Business Law Leadership

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

Van serves clients on matters involving closely-held business entities, including formations, conversions, mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, as well as restructuring ownership and control.   He has represented clients in purchasing and selling

Chris Trump
Egerton, McAfee, Armistead & Davis, PC
P. O. Box 2047
Knoxville, TN 37901-2047

Chris joined the firm in 2001 and has practiced primarily in the areas of finance (both private and governmental), commercial law, business formations, securities, and business acquisitions and sales.

His experience includes:

  • Representing financial institutions and borrowers in asset-based commercial lending transactions, including those involving revolving lines of credit
East TN Delegate
Joan Heminway
The University of Tennessee College of Law
1505 W. Cumberland Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37996

Professor Heminway brought nearly 15 years of corporate practice experience when she joined the faculty of the UT College of Law in 2000. She was an attorney in the Boston office of the firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP from 1985 through 2000 working in the areas of public offerings, private placements, mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, and restructurings. She teaches

East TN Delegate
Ward Nelson
Miller & Martin PLLC
832 Georgia Avenue Suite 1200
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Immediate Past Chair
Kris Kemp
Bass, Berry & Sims PLC
150 Third Ave. S., Suite 2800
Nashville, TN 37201

Kris Kemp is a Member at Bass, Berry & Sims’ Nashville office. He focuses his practice on merger and acquisition transactions, securities offerings and representation of private equity and venture backed companies. In the last five years, Kris has been involved in more than $3 billion worth of M&A transactions. His corporate practice also includes providing

Matt Lyon
Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law
601 W. Summit Hill Dr.
Knoxville, TN 37902

Matthew Lyon is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and an Associate Professor of Law at the Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law in Knoxville. He teaches Contracts, Business Associations, Civil Procedure, and Payment Systems. Prior to joining the LMU Law faculty, Lyon served as Senior Judicial Clerk to Justice Gary R. Wade of the Tennessee Supreme Court and was a commercial

West TN Delegate
Lee Harkavy
Memphis, TN 38120
West TN Delegate
Mary Ann Jackson
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC
165 Madison Ave., Suite 2000
Memphis, TN 38103