James Williams, Chair of the firm's Litigation Department, concentrates his practice in civil litigation with emphasis on business disputes, ERISA litigation, insurance coverage and construction litigation. He has argued cases before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Tennessee Supreme Court and the Tennessee Court of Appeals.
- Successfully defended Tennessee’s largest health insurer in ERISA action by medical provider challenging procedures used for recovery of overpayments. Brown v. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Inc., --- F.3d --- 2016 WL 6306686 (6th Cir. June 27, 2016).
- Actively represents major life, health and disability insurers in state and federal courts in Tennessee and Georgia under ERISA and non-ERISA group plans. These matters involve a wide range of issues including ERISA preemption, exhaustion of administrative remedies, denial of benefits and breach of fiduciary duty. Recent successes include: Gunn v. BlueCross BlueShield of Tenn., 2012 WL1711555; Cooper v. Unum Life Ins. Co. of America, 2011 WL 703935 (E.D. Tenn. Feb. 17, 2011); Crox v. Unum Group Corp., --- Fed. Appx. --- 2016 WL 3924245; Nelson v. Unum Group Corp., 2014 WL 3908183 (Aug. 11, 2014).
- Represented the FDIC as receiver of failed financial institutions, as part of a team conducting professional liability investigations and prosecuting D&O lawsuits.
- Lead counsel in obtaining defense verdict in professional negligence claim arising out of $1.5 million sale of property. Affirmed, Land v. Dixon et al., 2013 WL 6182040 (Tenn. App.)
- Represented one of the nation's largest chemical manufacturers as part of a team defending multi-million dollar claims arising out of CO2 conversion facility.
- Represented publicly-traded consumer products company as part of a team defending hundreds of claims filed in multiple state and federal jurisdictions including multi-district litigation in In Re Phenylpropanolamine ("PPA") Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1407 (W.D. Wa).
- Successfully handled appeal for cell tower company whose applications for seven separate cell tower sites had been denied by zoning board and district court. Sixth Circuit reversed trial court and awarded all seven permits. State of Tennessee, ex rel., Wireless Income Properties, LLC v. City of Chattanooga, et al., 403 F.3d 392 (6th Cir. 2005).
- Successfully represented trucking company before Tennessee Supreme Court in case that determined effect of Social Security offset in workers' compensation cases. McCoy v. TTC Illinois, Inc., 14 S.W.3d 734 (Tenn. 2000).
- J.D., University of Tennessee College of Law, 1993
- Comment Writer, Tennessee Law Review
- B.S., Business Administration, University of Georgia, 1989
- U.S. District Court, Eastern, Western and Middle Districts of Tennessee
- Tennessee Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Georgia
- Tennessee Bar Examiner (one of ten attorneys in Tennessee who drafts and grades essay questions for February and July Bar Exams)
- The Best Lawyers in America© - Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants, 2017
- Mid-South Super Lawyers®, 2013-2014
- American Bar Association
- Chattanooga Bar Association
- Defense Research Institute
- Tennessee Bar Association
- King of the Mountain Road Race – Race Director since 2005
- St. Matthew’s Homeless Shelter – Regular Overnight Volunteer
- 54 Miller & Martin Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017 Edition
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- Miller & Martin Attorneys Named Mid-South Super Lawyers® 2014
- 55 Miller & Martin Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 Edition
- Miller & Martin Attorneys Named 2013 Mid-South Super Lawyers®
- Miller & Martin Appoints New Leadership to the Litigation Department