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James N. Gore, Jr.

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James N. Gore, Jr., Attorney at Kennerly Montgomery

Phone: (865) 546-7311
Fax: (865) 524-1773

Over the last thirty years, JAMES N. GORE, JR., has built a reputation as a knowledgeable, personable and responsive counselor to his clients.  He focuses his practice on commercial and residential landlord-tenant law representing landlords and property management companies in a wide variety of matters including lease drafting, resolving landlord-tenant disputes, evictions, collections of past due rent and discrimination disputes.  He has worked with both public and private landlords.  He has handled numerous Fair Housing claims before the Tennessee Human Rights Commission and HUD.  Jim has spoken to numerous organizations on issues related to landlord-tenant law.    

Jim has also handled workers’ compensation matters for employers and workers’ compensation carriers since he joined the firm in 1987.  He is a passionate advocate who works closely with his clients to achieve favorable claim resolutions.  He has experience at all levels of workers’ compensation litigation and is no stranger to the courtroom.  Jim is well known for his employment law knowledge and experience.  He routinely advises employers on a wide variety of issues including FMLA, ADA and contract disputes.  His objective is always to provide his clients with solutions that are tailored to meet their budgets and goals. 

In addition to his landlord-tenant and workman's compensation practice, Jim also uses his advocacy skills to assist clients in a variety of civil litigation matters. Whether it is a construction dispute, business-related tort issue, contract issue or products liability matter, Jim is well equipped to navigate complex issues.  His courtroom experience and affable demeanor have enabled him to be successful before juries in multiple jury trials and has served him well in non-jury trials, mediations, and arbitration hearings.

Jim has been named to America's Best Lawyers by U.S. News and World Report in 2018 and again in 2019 and 2020.

Jim is active in the Knoxville community having coached and volunteered for various youth sports programs including the West Valley Middle School baseball team, and the Bearden High School Dugout Club.  He enjoys golf, the Tennessee Volunteers, and rarely misses watching the Atlanta Braves. 

Areas of Practice

Landlord-Tenant Law
Insurance Defense
Workers’ Compensation


University of Tennessee – J.D., 1987
Middle Tennessee State University – B.B.A., 1984
Bar Admissions

Tennessee – 1987 
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee – 1988
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee – 2010
U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals – 1988


Tennessee Bar Association
Knoxville Bar Association
Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association
Defense Research Institute

Kennerly Montgomery Top Listed in Best Lawyers    Kennerly Montgomery is LexisNexis Peer Review Rated for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability