2 Contested Races to be Decided at June Meeting

The 2015 YLD Annual Meeting & Elections will be held Friday, June 19, at 4 p.m. Central in Memphis at the Peabody Hotel. The hotel is located at 149 Union Ave., Memphis, TN 38103. It can be reached at (901) 529-4000.

Pursuant to Article VII, Section 4 of the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Bylaws, contested elections will be decided by secret ballot at the division's annual meeting. A successful candidate must receive a plurality (the greatest number) of votes. In the event of a tie vote of the membership, the YLD Board elects the candidate. In the event of a tie vote of the board, the YLD president breaks the tie.

Members will consider two contested elections at the meeting. Candidates are listed below in alphabetical order.


Candidate: Ian Hennessey
Hometown: Knoxville
Firm: London & Amburn
Law School: University of Tennessee College of Law (2007)

Ian Hennessey practices law in Knoxville at London & Amburn, where he focuses on healthcare law and regulation, mergers and acquisitions and medical malpractice defense. Outside of his law practice, he enjoys spending time with family, watching baseball and gardening.

Ian’s service on the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Board has included serving as affiliate representative of the Knoxville Barristers, District 3 Representative, East Tennessee Governor (present), Long-Range Planning Committee member (present) and Children’s Issues Committee member (present). He also serves as a mentor for the YLD’s law student leadership program, the Diversity Leadership Institute. Finally, he was a member of the Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law (TBALL) Class of 2014.

In the local legal community, Ian is active in the Knoxville Bar Association and its young lawyer group the Barristers. He is a former Barristers president as well as secretary/treasurer and chair of the Hunger & Poverty Relief Committee. He also has served on the KBA Board of Governors and currently is serving as co-chair of the KBA’s Access to Justice Committee.

Finally, Ian serves on the Faith-Based Initiatives Committee of the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission.

When asked about his position on the TBA YLD Board, Ian says, “It is has been an honor and a pleasure to serve as YLD East Tennessee Governor this past bar year. The duties of this position are pretty straightforward: perform those duties assigned to you by the YLD president or board and serve on Executive Committee. This past year, I had the honor of learning the ins-and-outs of the Children’s Issues Committee as well as the Long-Range Planning Committee. My favorite aspect of this position – and what I look forward to continuing if re-elected – is serving those on the frontlines of our amazing organization: our district representatives, committee chairs, affiliate representatives and invited guests. The tireless efforts of these volunteers make the TBA YLD such a rewarding group to be part of and the envy of other young lawyer divisions across the country.”

“I am constantly in awe of the great things we do together in the TBA YLD and I am humbled by the opportunity to have served you in various positions over the past few years. I would be honored and grateful to have your vote for East Tennessee Governor for the 2015-2016 bar year.”

Candidate: Adam Garrison Russell
Hometown: Knoxville
Firm: Kramer Rayson
Law School: Cumberland School of Law (2008)

Adam Russell focuses his broad practice on litigating civil matters and employment-related disputes. His practice areas are litigation and employment and labor. Before joining Kramer Rayson, Russell worked for a large defense firm where he defended both large and small companies in the areas of workers’ compensation and premises liability.

His litigation practice includes representing both individuals and companies in all areas of civil litigation. Russell manages all phases of the litigation process from investigation, discovery and pleadings to pre-trial, trial, settlement and appeal. Russell has tried numerous cases in federal and state courts throughout East Tennessee.

Russell reports he is a dedicated, hard-working trial lawyer who places great importance on the relationships he builds with his clients.

Russell serves as a member of the Knoxville Barristers Young Lawyers Division, Tennessee Bar Association and has served on several Knoxville Bar Association subcommittees. Russell is a member of the Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church and has volunteered with the Knox Leadership Foundation Amachi Program, which helps mentor children.


Candidate: William B. Hicky
Hometown: Nashville
Firm: William B. Hicky, Attorney at Law
Law School: University of Mississippi College of Law (2006)

William B. Hicky is a West Tennessee native, having been born and raised in Memphis. He graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2003 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree where he was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and on the Chancellor’s Honor Roll. Hicky also received his law degree from the University of Mississippi College of Law in 2006.

Hicky focuses his practice in the areas of business contract litigation, commercial debt collection, construction law, as well as the occasional personal injury and workers’ compensation matter. Hicky is actively expanding his role in commercial and real estate transactions.

Hicky is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and Nashville Bar Association, where he currently serves as a Board Member of the Young Lawyers Division and co-chairs the annual Nashville Bar Association’s fundraiser, Carbolic Smoke Ball. He is also a member of the Harry J. Phillips American Inn of Courts.

Prior to founding William B. Hicky, Attorney at Law, Hicky was a senior associate at Rudy, Wood, Winstead, Williams & Hardin PLLC, where he primarily focused in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, premises liability, and workers’ compensation.

William also was an associate at Taylor, Pigue, Marchetti & Blair PLLC in Nashville where he practiced in the areas of insurance defense as well as represented numerous financial institutions in debt collection and bankruptcy proceedings.

Hicky is admitted to practice in all of the state and federal courts of Tennessee, including the federal bankruptcy courts, 6th Circuit Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of the United States.

Hicky has been long-active in the Nashville philanthropic community and has been named one of Nashville’s Top 30 Under 30 by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He is a member of St. George’s Episcopal Church.

Candidate: Cole Rogers
Hometown: Nashville
Firm: Rogers Law
Law School: Nashville School of Law (2014)

Cole Rogers is an attorney in Nashville. He is a graduate of the Nashville School of Law and focuses his practice in the areas of criminal defense, civil litigation and workers’ compensation.

Cole has been actively involved with the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division since being accepted into the Diversity Leadership Institute Class of 2013 while still in law school. He was recently appointed to serve as the District 9 Representative in November.

Cole is a member of the Tennessee Bar, Nashville Bar, Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Tennessee Association of Justice.