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James A. Hamilton III
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Robert Hibbett
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William A. Young

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James A. Hamilton III
Dyersburg, TN

James A. Hamilton III was born in Kenton, Tennessee, in 1956 and grew up in Trenton, Tennessee.  He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 1978 with a BS in Political Science.  He received his JD Degree from the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University in 1981.

From 1982 until his appointment as Commissioner of Claims for the Western Division Hamilton had a general civil practice with the law firm of Jones, Hamilton & Lay, PLC in Dyersburg.  

Hamilton has been a member of various civic and professional organizations.  He has served as Co-Chairman of the McIver's Grant Public Library Board and a Director of First South Bank Advisory Board.  Hamilton is currently serving as a member of the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization.  He is a Fellow in the Tennessee Bar Foundation.

Hamilton is licensed to practice by the Tennessee Supreme Court, United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee and the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. 

Mr. Hamilton and his wife, Becky J. Hamilton, make their home in Dyersburg, Tennessee. 


Robert Hibbett
Robert Hibbett
Nashville, Tennessee

Robert N. Hibbett was raised and lives in Mount Juliet, Tennessee. He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a B.S. in Business Administration and received his J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1985. He was in private practice in Knoxville, Tennessee for three years.   In 1989, he was appointed Assistant District Attorney General for the Fifteenth Judicial District of Tennessee. In 2009, he was named Deputy District Attorney General (Criminal Division). He was appointed Commissioner of Claims for the Middle Grand Division effective July 1, 2011.

Hibbett is a former president of the Fifteenth Judicial District Bar Association and a former member of the Board of Governors for the Tennessee Bar Association. He is a member of the Wilson County Fellowship of Christian Athletes Leadership Board.

He retired from the Army National Guard in 2011 as a Colonel after thirty years of commissioned service. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he commanded the 130th Rear Area Operations Center and was Deputy Base Commander for Camp Bucca, Iraq.

He and his wife Kelly have two children, Carver and Caroline.


Newport, Tennessee

William A. (Bill) Young, after growing up in Chattanooga, attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville where he graduated with a BA Degree in Economics. Upon completing his undergraduate education, he moved to Knoxville where he has lived continuously since 1972. He received his JD Degree from The University of Tennessee College of Law in 1975. Thereafter, he has continuously been in the private practice of law and has been a partner/member of the O’Neil, Parker & Williamson law firm since 1985.  He is licensed to practice law by the Tennessee Supreme Court, and is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Tennessee and the Sixth Circuit United States Court of Appeals. His law practice over the years has consisted of the representation of clients in general civil litigation. Additionally, for the past twenty years he has served as a general civil mediator in multiple disputes.

He was appointed Commissioner of Claims for the Eastern Grand Division of Tennessee effective July 1, 2017.

Mr. Young and his wife, Cindy, have a grown son, William, Jr., who resides in Shelby County.