Jump to Navigation

J. William Coley

E-mail MeJ. William Coley

Knoxville, Tennessee

J. William Coley received his law degree with honors from the University of Tennessee in 1985. His practice is devoted primarily to utility representation across a broad range of legal issues, general litigation, and insurance representation. He is President of the Knoxville Bar Association.  He is a past president of the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyer Division, a member of the American Bar Association, American Bar Foundation, Tennessee Bar Association, Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association and the Defense Research Institute. He enjoys family and outdoor activities.

AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale Hubbell

Areas of Practice

  • Utility Law
  • Contracts
  • Eminent Domain
  • General Liability Defense
  • Government Contracts
  • Insurance Defense
  • Personal Injury - Defense
  • General Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit


  • University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
    • J.D. - 1985
    • Honors: With Honors
  • University of Tennessee
    • B.S.

Representative Clients

  • Knoxville Utilities Board
  • Safeco Insurance Company
  • Farmers Insurance Exchange

Honors and Awards

  • Knoxville, Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Tennessee Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Best Lawyers in America 2012 - Administrative/Regulatory Law
  • Best Lawyers in America 2013 - Administrative/Regulatory Law
  • Best Lawyers in America 2014 - Administrative/Regulatory Law, Litigation-Environmental

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Foundation
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC, Managing Partner, 2004 - 2011

Pro Bono Activities

  • Chair, Campaign for Equal Justice, Legal Aid of E. Tennessee, 2006 - 2007


  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Alpha Gamma Rho

Print Page

More Than 80 Years of History

We serve the needs of a range of clients, including Tennessee residents and out-of-state clients, throughout eastern Tennessee...

Send An Email

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC

Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC
617 W. Main Street, P.O. Box 869
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone: 865-951-7334
Toll Free: 877-504-0012
Fax: 865-292-2321
Map and Directions

Privacy Policy | Legal Marketing® by FindLaw, a Thomson Reuters business.