Jimmy F. Rodgers, Jr.

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 (60%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (20%)
  • Free Consultation
Attorney Profile

Since becoming a lawyer, I have proudly represented numerous victims who were exposed to asbestos and were later diagnosed with mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, or other asbestos-related lung diseases. Many of the victims worked at large area industrial jobsites such as DuPont, Combustion, and various T.V.A. facilities. Some victims, however, had far different exposures such as doing home remodeling, doing brake work on their cars, or even simply by washing the clothes of their loved one.

I have also been fortunate throughout my career to represent many different labor unions. My work for these labor unions include various matters such as contract negotiation and interpretation, collective bargaining, grievances, arbitrations, unfair labor practice charges, lobbying, and some ERISA work. Among my clients are the Chattanooga Building & Construction Trades Council, Chattanooga Area Labor Council, Tennessee Building & Construction Trades Council, Knoxville Building & Construction Trades Council, I.B.E.W. Local 175, Iron Workers Local 704, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 43, Insulators and Allied Workers Local 46, and the Chatt. Fire Fighters Assoc. Local 820.   

About Jimmy Rodgers, Jr.

Admitted: 1994, Tennessee

Professional Webpage: http://www.summersfirm.com/Attorneys/Jimmy-F-Rodgers-Jr.shtm...

Honors/Awards:

  • National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2016
  • National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2017

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • 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:

  • Vice-Chairman, Industrial Development Board for the City of Chattanooga, Sept 2019-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:

  • 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 whose 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 Chattanoga 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.

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 College of Law, Knoxville, TN J.D. - May, 1994, 1994
  • 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

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Last Updated: 7/1/2020

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