Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC

617 W. Main Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
United States
Phone: (865) 292-2307
Fax: (865) 292-2321
Email: sbarrett@hdclaw.com

J. Scott Griswold


Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Phone: 865-292-2307
Fax: 865-292-2321
Email: [email protected]
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After graduating from The University of Tennessee College of Law, Scott began his career clerking for Chief Justice William M. Barker of the Tennessee Supreme Court.  Scott joined Hodges, Doughty, & Carson, PLLC in 2014 after garnering significant experience as a litigator in the areas of trust and estate litigation, products liability claims, and construction disputes.  On the planning and transaction side, Scott has crafted estate plans and advised business owners and nonprofit entities on general corporate matters, including formation, dissolution, property taxes, and tax exemptions.

Believing that community service is an integral part of practicing law, Scott has volunteered significant time representing indigent persons through Legal Aid of East Tennessee.  The Tennessee Bar Association recognized Scott with its Harris A. Gilbert Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year Award in 2010. The Tennessee Supreme has twice appointed him to represent indigent criminal defendants on appeal before the Court, resulting in two unanimous opinions in favor of the clients. Scott also serves as a Director for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Knox County.

Scott is an avid writer.  His scholarly works have appeared in the Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law and Transactions:  Tennessee Journal of Business Law.  In addition, he has written several feature articles for the Tennessee Bar Journal and the Knoxville Bar Association’s Dicta. In 2011, the Tennessee Bar Association honored Scott with the 2011 Justice Joseph W. Henry Award for Outstanding Legal Writing for his article Service of Process After Hall v. Haynes:  Practice Tips for Counsel and Advice for Management. He formerly served on the Editorial Board of the Tennessee Bar Journal and the Publications Committee of the Knoxville Bar Association.

Scott lives in Fountain City with his wife, Sarah, and their daughter.  Occasionally, he sneaks away to his workshop where he tries to build furniture.


Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee – 2007
  • US District Court Eastern District of Tennessee – 2009


Honors and Awards

  • Harris A. Gilbert Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year, Tennessee Bar Association, 2010
  • Justice Joseph W. Henry Award for Outstanding Legal Writing, Tennessee Bar Association, 2011
  • Cityview 2015 Top Knoxville Attorney – Appellate Practice
  • Cityview 2016 Top Knoxville Attorney – Appellate Practice, Consumer Protection – Plaintiff
  • Superlawyers 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

Recent Presentations

  • “Trusts 101,” National Business Institute. Knoxville, TN, December 2014.
  • “Transactional Practice,” Tennessee Bar Association. Nashville, TN, October 2014.


  • Griswold, J.S., A Tentative First Step: Same-Sex Marriage in Tennessee, 41 DICTA 16 (May 2014).
  • Griswold, J.S., et al., Big Changes to Tennessee’s Uniform Trust Code: Ten Things You Should Know, 49 Tenn. Bar J. 20 (2013).
  • Griswold, J.S., Who’s To Blame: Supreme Court Says Contractors are Liable for Their Subcontractors’ Work, 48 Tenn. Bar J. 12 (2012).
  • Griswold, J.S., Service of Process After Hall v. Haynes: Practice tips for Counsel and Advice for Management, 48 Tenn. Bar J. 26 (2011).
  • Griswold, J.S., Health Care Reform Litigation: Examining Constitutional Challenges from the States, 37 DICTA 14 (2010).
  • Griswold, J.S., Pre-Emption Defenses and a Healthy Dose of Statutory Construction, 36 DICTA 12 (2009).
  • Griswold, J.S., A Redeeming Interest in Religious Freedom: Are Islamic Mortgage Alternatives Clogs on the Equitable Right to Redemption?, 13 Fordham J. Corp. Fin. L. 419 (2008).
  • Griswold, J.S., Changing with the Times: Eminent Domain in Tennessee, 9 Transactions: Tenn. J. Bus. L 179 (2007).