General Information

Year founded: 1973
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Every Case Is Big; Every Client Is Important
Since our founding in 1973, the Butler, Vines & Babb law firm has increased in size, reputation and results. We are known throughout Tennessee, the region and the nation for effective trial preparation and client representation. Why are we successful? We have stayed true to our tradition of quality service delivered on a personal basis. Our lawyers treat every case as big and every client as important. Whether you are an individual or a large business, when you are our client, our attorneys will stand by you in even the toughest of times.

Contact us. We respond quickly to every call. 865-637-3531
Our law firm consists of trial lawyers who serve both individual and corporate clients. That diversity of experience means we understand both sides of a case well — and we fight hard for every client who has retained our services.

Our lawyers regularly present seminars and papers on a variety of legal issues. Further, many of our attorneys have been honored by their peers. Several of our firm’s attorneys have been certified as Civil Trial Specialists by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization, while three of our lawyers are listed as Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Mediators. A number of our attorneys have also been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, recognized by the International Society of Barristers, and/or have been selected by their peers as Mid-South Super Lawyers, Top Lawyers in the City of Knoxville, and for membership in the Litigation Counsel of America.

Butler, Vines and Babb employs a Medical Doctor as a medical consultant. He reviews medical issues in cases for both plaintiffs and defendants. Very few law firms are able to provide this type of service.

Representing Injured People
If you or a loved one has been injured, recovery can be a long, painful process. If someone else was responsible for your injuries, discuss your situation with a lawyer who can help advise you as to what your next steps should be. Our injury lawyers can respond quickly to explain and protect your rights. If you are seeking fair and just compensation, we can help.

Business and Defense Law
When your business is facing litigation, you need a law firm that can investigate the situation and litigate effectively. Our attorneys are known for meticulous trial preparation. We are often called in by other lawyers to defend their business clients. If your business needs an attorney who knows how to develop a legal strategy that meets your goals, we can help.


Butler, Vines and Babb, P.L.L.C. is metro ranked in 4 practice areas. Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.

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Metro Rankings

Tier 1 for Environmental Law
Tier 1 for Mediation
Tier 1 for Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Tier 1 for Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs


Regional Rankings

Tier 1 for Environmental Law
Tier 1 for Mediation
Tier 1 for Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Tier 1 for Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Practice Areas

The below are areas of legal specialty volunteered by the firm and do not designate a specialty in which a Best Law Firms ranking is held.
  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Mediation
  • Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
  • Trusts and Estates

Individuals Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®

Butler, Vines and Babb, P.L.L.C. has 2 lawyers recognized for individual performance in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. By receiving this Best Lawyers recognition from their peers for their professional excellence, these lawyers made Butler, Vines and Babb, P.L.L.C. eligible for evaluation for Best Law Firms rankings. For almost two decades, Best Lawyers has awarded these singular accolades, making them the foundation of our Best Law Firms awards. Read more about our Best Lawyers process here.
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Male: 6
Of Counsel (but not partners)
Male: 1
Female: 1
Male: 2
Male: 1
Female: 7
Non-Legal Employees
Male: 1
Female: 1


Awards are self-reported by firms and are not verified by the Best Law Firms rankings.
  • Fortune Top 100 Law Firms

Management and Personnel

Managing Partner
Edward U. Babb


David T. Kristy, CLM
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