Timothy A. Priest






Mr. Priest was born in Knoxville and is a graduate of The University of Tennessee (B.S. Finance, summa cum laude, 1995) and The University of Tennessee College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1999). Mr. Priest was admitted to the Tennessee Bar in 1999 and is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Tennessee. He is a member of the Order of the Coif and the Knoxville Bar Association along with the Tennessee Association for Justice and American Association for Justice. Mr. Priest has been an adjunct professor in the Advocacy Program at The University of Tennessee College of Law since 2005, and he is also a member of the Advisory Board to The University of Tennessee College of Law's Advocacy Clinic.

Mr. Priest's peer Attorneys and Judges have bestowed upon him the AV rating, which is the highest rating through Martindale-Hubbell and is awarded to only a select few attorneys. He has also been recognized since 2010 by Knoxville area attorneys and judges as one of Knoxville's Top Attorneys by City View. Further, Mr. Priest has been named by his peers as a Mid-South Super Lawyer since 2013.

Mr. Priest's practice has an emphasis on the courtroom and litigation, primarily representing plaintiffs in cases involving personal injury, defective products, and wrongful death cases. Mr. Priest also practices extensively in the area of family law and domestic relations. Mr. Priest is also a Rule 31 Listed Mediator by the Tennessee Supreme Court, and he regularly serves as a mediator for other attorneys and litigants as well.

Mr. Priest's practice is based in Knox County, but he regularly handles cases throughout East Tennessee and has represented many clients from other parts of the state and states other than Tennessee. Mr. Priest is a frequent speaker and lecturer to his peers in continuing education programs, having been a speaker for the Knoxville Bar Association, the National Business Institute, and other presenters in the fields of personal injury law and family law.

Mr. Priest has two daughters, Kate and Annie, and a golden retriever named Lucy. When not practicing law, Mr. Priest enjoys coaching his daughters in youth sports, snow skiing, and going to the lake. He is also an instrument rated private pilot who enjoys flying his Beechcraft Bonanza, both in support of his law practice and for pleasure.

Practice Areas

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


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

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

Past Positions

  • Banks Campbell & Priest, Partner, 1978 to 1982
  • Banks Campbell & Owen, Associate, 1976 to 1978
  • Town of Farragut, Tennessee, Municipal Court Judge, 1999 to 2005


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


  • Ethics, Worker's Comp, Trial Practice, Tennessee Trial Lawyers, 00/00/1990 to 00/00/1992

Pro-Bono Activities

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

Fraternity or Sorority

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

Professional Associations

  • Tennessee Association for Justice, Board of Governors, 1979 to 1982
  • Tennessee Association for Justice, Member, 1979
  • Knoxville Bar Association, Board of Governors, 1993 to 1995
  • Knoxville Bar Foundation
  • Tennessee Bar Foundation
  • Knoxville Bar Association, Board of Governors, 2005 to 2007
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
  • Bench Emeritus of the Hamilton Burnett American Inn of Court, Master
Personal Injury Claims

Personal Injury Claims

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect

Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect

Catastrophic Injuries & Deaths

Catastrophic Injuries & Deaths

Defective & Dangerous Products

Defective & Dangerous Products

Mediation, Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution

Mediation, Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution

Other Practice Areas

Other Practice Areas