J. Scott Griswold


Contact Information

1111 N. Northshore Drive, Suite S-700
Knoxville, Tennessee 37919

Phone: 865-584-4040
Fax: 865-584-6084

[email protected]

After graduating from The University of Tennessee College of Law, Scott began his career clerking for Chief Justice William M. Barker of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Scott’s practice focuses primarily on trust and estate administration and related litigation as well as conservatorships and guardianships.  The Knox County Chancery Court has also appointed him to administer multiple probate estate and serve as guardian ad litem and attorney ad litem for disabled individuals.  He also represents nonprofit entities in all phases of their lifecycle, including tax exemption and board governance.

Believing that community service is an integral part of practicing law, Scott has volunteered significant time representing indigent persons. The Tennessee Bar Association previously recognized Scott with its Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year Award. The Tennessee Supreme has twice appointed him to represent indigent criminal defendants on appeal before the Court, resulting in two unanimous opinions in favor of the clients. Scott serves currently on the Board of Directors for Little Oaks Academy, a nonprofit preschool, in North Knoxville.

Scott is an avid writer. His scholarly works have appeared in the Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law and Transactions: Tennessee Journal of Business Law. In addition, he has written several feature articles for the Tennessee Bar Journal and the Knoxville Bar Association’s Dicta. The Tennessee Bar Association honored Scott with the Justice Joseph W. Henry Award for Outstanding Legal Writing for his article on service of process.  He formerly served on the Editorial Board of the Tennessee Bar Journal and the Publications Committee of the Knoxville Bar Association.

Scott lives in Fountain City with his wife, daughter, and twin sons.  Occasionally, he sneaks away to his workshop where he tries to build furniture.


University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee J.D. (2007)

Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting (2003) and Bachelor of Science in Political Science (2006)


Tennessee (2007); U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee (2009)

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee (2009)

U.S. Tax Court (2016); and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (2020)