John W. Butler

John W. Butler

Knoxville, Tennessee

(865) 244-3925

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John Butler was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from The University of Tennessee in 1988 majoring in finance. He then attended Cumberland School of Law of Samford University where he was a member of the Cumberland Law Review and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1991. He joined Butler, Vines and Babb, and is admitted to practice before the Tennessee Supreme Court, the United States District Courts of the Eastern and Western Districts of Tennessee and the Eastern District of Michigan, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Memberships include the Knoxville Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, and the Hamilton Burnette chapter of the American Inns of Court. John co-chairs a committee of the Knoxville Bar Association and conducts character and fitness interviews of new Bar applicants for the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility. John is a Hearing Committee member of the Board of Professional Responsibility appointed by the Supreme Court of Tennessee for District 2. In July 2017, John started his 3-year term as a Commission member of the Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program (TLAP).

John and his daughter Sophie live on the lake very close to the office. They enjoy getting out on the water with friends after work and on the weekends when the weather cooperates. John also enjoys traveling to places off the beaten path, including Central America, Europe, and the Middle East. For exercise, John enjoys swimming, biking and hiking, although chasing Sophie around gives him all the exercise he needs!.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1991

Litigation Percentage

  • 85% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit


  • Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama Juris Doctor magna cum laude – June, 1991
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee Bachelor of Science – June, 1988
  • Major: Finance

Representative Cases

Representative Clients

  • BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
  • Hanover Companies
  • Manchester Tank and Equipment Company
  • Schaad Companies

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Member
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Member
  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • Hamilton Burnett American Inn of Court, Master of the Bench Pro Bono Activities
  • Volunteer Legal Assistance Program, 1991 – Present


“Mr. Butler you’re an amazing attorney! You have gone above and beyond on helping me even when we couldn’t secure the amount we wanted you continued to help me in getting my bill reduced! I am going to highly recommend you to anyone who is in need of an attorney. Thank you, Mr. Butler, for this easy stress-free experience with an attorney.” – C. Campbell

“I believe that you have done an excellent job and I hope we have the opportunity to work together in the future.”