TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Suzanne Craig Robertson on Apr 21, 2014

Chattanooga lawyer and former TBA president Sam D. Elliott writes in the Times Free Press about "the best known lawyer in Chattanooga" around the turn of the century, Lewis Shepherd. His colorful career included being district attorney general and serving in the Tennessee General Assembly (resigning because he didn't enjoy "serving with men with less intelligence than his wife's mule"). He left a Circuit Court judgeship because he was "born to be an advocate, not a referee." He died in 1917 in the midst of trying a lawsuit. The Chattanooga Times observed that Shepherd's last wish was satisfied: "to go to his reward straight from the courtroom."