Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama GPA: 3.37 Rank: 44/159, 28% Graduation Date: July 2010 Honors: Dean’s List (6 semesters), Scholar of Merit for Business Organizations and
Arbitration (Top Student), Cum Laude-3 semesters Activities: Trial Board Officer, National Arbitration Team, 4 Mock Trial Competitions,
Haley Moot Court Competition(Semi-Finalist), Bruer Client Counseling Competition (Second Place), Strickland Negotiation Competition (Semi Finalist), Christian LegalSociety
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee Business Administration Graduation Date: December 2006 GPA: 3.64 Major: Finance, GPA 4.0 Minor: Economics, GPA 4.0 Honors: Graduated with Honors, National Deans List, National Scholars Honor
Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholar-4 years, Suma Cum Laude-5 semesters, Magna Cum Laude-4 semesters, Cum Laude-2 semesters.
I have had the benefit of learning different aspects of the practice of law from the fine attorneys that I work with at Herdon, Coleman, Brading & McKee, LP.
Initially, my practice began with appointed cases and assisting the medical malpractice attorneys with Motions for Summary Judgment and Appeals. The appointed work provided an invaluable in-sight into our community and the legal system for the First Judicial District. It was through these cases that I became very familiar with all of the Judges in the First Judicial District, and their proclivities.
Under Chip Herndon and Elizabeth Hutton, I worked in the medical malpractice arena enabling me to take my legal research and writing skills from law school into direct application in complex litigation. I wrote the initial drafts of many winning Motions for Summary Judgment and Appeals in medical malpractice cases.
I had the unique pleasure of working under Thomas C. McKee. Through Tom, I learned the art of discovery. Also, I worked on many cases involving municipalities, property, and Bright Ridge. Most recently, I was featured in the
Johnson City Press on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, for my representation of a group of homeowners before the Carter County Highway Commission where I was able to stop an adjoining land owner from having my clients’ private road converted to a public road.
Under J. Eddie Lauderback, I learned the interpretation of Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist insurance contracts. Perhaps the most important lesson that I learned from Judge Lauderback was how to scale my work, and associated billing, to fit the particular case/project.
From Attorney J. Matthew Bolton, I became familiar with criminal law and the criminal judges of our judicial district. For eight years, I have worked with assistant district attorneys and the law enforcement officers that work in our jurisdiction. Most recently, I used those relationships to coordinate with the Sheriffs’ Department to serve a Writ of Possession on one of Johnson City’s largest sports bar and restaurant.
As previously mentioned, most of my dispositive legal writing was for others. Attached to this CV is a recent Memorandum of Law written for Matt Bolton. The case was several years old. For years, Attorney Tom Jessee refused to dismiss our client. Mr. Jessee dismissed our client upon receipt of my motion (without a hearing). One of my proudest examples of my legal research and writing can be found in Gentry v. Larkin, 389 S.W.3d 329 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2012). In Gentry, Tom McKee requested that I draft a Motion for Summary Judgment and subsequent Brief of Appellee to argue a case that was legally in favor of my client but factually would be difficult to obtain relief. The Court ultimately held, “Finally, we are aware that our decision may appear inequitable given the results. This Court is not happy with the results of our decision. We, however, are not free to decide cases based upon our personal preferences but instead must decide them based upon the law.” Subsequent to this decision, one of Tennessee’s most distinguished lawprofessors, Don Paine, toured the state giving seminars on the decision. For a more recent example of my legal research and writing, please refer to the attached Brief of Appellee in Buckman v. Mountain States Health Alliance. I argued the case before the Court of Appeals, in May of 2018, on behalf of all defendants, including: MSHA, Niswonger Childeren’s Hospital, Medical Education Assistance Corporation, and several doctors. A recording of the argument can be found on the Administrative Office of the Court’s website.
Over the past eight years, I have had the pleasure of learning many different practice areas from many fine attorneys. I equally enjoy addressing legal questions and issues as well as presenting arguments on them in court. I believe an attorney should always look at the law first before providing an answer to a legal question. In addition, if an attorney does not know the answer to a question, then an attorney should never guess at an answer.