Meet the Barrister – John King

A periodic Q & A session with a Lewis Thomason (LT) lawyer


 LT: When did you decide to become a lawyer?
John King: During my senior year of high school.

LT: What has been the highlight of your career so far?
John King: Two matters come to mind. Winning an estate dispute case for National Geographic (approximately $7-10 million) and winning the Bush Brothers Corporate dispute for the minority shareholders.

LT: What do you enjoy most about being a lawyer?
John King: The exercise of imagination in resolving problems.

LT: You’re stranded on a desert island with only an iPod – what music are you listening to?
John King: Either a good gospel song or light jazz.

LT: What do you want your legacy to be?
John King: To be remembered as one who thought “outside the box”.

LT: What is one thing on your bucket list and why?
John King: See Alaska — never been there.

LT: What is your favorite drink and why?
John King: A glass of wine, because I quit the hard stuff. Before I quit the hard stuff, my co-favorites would be a good single malt scotch or a martini.

LT: What famous person do you admire and why?
John King: Abraham Lincoln. No way to count his accomplishments causing admiration.


King-8607John King is a senior shareholder in Lewis Thomason’s Knoxville office.  He is a preeminent AV rated lawyer having been AV rated over 30 years. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for the past five years. Mr. King has substantial experience in tort and commercial litigation in both state and federal courts. Mr. King’s current primary practice areas are in zoning, land use, governmental contracting, business transactions and administrative law. He represents clients in waste disposal, manufactured housing and residential/commercial development businesses.  Mr. King represents clients on regulatory matters at the state and local levels and also represents clients on legislative issues at the state level.

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