Sevierville Lawyer Takes Office as TBA President-Elect

Cynthia Richardson Wyrick to lead group in 2013

NASHVILLE, June 12, 2012 -- Sevierville lawyer Cynthia Richardson Wyrick took office as the Tennessee Bar Association's president-elect at the association's annual convention in Memphis on Friday. The move puts her in line to assume the presidency in June 2013. During her time in office, Wyrick hopes to encourage more citizens to run for public service, increase professionalism in the practice of law, and provide greater support for lawyers who open solo practices.

Wyrick earned her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1994. She began her career as a judicial clerk for Tennessee Court of Appeals Judge Houston M. Goddard, serving with him from 1993-1994, and then with Judge Gary R. Wade, then on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, from 1994-1996. She joined the Sevierville law firm of Ogle, Gass & Richardson PC in 1996 and was named a member of the firm in 2000. She practices in the areas of wrongful death, workers' compensation, personal injury, medical malpractice, wills and estates, and adoption, custody and child support. She also is an experienced trial advocate and a Rule 31 listed mediator for civil and family law matters. 
 
As a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, Wyrick has served in a number of capacities: as president of the Young Lawyers Division (2004-2005); member of the TBA's Leadership Law 2005-2006 class; chair of the Public Education Committee (2005-2006); chair of the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section (2006-2008); chair of the Programs Committee (2008-2011); and member of the Board of Governors (2003-2005 and 2008-current). In recognition of her leadership, Wyrick received the TBA President's Award in 2006. She was elected TBA vice president in 2011, which put her in line for the presidency.
 
Wyrick also has held leadership positions with a number of legal organizations in the state. From 2001 to 2003, she served on the Tennessee Bar Foundation's Grant Review Committee. Since 2006, she has served as a member of the Tennessee Justice Center Board of Directors, and was chair from 2010-2011. She also is a fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation and the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. On the national level, Wyrick served in the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates from 1993-1994 and again from 2004-2006. She has been very active in the ABA's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, serving as vice chair of the Medicine and Law Committee (2008-current), chair of the Law In Public Service Committee (2006-2007) and fellow in the section's leadership program (2003-2005). In addition, her contributions to the practice of law were recognized by the ABA General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section with its Small Firm Practitioner of Merit Award in 2005. Wyrick also is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the ABA Young Lawyers Division, senior counsel for the American College of Barristers and member of the American and Tennessee Association for Justice.
 
Finally, Wyrick is active in her local community. She is a member of the Sevier County Bar Association, graduate of the 2009 Leadership Sevier Class, and member of the University of Tennessee Library Friends Executive Committee (chair 2003-2005, member 1994-1997 and 2000-2006, and member emeritus (2005-current).
 
Taking office along with Wyrick was President Jackie Dixon of Nashville and Vice President Jonathan O. Steen of Jackson. Dixon is a partner in the firm of Weatherly McNally & Dixon PLC, where she focuses on personal injury and wrongful death, domestic relations and probate cases. Steen is a partner in the firm of Redding, Steen & Staton PC, where he practices general civil litigation, with a focus on medical malpractice, legal malpractice and products liability defense; commercial and business disputes; and appellate advocacy.
 
The 2012 Tennessee Bar Association Annual Convention was held in conjunction with four other legal organizations -- the Tennessee Alliance for Black Lawyers (TABL), the Tennessee Lawyers' Association for Women (TLAW), the Tennessee Association for Justice (TAJ) and the Tennessee Judicial Conference. This joint meeting structure allows the groups to address common issues and concerns. It also offers opportunities for additional education, long-range planning, and recognition of attorneys who have performed outstanding legal work and community service.

The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) is the largest professional association in Tennessee with more than 13,000 members. Founded in 1881, the TBA provides opportunities for continuing legal education, professional development and public service. The TBA’s dedication to serving the state’s legal community is evidenced by its membership roll, which represents the entire spectrum of legal practice: plaintiff and defense lawyers, corporate counsel, judges, prosecutors, public defenders, government lawyers and legal services attorneys.