William D. Vines III

William D. Vines III

Knoxville, Tennessee

(865) 244-3917

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Bill Vines attended the University of Tennessee College of Law, graduating in 1965, and was admitted to the courts of the State of Tennessee and the United States District Court for the Eastern District in 1966. In 1972, Bill was admitted to the United States Supreme Court.

He is a founding member of Butler, Vines and Babb, starting the firm in 1973. Since that time, he has gone on to obtain certification as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, as well as become a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 listed mediator, both in state and federal courts, as well as many other accolades, including being selected as one of the Best Lawyers in Knoxville for many years, and selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America in 2007 – 2009 and 2015 – 2017.

In his spare time, Bill enjoys hobbies such as flying, snow skiing, fly fishing, hiking, anything that includes banana pudding, and entertainment of his grandchildren!

Litigation Percentage

  • 85% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Civil Trial Specialist, Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization
  • Civil Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1966
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 1966
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1966
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1972


  • University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee J.D. – 1965

Representative Cases


  • Speaker – Mediation of a Medical Malpractice Case from the Perspective of the Plaintiff and the Defendant, Knoxville Bar Association, December 3, 2007
  • Speaker – Trial Demonstration of Wrongful Death Case, Knoxville Bar Association, September 10, 2004
  • Speaker, Knoxville Bar Association, May 10, 2003
  • Speaker – Damages in Civil Cases, Tennessee Bar Association, April 3, 2002
  • Speaker – Medical Malpractice, Knoxville Bar Association, January 10, 2002

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient, Governors’ Award from the Knoxville Bar Association, 2007
  • Named one of the Top Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2007 – 2009
  • Selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America, 2007 – 2009 and 2015 – 2017
  • Selected as one of the Best Lawyers in Knoxville, 2007 – 2008
  • Recipient, Legal Writing Award from the Knoxville Bar Association, 1998
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers
  • Listed Mediator in both State and Federal Courts, Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31
  • Member, Outstanding Lawyers of America

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Knoxville Bar Association, President, 1986
  • Knoxville Bar Association, Board of Governors
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Lawyer Pilot Bar Association, Member
  • American Inns of Court, Master, Bench Emeritus
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association, Member


  • Phi Alpha Delta