James G. Carter
Jimmy G. Carter, Jr. has dedicated his adult life to serving others in a variety of arenas. Today he is an experienced litigator and advocate of his client’s rights in criminal and family law. Jimmy has successfully utilized the tools of the trade including negotiation, mediation, and litigation to attain favorable resolution for his clients. He focuses on matters of criminal and family law. In the criminal arena Jimmy has successfully negotiated full dismissal of all charges in multiple CDL citations, preserving a driver’s record which is critical to their trade. His extensive involvement in the Juvenile court as Guardian Ad Litem and defense attorney for juveniles shows his strong commitment to provide an experience voice for those who can’t defend themselves. His family law experience includes contested divorces including complex matters relating to high asset property division, child custody, support, domestic violence and post-divorce issues.
Clients have described Jimmy as being “knowledgeable and confident in the court room”, that he “kept us informed”, and in being “honest and compassionate” while dealing with very serious matters in his clients lives. Jimmy is able to work with clients through all aspects of their legal action, explaining their options, answering questions, and offering advice on the best course of action.
Jimmy is one of the few attorneys in Knoxville that is certified in the collaborative divorce process. With this process, Jimmy is able to help clients equitably settle all aspects related to divorce without the time and expense of litigation. He is an active and founding member of East Tennessee Collaborative Alliance. Jimmy also holds training certificate in Rule 31 family law mediation.
Jimmy Carter grew up in Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tennessee, and graduated from Karns High School. He attended The University of Tennessee Knoxville where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Jimmy was a firefighter with the Karns Volunteer Fire Department from 1990 until 1999 where he served as President of the Department from 1997-1998 and on the Board of Directors from 2004-2009. In 1998, he attended Roane State Community College where he became a Nationally Registered Paramedic and was named the Roane State Paramedic of the Year. He worked in the Emergency Services field from 1995 until 2003. While living in the Baltimore/Washington area for six years, Jimmy was the Director of Operations for the largest private ambulance service in that region.
Jimmy attended Lincoln Memorial Duncan School of Law and graduated in May 2013 as part of the inaugural class. Upon graduation he was awarded the President Abraham Lincoln Pro Bono Award. While earning his Juris Doctorate at Lincoln Memorial, he was president of the Mock Trial Team and served as student representative on the Academic Integrity Committee. He was also a student representative for the law school on the TBA Access to Justice Committee. Jimmy served as a law clerk for the Honorable Bill Swann in one of the busiest circuit courts in the state while attending law school, as well as interning with Legal Aid of East Tennessee at the Family Justice Center.
Jimmy lives in Knoxville with his wife, Kristi, and their two sons, Gavin and Grayson. Jimmy enjoys attending UT football and basketball games with his family and spending time outside with his sons at his parent’s farm. Jimmy is a member of the Knoxville and Tennessee Bar Associations.
Areas of Practice
- Family Law
- Criminal Defense
- Juvenile Law
- Defense of EMS/Fire Providers
- Domestic Violence
- Internet – Cyberspace
- Mediation & Collaborative Law
- Tennessee, 2013
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 2014
Lincoln Memorial University, Duncan School of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
- Honors: Domestic Relations Concentration Certificate
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
- B.A. – 1997
- Major: Psychology
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Tennessee Bar Association, Member, 2009 to Present
- Knoxville Bar Association, Member, 2009 to Present
- Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Present
- East Tennessee Collaborative Alliance
- Karns Volunteer Fire Department, Board of Directors
Honors & Awards
- Named 2019 Attorney for Justice by the Tennessee Supreme Court, Access to Justice Commission
- Pro Bono Service Award
- President Abraham Lincoln Pro Bono Award
- Paramedic of the Year