Jimmy Thomas



I have considerable experience as both a trial and appellate attorney. I have tried criminal cases in both state and federal court in multiple jurisdictions. I have been defense counsel in over 37 First Degree murder cases. The State of Tennessee filed notice of intent to seek the death penalty in seven of these cases. None of my clients are on death row.

I have also been counsel of record, or have written briefs, for over 100 appeals before the Tennessee state appellate courts and 27 appeals before the Sixth, or Eighth Circuit Courts of Appeal. I have published cases in the Tennessee Supreme Court, as well as the Sixth and Eighth Circuit Courts of Appeal.

Additionally, I am a training officer with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office. I teach constitutional law, civil liability, juvenile law and general Tennessee criminal law to law enforcement professionals employed in, and around, Fayette County, Tennessee.

I am a veteran of the United States Navy and Tennessee State Guard. While in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserves I served on board USS Ranger CV-61, USS Copeland FFG-25 and Special Boat Unit 13. I retired from the Tennessee State Guard in 2013, with my final posting as the Commanding Officer, First Regiment, Tennessee State Guard, headquartered at Naval Support Activity in Millington, Tennessee.

Father of UCSD graduate!


Owner : Law Office of James Thomas

2003 – Present

Associate attorney : Massy McClusky & Robbins

2002 – 2003

Associate Attorney : Law Office of Robert Little

2001 – 2002

Judicial Law Clerk : Shelby County Chancery Court, Part I

2000 – 2001