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. William Coley

Lawyer J. William ColeyMember
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Phone: 865-292-2307
Fax: 865-292-2321

Email: [email protected]
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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.


Areas of Practice

Litigation Percentage

  • 75 percent 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


Representative Clients

  • Knoxville Utilities Board
  • 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
  • Cityview 2014 Top Knoxville Attorney – Environmental Law, Administrative Law
  • Best Lawyers in America 2015 – Administrative/Regulatory Law, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Litigation-Environmental
  • Cityview 2015 Top Knoxville Attorney – Administrative Law, Environmental Law

Professional Associations and Memberships

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