James C. Wright

James C. Wright

Wright,-James-C.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 President of the Knoxville Legal Aid Society (three terms).

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.

Representative Clients, Insurers and Third-Party Administrators:

  • ACE Specialty Claims
  • CNA
  • Chartis
  • Dean Foods
  • Family Brands International
  • Florida Rock & Tank Lines, Inc.
  • Frito-Lay, Inc.
  • Gallagher Bassett
  • One Beacon Insurance
  • Pepsi Related Entities
  • Sedgwick CMS
  • Shaner Group
  • Wampler’s Farm Sausage Co., Inc.

Areas of Practice

  • General Practice
  • Litigation and Appeals
  • Business and Commercial
  • Trucking Accidents
  • Personal Injury
  • Insurance Defense
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 1982
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2004


  • University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
    J.D. – 1980
    Honors: Order of the Coif
    Law Review: University of Tennessee Law Review
  • Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
    B.S. summa cum laude – 1977

Published Works

  • Tennessee: Current Legal Summaries
  • Avoiding Environmental Liability in Tennesse; Hazardous Waste in Tennessee (Co-Author)

Representative Cases

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • Knoxville Legal Aid Society
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • American Inns of Court – Hamilton Burnett Chapter


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