Business Law Leadership

Matt Lyon
Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law
601 W. Summit Hill Dr.
Knoxville, TN 37902

Matt Lyon is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and a Professor of Law at the Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law in Knoxville. He teaches Contracts, Business Associations, Civil Procedure, and Payment Systems. Prior to joining the LMU Law faculty, Lyon served as Senior Judicial Clerk to Justice Gary R. Wade of the Tennessee Supreme Court and was a commercial litigation...

Joan Heminway
The University of Tennessee College of Law
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1505 W. Cumberland Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37996

Professor Heminway brought nearly 15 years of business finance and governance practice experience when she joined the faculty of the UT College of Law in 2000. She was an attorney in the Boston office of the firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP from 1985 through 2000 working in the areas of public offerings, private placements, mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, and...

East TN Delegate
Chris Trump
Egerton, McAfee, Armistead & Davis, PC
P. O. Box 2047
Knoxville, TN 37901-2047

Chris joined the firm in 2001 and has practiced primarily in the areas of finance (both private and governmental), commercial law, business formations, securities, and business acquisitions and sales.

His experience includes:

  • Representing financial institutions and borrowers in asset-based commercial lending transactions, including those involving revolving lines of credit...
East TN Delegate
Ward Nelson
Miller & Martin PLLC
832 Georgia Avenue Suite 1200
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Ward Nelson concentrates in the areas of corporate, healthcare and transportation law, primarily for merger and acquisition transactions and contract negotiations. His background as a Certified Public Accountant has proved invaluable in structuring and evaluating financial aspects of business transactions in various industries including soft drink bottling, floor covering and trucking. He also...
Middle TN Delegate
Alex Davie
Riggs Davie PLC
201 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 1870
Nashville, TN 37219

Alexander Davie's legal practice encompasses a wide variety of corporate and securities matters. He has worked extensively with technology companies, including startups, and emerging growth companies, on all aspects of their businesses, including company formation, business planning, mergers and acquisitions, technology transactions, corporate governance, debt and equity financings, and...

Middle TN Delegate
Van East
Frost Brown Todd LLC
150 3rd Avenue South, Suite 1900
Nashville, TN 37201

Van serves clients on matters involving closely-held business entities, including formations, conversions, mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, as well as restructuring ownership and control.   He has represented clients in purchasing and selling a variety of businesses, including home-building, real estate development, manufacturing, and restaurant entities.  Van routinely...

Middle TN Delegate
Beth Sims
Butler Snow LLP
150 3rd Avenue South, Suite 1600
Nashville, TN 37201

Beth Sims is a partner with Butler Snow, LLP where she represents non-profit and for-profit companies of all sizes: from small community-based organizations to large publicly traded corporations. Beth has assisted more than 16 non-profit organizations to achieve tax-exempt status, and regularly counsels for-profit and non-profit organizations on compliance with charitable regulations.


Staff Coordinator
Chelsea Bennett
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219

Chelsea Bennett is a Sections, Committees and CLE Coordinator for the Tennessee Bar Association. She brings the association eight years of diverse work experience in the education sector. Previously, she worked as the head studio teacher and welfare agent with the child actors starring on the television show “Nashville.” Bennett received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from The Ohio State...

West TN Delegate
Lee Harkavy
6070 Poplar Ave Ste 300
Memphis, TN 38119-3907

Lee Harkavy is a member of the Firm's Corporate & Securities Service Team.  He concentrates his practice in general corporate, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and real estate transactions.  Prior to returning to the practice of law in 2007, he spent 9 years as a business executive primarily leading the acquisition or capital markets department.

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Mary Ann Jackson
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC
165 Madison Ave., Suite 2000
Memphis, TN 38103