James H. Payne

SMRW: 423.756.7000
DIRECT: 423.757.0486
FAX: 423.756.4801
EMAIL: jhp@smrw.com



Wills and Estate Planning
Business and Corporate Law
Healthcare and Hospital Law



Jay Payne’s experience includes the representation of individuals in connection with tax and estate planning matters,  health care providers, including hospitals, physicians and physician groups, regarding general corporate and employment matters, peer review, regulatory compliance, including compliance with the Stark Legislation, the Anti-kickback Statute, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act ("EMTALA") and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 ("HIPAA"); closely-held businesses and nonprofit organizations, including formation, mergers and acquisitions, tax exemption and compliance, and general representation; and litigation support in the areas of commercial and hospital litigation and professional liability and insurance defense.



  • Tennessee, 1999
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2009


Education/Academic Honors

  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville, B.A., 1995
  • University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 1999


Professional Affiliations

  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Chattanooga Bar Association



  • Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church, Member
    • Presbyterian Day School Ministry Group Committee Member (2006-2008)
    • Vice Chairman of 2008 Stewardship Campaign
    • Chairman of 2009 Stewardship Campaign
  • Prison and Prevention Ministries, Advisory Board (2005-2007)
  • St. Barnabas Nursing Home, Inc., Secretary (2004-2006)
  • St. Barnabas Apartments, Inc., Secretary (2004-2006)
  • Family Theatre Workshop, former Advisory Board Member
  • Volunteer fundraising activities for Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga, the 365 Club Annual Fund of the Siskin Children’s Institute, the United Way of Greater Chattanooga, Prison and Prevention Ministries, First Things First and Bible in the Schools


Practice Area

  • Business
  • Healthcare
  • Tax, Trust & Estate