I am a member of Chambliss, Bahner Stophel's litigation section, concentratingmy... more
I am a member of Chambliss, Bahner Stophel's litigation section, concentratingmy practice in mediation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. I have 25 years of experience serving at all levels of the Tennessee Judiciary. I began my service in the Tennessee Judicial System in 1983, whenI was appointed by Governor Lamar Alexander to become Judge of the Circuit Court of the Elev... view profile
I have an active trial practice focusing on business litigation, criminal law,... more
I have an active trial practice focusing on business litigation, criminal law, antitrust and trade regulation and airport law. Arbitrator, National Arbitration Forum Arbitrator, chair certification, FINRA Approved Arbitrator, Federal Arbitration Program, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee Mediation Panel, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee Tennessee Suprem... view profile
I'm one of the first women who was hired by any of the law firms in Nashville. I... more
I'm one of the first women who was hired by any of the law firms in Nashville. I slugged my way through the system as a single mom. I've done all kinds of litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Now I concentrate my practice on elder law issues, including estate planning, probate, Medicaid planning, VA planning and benefits, conservatorships, powers of attorney and living wills.
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