John T. Batson, Jr.

Phone: (865) 637-1700
Fax:(865) 525-2514

John Batson is a member of Watson, Roach, Batson & Lauderback and has been associated with the Firm since 1990. Prior to being associated with the Firm, Mr. Batson was Deputy Law Director for the City of Knoxville from 1986-1990 and Assistant City Attorney for the City of Knoxville from 1984-1986.

Mr. Batson has been licensed in Tennessee since 1982. He graduated from Memphis State University Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. He graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee with a BA in 1976. He was a member of Phi Sigma Alpha Honor Fraternity.

Mr. Batson was admitted to the Tennessee Bar in 1982. In addition, he has been admitted to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee since 1984 and the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals since 1988.


Employment Law – including workers' compensation, employment discrimination and wage and hour.
Governmental Law – including defense of personal injury and property damage lawsuits, land use and zoning litigation, state and local taxation (including serving as Knox County Delinquent Tax Attorney from 1990-1994) and school merger issues and litigation.
Commercial Law – including debtor-creditor and creditor bankruptcy matters.
General Litigation


Nall v. City of Oak Ridge, 2014 WL 5099588 (October 10, 2014) (governmental law - personnel policies)

Citizens for Safety and Clean Air, et al. v. City of Clinton, Tennessee, Clinton Municipal Planning Commission and Rogers Group, Inc., 434 S.W.3d 122 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2013) (perm. app. denied March 5, 2014) (governmental law - zoning and land use)

City of Knoxville v. The City of Knoxville Pension Board, et al., 2012 WL 6477024 (Dec. 14, 2012) (governmental law - pensions)

SNPCO v. City of Jefferson City, 363 S.W. 3d 467 (Tenn. 2012) (governmental law – land use)

Phillips v. County of Anderson and City of Clinton, 2001 WL 456065 (April 2001) (governmental law – public financing)

Mars v. City of Clinton, 1994 WL 320398 (Tenn. Ct. App. July 07, 1994) (governmental law-inverse condemnation)

American Transit Corp. et al. v. Charles E. Cardwell, Commissioner of Revenue, State of Tennessee, 1991 WL 460 (Tenn. 1991) (governmental law – state taxation)

Knox County v. City of Knoxville, 786 S.W. 2d 936 (Tenn. 1990) (governmental law – school merger) 


Lynch v. City of Jellico, 205 S.W. 3d 384 (Tenn. 2006);
Bohanon v. City of Knoxville, 136 S.W. 3d 621 (Tenn. 2004);
Scales v. City of Oak Ridge, 53 S.W. 3d 649 (Tenn. 2001)
Allen v. City of Gatlinburg, 36 S.W. 3d 73 (Tenn. 2001)