Lewis, Thomason, King, Krieg & Waldrop, P.C.

J. Eric Butler


J. Eric Butler is a Shareholder in the firm focusing his legal practice in the areas of federal and state taxation, business formations and commercial litigation, tax controversy matters, white collar criminal defense, and estate planning/probate matters. Mr. Butler handles a large range of tax matters for clients across the United States involving the Internal Revenue Service and state taxing authorities, to include examinations of returns, collection of delinquent tax debts, criminal tax matters, international tax compliance and enforcement, and litigation of tax issues in both state and federal courts. Mr. Butler also represents accountants across the United States in malpractice defense, mitigation of potential malpractice claims, and disciplinary proceedings.

Mr. Butler received a three-year appointment (2013 through 2015) to the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, which is a federal advisory panel established in 2002 under the authority of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP) is made up of volunteers appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury to represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. TAP members are assigned to separate Project Committees and include at least one representative from each state. Mr. Butler served on the Tax Forms & Publications Project Committee during his three-year term, which works to provide feedback to Internal Revenue Service on issues involving tax administration and improvements to tax forms and publications. In 2015, Mr. Butler served as Vice-Chair of the Tax Forms and Publications Project Committee. In 2016, Mr. Butler was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his contributions to TAP during his three-year term.

Mr. Butler is a frequent speaker to various organizations and businesses on issues involving tax law, business law, and estate planning/probate matters.


  • American Bar Association (Tax Section)
  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association


  • Recipient, The President’s Volunteer Service Award, 2016
  • Vice-Chair, Tax Forms & Publications Project Committee, 2015
  • MidSouth Super Lawyers – Rising Stars, 2012-2016
  • Listed as “Top Attorney” in areas of Tax and Income Tax Resolution, in Cityview Magazine, 2010-2017
  • Comments Editor, The University of Memphis Law Review
  • Member, The University of Memphis School of Law National Mock Trial team
  • Butler’s student comment, Ellis v. Ellis: Survivorship Properties Remain Unaffected by the 120 Hour Provision of the Tennessee Uniform Simultaneous Death Act, 33 U. MEM. L. REV. 681 (2003), was selected for publication the Spring of 2003 volume of The University of Memphis Law Review
  • Member, Phi Delta Phi Legal Honors Fraternity
  • Recipient, CALI Award for academic achievement in Federal Courts
  • Recipient, Dean’s Distinguished Service Award
  • Recipient, Dean’s Award for Best Appellate Brief
  • Former law clerk to the Honorable Alan E. Highers, Tennessee Court of Appeals for the Western Section
  • Former Graduate Editor of the Florida Tax Review
  • Recipient, John W. Thatcher Memorial Scholarship, University of Florida

Knoxville Office

One Centre Square, Fifth Floor
620 Market Street
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902
Telephone (865) 546-4646
FAX (865) 523-6529


Middle Tennessee State University, B.S., with honors, 2000

University of Memphis School of Law, J.D., with honors, 2004

University of Florida School of Law, L.L.M., in Taxation, 2007

Bar Admission

Tennessee, 2004

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

U.S. Tax Court