JAMES E. HALL
Jim Hall serves Of Counsel to the Luna Law Group, PLLC. A native Tennessean, he is the managing partner of Hall & Associates LLC, a consulting firm with offices in Washington, D.C. and Chattanooga, Tennessee that specializes in transportation safety and security issues, crisis communication and management, and U. S. and international regulatory and governmental affairs.
Mr. Hall has held a number of senior-level Federal and State government policy and management positions. He was a member of the staff of the late Senator Albert Gore, Sr. and served as counsel to the Senate Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Relations. From 1986 to 1992, he served in Governor Ned McWherter’s Cabinet as Director of the State Planning Office before returning to Washington as Senator Harlan Mathews’ Chief of Staff. From 1993 until January 2001, Mr. Hall was a member of the National Transportation Safety Board, including serving as the Chairman of the NTSB from June 1994 until January 2001. Since leaving the NTSB, he has advised governmental and private clients on a wide range of issues related to transportation safety and security, crisis management and communication, and provided clients with regulatory and government relations assistance.
During his tenure as Chairman of the NTSB, Mr. Hall oversaw the issuance of landmark safety studies on commuter airlines, the air tour industry, child restraint systems, the dangers to children from automobile passenger-side air bags, personal watercraft, transit bus operations and railway passive grade crossings. He was appointed by President Clinton in 1996 to the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security. While Chairman of the NTSB, he oversaw a number of major investigations concerning airplane crashes, including US Air 427, TWA 800, ValuJet 592, EgyptAir 990, Alaska Air 261, and John F. Kennedy, Jr.’s private plane.
Mr. Hall graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1967 with a Baccalaureate of Legal Letters degree. He served as a commissioned officer in the U. S. Army from 1967 to 1973, receiving the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service in Vietnam in 1969.
Mr. Hall is a member of the Washington, D. C. Bar Association, the Nashville Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. He serves on the National Academy of Engineering’s Committee on Combating Terrorism and on the Aviation Institute Advisory Board of George Washington University. In October 2006, Governor Phil Bredesen appointed Mr. Hall to a six-year term as the Third Congressional District's representative on the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees, which governs the UT system serving approximately 42,000 college students across the state.