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Timothy A. Priest 
Knoxville, Tennessee
phone 865-522-4191
(888) 778-8095
(865) 223-6303
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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 Organization:
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, 1975
Honors: Cum Laude
Honors: Order of Coif

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1972
Honors: Cum Laude
Major:  Zoology

Classes/Seminars Taught:
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, 1979 - 1982
Board of Governors

Tennessee Association for Justice, 1979 - Present

Knoxville Bar Association, 1993 - 1995
Board of Governors

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

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Pryor, Priest, and Harber
625 S. Gay Street
Two Centre Square, Suite 600
Knoxville, TN 37902

Local: 865-223-6303
Toll Free: 888-778-8095
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The law firm of Pryor, Flynn, Priest & Harber provides legal services to the cities of Knoxville, Oak Ridge, Maryville, Jefferson City, Farragut, Rockwood, Morristown, Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol, Elizabethton, Jefferson City, Madisonville, Crossville, Cookville, Cleveland, Athens and Chattanooga in Knox County, Tennessee; east Tennessee.