James Kelly Giffen

James Kelly Giffen Contact Details :

  • 865-637-3531
  • (865) 637-3385

Jim Giffen began his law practice in 1967 after obtaining his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law. He was admitted to both the Tennessee Bar and U.S Federal Courts in 1967, and the U.S. Supreme Court in 1972. As owner of the James Kelly Giffen Law firm, Jim practiced for many years until he joined Butler, Vines and Babb as an Of Counsel attorney in August of 2014.

Jim is a member of a large number of professional associations and other organizations, including the Knoxville and Tennessee Bar Associations, has served for 16 years as a director of the Mid-South Commercial Law Institute. Jim is also a Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator.

Jim’s practice is devoted to business and commercial law. Jim likes to say he is in the practice of “making deals”.

Practice Areas:

  • Business Formation
  • Commercial Law
  • Bankruptcy Law

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Litigation Percentage

  • 5% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1967
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1967
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1972

Education

  • University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
    J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence – 1967
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
    B.S., Bachelor of Science in Economics cum laude – 1966

References

  • First Tennessee Bank National Association
  • Cardinal Health
  • Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company

Honors and Awards

  • Scarabbean Senior Society

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Knoxville Bar Association, Member, 1967 – Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Member, 1967 – Present
  • Mid-South Commercial Law Institute, Director, 1983-1995 and 2002-2006
  • Bijou Theatre Center, Director, 1984 – 1990
  • Knoxville Housing Corporation of Kappa Sigma, Director, 1968 – 2002
  • Dogwood Arts Festival, Director, 1989 – 1994
  • Scarabbean Senior Society, Member
  • Tennessee Bar Association/Tennessee Bankers Association Joint Uniform Commercial Code Revised Article 9 Study Committee
  • Mid-South Commercial Law Institute, Member, 1983 – 1995
  • Mid-South Commercial Law Institute, Board of Directors, 2002 – Present
  • The University of Tennessee College of Law Alumni Advisory Council, Member, 1994 – 1997
  • Dean’s Circle, Member, 1997 – 2012

Past Employment Positions

  • The University of Tennessee College of Law, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law, Contract Drafting
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, Certified Mediator
  • Tennessee Supreme Court Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator
  • James Kelly Giffen Law, Owner

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Kappa Sigma
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Phi Kappa Phi

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