Bankruptcy Law Section

The Bankruptcy Law Section focuses on issues involving bankruptcy law. The section’s executive committee develops projects for its members ranging from legislative proposals to their annual two-day Bankruptcy Forum and associated social events.

Scarborough & Fulton
701 Market St #1000
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Immediate Past Chair
Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison
150 3rd Ave S #1100
Nashville, TN 37201

Bankruptcy Court Seeks Comments on Rules Changes

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee today published proposed amendments to its local rules for public comment. The comment period will run from Sept. 1 through Oct. 31. Comments may be made in writing to James E. Bailey III, Butler Snow LLP, 6075 Poplar Ave., Suite 500, Memphis, TN 38119 or to Michael Tabor via email at

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Services This Week for Bankruptcy Judge Thomas Stinnett

Judge Robert Thomas “Tom” Stinnett died yesterday (Aug. 23) in Chattanooga. He was 72. Stinnett graduated from the University of Tennessee and was commissioned in the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant. After serving in Italy, he returned to attend the University of Tennessee College of Law, then clerked for his father-in-law James Parrott and the Tennessee Court of Appeals. He practiced law in Knoxville for 20 years at Stone & Hinds before being appointed a U.S. bankruptcy judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee. He relocated to Chattanooga and served there for 16 years before retiring in 2010. The family will receive friends Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Chattanooga's Mountain City Club, 729 Chestnut St. Funeral services will be Monday at 4 p.m. in Knoxville at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 544 N. Broadway. Burial will follow at the church columbarium. A time of remembrance in the church's fellowship hall will wrap up the day.

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