Joseph M. Tipton

Court of Criminal Appeals Judge

Year Elected/Appointed


Previous Employment

Private practice of law (1972-1990)
Tennessee Board of Law Examiners Assistant (1981-1996)
University of Tennessee College of Law Trial Practice Instructor (1983-1992)


University of Tennessee College of Law, 1971
B.S., University of Tennessee Knoxville, 1969


Distinguished Alumni award 2006; past president of Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; first recipient of TACDL’s Outstanding Service Award; recipient of the  2006 KBA Dicta Award for outstanding writing


Member of Tennessee Bar Association; former delegate to TBA House of Delegates; member Knoxville Bar Association; member of Tennessee Judicial Conference; former adjunct professor, UT College of Law, 1983-92; assistant member of Tennessee Board of Law Examiners, 1981-96; member of the Hamilton Burnett American Inn of Court;

Community Involvement

Webb School of Knoxville Board – alumni representative

  • 865-594-6112 (P)


505 Main Street, Suite 200
P.O. Box 444
Knoxville, TN