John Towers Rice

John Towers Rice
Professor / Private Practice Attorney of Counsel

University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
Duquesne University

Practice Areas:
Civil Litigation and Appellate Practice; Commercial and Business Disputes, Civil Defense, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death

2013 Tennessee; 2014 U.S. District Courts, Middle & Eastern Districts of Tennessee, 2015 U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Also licensed in South Carolina in 2013.

Law School:
University of Tennessee at Knoxville, J.D.

John Towers Rice joined Elmore, Stone and Caffey as an associate attorney in 2014. He focuses his practice in the area of complex litigation and appeals and handles a variety of medical malpractice, probate, and commercial matters. John is admitted to the Tennessee and South Carolina Bars, as well as the bars for the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Tennessee and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

John is a member of the American Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, and Knoxville Bar Association and he is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He currently holds leadership positions with the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, the Tennessee Bar Association, and the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. John also teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law.

A native of Greenville, South Carolina, John graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science from Clemson University in 2008. He came to Knoxville, Tennessee, to attend the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he graduated cum laude with his law degree and earned the College’s concentration in Advocacy and Dispute Resolution in 2012. He was one of ten law graduates nominated to the Order of the Barristers and was awarded the ALI-ABA Scholarship and Leadership by the College of Law faculty.

Prior to joining Elmore, Stone and Caffey, he served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Sharon G. Lee of the Supreme Court of Tennessee and practiced in a regional law firm.


Westwood Building
5616 Kingston Pike
Suite 301
Knoxville, TN 37919
phone (865) 766-0056
fax (865) 766-0570


R. Scott Elmore
Robert S. Stone (1951-2014)
Wynne du M. Caffey-Knight
John Towers Rice
Trent Kinkaid
Jacob King