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Go-to lawyer, advisor and mediator for complex litigation

Jim Doran represents clients in complex litigation, guides them through the litigation process and assists them with the most favorable resolution. Known for his intellectual curiosity, Jim enjoys tackling complicated issues and presenting them in a relatable way. 

For more than 40 years, national and international clients from a wide range of industries have relied on Jim for representation in complex commercial and contract disputes, products liability litigation and insurance coverage disputes. His experience spans the automotive, chemical, pharmaceutical, insurance, healthcare and real estate industries. Jim has successfully defended attorneys, physicians and dentists in professional liability and malpractice lawsuits. He also represents both insurers and insureds in insurance disputes involving issues related to:

  • Commercial and general liability coverage
  • Directors and officers liability coverage
  • Professional liability coverage

Pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, and other corporate clients turn to Jim for counsel when they are faced with complex products liability claims. Jim served as National Settlement Counsel for Bayer in PPA mass tort litigation, and he has earned a reputation for success in high-profile products liability cases involving asbestos, breast implants, latex gloves, bone fixation devices and products such as DES, Fen-Phen, Baycol, Vioxx, Fosamax, Gadolinium, Trasylol, Ketek, Yaz/Yazmin and ReNu litigation.

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  • Related Services
  • Education
    • J.D., University of Tennessee College of Law, 1968
    • B.S., Tennessee Technological University, 1966
  • Bar Admissions
    • Tennessee
  • Court Admissions
    • United States Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth and Eighth Circuits
    • U.S. District Court, All Districts of Tennessee
  • Recognitions
    • Chambers USA
      • Litigation: General Commercial (Tennessee), 2006-2020
    • The Best Lawyers in America© (BL Rankings)
      • Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2011-2021
      • Commercial Litigation, 2007-2021
      • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, 2011-2021
      • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2011-2021
    • The Best Lawyers in America© (BL Rankings), 2019
      • Lawyer of the Year - Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (Nashville)
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters)
      • Class Action, 2006-2021
  • Professional Involvement
    • Member, IADC, where he has served as: Member, Executive Committee Faculty Member and Director, IADC Trial Academy Chairman, Product Liability Committee
    • Member, DRI, where he has served as: Member, Board of Directors Chair, Amicus Curiae Committee
    • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
    • Emeritus Member, Harry Phillips American Inns of Court
    • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers Past Chair, Tennessee State Committee
    • Member, Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association, where he has served as: Member, Board of Directors President
    • Member, American, Tennessee, and Nashville Bar Associations, where he has served as: President, NBA Member, NBA Board of Directors
    • Chair, Merit Selection Panel for United States Magistrate Judge
    • Member, Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Panel for the Middle District of Tennessee
    • Chair, Advisory Commission on the Rules of Practice and Procedure

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