Jimmy F. Rodgers, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Class Action & Mass Torts Attorney in Chattanooga, TN

Summers, Rufolo & Rodgers, P.C.
 | 735 Broad Street, Suite 800
Chattanooga, TN 37402-2931
Phone: 423-933-2738
Fax: 423-266-5211
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2015, 2020
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas:
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (20%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%),
  • General Litigation (10%)
  • Free Consultation
  • Virtual Appointments
Attorney Profile

Attorney Jimmy F. Rodgers, Jr., is an associate with Summers, Rufolo & Rodgers, P.C., law firm in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Nationally recognized as among the top trial attorneys in the country, Mr. Rodgers devotes his practice to protecting the rights and entitlements of individuals and employees who have suffered serious injuries or losses as a result of unscrupulous business practices or other acts of negligence or wrongdoing.

As an attorney, Mr. Rodgers primarily serves victims of defective and dangerous products and aggrieved employees as well as representing the interests of labor unions. A lawyer since 1994, he has more than 26 years of total legal experience, and he provides unmatched advocacy and support to clients across his region who are dealing with complex legal challenges involving any of the following:

·        Asbestos and mesothelioma

·        Labor law for unions

·        Plaintiff personal injury

·        Products liability

·        Toxic torts

·        General litigation and appeals

A fierce advocate for those he serves, Mr. Rodgers strives to develop solid personal relationships with his clients in order to better understand their needs so that he can devise the most effective strategies possible to help them recover the maximum amount of compensation they deserve.

Regarded as an authority on labor union law, he has represented numerous labor unions and their members in state and federal courts as well as through arbitration and negotiation. He has also handled many cases before the National Labor Relations Board, the U.S. Department of Labor and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He has successfully represented individual employees with their matters involving FMLA, harassment, discrimination and other grievances before local, state, and federal labor organizations.

In recognition of his impeccable professionalism and outstanding client service, Mr. Rodgers has earned a Top 100 Trial Lawyers designation from The National Trial Lawyers along with many other consistent top rankings and endorsements from his peers. He has also received numerous testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients, and he finds great reward in being able to help so many in his area during their times of dire need.

A native of Chattanooga, Mr. Rodgers completed the Dale Carnegie Course in Effective Speaking and Human Relations, and he graduated with high honors from the University of Tennessee in 1991 with a double major in economics and political science. He then attended the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1994. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court Eastern and Western Districts of Tennessee as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

Highly active in his legal community, Mr. Rodgers is a member of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, the Tennessee and Chattanooga Bar Associations, the American and Federal Bar Associations, and the American Association for Justice. He is also a barrister with the Justices Brock/Cooper American Inn of Court, and he routinely volunteers his time and services with the Industrial Development Board for the City of Chattanooga as well as ombudsman with the Tennessee Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

 
Practice Areas
  • 30%Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
  • 30%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
  • 20%Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10%General Litigation
Focus Areas

Class Actions, Asbestos, Toxic Torts, Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability, Unions, Labor Law, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Litigation

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2015, 2020

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About Jimmy Rodgers, Jr.

Admitted: 1994, Tennessee

Professional Webpage: https://www.summersfirm.com/Attorneys-and-Staff/Jimmy-F-Rodg...

Honors/Awards:

  • Named to the 2015 Mid-South Super Lawyers list in the area of Personal Injury Plaintiff: Products
  • Member, Board of Directors, Chattanooga Bar Association, 2017 and 2018
  • Named to the 2014 Mid-South Super Lawyers list in the area of Personal Injury Plaintiff: Products
  • Named to the 2012 Mid-South Super Lawyers list in the areas of Personal Injury Plaintiff: Products
  • Named to the 2013 Mid-South Super Lawyers list in the area of Personal Injury Plaintiff: Products
  • National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2016
  • National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2017

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee, 2015 
  • Federal Bar Association, 2004 - 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 1995
  • Tennessee, 1994
  • American Bar Association, 1997 - 2012
  • AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, 2006-Present
  • Justices Brock/Cooper American Inn of Court, Barrister, September 2013-Present
  • Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, 1995-Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association, 1995-Present
  • Chattanooga Bar Association, 1995-Present
  • Chattanooga Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2017-2018
  • American Association for Justice, 1996-Present

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Chattanooga Area Brain Injury Association, President (7/03-6/05)
  • Christ United Methodist Church (current member; Staff Parish Relations Committee member, 2014-2019, & Chair, 2015-2019; Church Council member, 2015-present, & 2020 Chair)
  • Chattanooga Area Brain Injury Association, Board of Directors member (1996-2006)
  • Vice-Chairman, Industrial Development Board for the City of Chattanooga, Sept 2019-present
  • U.T. National Alumni Association, Hamilton County Chapter President (2000-2001)
  • U.T. National Alumni Association, Hamilton County Chapter Board of Directors member (1995-2004)
  • U.T. National Alumni Association, Board of Governors member (2001-2004)
  • Industrial Development Board for the City of Chattanooga, TN, January 1, 2015 - Present 
  • Secretary, Industrial Development Board for the City of Chattanooga, Feb 2015-Aug 2019
  • Member, Industrial Development Board for the City of Chattanooga, October 2014-Present
  • Ombudsman for the Tennessee Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and the Reserve, 2009-Present

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Smythe v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours, 1999 WL 1318519 (Tenn. Workers Comp. Panel 1999)
  • Murvin v. Cofer, 968 S.W.2d 304 (Tenn. Ct. App. 1997) 
  • Chatt. Area Regional Transportation Authority v. A.T.U. Local 1212, 206 S.W.3d 448 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2006)
  • Correll v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours, 207 S.W.3d 751 (Tenn. 2006)
  • Chatt. Fire Fighters Assoc. Local 820 v. City of Chattanooga, 2007 WL 4548222 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2007)
  • Woody v. A.W. Chesterton Company, 2008 WL 696160 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2008)
  • Trustees of Iron Workers District Council of Tennessee Valley and Vicinity Pension Fund, et al, v. Howell, 2008 WL 2645504 (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tenn. 2008)
  • Nye v. Bayer Cropscience, Inc., 2009 WL 3295137 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2009)
  • Nye v. Bayer Cropscience, Inc., 347 S.W.3d 686 (Tenn. 2011)
  • Trustees of the Iron Workers Dist. Council v. B & D Enters. & Contr., Inc., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6658 (E.D. Tenn. 2011)
  • Blackmon v. Ill. Cent. R.R., 2014 Tenn. App. LEXIS 287 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2014)
  • Am. Heritage Apts., Inc. v. Hamilton County Water & Wastewater Treatment Auth., 494 S.W.3d 31 (Tenn. 2015)
  • I continued handling products liability (mostly asbestos-related, but also RoundUp and hernia-mesh) lawsuits in several jurisdictions including mainly in Tennessee, but also in Georgia, Florida, Virginia, Rhode Island, and Missouri. Some involved occupational exposures, including railroad-based exposures covered by the FELA, while others dealt with take-home based exposures or more traditional exposures. I am currently involved in one lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson involving a lady with mesothelioma who's only known exposure to asbestos came from using J&J Baby Powder all her life. Due to the mass number of corporate bankruptcies in the asbestos field, it is growing increasingly difficult to prosecute asbestos-related products liability lawsuits. I have used my knowledge and experience in this area of law to pursue and obtain compensation for asbestos victims in other, less common, settings including VA claims (for veterans with military exposure), FELA claims (for victims with railroad exposure), and OWCP/federal workers’ compensation claims (for victims with T.V.A. or other federal government exposure). Even where litigation is not practical or desired, I’ve continued successfully obtaining substantial compensation for asbestos victims and their families through the multiple administrative/bankrupt trusts set up to compensate such victims. My union-side labor practice continues to prosper. I continue to represent the Tennessee (state) Building & Construction Trades Council, the Knoxville Building & Construction Trades Council, the Chattanooga Building & Construction Trades Council, and the Chattanooga Area Labor Council. To the group of local unions or apprenticeship schools I represent, I've added the Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 102 based in Knoxville, the Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 538 based in Johnson City, and the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 572 J.A.T.C. based in Nashville. Because of the nature of my practice--which involves dealing with defense attorneys located in cities other than Chattanooga, and in states other than Tennessee; and with corporate counsel located far and wide opposing me on some of my labor union matters--it is hard for me to receive nominations/feedback from my peers for a survey/evaluation like this. For my labor union clients, sometimes my best work involves doing things to keep them out of trouble or in good relations with management.
  • French v. CBL & Assocs. Props., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 182649 (E.D. Tenn. 2016)

Representative Clients:

  • Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 102
  • Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 572 J.A.T.C.
  • Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 538
  • A.T.U. Local 1212
  • Graphic Communications Conference Local 197-M
  • Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers & Grain Millers Local 25
  • Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 43 J.A.T.C.
  • Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 43
  • Iron Workers Local 704
  • Operating Engineers Local 917
  • Iron Workers Local 384
  • Iron Workers Local 704 Joint Apprenticeship Committee
  • Insulators and Allied Workers Local 46 Joint Apprenticeship Committee
  • Chattanooga Electrical Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee
  • Insulators and Allied Workers Local 46
  • I.B.E.W. Local 175
  • Tri-State Musicians Union Local 80
  • Chattanooga Area Fire Fighters Association Local 828
  • Tennessee Building & Construction Trades Council
  • Knoxville Building & Construction Trades Council
  • Chattanooga Area Labor Council
  • Chattanooga Building & Construction Trades Council

Educational Background:

  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN B.A. with high honors - May, 1991, double major in Economics and Political Science, 1991
  • Dale Carnegie Course in Effective Speaking and Human Relations, Chattanooga, TN, 1989, 1989
  • Tyner High School, Chattanooga, TN, May 1987, 1987

Industry Groups

  • Asbestos
  • Labor (union Side)
  • Mass Torts
  • Mesothelioma
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Office Location for Jimmy F. Rodgers, Jr.

735 Broad Street
Suite 800
Chattanooga, TN 37402-2931

Phone: 423-933-2738

Fax: 423-266-5211

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Last Updated: 12/28/2020

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