Leadership

User Bio
TBA President
Jason Pannu
Lewis Thomason
(615)259-1366
jpannu@lewisthomason.com
P.O. Box 198615
Nashville, TN 37219

Jason M. Pannu is a Lewis Thomason shareholder based in the firm’s Nashville office. He is a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Mr. Pannu practices primarily in the areas of complex business and commercial litigation with an emphasis on the construction industry. He also practices in the areas of professional liability, toxic tort and environmental law and employment law disputes....

TBA President Elect
Sarah Sheppeard
Lewis Thomason King Krieg &...
(865)546-4646
ssheppeard@lewisthomason.com
620 Market St 5th Floor
Knoxville, TN 37902

SARAH Y. SHEPPEARD is a shareholder with Lewis, Thomason, King, Krieg and Waldrop, PC. and is a past president of the Knoxville Bar Association. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she was a member of the Tennessee Law Review. She has served the TBA in various roles, most recently on the Board of Governors. In 2010 she received the TBA President's Award for...

TBA Vice President
Michelle Greenway Sellers
Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell...
(731)426-8145
msellers@raineykizer.com
P O Box 1147
Jackson, TN 38302
TBA Immediate Past President
Lucian Pera
Adams and Reese LLP
(901)524-5278
lucian.pera@arlaw.com
Twitter: @LucianPera
LinkedIn: lucianpera
6075 Poplar Avenue, Suite 700
Memphis, TN 38119-0100

Lucian T. Pera is a partner with the Memphis, Tennessee, office of Adams and Reese LLP. His practice includes civil trial work, including commercial litigation and media law, and he counsels and represents lawyers, law firms, and others on questions of legal ethics and the professional responsibility of lawyers. A Memphis native, he is an honors graduate of Princeton...

Treasurer
Mary Dohner Smith
Constangy, Brooks, Smith and...
(615)320-5200
mdohner@constangy.com
401 Commerce St., Ste. 1010
Nashville, TN 372192484

Mary Dohner Smith is a partner in the Nashville office with experience involving every aspect of the employment relationship. She has been involved in complex litigation involving all aspects of Title VII, the ADEA, the ADA, the FLSA, USERRA, retaliatory discharge, and state law claims for breach of contract, fraud, negligence, and negligent and intentional infliction of...

Secretary
Brian Winfrey
Morgan & Morgan
(615)928-9890
bwinfrey@forthepeople.com
2002 Richard Jones Rd. , Suite B-200
Nashville, TN 37215-2809

Brian is the Secretary of the TBA and specializes in employment litigation. Brian serves as trial and appellate counsel in claims of discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower, and other workplace issues. Prior to representing employee rights, Brian represented management at one of the nation's largest employment specialty firms (Ogletree Deakins), as well as represented the United States as...

West Tennessee Governor
Trey Thacher
Burch, Porter & Johnson, PLLC
(901)524-5163
fthacher@bpjlaw.com
130 North Court Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103
West Tennessee Governor
Mason Wilson
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell...
(901)577-8163
mwwilson@bakerdonelson.com
165 Madison Ave. Suite 2000
Memphis, TN 38103
Middle Tennessee Governor
Rachel Moses
Legal Aid Society
(931)528-7436
rmoses@las.org
9 S Jefferson Ave., Ste 102
Cookeville, TN 38501
Middle Tennessee Governor
Ramona DeSalvo
DeSalvo Law Firm PLLC
(615)600-4741
rdesalvo@desalvonashville.com
Facebook: DeSalvoLawFirm/
LinkedIn: ramona-desalvo-esq-3b032313/
1720 West End Avenue, Suite 403
Nashville, TN 37203-2621

Ramona P. DeSalvo’s practice focuses exclusively in the entertainment industry. Ms. DeSalvo attended the University of California, Berkeley, where she received her A.B. degree in Political Science in 1976. She attended the University of San Francisco law school for two years, transferring to the University of Cincinnati, College of Law upon her appointment as a Fellow at the Morgan Institute...

East Tennessee Governor
Tasha Blakney
Eldridge & Blakney PC
(865)544-2010
tblakney@eblaw.us
PO Box 398
Knoxville, TN 37901
East Tennessee Governor
Mary Beth Maddox
Frantz McConnell & Seymour
(865)546-9321
mmaddox@fmsllp.com
P.O. Box 39
Knoxville, TN 37901-0039

B.A., University of Virginia, 1991
J.D., University of Tennessee, 1994
Associate Attorney, O'Neil, Parker & Williamson, 1994-1998
Attorney/Member, Frantz, McConnell & Seymour, LLP, 1998- present

1st District Governor
Deborah Yeomans-Barton
Legal Aid of East Tennessee
(423)928-8311
dyeomans@laet.org
311 W. Walnut St.
Johnson City, TN 37604

Deborah is the Managing Attorney of the Johnson City office of Legal Aid of East TN. She has represented clients in the Upper East TN area in civil matters for the past 26 years. Deborah is a graduate of the University of TN College of Law. She is a member of the Domestic Violence State Coordinating Council. She is the recipient of the 2010 Advocate of the Year from the Tennessee Coalition...

2nd District Governor
Shelly Wilson
Owings, Wilson & Coleman
(865)521-3010
slwilson@owclaw.com
900 S. Gay St Ste 800 Riverview Twr
Knoxville, TN 37902-1823

Shelly holds licenses to practice law in both Tennessee and Florida. She has been practicing
law in Knoxville and Knox County for over 16 years. Before moving to Tennessee in 1999, Shelly
practiced law in Florida for over 11 years. Over the course of the last twenty-five years, Shelly has
practiced in both state and federal courts. Shelly has been a member of the Tennessee...

3rd District Governor
David McDowell
Gearhiser, Peters, Elliott &...
(423)756-5171
dmcdowell@gearhiserpeters.com
320 McCallie Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37402

David is a member of Chattanooga law firm of Gearhiser, Peters, Elliott & Cannon, PLLC, where he practices law in the areas of residential/commercial construction, professional liability, personal injury, insurance litigation, real estate litigation, consumer protection litigation, automotive litigation, automobile dealership litigation, and general commercial litigation. David also...

5th District Governor
Sherie Edwards
State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Co
(615)846-8205
sheriee@svmic.com
Twitter: @sherielea
P.O. Box 1065
Brentwood, TN 37024-1065

Sherie L. Edwards, Vice President of Corporate and Legal for State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company (SVMIC) in Brentwood, Tennessee, joined the company in November of 1998 as a Claims Attorney. In addition to serving as in-house counsel, Ms. Edwards also has responsibility for the areas of human resources, corporate services, regulatory and corporate compliance, and government relations....

5th District Governor
John Farringer
Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison
(615)742-4200
jfarringer@srvhlaw.com
150 3rd Ave S #1100
Nashville, TN 372012011
6th District Governor
David Veile
Schell & Oglesby, LLC
(615)550-2800
dveile@franklin.legal
509 New Highway 96 W Ste 201
Franklin, TN 37064

David is a member of the Franklin law firm of Schell and Oglesby, LLC, where he practices primarily criminal defense and personal injury law. Prior to becoming an attorney, David was a sergeant with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department and served as a Law Instructor at the Metro Nashville Police Academy. He previously served as Middle Tennessee Governor, Position 2, on the Tennessee...

YLD President
Christian Barker
Barker Nashville, PLLC
(615)496-5719
cbarker@barkernashville.com
Twitter: christianbarker
Facebook: jchristian
LinkedIn: christianbarker
P.O. Box 128167
Nashville, TN 37212

Barker Nashville, PLLC was founded in 2012 by Nashville attorney Christian Barker. Now with clients located worldwide, the practice is focused on serving the transactional and litigation needs of individuals and organizations excelling in the music industry, fine arts, and digital media realms. Christian embarked on the journey to open his own practice after feeling that many creatives and...

YLD President-Elect
Troy Weston
Eldridge & Blakney PC
(865)544-2010
tweston@eblaw.us
PO Box 398
Knoxville, TN 37901