TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Barry Kolar on Jun 19, 2020

Jackson lawyer Michelle Greenway Sellers on Thursday took office as president of the Tennessee Bar Association saying she plans to make members the top priority during the coming year.

"The TBA will continue to work with our members to address the issues they are facing," Sellers said, noting the challenges brought on this year by natural disasters, the COVID-19 pandemic and racial injustice. "We will continue to facilitate meaningful discussion and work on solutions for our members and for our communities."

Among the specific initiatives Sellers proposed were the creation of a Chief Diversity Officer position, the expansion of member health and wellness initiatives and and an effort to expand technical advances for lawyers and the judicial system.

Sellers is a member with Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell PLC and has been associated with the firm since receiving her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law. She devotes the majority of her practice to representing hospitals, physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, nurses, other healthcare providers, medical clinics, and nursing homes in medical malpractice litigation or regulatory matters. She is also distinguished as a Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator.

Sellers has been active in the legal profession, having previously served as president of the Jackson-Madison County Bar Association and the TBA's Young Lawyers Division. She is also a Fellow in the Tennessee Bar Foundation.

The 2020 TBA Annual Convention is being held as a virtual event and has drawn a record attendance of nearly 900 attorneys from across the state. In addition to Sellers, Sherie Edwards of State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company in Nashville has been installed as president-elect and Tasha Blakney of Eldridge & Blakney PC in Knoxville has been installed as vice president. A video stream of Sellers' installation and opening address is available at https://www.tba.org/index.cfm?pg=Sellers-Oath

The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) is the largest professional association in Tennessee with nearly 13,000 members. Founded in 1881, the TBA provides opportunities for continuing legal education, professional development and public service. The TBA's dedication to serving the state's legal community is evidenced by its membership roll, which represents the entire spectrum of legal practice: plaintiff and defense lawyers, corporate counsel, judges, prosecutors, public defenders, government lawyers and legal services attorneys.