Timothy A. Priest

Timothy A. Priest

Knoxville, Tennessee

Mr. Priest was born in Humboldt, Tennessee, on March 10, 1949, and admitted to the Bar in 1976.  He is a Cum Laude graduate of The University of Tennessee (B.S. 1972) and The University of Tennessee College of Law (J.D.,Valedictorian and Order of the Coif, 1975).  He is a member of the Knoxville Bar Association Board of Governors (1993-95 and 2005-2007) and American Bar Association.  Mr. Priest is a member of the Tennessee Association for Justice Board of Governors (1979-82), the American Association for Justice, and the American Board of Trial Advocates.  He is a Master of the Bench Emeritus of the Hamilton Burnett American Inn of Court. 

Mr. Priest has served as speaker at seminars of the Tennessee Bar Association, Knoxville Bar Association, University of Tennessee College of Law, and the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association on various topics dealing with trial practice issues.  Mr. Priest served as the Municipal Court Judge for the town of Farragut, Tennessee, from 1999-2005. 

Mr. Priest is married to the former Betsy Minnis and they have two children Adam, a partner with the firm, and Laura, an acute care nurse practitioner.  Hobbies include golf, Vol Network Color Analyst for broadcast of University of Tennessee football games since 1999, and enjoying his grandchildren. 

Mr. Priest has obtained numerous verdicts and settlements in excess of $1,000,000.00 for clients in defective products, trucking and automobile accident cases, and recreational accidents.  

Year Joined Firm

  • 1982

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Medical Malpractice and Professional Negligence
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Tractor-Trailer Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Defective Products
  • Worker's Compensation

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 1976
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1990


  • University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
    • J.D. cum laude - 1975
    • Honors: Order of Coif
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
    • B.S. cum laude - 1972
    • Major: Zoology


  • Ethics, Worker's Comp, Trial Practice, Tennessee Trial Lawyers, 1990 - 1992

Honors and Awards

  • Voted one of "Knoxville's Top Attorneys" in a Survey of Lawyers and Judges, City View Magazine, 2006 - 2012
  • Recognized by his peers as one of the "Best Lawyers in America"

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Tennessee Association for Justice, Board of Governors, 1979 - 1982
  • Tennessee Association for Justice, Member, 1979 - Present
  • Knoxville Bar Association, Board of Governors, 1993 - 1995
  • Knoxville Bar Foundation
  • Tennessee Bar Foundation

Past Employment Positions

  • Banks Campbell & Priest, Partner, 1978 - 1982
  • Banks Campbell & Owen, Associate, 1976 - 1978

Pro Bono Activities

  • Knoxville Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
  • Legal Aid of East Tennessee
  • Concord United Methodist Church


  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Phi Kappa Phi