Attorney James R. Wheeler - A Respected Lawyer In Jonesborough, Tennessee

You can depend upon the Law Offices of James R. Wheeler for reliable and professional support. Jim R. Wheeler was born in Cookeville, Tennessee and grew up in Columbia, Tennessee. He moved to Washington County when he graduated from law school in 1992 and his family is happy to call this lovely region of the state their home.

Jim began his practice of law with one of the largest law firms in our area, practicing as a young lawyer in the General Sessions, Circuit and Chancery Courts, and handling insurance defense litigation, real estate matters, and a general civil trial practice. His subsequent legal experience includes acting as counsel for the Town of Jonesborough, Tennessee and the Washington County/Johnson City EMS, and an extensive practice in estate planning, probate, guardianships, and conservatorships. Jim has completed training in mediation techniques, and one of his strongest assets as an attorney is his ability to build consensus with various parties and their counsel to reach an amicable resolution in the handling of legal matters for his clients.


Jim earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration in 1989 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree in 1992 from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. After law school graduation, he was admitted to the Tennessee and Federal bars and has been providing exemplary legal support to our community since that time.
Jim - Law Office in Jonesborough, TN

Professional Affiliations

Jim has been a proud member of:
  • The Washington County Bar Association, where he served as President in 1997
  • The Tennessee Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, where he served as Governor from 1995 - 1999, Vice-President in 1999--2000, and President in 2001-2002
  • The American Bar Association (Sections on Labor and Employment Law and Law Practice Management)
Jim has been a proud member of:
  • Tennessee Lawyers Fund for Client Protection from 2015 - present, which was based on an appointment by the Tennessee Supreme Court
  • Northeast Tennessee Young Lawyers Association, where he served as President in 1995-1996
  • Tennessee Bar Foundation IOLTA Grant Review Committee, serving from 1998 - 2000
  • First Judicial District Chancery Court Advisory Committee, where he has served as Chairman from 2013 - present

Practice Areas:

  • Personal Injury and Accident Litigation
  • Business and Personal Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Estate Planning
  • Guardianships and Conservatorships
  • Labor and Employment
  • Medicaid Issues
  • Municipal and Governmental Law
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Probate
  • Real Estate
  • Wills and Trusts
  • Zoning, Planning, and Land Use

Community Involvement

As a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Jim served as a Board Member and President of the Washington County UT Alumni Association, and he served a three-year term as a member of the UT National Alumni Association Board of Governors.

In addition to his very busy law practice, Jim has given of his time to be involved in many community organizations, serving both as a volunteer and in various leadership roles. He is a past member of the Washington County Land Use Coordinating Committee, the local Ref Cross Advisory Board, the Johnson City Senior Center Advisory Board, the Johnson City Medical Center Hospice Advisory Board, and as a member and past Chair of the Crumley House Brain Injury Treatment Center Foundation Board. He has been active in the Johnson City/Washington County Chamber of Commerce and is a graduate of the Chamber Leadership 2015 program. He is also a graduate of the Johnson City Citizens Police Academy. In 2000, he was named as a "40 Under Forty" Emerging Star of the Business Community by the Business Journal of East Tennessee/Virginia.

The Wheelers are members of the Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church in Johnson City, Tennessee, where Jim has served as the Lay Leader of the congregation and has been a member of Munsey's Church Council and Administrative Board for many years. He was previously Chairman of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee, the Chair of the Invite Ministry Team, the Chair of the Send Ministry Team, and served a three -year term as Chair of the Global Missions Committee. In 1996, Jim Served on a mission team to the former Soviet Republic of Estonia in conjunction with the construction of the Baltic Mission Center and Seminary. In 1998, he returned to Estonia as co-leader of a construction team working on the Center. Jim currently chairs the Youth Ministry Advisory Team and teaches the eighth-grade Confirmation Course for membership in the church.
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