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James F. Exum III


+ JExum 2015

Tallan Building 200 W. ML King Blvd., Suite 500 Chattanooga Tennessee 37402-2566


423-424-3944 (direct)
423-308-0937 (direct fax)

423-265-0214 (local)
423-266-5490 (fax)
800-421-0979 (toll free)
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Areas of Practice

Civil Rights/ Government
Family Law
General Liability
Product Liability
Transportation Law
Insurance Coverage & Defense
Labor & Employment
Premises Liability
Professional Liability / Errors & Omissions
Workers' Compensation


Georgia; Tennessee


University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, B.A., 2003

Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, J.D., 2006

Honors & Awards

Best Lawyers Listed for Insurance Law (2018)


Best Lawyers Award Badge

Mr. Exum is a Member in the Chattanooga office whose practice focuses primarily on premises liability, motor vehicle liability cases, insurance coverage, breach of contract and other general insurance defense. He also practices in the field of family law as well.

Representative Client Work

Obtained a favorable decision from the Tennessee Court of Appeals dismissing pharmacy in a multi-million dollar lawsuit.

Obtained jury defense verdict for school system sued for negligent training and supervision of student involved in ATV accident.

Obtained a favorable defense decision from the Tennessee Court of Appeals in a highly publicized premises liability case involving the shooting of patrons off premises.

Obtained Summary Judgment in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee on behalf of an insurer alleging arson of a residence by the insured.

Obtained Dismissal of a government entity involved in a 42 U.S.C. 1983 action concerning expulsion of athletic team members.

Obtained a defense verdict for a trucking company related to a motor vehicle accident.

Represents employers and insurance carriers successfully in workers’ compensation cases throughout East Tennessee.

Represents various businesses in premises liability cases.

Represents various trucking companies in defense of motor vehicle liability cases.

Court Admissions

Tennessee; Georgia; Tennessee Supreme Court; Georgia Superior Court; US District Court of Tennessee, Eastern District & Middle District; US Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia; Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Affiliations

Defense Research Institute (DRI)

Tennessee Bar Association

Chattanooga Bar Association

State Bar of Georgia

Brock Cooper Inns of Court

Building Owners & Manager's Association International, Chattanooga Chapter (BOMA)

Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association


community involvement

Signal Mountain Design Review Commission, Member

Hamilton County GOP Pachyderm Club


Publications and Lectures

Mr. Exum has presented on various subjects of interest to state and local school organizations. Among those presentations are: "A Teacher's Duty in Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse", "Wage and Hour Issues in High School Athletics" and "Five Legal Issues Facing High School Coaches".

Mr. Exum has also presented on the following topics regarding the "Use of Social Media in Litigation" and "Premises Liability". He will be presenting on "Advanced Uninsured/ Underinsured Motorist Law" topic this summer for the National Business Institute.

A New Standard for "Willful Misconduct", LWDN Quick Flash newsletter

Importance of Vocational Experts in Permanent Total Disability Cases, LWDN Quick Flash newsletter