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Middle TN Delegate
Van East
Frost Brown Todd LLC
veast@fbtlaw.com
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

Chair
Chris Trump
Egerton, McAfee, Armistead & Davis, PC
ctrump@emadlaw.com
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
jheminwa@tennessee.edu
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
wnelson@millermartin.com
832 Georgia Avenue Suite 1200
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Ward Nelson concentrates in the areas of corporate, healthcare and transportation law, primarily for merger and acquisition transactions and contract negotiations. His background as a Certified Public Accountant has proved invaluable in structuring and evaluating financial aspects of business transactions in various industries including soft drink bottling, floor covering and trucking. He also
Immediate Past Chair
Kris Kemp
Bass, Berry & Sims PLC
kkemp@bassberry.com
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

Vice-Chair
Matt Lyon
Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law
matthew.lyon@lmunet.edu
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
WYATT TARRANT & COMBS
lharkavy@wyattfirm.com
1715 AARON BRENNER DR STE 800
Memphis, TN 38120

Lee Harkavy is a member of the Firm's Corporate & Securities Service Team.  He concentrates his practice in general corporate, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and real estate transactions.  Prior to returning to the practice of law in 2007, he spent 9 years as a business

West TN Delegate
Mary Ann Jackson
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC
mjackson@bakerdonelson.com
165 Madison Ave., Suite 2000
Memphis, TN 38103