James Kelly Giffen

James Kelly Giffen

Knoxville, Tennessee

(865) 244-3918

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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”.

Litigation Percentage

  • 5% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

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


  • 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


  • First Horizon Bank
  • 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, Board of Directors, 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 – 1993 and 1996-1997
  • Scarabbean Senior Society, Member
  • Tennessee Bar Association/Tennessee Bankers Association Joint Uniform Commercial Code Revised Article 9 Study Committee
  • 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


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