James W. White

James W. White is of counsel to the Firm.  He served as a founder and as the Firm’s Managing Member from its creation in 2015 until his retirement from the active practice of law in 2020.  As a licensed attorney for 34 years, he has broad experience in business and commercial litigation, administrative law, pharmacy law, licensure and regulation of health care professionals, business transactions, and dispute resolution.

Mr. White 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.  He served as counsel to the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the Tennessee General Assembly from 2001-2003 and as counsel to the House Finance Ways & Means Committee from 2000-2003.  He also served as Executive Director of the Fiscal Review Committee of the Tennessee General Assembly from 2003-2011.  Early in his career, he served as a Congressional Legislative Assistant from 1980-1986.

He is a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court, the Tennessee Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Tennessee.  He is a Master of the Bench (emeritus) of the Harry Phillips Inn of Court in Nashville.  He is a magnum cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (1986) where he served as Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.

Mr. White has written extensively on legal and public policy issues.  His essay “Weighing the Policy Implications of Justice at Risk” appeared in the May-June 2014 issue of the prestigious journal Adjudicature. His article “Inconvenient Justice” appeared in the August 2013 issue of the Nashville Bar Journal.  He has also written op-ed pieces published in The Tennessean newspaper on federal and state budget policy.

He has served on numerous boards of civic and community organizations, including the Nashville Symphony, the Sycamore Institute, Intersection Music, and Tying Nashville Together.

In his spare time, Mr. White serves as an Angel Flight pilot and is a search and rescue mission pilot for the Civil Air Patrol.  In addition to flying, he enjoys diving, hiking, horseback riding, rafting, and other outdoor activities.  He is a former president of the Nashville Symphony Chorus.

James W. White

615-810-8750
jwhite@fpwlegal.com

Bar Admissions
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

Practice Areas
Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Pharmacy Law, Business Formation and Transactions, Public Policy, Administrative and Regulatory

Education
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; Tying Nashville Together (member of the Board 1999-2000)

Board Memberships

Nashville Symphony (2015-present); The Sycamore Institute (2017-present); Intersection Music (2017-present)