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TBA President
Sarah Sheppeard
Lewis Thomason King Krieg &...
(865)546-4646
ssheppeard@lewisthomason.com
620 Market St 5th Floor
Knoxville, TN 37902

SARAH Y. SHEPPEARD is the 2019-2020 president of the Tennessee Bar Association. She is a shareholder with Lewis, Thomason, King, Krieg and Waldrop, PC. and is a past president of the Knoxville Bar Association. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she was a member of the Tennessee Law Review. Sheppeard is a Supreme Court Rule 31 Mediator. She has served the TBA...

TBA President Elect
Michelle Greenway Sellers
Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell...
(731)426-8145
msellers@raineykizer.com
P O Box 1147
Jackson, TN 38302
TBA Vice President
Sherie Edwards
State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Co
(615)846-8205
sheriee@svmic.com
LinkedIn: sherie-edwards-0bbbb68
P.O. Box 1065
Brentwood, TN 37024-1065

Sherie L. Edwards, Vice President of Corporate and Legal for State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company (SVMIC) in Brentwood, Tennessee, joined the company in November of 1998 as a Claims Attorney. In addition to serving as corporate counsel, Ms. Edwards also has responsibility for the areas of regulatory and corporate compliance, government relations, and corporate/facility services. Prior to...

TBA Immediate Past President
Jason Pannu
Lewis Thomason
(615)259-1366
jpannu@lewisthomason.com
P.O. Box 198615
Nashville, TN 37219

Jason M. Pannu is a Lewis Thomason shareholder based in the firm’s Nashville office. He is a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Mr. Pannu practices primarily in the areas of complex business and commercial litigation with an emphasis on the construction industry. He also practices in the areas of professional liability, toxic tort and environmental law and employment law disputes....

Secretary
Shelly Wilson
Owings, Wilson & Coleman
(865)521-3010
slwilson@owclaw.com
900 S. Gay St Ste 800 Riverview Twr
Knoxville, TN 37902-1800

Shelly holds licenses to practice law in both Tennessee and Florida. She has been practicing law in Knoxville and Knox County for over 20 years. Before moving to Tennessee in 1999, Shelly practiced law in Florida for over 11 years, practicing criminal defense as an Assistant Public Defender. Over the course of the last thirty years, Shelly has practiced in both state and federal courts. Shelly...

Treasurer
Mary Dohner Smith
Constangy, Brooks, Smith and...
(615)320-5200
mdohner@constangy.com
401 Commerce St., Ste. 1010
Nashville, TN 372192484

Mary Dohner Smith is a partner in the Nashville office with experience involving every aspect of the employment relationship. She has been involved in complex litigation involving all aspects of Title VII, the ADEA, the ADA, the FLSA, USERRA, retaliatory discharge, and state law claims for breach of contract, fraud, negligence, and negligent and intentional infliction of...

East Tennessee Governor
Tasha Blakney
Eldridge & Blakney PC
(865)544-2010
tblakney@eblaw.us
PO Box 398
Knoxville, TN 37901
East Tennessee Governor
Mary Beth Maddox
Frantz McConnell & Seymour
(865)546-9321
mmaddox@fmsllp.com
P.O. Box 39
Knoxville, TN 37901-0039

B.A., University of Virginia, 1991
J.D., University of Tennessee, 1994
Associate Attorney, O'Neil, Parker & Williamson, 1994-1998
Attorney/Member, Frantz, McConnell & Seymour, LLP, 1998- present

Middle Tennessee Governor
Aimee Luna
Legal Aid Society Of Mid Tn
(615)890-0905
aluna@las.org
526 N. Walnut St.
Murfreesboro, TN 37130-2852
Middle Tennessee Governor
Jamie Durrett
Batson Nolan PLC
(931)647-1501
jkdurrett@gmail.com
121 South Third Street
Clarksville, TN 37040

Jamie K. Durrett attended college at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee where she graduated summa cum laude, receiving a B.S. in Languages and Literature in 2004. Ms. Durrett received her doctorate of jurisprudence from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama in 2007. Ms. Durrett was admitted to practice law in Alabama and Tennessee in 2007 and...

West Tennessee Governor
Ahsaki Baptist
FedEx Express
(901)434-8559
a.baptist@fedex.com
3620 Hacks Cross Road, Bldg. B, 3rd Floor
Memphis, TN 38125
West Tennessee Governor
Trey Thacher
Burch, Porter & Johnson, PLLC
(901)524-5163
fthacher@bpjlaw.com
130 North Court Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103
1st District Governor
Deborah Yeomans-Barton
Legal Aid of East Tennessee
(423)928-8311
dyeomans@laet.org
311 W. Walnut St.
Johnson City, TN 37604

Deborah is the Managing Attorney of the Johnson City office of Legal Aid of East TN. She has represented clients in the Upper East TN area in civil matters for the past 26 years. Deborah is a graduate of the University of TN College of Law. She is a member of the Domestic Violence State Coordinating Council. She is the recipient of the 2010 Advocate of the Year from the Tennessee Coalition...

2nd District Governor
Heidi Barcus
London & Amburn, P.C.
(865)637-0203
hbarcus@latlaw.com
607 Market Street, Suite 900
Knoxville, TN 37902
Heidi A. Barcus, a London Amburn partner, has been involved in complex litigation involving the areas of professional negligence, medical defense, health care law, long term care, prison health and a wide range of insurance matters in Kentucky and Tennessee state and federal courts. She co-chairs the firm's Medical Malpractice Defense practice group and chairs the Nursing Home and Long-Term...
3rd District Governor
David McDowell
Gearhiser, Peters, Elliott &...
(423)756-5171
dmcdowell@gearhiserpeters.com
320 McCallie Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37402

David is a member of Chattanooga law firm of Gearhiser, Peters, Elliott & Cannon, PLLC, where he practices law in the areas of residential/commercial construction, professional liability, personal injury, insurance litigation, real estate litigation, consumer protection litigation, automotive litigation, automobile dealership litigation, and general commercial litigation. David also...

4th District Governor
Rachel Moses
Legal Aid Society
(931)528-7436
rmoses@las.org
9 S Jefferson Ave., Ste 102
Cookeville, TN 38501

Rachel Moses is a 1999 graduate of Centre College and a 2002 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. In law school she was the founder and coordinator of the Family Justice Project and the Pet Project (which assisted victims of domestic violence by establishing a network of veterinarians and others who could keep pets) and was coordinator of the VITA taxpayer assistance program...

5th District Governor
Amy Bryant
State Trial Courts
(901)283-7070
amycwilloughby@yahoo.com
1 Public Sq Ste 601
Nashville, TN 37201-5015

A consummate professional, attorney Amy Willoughby Bryant has a heart for public service and leadership. Amy’s work has been a reflection of her professionalism and passion during her eleven years of practice, specializing in family law, probate, real estate and health law. Most recently, Amy served as Senior Attorney for the Division of TennCare, where she supervised a staff of twenty-five...

5th District Governor
John Farringer
Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison
(615)742-4200
jfarringer@srvhlaw.com
150 3rd Ave S #1100
Nashville, TN 372012011
6th District Governor
David Veile
Schell & Oglesby, LLC
(615)550-2800
dveile@franklin.legal
509 New Highway 96 W Ste 201
Franklin, TN 37064

David is a member of the Franklin law firm of Schell and Oglesby, LLC, where he practices primarily criminal defense and personal injury law. Prior to becoming an attorney, David was a sergeant with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department and served as a Law Instructor at the Metro Nashville Police Academy. He currently serves as District 6 Governor on the TBA Board of Governors and...

7th District Governor
Matt Willis
Ashley & Arnold
(731)285-5074
matt@ashleyarnold.com
PO Box H
Dyersburg, TN 38025