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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
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
Best Lawyers in America listing
U.S. News and World Reports
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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47 Questions Answered

Q. Car was in an accident now the person at faults insurance company refuses to fix damages. What do I do?
A: You may have to bring a lawsuit against them to make the insurer pay for the damage. You can turn the claim in to your insurer to have the car repaired and your insurer may pursue the other company as well as your deductible.
Q. Are there any stipulations in TN about distance between your home and a gym that can void a contract?
A: You will need to review your contract. There is often a provision as to you moving a distance away. I don't know that you're distance may be enough. But the contract language will control. If nothing else, you can talk to them and see if you can obtain any relief.
Q. How will we know if the case was won or not
A: There appears to be information missing to be able to respond to your question.
Q. Should I take this entity to small claims court. Where? I live in Loretto, but the event was scheduled in Nashville, TN.
A: If Bubble RUN is telling you there are no refunds if they cancel/ postpone for no reason- you should ask for where this rule is in writing. On the webpage it indicates that there are no refunds - but indicates this is related to "checking your calendar prior to signing up." There are no refunds for adverse weather. But it doesn't indicate no refunds if they simply postpone or change the date on you. If this were a defined charity run - I might suggest you just consider this a donation to a good cause. but in checking the Bubble RUN website they do not show a charity for the Nashville event. And their website indicates your fee is not tax deductible. If this is a big deal to you, I would notify the Better Business Bureau and the Tennessee Department of Consumer Affairs. The issue with filing a claim in small claims court is the court costs you will have to pay up front. If this is a matter of principal then I would put it in writing- give Bubble RUN 30 days to respond if you have not heard from them in that time you will -- report and may consider filing a claim.
Q. I signed a customer agreement is subject to insurance company approval for the replacement of my roof.
A: It sounds like you may have signed a contract with some blanks. It would be difficult to give you some definitive answers without seeing the contract. If the contract deals with a home repair then you should have a right to cancel and if the contract doesn't include language relating to a right to cancel - you may be able to cancel.
Q. my brakes gave out and I hit a guard rail. Wasn't speeding and no other cars involved. Got ticketed for Due Care?
A: I am sorry for your accident and I hope you are okay. If your brakes failed and you had an accident most judges would take that in to consideration and likely dismiss your ticket. You will likely need some sort of proof from a car mechanic that says he/she examined your car and there was something wrong with your brakes. Without this the judge may question whether your brakes really went out or whether you lost control. You can go in and take your chances and tell the judge without something in writing from a mechanic- but you would be better off with something in writing. Good luck.
Q. I've had my car for 5 months. I just last month, wrecked and flipped my car, but just now receiving a recall. Help?
A: I am not sure what your issue is. Is your issue that you believe the wreck resulted from a defect in the vehicle that is the subject of the recall? Or is your issue how do you handle the recall in light of the ongoing repairs of your car? It just isn't clear to me. I don't want to go into a long explanation if I have misunderstood your question. Sorry.
Q. If I never signed a contract, am I able to get a deposit back from a wedding vendor that I cancelled services with?
A: This is a tough one. I am sorry in regard to the need to cancel a wedding- and to compound it with a vendor who won't give you your money back. If you paid the deposit knowing whether in writing or otherwise that the terms were the deposit is non-refundable then that may be a problem. If you didn't know at the time you paid the deposit then you may have a right to have the money back. You may want to communicate with your credit card company if you are still within the dispute period for your card.
Q. Am I considered qualified to solemnize a marriage in the state of Tennessee?
A: TCA 36-3-101 is the Tennessee Statute related to who can perform a marriage in Tennessee. There is apparently at least one case (not in Tennessee) finding an AMM minister cannot perform marrriages. However, I have not seen a case in Tennessee. I would think to remove any doubt, I would suggest you request an opinion from the Tennessee Attorney General or have your state representative request an opinion.
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