John Tanner James

John Tanner James

About John Tanner James

Born in a small Central Kentucky town, my family moved to West Virginia chasing the dream of self-employment. I went to college at Marshall University where I graduated cum laude, and then attended the University of Kentucky College of Law. Country roads brought me home to WV with a fresh law degree and a job at a respected regional defense firm. There I handled a wide variety of cases, including: car accidents, commercial truck accidents, wrongful death, property damage, workers' compensation, deliberate intent, asbestos litigation, insurance coverage, debt collection, and appellate work. I was able to learn from some of the best attorneys in our state, and that experience is an integral component of my practice.But there is another part that is equally important: my motivation. Growing up in a family business, I remember watching my parents fret over legal issues. For them the law was mysterious and overwhelming -- a complicated labyrinth with pitfalls around every corner. Over time I realized that this anxiety wasn't unique to my family; it was the norm. So I decided many years ago that my role would be to guide clients through that labyrinth. I wanted to help people like my parents rest easy at night by showing them the law is nothing to fear. That’s why I became an attorney: not just to be an advocate, but to be a counselor. As a solo lawyer, I will give you tailored, dedicated care. Too many people have a negative experience with attorneys -- the process feels too transactional and impersonal. We will explore your issues together and develop a plan to meet your goals together. The law can be complex, but it is not as intimidating when you have a partner. Together we will get results.


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University of Kentucky College of Law
J.D. (2011), Law | 2008 - 2011
Activities: Editor - Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Law
Marshall University
B.A. (2007), Advertising, German | 2002 - 2007
Honors: Cum laude