Managing Partner, as well as a founding partner of Farmer Purcell White & Lassiter, PLLC, Jim White has broad experience in business and commercial litigation, administrative law, pharmacy law, business transactions, contract preparation and interpretation, land use planning, and dispute resolution. His cases have included substantial securities litigation, franchising, partnership dissolutions, non-competition agreements, and other matters. He also represents clients before a broad range of federal, state, and local agencies in licensure and certification matters, as well as contested case proceedings.
He has a unique perspective on the interaction of clients with regulatory agencies, having served in the public sector in both federal and state government, in addition to private law practice. Mr. White served as counsel to the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the Tennessee General Assembly from 2001-2003 and as counsel to the General Assembly’s House Finance Ways & Means Committee from 2000-2003. He also served as the Executive Director of the Fiscal Review Committee of the Tennessee General Assembly from 2003-2011. Early in his career, her served as a Congressional legislative assistant from 1980-1986.
An occasional op-ed columnist for state and local publications, Mr. White writes extensively on legal and public policy issues. Most recently, his essay “Weighing the Policy Implications of Justice At Risk,” appeared in the May-June 2014 issue of the prestigious journal Judicature. His article, “Inconvenient Justice,” appeared in the August 2013 issue of the Nashville Bar Journal. One of his op-ed columns, “Leaders Create Fiscal Cliff,” analyzing the impact of the federal “fiscal cliff” on Tennessee, appeared in the October 30, 2012 issue of The Tennessean. Previously, he has written a Tennessean op-ed column on the impact of the Great Recession on Tennessee’s state budget.
James W. White
United States Supreme Court
Tennessee Supreme Court
United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Tennessee
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Pharmacy Law, Business Formation and Transactions, Public Policy, Administrative and Regulatory
B.A., University of Tennessee
College Scholars (emphasis in Political Science) (with highest honors) (1980)
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center (magna cum laude) (1986) (Editor, Georgetown Law Journal (1986))
Honors and Memberships
Master of the Bench (emeritus)
Harry Phillips American Inn of Court (Nashville, Tennessee)
Member, American Society for Pharmacy Law
Captain, Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Air Force Auxiliary (search and rescue mission pilot)
Angel Flight pilot; President-Elect, Nashville Symphony Chorus (tenor section leader 2007-2009)
Advisory Council to the Nashville Symphony (2008-present)
Tying Nashville Together (member of the Board 1999-2000)