Leadership

Bankruptcy Law Leadership

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Chair
Joel Giddens
Wilson & Assoc PLLC
jgiddens@wilson-assoc.com
5050 Poplar Ave., Suite 115
Memphis, TN 38157

Joel W. Giddens is a Partner for the Firm. He is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana. He was admitted to practice in Tennessee in 1994. He received his education from Rhodes College (B.A., 1986) and the University of Memphis (M.A., 1991; J.D., 1994). He is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and the Memphis Bar Association. He is the past chair of the Bankruptcy Section of the Memphis Bar

Immediate Past Chair
David Fulton
Scarborough & Fulton
djf@sfglegal.com
Facebook: Scarborough-Fulton-153513601816703/
620 Lindsay Street, Suite 240
Chattanooga, TN 37403

David J. Fulton is a principal of the Chattanooga law firm of Scarborough & Fulton where he regularly practices in the areas of business law, general and business litigation, and bankruptcy. He is licensed to practice in the State and Federal Courts of Tennessee, and practices in the bankruptcy courts for the Northern District of Alabama and Georgia. Mr. Fulton is past president of the

East TN Delegate
Margaret Fugate
Anderson & Fugate
mfugate@afglaw.com
111 W. Fairview Avenue
Johnson City, TN 37604
 
Delegate
Mike McCormick
McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC
Michael.McCormick@mccalla.com
1544 Old Alabama Road
Roswell, GA 30076

Michael is a senior partner in the bankruptcy department at McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia, where he assists in the bankruptcy representation for dozens of mortgage lenders and servicers nationwide. He has been with the firm since 2004.

Michael is a native of Toronto, Canada and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario. He

East TN Delegate
Erika Barnes
Stites & Harbison PLLC
ebarnes@stites.com
401 Commerce Street
Nashville, TN 37219

Erika Barnes is a Member of Stites & Harbison Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy Service Group and the Business Litigation Service Group. Erika represents creditors and franchisors in bankruptcy cases nationwide. She also has experience representing creditors’ committees and Chapter 11 trustees. Erika handles complex commercial litigation matters in state and federal courts

East TN Delegate
Laura Ketcham
Miller Martin PLLC
laura.ketcham@millermartin.com
832 Georgia Ave # 1200
Chattanooga, TN 37402-2289

Laura Ketcham is a member of Miller & Martin PLLC’s Commercial Department, focusing her practice in the areas of bankruptcy and creditors' rights, commercial finance and providing general business counsel. She has represented various stakeholders in commercial bankruptcy cases across the country. She has also represented parties in a variety of finance transactions, loan

East TN Delegate
Greg Logue
Woolf, McClane, Bright, Allen & Carpenter, PLLC
logueg@wmbac.com
PO Box 900
Knoxville, TN 37901
 
Middle TN Delegate
Michael Abelow
Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison
mabelow@srvhlaw.com
150 3rd Ave S #1100
Nashville, TN 37201

Mr. Abelow represents clients in both complex commercial litigation and bankruptcy, including contract claims, business torts, loan

Middle TN Delegate
Joe Kelly
Tennessee Business Mediation LLC
joekelly@tennesseebusinessmediation.com
303 2nd Avenue
Dayton, TN 37321
 
West TN Delegate
Jeb Bailey
Butler Snow LLP
jeb.bailey@butlersnow.com
6075 Poplar Avenue, Suite 500
Memphis, TN 38119
 
West TN Delegate
Ruthie Hagan
Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC
rhagan@bakerdonelson.com
165 Madison Ave #2000
Memphis, TN 38103
 
Staff Coordinator
Jarod Word
Tennessee Bar Association
jword@tnbar.org
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