Timothy A. Priest

Timothy A Priest

Knoxville, TN

(865) 522-4191


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Retired Partner.

Timothy A. Priest retired from Pryor, Priest, & Harber in January 2023.

Mr. Priest is a native of Huntingdon, Tennessee, and a graduate of The University of Tennessee (B.S., Cum Laude, 1972) and The University College of Law (J.D., Valedictorian, 1975). Mr. Priest was admitted to the Bar in 1976 and admitted before the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Tennessee. He is a member of the Order of the Coif and the Knoxville and Tennessee Bar Associations and the Tennessee and American Trial Lawyers Associations.

Mr. Priest’s peer attorneys and judges have bestowed upon him the AV rating, which is the highest rating through Martindale-Hubbel and is awarded to only a select few attorneys. He has been selected as one of Knoxville’s top attorneys in the area of personal injury litigation by City View.

Mr. Priest’s practiced had an emphasis on the courtroom and litigation, primarily representing persons injured in vehicular crashes, by defective products, and including wrongful death cases. Mr. Priest had served as a Rule 31 mediator listed by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Mr. Priest’s practice is based in Knox County, Tennessee, but he regularly handled cases throughout East Tennessee and occasionally in Middle and West Tennessee, as well as surrounding states.

Mr. Priest is married to the former Betsy Minnis. His son, Adam, is a partner in the firm, and his daughter, Laura, is an acute care nurse practitioner in a cardiology group in Suawnee, Georgia. When not practicing law, Mr. Priest has served for 22 years as the color analyst on The University of Tennessee football radio broadcasts. He much enjoys watching his four grandchildren participate in school and travel sports.

Practice Areas:

  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Medical Malpractice and Professional Negligence
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Tractor-Trailer Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Defective Products

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Medical Malpractice and Professional Negligence
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Tractor-Trailer Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Defective Products


  • University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
    • J.D. – 1975
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Order of Coif
    • Honors: Valedictorian
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
    • B.S. – 1972
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: Zoology

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 1976
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1990

Past Positions

  • Banks Campbell & Priest, Partner, 1978 to 1982
  • Banks Campbell & Owen, Associate, 1976 to 1978
  • Town of Farragut, Tennessee, Municipal Court Judge, 1999 to 2005


  • Voted one of “Knoxville’s Top Attorneys” in a Survey of Lawyers and Judges, City View Magazine
  • Recognized by his peers as one of the “Best Lawyers in America”
  • 2022 Awards with City View Magazine -Medical Malpractice -Plaintiff -Personal Injury-Auto -Plaintiff -Personal Injury-General -Plaintiff -Product Liability -Plaintiff -Professional Malpractice -Plaintiff -Wrongful Death -Plaintiff


  • Ethics, Worker’s Comp, Trial Practice, Tennessee Trial Lawyers, 00/00/1990 to 00/00/1992

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Knoxville Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
  • Legal Aid of East Tennessee
  • Concord United Methodist Church

Fraternity or Sorority

  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Phi Kappa Phi

Professional Associations

  • Tennessee Association for Justice, Board of Governors, 1979 to 1982
  • Tennessee Association for Justice, Member, 1979
  • Knoxville Bar Association, Board of Governors, 1993 to 1995
  • Knoxville Bar Foundation
  • Tennessee Bar Foundation
  • Knoxville Bar Association, Board of Governors, 2005 to 2007
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
  • Bench Emeritus of the Hamilton Burnett American Inn of Court, Master