Jim is a member of the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Healthcare Group. He focuses his litigation practice on general, trucking and healthcare matters.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 2002
  • Tennessee, 2005
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Georgia: Northern, Middle
    • Tennessee: Eastern, Middle, Western
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 6th Circuit

Distinctions

  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • Notable™, 2008-2017

Education & Honors

  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 2002
    • Managing Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review
    • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Duke University, B.A., 1997

Experience

  • Assisted discovery, motions, and trial teams in preparation and administration of federal MDL and/or related state proceedings in Propecia, Accutane, Tylenol, Diet Drugs and Oxycontin products liability litigations
  • Represented clients in products liability matters involving claims against manufacturers and/or distributors of various types of products, including pharmaceuticals, automobiles, tires, utility vehicles, cranes, packaging materials, and consumer products  
  • Experience representing trucking and transportation clients including regional/national trucking companies and property freight broker.
  • Representative experience as co-lead and assisting trial counsel includes:
    • Mayfield v. Averitt Express, Inc., Circuit Court for Rutherford County, Tennessee
    • Parrish v. Smurfit-Stone Container Corp., U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
    • Johnson v. Sumner Regional Medical Center, Circuit Court for Sumner County, Tennessee
    • Big Creek Landscaping, LLC v. Hudson Constr. Co., Chancery court for Davidson County, Tennessee
  • Experience briefing and/or arguing appellate matters before the Tennessee and Federal Appellate courts.  Representative Matters include:
    • Westfield v. Fed. Republic of Germany, 633 F.3d 409 (6th 2011) (Affirming dismissal of plaintiff’s claims under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act)
    • Lamar Tenn., LLC v. Metro. Bd. of Zoning Appeals, No. M2007-00883-COA-R3-CV, 2010 Tenn. App. LEXIS 173 (Tenn. Ct. App. Mar. 5, 2010) (Reversing judgment of Chancery Court on Plaintiff’s petition for writ of certiorari)
    • Waters v. Coker, 229 S.W.3d 682 (Tenn. 2007) (Reversing judgment of court of appeals and reinstating judgment of trial court in favor of Defendant following jury trial)
    • Big Creek Landscaping, LLC v. Hudson Constr. Co., No. M2006-01657-COA-R3-CV, 2007 Tenn. App. LEXIS 645 (Tenn. Ct. App. 22, 2007) (Affirming judgment of Chancery Court following bench trial)
    • Stewart v. Cottrell, 255 S.W.3d 582 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2007)

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Author, "Update: Preemption of Claims Against Brand Pharmaceutical Manufacturers After Mutual Pharmaceuticals, Co., V. Bartlett,Pro Te: Solutio, Vol.8, No.1, 34 - 45, (March 2015).
  • Presenter, "Social Media and E-Discovery in the Practice of Law," Tennessee Bar Association Tech Conference, (2011-2012).
  • Presenter, "New Tennessee E-Discovery Rules," Tennessee Credit Union League Compliance Conference (2009).
  • Recent Developments Regarding the Discovery of Electronic Media.
  • Author, "The Application of Conflict of Laws to Evidentiary Privileges," DRI, Evidentiary Privileges for Corporate Counsel (2008).
  • Author, "Electronic Discovery and the Emergence of the Independent Tort of Spoliation," DRI Young Lawyers Committee Newsletter (Jan. 2008).