John Knox Walkup


P 615-251-6713

F 615-256-1726


333 Commerce Street

Suite 1050

Nashville, TN 37201

Knox Walkup is a member of the Firm's Litigation & Dispute Resolution Service Team.  He concentrates his practice in the areas of administrative and regulatory law and trial and appellate litigation.

  • Professional Experience 

    Professional Experience includes prior service as:

    • Attorney General of Tennessee - appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court as provided in the Tennessee Constitution
    • Solicitor General of Tennessee
    • Chief Deputy Attorney General
    • Chief Counsel of a United States Senate Governmental Affairs Subcommittee
    • Legislative Director for a U.S. Senator
    • Adjunct Faculty, Vanderbilt Law School
  • Honors 

    • Best Lawyers in America® 2014, 2019 Nashville Insurance Law "Lawyer of the Year"
    • Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Litigation-Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), and Litigation-Securities, 2007-2021
    • Distinguished Alumnus Award from Centre College
    • 2008 Francis X. Bellotti Award from the National Association of Attorneys General
    • Mid-South Super Lawyer in the area of Business Litigation (2009-2012, 2014, 2015)
  • Education 

    J.D., Harvard University

    B.A., Centre College

  • Admissions 
    • Tennessee
  • Presentations 

    Mr. Walkup has made presentations at Tennessee Judicial Conferences and Tennessee Bar Association Conferences as well as Columbia Law School and New York University Law School Conferences

  • Professional Activities and Memberships 
    • Consultant, Charities Law Project, National State Attorneys General Program, Columbia Law School
    • Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations
    • Served as Chairman of the National Association of Attorneys General Supreme Court Committee
    • Served as member of the Tennessee Code Commission and Tennessee Judicial Council