Remembering Former Section Chair LeAnn Mynatt

I hired LeAnn Mynatt to Baker Donelson in 1997 or 98, when we had need for a lateral mid-to-senior level environmental associate. She had great expertise in OSHA as well as in environmental law. LeAnn was always considerate and upbeat, funny and helpful, even when the pace of things got very heavy. But of course, she could and did hold her own in any tough work situation too.       
LeAnn was one of those orange-clad folks. Born and raised in Knoxville, she later attended UT and UT College of Law. She was a runner, fitness and diet buff, which goes to show that no one can know what the future holds even if you do everything right.
A private person, she rarely shared much about her personal life, other than devotion to her multiple nephews almost like being a second mother. After the cancer hit and she initially beat it, she became very active and open about sharing her experiences just to help other women and not in any way to draw attention to herself for praise or sympathy. She continued to work after her relapse, and some dealing with her never knew of her situation until the end. 
Mynatt's family has set up a memorial fund in her name to benefit UT Medical Center's Gynecologic Cancers Education Fund. You can send donations in memory of LeAnn to UT Medical Center, c/o Development Office, 2121 Medical Center Way, Knoxville, TN 37920 - memo to Gyn. Cancer Education.

Robert M. Steele is a shareholder in Baker Donelson's Nashville office. He has engaged in a broad federal and state environmental, energy, and resources law practice, with emphasis in the areas of Superfund, RCRA, UST, brownfield and other types of site remediation. Steele hold degrees from Furman University and Vanderbilt University School of Law.
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