J. Scott Griswold


After graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Law, Scott began his career clerking for Chief Justice William M. Barker of the Tennessee Supreme Court. During his clerkship, he researched a wide variety of complex issues and assisted with drafting opinions. At the end of his clerkship, Scott joined Paine, Tarwater, and Bickers in September of 2008. During his time with the firm, he has devoted a significant portion of his practice to defending clients involved in product liability cases across the country. He has gained in-depth experience concerning expert witnesses and discovery management in multiple jurisdictions. Furthermore, Scott has handled cases involving consumer protection claims, challenges to trusts and estates, and asbestos defense. He has also garnered considerable experience in representing clients on appeal before the Tennessee Court of Appeals and the Tennessee Supreme Court. Two noteworthy cases came as a result of Scott’s appointment by the Tennessee Supreme Court to represent indigent criminal defendants on appeal. He successfully argued before the Court, and his efforts resulted in two unanimous opinions in favor of the clients.

Scott has written extensively on a number of diverse issues for legal journals, including the Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law, Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law, the Tennessee Bar Journal, and the Knoxville Bar Association journal. The Tennessee Bar Association recognized his scholarship with its 2011 Justice Joseph W. Henry Award for Outstanding Legal Writing. He also serves on the Editorial Board of the Tennessee Bar Journal and the Publications Committee of the Knoxville Bar Association. Believing that community service is an integral part of practicing law, Scott devotes a great deal of his time to various programs in the community. He has served on the board of directors of a local history museum, is a member of both Nucleus Knoxville and the Knoxville Estate Planning Council, co-chairs the Knoxville Bar Association’s Hunger and Poverty Relief Committee and often speaks on panels at the University of Tennessee College of Law and for practitioners. Scott has also given a substantial amount of his time to representing clients pro bono. In recognition of his volunteerism, the Tennessee Bar Association awarded Scott the 2010 Harris A. Gilbert Volunteer Attorney of the Year Award.

Scott lives in Fountain City with his wife and daughter.

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Contact Information

E-mail: jsg@painetar.com

Phone: 865-525-0880

900 South Gay Street, Suite 2200
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902-1821