PROFESSIONAL PROFILE
J. Overbey
Robertson Overbey
900 South Gay St. Suite 703
Knoxville, TN 37902
Work Phone: (865)522-2717
Fax Phone: (865)522-7929
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Senator Doug Overbey Tennessee General Assembly -- 2nd Senate District Doug Overbey is serving his second term in the State Senate representing Blount and Sevier counties. He previously represented a portion of Blount County in the House of Representatives from 2000 to 2008. He has served on the powerful and influential Finance and Health Committees in both the House and Senate, is Chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee and the General Assembly’s Arts Caucus, and is Vice-Chairman of the Senate Finance and Judiciary Committees. Senator Overbey was first spotlighted in the General Assembly for his leadership and work in enacting Tennessee’s Safe Haven Law and legislation requiring smoke detectors and sprinkler systems in long term care facilities after two tragic nursing home fires occurred in the state. He also headlined legislative action by successfully passing a major medical malpractice reform bill in 2008, which has resulted in nearly a 50% reduction in the filing of medical practice lawsuits. Since that time, he has continued to be known for passage of many thoughtful laws that positively impact the state, including legislation passed in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 to prevent potentially catastrophic funding cuts to Tennessee hospitals and a model job growth law creating an innovative new program, known as TNInvestco that provides investment capital to small, medium and startup businesses in Tennessee. Sen. Overbey has been an ardent supporter of veterans. He is also known for his efforts to assist and improve services for Tennesseans who need specialized care as a result of mental illnesses or addictions. Among his many awards are the 2009 Law & Liberty Award from the Knoxville Bar Association for his contribution to the advancement and protection of law through liberty, the 2011 Community Leadership Award from Leadership Blount for his more than three decades of community service, and the 2011 Bud Cramer Award from the National Children’s Alliance for his steadfast advocacy of children’s issues. Last year, he was a member of the CSG Toll Fellows Class and received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater, Carson-Newman College. Sen. Overbey graduated first in his class from the University of Tennessee, College of Law, is in his thirty-fourth year of the practice of law, and co-founded the firm of Robertson Overbey in 1982. He and his wife, Kay, live in Maryville, have three grown daughters and one granddaughter, and attend St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.

Additional Information

TBA Membership Status: Member : 2014 - 2015
Legal Education: Tennessee College of Law
Year Licensed: 1979
Year Licensed in Tennessee: 1979
Section Membership(s): Health Law Section, Litigation Section, Tort and Insurance Law Section, TBA Members
Practice Areas/Areas of Interest: Antitrust Law, Business Law, Government, Health & Hospital Law, Litigation - Commercial