Lockard, Bingham, and Kaplan Law Offices

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Practicing Law in Memphis and the following areas

  • Arlington
  • Bartlett
  • Collierville
  • Cordova
  • Germantown
  • Lakeland
  • Millington


5.0 Martindale Hubbell Rating - (AV® Preeminentâ„¢ (4.5 - 5.0) - An AV ® certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.

Jim Lockard has been practicing law for 38 years. His practice concentrates in the areas of litigation specializing in personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, medical malpractice and workers compensation. In addition, Jim represents several sports and entertainment figures. He also handles endorsements and NCAA situations.

Mr. Lockard is a highly effective litigator as well as a mediator. Jim is affiliated with Resolute Mediation & Arbitration, www.resolutesystems.com/PDF/LockardJim.pdf, a national mediation company, and has helped parties resolve more than 500 civil matters through the mediation process. He has employed a combination of facilitative and evaluative mediation styles. He has been certified and approved by the Tennessee Supreme Court as a Rule 31 Mediator. His background, experience and skills make him a very successful mediator with a proven track record for resolving cases.

Jim Lockard has litigated in every division of the City Courts, General Sessions Courts, Circuit Courts and Chancery Courts in Memphis and Shelby County, as well as the Western Appellate Court in Jackson, Tenn.


  • He is active in the Tennessee Association for Justice
  • Past President of Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA)
  • Memphis Bar Association (former board member)
  • Alternate Dispute Section of the MBA
  • Elected Fellow, Memphis Bar Association
  • Former member of the board of directors for St. Agnes and St. Dominic School


  • University of Memphis, B.S. degree, 1968
  • University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphrey's School of Law, J.D. degree, 1971
  • Completed the Professional Trial Lawyers School in 1977, Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Completed state-certified 40-hour mediation and advanced mediation training courses and approved Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Mediator.


  • Tennessee
  • Arizona
  • Circuit and Chancery Courts in Memphis, Tenn.
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee
  • Rule 31 Mediator, Tennessee Supreme Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission

Mr. Lockard is a frequent lecturer at continuing-education programs for the TTLA, Memphis Bar Association, and The University of Memphis Law School in areas of personal injury, workers' compensation and mediation.

Mr. Lockard has contributed numerous articles to various trial lawyer publications on Tort Reform and the state of litigation in Tennessee.

James Lockard


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