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John K. Harber 
Knoxville, Tennessee
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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 Organization:
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, 1977
Doctor of Jurisprudence

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1974
Honors: Cum Laude

Published Works:
The Tennessee Governmental Tort Liability Act Since 1974 Tennessee Trial Lawyers Quarterly, Winter, 1983

Representative Cases:
Harris v. Pettibone Corp., 488 F.Supp. 1129 (E.D.Tenn. 1980)
Brandenburg v. Cureton, 882 F.2d 211 (C.A.6 (Tenn.) 1989)
U.S. v. McCullah, 745 F.2d 350 (C.A.6 (Tenn.) 1984)
Volunteer Medical Clinic, Inc. v. Operation Rescue, 948 F.2d 218 (C.A.6 (Tenn.) 1991)
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, 1978 - Present

American Association for Justice, 1978 - Present

American Inns of Court, 1989 - Present

Tennessee Association for Justice, 1978 - 1985
Board of Governors

Tennessee Bar Association, 1985 - 1990
Board of Governors

Knoxville Bar Association, 1983 - 1992
Board of Governors/Officer

Tennessee Bar Association

Knoxville Bar Association

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625 S. Gay Street
Two Centre Square, Suite 600
Knoxville, TN 37902

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