Administrative Law Leadership

Bill Penny
Burr & Forman LLP
222 Second Ave So, Ste 2000
Nashville, TN 37201
Bill is the chair of Burr & Forman's Environmental Practice Group and has a wide range of experience in environmental law at the state and federal levels, including natural resource law, mining, remediation, negotiation with regulatory agencies in environmental matters, superfund litigation, RCRA matters, brownfield redevelopment, wetlands, water quality, radiological waste and...
Immediate Past Chair
David Grimmett
Grimmett Law Firm, PLLC
315 Deaderick St Ste 1210
Nashville, TN 37238

David Grimmett is a former law clerk to the Administrative Law Judges who oversee contested cases before the State Licensing Boards. Within two weeks of passing the bar, he tried his first matter before the Board of Nursing Home Administrators. Since that time, he has represented several licensed professionals ranging from nurses to doctors and EMTs to appraisers. He is a board member of the...

Middle TN Delegate
Alex Fisher
Frost Brown Todd LLC
150 3rd Avenue South, Suite 1900
Nashville, TN 37201

Alex Fisher, a senior associate attorney at Frost Brown Todd in Nashville, has a practice with an emphasis in health care related boards, including the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners and the Tennessee Board of Nursing. Alex is currently a faculty member at the Vanderbilt Center for Professional Health, where she teaches a Continuing Medical Education course, which is a part of the Center...

Middle TN Delegate
Christy Allen
State of Tennessee Department of General Services
312 Rosa L. Parks Ave., TN Tower 22nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243

Christy A. Allen is the General Counsel for the Tennessee Department of General Services. Before joining General Services, she served as Assistant Treasurer for the Tennessee Treasury Department’s Legal, Compliance and Audit Division from 2011-2018. In this role, Ms. Allen oversaw the attorneys and compliance and internal audit staff in the Department.


Middle TN Delegate
Tom Stovall
Tenn Dept of State Admin Procedures Div
312 Rosa L. Parks Ave
Nashville, TN 37243
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Don Baltimore
Farris Bobango PLC
414 Union Street, Suite 1105
Nashville, TN 37219
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Dan Elrod
Butler Snow LLP
150 3rd Ave. S., Ste 1600
Nashville, TN 37201

Dan H. Elrod practices in the areas of healthcare, government relations and insurance. He received a B.S. from Middle Tennessee State University in 1970 and received his J.D. from Tulane University in 1973. Mr. Elrod is admitted to practice in Tennessee.

Middle TN Delegate
Betsy Knotts
Tennessee State Board of Equalization
425 5th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37243-3400

In my role as Executive Secretary to the Tennessee State Board of Equalization, I supervise legal and administrative staff, hear statewide property tax appeals, review tax exemptions, provide research and support to the Tennessee General Assembly, and have oversight responsibilities related to property tax incentive programs (TIF/PILOT) and the certified tax rate disclosure process.

Middle TN Delegate
Tom Lee
Frost Brown Todd LLC
150 3rd Ave So Ste 1900
Nashville, TN 37201
Middle TN Delegate
John Reinbold
State of TN - Dept of Transportation
505 Deaderick Street, Suite 300, James K. Polk Building
Nashville, TN 37243
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Thaddeus Watkins
Law Office, Department Of General Services, State Of Tn
Nashville, TN 37243-1102

Thaddeus E. Watkins, III is the general counsel for the Tennessee Department of General Services.  Mr. Watkins has worked as an attorney for the State of Tennessee for over thirty (30) years and served as general counsel for the Department of Commerce and Insurance before accepting that position with the Department of General Services in 2003.   His experience includes serving...

Staff Coordinator
Jarod Word
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219

Jarod Word is a Sections and Committees Coordinator at the Tennessee Bar Association. In that position, works with a number of the TBA's 32 sections and 16 committees, facilitating meetings, assisting with newsletters and ensuring they operate smoothly.

Prior to joining TBA, Jarod served as Project Coordinator for Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands. While at LAS he...