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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
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
- 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
Speaking Engagements
Ethics Update, Show of the South, Chattanooga
Moderated a three hour ethics update.
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Websites & Blogs
Legal Answers
194 Questions Answered

Q. What's the statue of linitatations for personal injury in Tennessee
A: For personal injury the statute of limitations is one year from the date of the discovery of the injury and the identity of the tortfeasor. In a car wreck this can be straight foward- you have a wreck so there is an injury and you know or shoudl know the identity of the person that hit you. So the statute would run one year from that date. In some cases, for example- latent injury cases the date of discovery may be later. Thsi may be explained using the following- Someone is exposed to a chemical and they don't know they have an injury or the identity of the tortfeasor. The statute may be delayed until one reasonably discovers their injury and that the injury was caused by a tortfeasor.
Q. If I Told the other driver I didn’t want to call police/insurance/file but I have thier name. can I change my mind?
A: You can. Hopefully you have the person's name and contact information. If they don't return your call and you don't have their insurance information you should send them a letter asking for them to contact you. If that doesn't work there are some other steps. But let's see if this works. If you have the insurance information you can contact the insurer- and report the matter.
Q. If buying a financed car that is a total lose. Am I responsible for finance charges rendered up purchase.
A: If I am understanding you correctly, your car was totaled in an accident. Your car was financed and you are wondering if after the accident you continue to be responsible for the payments for the vehicle. You would still be responsible under your contract for purchase. Whoever is responsible for the accident (if there was a third party that was at fault) would be liable to you for the difference in the value of your vehicle before and after the accident. Sometimes this isn't enough to cover an amount owed on a vehicle. For instance if you owed 10,000 on a car and its value before the accident was 9,000. then you would entitled to the 9,000. This leaves you short on the debt to the lender.
Q. TN Caregiver, heir and only daughter. How do I counter law suit from estate?
A: I am so sorry - Unfortunately you will likely have to hire an attorney if they have actually brought a suit against you. It sounds like you have some legitimate defenses to their claims.
Q. Do most insurance companies settle out of court
A: Yes. Most cases do settle out of court. However, this comes generally from both sides being prepared to go to trial. Insurance companies do not and should not gratitiously settle cases- "just because." They have obtained the necessary information in order to evaluate the case and the other side should have the necessary information to evaluate as well. Based upon this both sides, hopefully with experienced counselors involved can come to a reasoned settlement.
Q. Home warranty provided ac for home owner 1year later she wants me to guarantee labor and called consumer affairs on me
A: I saw an early post that may be related- indicating that you had only installed a unit provided under a home warranty and charged 150.00 for the installation. it has now been a year and the owner wants you to do warranty work. Again you did not supply the unit. It is reasonable for you to direct the owner to the home warranty company. Unless there is something wrong with your installation you shouldn't be responsible. Do you have any type of contract or agreement? You should respond to the consumer affairs complaint setting out the details.
Q. Can I be sued if closing date was changed and I didnt sign new closing date contract, and ask for closing date
A: I hate to say this but... it depends. If the closing didn't happen because you didn't sign an extension to the closing date- and you were not otherwise in breach and there was no requirement under the contract for you to extend then - although you can be sued- you should be successful. If however, you were in breach of the contract and the other side offered to extend rather than have you breach the contract- then you can not only be sued but you may not be successful in defending the claim. I would have to have more facts and the contract to be able to give more of an answer. Generally in real estate contract disputes - the earnest money is the item that resolves the claim - one side either gives or takes the earnest money and that is the end of the matter. But the standard TAR form used by Real Estate agents provides for general remedies and damages.
Q. I am interested in selling Kratom soap in Tennessee. Is this lawful?
A: Not my area of expertise-- but I believe you are correct that you can sell the leaves in their natural form. Simply suspending the leafs in a soap would seem to make sense that this would be a "natural form" as well. But I wouldn't rely upon this. I would suggest you request an opinon from the Tennessee Attorney General's office. If you are unable to make progress this way- your legislator can ask the question and will likely get a quick response.
Q. If I am presently renting but I have the option of buying a home. Can I break my current lease to buy a home and not owe
A: This will totally be controlled by the language of your lease with an option to purchase document. If you are violating a term of the lease the lease will generally provide a default remedies provision. Also, if there is some provision that let's you out of the lease then it should be spelled out in the lease. Otherwise- your only relief from the agreement's terms will be what you can do by agreement with the landlord.
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