Contact Attorney James Phillips by  texting me at (931) 217-7648.

We Win Through Communication

Let’s cut through it.  You want a lawyer who is aggressive and will find a way to win your case.  I have a unique vision of what it means to be a lawyer.  We win through communication. Phenomenal trial results develop through Perfect Lines of communication. What this means is that a lawyer should be talking to his client, gathering information and being prepared at trial. When we talk, we win. We text our clients which gives us immediate access  and a constant connection. Texting my clients has become a huge edge for victory.

“You as a client know your case better than anyone else.  You tell me how to win the case.”

Nationally Recognized Military Law Attorney

James practices military law and practices military law throughout the world.  As lead counsel in US v. Martin, James has moved  to the forefront of defending UCMJ 120 cases. This national case was followed in the national media as a example of Government overreaching in UCMJ 120 cases. see “Army major found not guilty of sexual assault charges.”

I have traveled to Iraq to represent SSG Mitch Warner in US v. Warner.  In US v. Warner, the charges of premeditated murder, accessory after the fact and obstruction of justice were dismissed.  The case was featured on CNN and other prominent national news agencies.

As a military law attorney, while stationed at Fort Campbell as an Army JAG, James served in Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) and spent three years at the Fort Campbell Office of the Staff Judge Advocate. He has proudly served as the”Strike” – Second Brigade Combat Team- Trial Counsel, represented more than a thousand clients in his capacity as a Legal Assistance Attorney and Chief of Legal Assistance. At the end of his military career, James was assigned to Trial Defense Services as a Defense Counsel at the Fort Campbell Office for Trial Defense Services Region III. He has also represented numerous clients as a Civilian Defense Counsel.


He practices military law throughout the world.  As a defense attorney in Courts-Martial, this year he has had major victors in military Courts-Martial.  He has continues to be highly successful in the defense of Sexual Assault Article 120 cases. With the changing rules regarding sexual assault and maltreatment, James Phillips has continued to successfully navigate the changing military landscape.   He has had numerous Not Guilty verdicts in the past several years to include four contested Not Guilty verdicts in a row this past summer.  He has had numerous administrative separation boards with Honorable or Retention as the outcome. He has recently become involved in cases involving deployed civilian contractors working in deployed environments.

Phillips Law, PLLC

James Phillips is the founder of Phillips Law, PLLC, at (931) 552-5670, which currently is a law firm with two attorneys.  We handle divorces throughout Middle Tennessee, but our main stomping ground is right here in Clarksville Tennessee.  James, as a former military lawyer and Chief of Fort Campbell’s Legal Assistance Office, has extensive experience with military retirements and military family law issues.

My Credentials

I am a graduate of Vanderbilt Law School. I have been in private practice in Clarksville since 2005 and my firm has represented over 6000 clients. I represented Country Singer Terry Clark’s husband in their Nashville Divorce.  I was also involved in a paternity case involving Brian McKnight. These high-profile celebrity cases both had very favorable resolution for my clients.

James is a member of the American Bar Association and the Tennessee Bar Association. He is also a member of the Tennessee Trial Lawyer’s Association. He was admitted to practice in Tennessee and in the United States District Court for Middle Tennessee.

Other Accomplishments

James graduated from Vanderbilt Law School in May 2001. While at Vanderbilt, he interned with the Nashville Metro District Attorney’s Office. He also successfully represented social security clients at administrative hearings while a member of the Vanderbilt Civil Legal Aid Clinic.

Among his other accomplishments, James lead the effort to establish the Mosul Office of Judicial Operation (MOJO) in April 2003 in Mosul, Iraq. His office, consisting of two Iraqi Attorneys, two military attorneys and two paralegals, tracked detainee operations and initiated the rebuilding of the Iraqi Judicial System in Northern Iraq. He was awarded a Bronze Star for his efforts in Iraq.

Proud Former Enlisted Soldier

He is now licensed as an Attorney in both Tennessee and Montana. He is a graduate of the Judge Advocates Officer Basic Course, Airborne School and the Primary Leadership Development Course.

Finally, as a former sergeant with the 18th Airborne Corps Artillery out of Fort Bragg, James is a veteran of the Gulf War. He fondly remembers being a single enlisted soldier.

11 thoughts on “Defense Counsel James Phillips

  1. I have been passed over twice for promotion to major in the nurse corp. I have almost 23 years active/reserve time with almost 18 active years. I am 6 months away from sanctuary for active duty retirement and i have not been selected for continuation. I have an impeccable record with no disciplinary actions. I have 3 tours to the middle east and received my accolades. I now have a separation date of 31 oct 2016, one month before sanctuary. This past board, they promoted someone in the zone who didn’t have their PME. Please tell me if I can sue for retirement since I am so close and not given continuation.

    1. I was in a court-martial all week long last week. I’m sorry that I missed your text. If you could, text me at 931–2 17–7648. I will set up a time to talk to you on the phone.

  2. Is there any hope of upgrading a less than honorable discharge (failed drug test for cannabis) from the Coast Guard? At the time they had a policy to do this on the first offense unlike the other services which offered a program to break the dependence and with satisfactory completion you could stay in service. . I had over 5 years of service with good performance reports. Now because it was a General discharged I have no VA benefits.

    1. The discharge can be upgraded. Email me the paperwork at, so I can look at what you have. Also, text me at 931-217-7648 so we can set up a time to talk. If you want to call to set up an appointment call 931-217-8189 and Tiffony, my office manager, will set up a hard time appointment on my calendar. Jamie Phillips

  3. Rashid Muhaymin
    My story in very long too long for email so I’ll just do my best. I’m not sure if you deal with V.A. disability matters but it’s worth the try. U.S. Marine 6 years 9 months of service. I injured my back in 1984 building a combat bridge, was threaten not to report it at the time, but I did. Re-injured my back in 1986 car accident on base. 6 years 9 months total active service time more than 4 years on limited duty because of injury. I requested an early discharge which was granted but my command somehow was able to get my discharge changed from a medical board for my back to a personality disorder. I filed for disability in 1990. I received two letters from the V.A. One stating they received my request, and the second one requesting any outside medical paperwork if I had any. I was at my resident for 13 years and never got another response from the V.A. Later talking to other sr. vets I was told to contact the V.A. and re-apply for benefits and see what they say. My second attempt was successful at 10%. That was changed about 5 months later to 50%. I had asked what happened to my first claim. The rep. said it was denied. When I got my package the second time around it explained that you have 1 year from the date to appeal your claim if it has been denied. I never got such a letter. I’ve requested that original denied letter and has not received it yet. It’s been over 18 months now. What the military never told me but I found out years later is that I had two different entries in my military medical records from the base orthopedic requesting that I be discharged because of my injuries. The first entry was after the first injury same doctor second entry after second injury. I had a number of other injuries over my service time being forced to trained while on light duty. I was to know how do I get my benefits from all those past years. I was married with two kids after 1990. How do I get my discharge changed to reflect it’s original intent? My military lawyer said that my discharge was illegal. I have that paperwork as well. This is a summary not all in detail, but I have all of my medical records and more. Help me if you can.

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