James E. Hall
Jim Hall is a leading expert on crisis management and government relations, and
transportation safety and security, having served government and private clients
for more than five decades.
Mr. Hall began his career in Washington as a member of the staff of Senator
Albert Gore, Sr. (D-TN). He subsequently served as a counsel to the Senate
Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Relations under Senator Ed Muskie. He
maintained a private legal practice in Chattanooga, Tennessee, before serving in
the cabinet of Tennessee Governor Ned McWherter. Mr. Hall served as director of
the state's Planning Office for five years before returning to Washington, D.C.
to serve as Chief of Staff for Senator Harlan Mathews (D-TN). Mr. Hall left his
position when President Bill Clinton appointed him to the National
Transportation Safety Board.
While he served as director of planning for the State of Tennessee, Mr. Hall was
responsible for overseeing the establishment of the Memphis Headquarters for
FedEx, the internationally recognized shipping company. In addition to
overseeing this large initiative, Mr. Hall handled policy planning and special
As Chief of Staff to Senator Mathews, Mr. Hall was required to manage the
Senator’s legislative agenda and serve as top advisor to the Senator on all
issues. The unique perspective Mr. Hall gained from serving as Senator Mathews’
Chief of Staff has provided him with the ability to serve clients on a wide
variety of issues.
After leaving the Senator, Mr. Hall was nominated by President Clinton to be a
Member of the National Transportation Safety Board in 1993, and to serve as its
Chairman in 1994. He led the Board through January 2001.
During his chairmanship, Mr. Hall worked tirelessly to improve safety in all
modes of transportation in the U.S. and abroad. He visited more than 30 nations
as Chairman, and oversaw a period of unprecedented activity as the NTSB
investigated numerous major aviation, rail, pipeline and maritime accidents in
the U.S. During his tenure on the Board, Mr. Hall also assisted in many
international accident investigations. Among the major investigations the NTSB
conducted while Mr. Hall was Chairman were the aviation cases of USAir 427, TWA
800, and EgyptAir 990; the Olympic Pipeline accident in Bellingham, Washington;
the AMTRAK crash in Bourbonnais, Illinois; and a Carnival Cruise Line accident
near Miami. In 1996, President Clinton named Mr. Hall to the White House
Commission on Aviation Safety and Security.
Under Chairman Hall's leadership, the NTSB issued landmark safety studies on
commuter airlines, the air tourism industry, the performance and use of child
restraint systems, personal watercraft, transit bus operations, passive-grade
railway crossings and the dangers posed to children by passenger-side airbags in
Mr. Hall is a former member of the Board of Trustees at the University of
Tennessee and a former member of the Tennessee River Gorge Trust. He was also
the Chairman of the Enterprise Center in Chattanooga for eight years, a board
member of U.S. Xpress Enterprises, and served on the National Academy of
Engineering's Committee on Combating Terrorism and the Aviation Institute
Advisory Board of George Washington University. In addition, Mr. Hall served as
a member of the
External Advisory Board of BP America PLC. These
diverse experiences and responsibilities give him the ability to work with
clients on a wide range of issues. At Hall & Associates, Mr. Hall has
surrounded himself with people who share his extensive knowledge on a broad
range of issues, and he has created an environment conducive to helping our
clients with whatever needs they have.
Currently, Mr. Hall is a member of the UC Foundation at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, a member of the Vestry of St. Timothy's Episcopal Church on Signal Mountain, Tennessee, and the Vice-Chairman of the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority. In addition, Mr. Hall serves as an adviser to governments and private clients on transportation safety and security, crisis management and government relations. He is a frequent speaker at industry events, an oft-quoted expert source by television and print reporters, and an author of numerous Op-Ed pieces. His columns have appeared in publications such as the New
York Times and USA
and he has appeared on virtually every major television news program,
including 60 Minutes,
the Today show, Nightline, Larry
King Live, Fox &
Friends, BBC News
and Today. In 2002, the U.S. Forest Service named Mr. Hall to
co-chair a blue-ribbon safety review of the operations of firefighting aircraft
after three such aircraft crashed that summer.
Mr. Hall has given congressional testimony before numerous House and Senate
committees, including the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
(aviation and railroad subcommittees) and the Senate Committee on Commerce,
Science and Transportation (transportation and surface transportation/merchant
Mr. Hall graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1967 with a baccalaureate
of legal letters degree and has an honorary doctorate degree in public service
from George Washington University for his outstanding leadership and commitment
to the public. 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.