Leadership

User Bio
TBA President
Jason Long
Lowe, Yeager & Brown
(865)521-6527
jhl@lyblaw.net
900 S. Gay St Ste 2102
Knoxville, TN 37902-1810

First licensed in 1996, Mr. Long’s practice has consisted of civil litigation, primarily insurance defense, at the trial and appellate level. He is licensed in state and federal courts throughout Tennessee and Kentucky. He has extensive experience in complex litigation, including medical malpractice defense, corporate litigation, healthcare regulatory law, and general plaintiff’s litigation....

TBA President Elect
Lucian Pera
Adams and Reese LLP
(901)524-5278
lucian.pera@arlaw.com
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...

TBA Vice 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 Immediate Past President
Bill Harbison
Sherrard, Roe, Voigt, Harbison
(615)742-4200
bharbison@srvhlaw.com
150 3rd Ave S #1100
Nashville, TN 372012011

Bill Harbison works primarily in the areas of corporate law and trusts and estates. He also handles litigation in those same practice categories.

Mr. Harbison graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and received his bachelor’s degree with highest honors in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a...

Treasurer
Sherie Edwards
State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Co
(615)846-8205
sheriee@svmic.com
P.O. Box 1065
Brentwood, TN 37024-1065

Biographical Information:

Current
• Treasurer at Tennessee Bar Association
• Vice President,Corporate and Legal at State Volunteer Mutual Ins. Co.
Past

• Director of Risk Management at Sumner Regional Medical Center
Education
• Vanderbilt University
• Nashville School of Law
• Trevecca Nazarene University

Groups &...

Assistant Treasurer and 5th District Governor
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
The Winfrey Firm
(615)601-1276
brian@thewinfreyfirm.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...

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

SARAH Y. SHEPPEARD is Special Counsel 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...

East Tennessee Governor
Shelly Wilson
Robertson Overbey
(865)521-3010
slwilson@robertsonoverbey.com
800 Riverview Twr 900 S Gay St
Knoxville, TN 37902

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...

Middle Tennessee Governor
David Veile
Schell & Davies LLC
(615)550-2800
dveile@sbdlaw.net
509 New Highway 96 W Ste 201
Franklin, TN 37064

David serves as Middle Tennessee Governor, Position 2, on the TBA Board of Governors. He also serves as chair of the TBA Criminal Justice Section. David previously served in several positions within the TBA Young Lawyers Division, including a term as President of the Division in 2012-2013. He is a member of the law firm of Schell and Davies, LLC, where he practices criminal defense,...

Middle Tennessee Governor
Scott Sims
Sims|Funk PLC
(615)292-9335
ssims@simsfunk.com
3310 West End Ave., Suite 410
Nashville, TN 37203

W. Scott Sims has been a civil trial lawyer since 1996. He represents clients in both state and federal court, as well as in various forms of alternative dispute resolution. Scott has significant experience in a diverse array of litigation matters, including business, commercial, insurance, professional liability, and personal injury. Scott graduated cum laude from Wheaton College and summa...

West Tennessee Governor
Carl Carter
International Paper Company
(901)419-3804
carl.carter@ipaper.com
6400 Poplar Ave
Memphis, TN 38197
West Tennessee Governor
Mason Wilson
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell...
(901)577-8163
mwwilson@bakerdonelson.com
165 Madison Ave. Suite 2000
Memphis, TN 38103
1st District Governor
Deborah Yeomans-Barton
Legal Aid of East Tennessee
(423)928-8311
dyeomans@laet.org
PO Box 360
Johnson City, TN 37605
2nd District Governor
Tasha Blakney
Eldridge & Blakney PC
(865)544-2010
tblakney@eblaw.us
PO Box 398
Knoxville, TN 37901
3rd District Governor
David McDowell
Gearhiser, Peters, Elliott &...
(423)756-5171
dmcdowell@gearhiserpeters.com
320 McCallie Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37402

David is currently the Immediate Past President of the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyer's Division. David serves as a member of the Tennessee Bar Association Board of Governors.

David has successful experience representing clients in matters involving residential/commercial construction, professional liability, personal injury, insurance litigation, real estate litigation,...

4th District Governor
Donna Pierce
The University of the South
(931)598-1880
donna.pierce@sewanee.edu
735 University Avenue
Sewanee, TN 37383
5th District Governor
Nathan Shelby
Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell...
(615)651-7420
nshelby@raineykizer.com
424 Church Street, Suite 2000
Nashville, TN 37219

Mr. Shelby is a member at Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell, P.L.C., and has been associated with the Firm since receiving his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law. While in law school, Mr. Shelby interned for the Honorable Diane K. Vescovo, Magistrate, for the United States District Court, Western District of Tennessee and the Honorable W....

6th District Governor
Kim Helper
District Attorney General
(615)794-7275
krhelper@tndagc.org
PO Box 937
Franklin, TN 37065
7th District Governor
Michelle Greenway Sellers
Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell...
(731)426-8145
msellers@raineykizer.com
P O Box 1147
Jackson, TN 38302