract. You are correct, the buyers would get their earnest money back. However, the buyer may have a right to demand specific performance- force the sale as well as damages. There may contingencies in your contract that may provide a way out. Talk to your real estate agent (assuming you have one) and you may need a lawyer.
Q. i was whiplashed auto wreck last summer, 4 mo physical therapy, now being offered 5000 to settle. is this a fair amt?
A: I would suggest you talk to an attorney and not post more about your claim. It may be a fair amount. But hard to tell based upon what you have explained. A good attorney should tell you if this is a fair amount and if not why- without charging you.for an initial consulatation. If this happened in Tennessee you need to be careful about the statute of limitations- which is one year for personal injury.
Q. I feel i am being being blackmailed for 7 thousand dollars, I have no lawyerHow can I defend myself
A: It is difficult to tell what your issues are with what you have posted. You will likely get some explanations or answers if you can better explain the facts.
Q. if i post no trespassing signs, could i do something such as set bear traps to injure/capture trespassers?
A: No. You may catch a trespaser but the trespaser can sue you for any injury. If you set beartraps to deter people you will likely be liable for injuries. Fences, barriers and signs. Placing video and outdoor cameras may help you identify.
Q. My sister in law left boxes and personal property at my home when can I grow it away
A: It is hard to say based upon the limited information you have given. If you can load the items up and take them to her house and drop them off in a covered place (telling her first you are doing this - this would be best. If not, If you can contact your sister and law and give her a date by which she needs to remove or you will dispose of the property that would be better than simply tossing it out. Call her, text her and email her and write her confirming the phone call. "Dear________, as we discussed on (date), you need to come get your property you left at my house. As I told you, unless you get it by (date) I will set the items by the street or otherwise dispose of it." Set the date at least 30 days out. and confirm again at 20 days before and 10 days before. And call her, text her and email her the day you are doing. Keep up with your notices. I can't promise you won't get sued. And I really don't have enough facts to say this is the best, legal or right way- the above just seems to make common sense based upon the limited facts given. Anybody can be sued for anything. And again- this may change based upon more facts. Also this is listed under "landlord - tenant." But I don't know if that is really the case since this is your sister in law.
Q. What is the difference between Tenants in Common, Joint Tenants, and Tenants by the Entirety?
A: The simple answer is these are all interests in real property. Tenants by the Entirety is only ownership by a husband and wife. This interest is an undivided interest in real estate. Creditors of one spouse can't generally attach or take the property. Joint Tenants is an undivided interest in real estate in which upon death of one tenant the surviving tenant(s) get the deceased tenant's interest. Tenants in Common is an undivided interest in real estate. Upon death, the property passes to the heirs of the deceased- not the surviving tenant.
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Murfreesboro, TN, USA
Telephone: (865) 637-3531
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