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James Weaver, James

James Weaver

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP
Nashville, TN
(615) 850-8482

Practice Areas

  • Crisis Management
  • Economic Development
  • Environmental & Energy
  • Gaming
  • Government Relations
  • Healthcare
  • Investigations
  • Land Use/Zoning
  • Public Finance and Incentives
  • Telecommunications
  • Utilities
  • Waste Management


  • J.D., University of Memphis, 1988
  • B.A., Vanderbilt University, 1984

Professional Experience

Clients seeking assistance understanding, interacting, or doing business with government call on James Weaver for his strategic advice and counsel. From traditional lobbying, to providing regulatory counsel, to leading complex public affairs efforts, to dealing with a crisis, James provides insightful guidance to his clients using his extensive experience and knowledge of how government works.

James has spent years building relationships and cultivating a reputation for excellence. He is particularly active in the following areas:

  • Construction
  • Incentive programs and economic development
  • Outside general counsel
  • Natural resources (mining, environmental, energy)
  • Real estate development
  • Transportation

Many of Tennessee’s largest and highest profile businesses rely on James as their primary government affairs advisor.  Representative clients and industries include:

  • Energy
  • Professional sports
  • Construction
  • Healthcare
  • Mining
  • Development/Retail
  • Waste management
  • Wireless Communications
  • Hospitality
  • Significant non-profit entities
  • Trade associations

James has spent years developing close relationships with elected officials and senior business leaders across the state. These relationships provide James with unique perspectives and unparalleled ability to solve a client’s problems. As part of his practice, James works with clients across the region with the site selection and permitting, and public, community and government affairs aspects of controversial projects. A charismatic country boy from a small town in West Tennessee with an innovative and influential spirit, James also delivers value by offering creative options and ideas to clients seeking to form, expand, relocate, or revitalize their business.

Chambers USA recognizes James as a leading Environmental attorney, and Best Lawyers lists him in the area of Government Relations Practice. He also has been recognized for several years in Business Tennessee’s “Top 150 Lawyers in Tennessee.” Business Tennessee has also recognized James multiple times as one of the state’s “100 Most Powerful People.”

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