John K. Harber

John K. Harber

Knoxville, Tennessee

Mr. Harber was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on August 1, 1952.  He is a graduate of The McCallie School (1970), The University of Tennessee (B.A. cum laude, 1974), and The University of Tennessee College of Law (J.D., 1977).  Mr. Harber was admitted to practice law in the State of Tennessee in 1978; the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee (1979); the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee (1985), the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky (1986), and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit (1980). 

Mr. Harber has served as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law, University of Tennessee College of Law, where he taught trial practice (1992-1996).  Mr. Harber is a certified state and federal mediator as well as a board certified civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and the Tennessee Commission of Continuing Legal Education. 

Mr. Harber's practice focuses on civil litigation including personal injury, medical malpractice, worker's compensation, civil rights, family law, and civil mediation. Mr. Harber has obtained numerous verdicts and settlements in excess of $1,000,000.00 on behalf of clients involved in catastrophic injury litigation as well as wrongful death cases.  Mr. Harber also regularly represents individuals in divorce litigation involving marital estates of significant value as well as all other forms of domestic litigation. 

Of personal interest, John was a collegiate wrestler at The University of Tennessee, is an avid major and minor league baseball fan, YMCA volunteer, and a competitive cyclist.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1981

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation Including Personal Injury
  • Civil Mediation
  • Civil Rights
  • Family Law
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Worker's Compensation

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1980
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1978


  • University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
    • Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1977
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
    • B.A. cum laude - 1974

Published Works

  • The Tennessee Governmental Tort Liability Act Since 1974 Tennessee Trial Lawyers Quarterly, Winter, 1983

Honors and Awards

  • President, Knoxville Bar Association, 1991
  • President, Tennessee Young Lawyers Conference, 1986
  • President, Knoxville Barristers Club, 1983
  • Voted one of "Knoxville's Top Attorneys" in a Survey of Lawyers and Judges, City View Magazine, 2006 - 2010

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member, 1978 - Present
  • American Association for Justice, Member, 1978 - Present
  • American Inns of Court, Member, 1989 - Present
  • Tennessee Association for Justice, Board of Governors, 1978 - 1985
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Board of Governors, 1985 - 1990
  • Knoxville Bar Association, Board of Governors/Officer, 1983 - 1992
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Member
  • Knoxville Bar Association, Member