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William Muecke Barker

William Muecke Barker

also known as Muecke Barker

Practice areas:

Arbitration, Mediation, Litigation

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About Me

Muecke Barker is a member of the firm's Litigation Section, concentrating his practice in mediation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. He brings more than 30 years of experience serving at all levels of the Tennessee Judiciary to the firm.

Muecke began his service in the Tennessee Judicial System in 1983, when he was appointed by Governor Lamar Alexander to become Judge of the Circuit Court of the Eleventh Judicial District of Tennessee. In 1985 he attended the National Judicial College, University of Nevada at Reno. He was elected to two eight-year terms and was consistently the highest rated circuit court judge by the Chattanooga Bar Association's bi-annual polls. In 1995, he was appointed to the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals and was elected by Tennessee voters in August 1996.

In 1998, Governor Don Sundquist appointed Muecke to the Tennessee Supreme Court. He was then elected to a full eight-year term and again in 2006. In 2005, he was unanimously chosen by his colleagues to become Chief Justice. Upon his retirement from the Supreme Court in September 2008, former Chief Justice Barker was named Appellate Judge of the Year by the Tennessee Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.


American Arbitration Association, Member, Commercial Panel

Certified Mediator pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31

Approved Federal Court Mediator, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1967

  1. Mediation: 35%
  2. Arbitration: 35%
  3. Litigation: 30%

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Contact Info

Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.

Liberty Tower, Suite 1700
605 Chestnut Street
Chattanooga, TN, 37450



Professional Misconduct

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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Arbitration and MediationThe Best Lawyers in America2012
Alternative Dispute ResolutionThe Best Lawyers in America2011
Equal Access to Justice AwardChattanooga Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division2010
Equal Access to Justice AwardLegal Aid of East Tennessee2010
Appellate Judge of the YearTennessee Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates2008
Frank F. Drowota, III, Outstanding Judicial Service AwardTennessee Bar Association2008
Distinguished AlumnusUniversity of Cincinnati College of Law2007
Distinguished AlumnusUniversity of Tennessee at Chattanooga2007
Appointed Chief JusticeTennessee Supreme Court2005
Outstanding Adjunct ProfessorUniversity of Tennessee at Chattanooga2002
Appointed MemberTennessee Supreme Court1998
Appointed MemberTennessee Court of Criminal Appeals1995
Appointed JudgeCircuit Court for the Eleventh Judicial District of Tennessee1983
CaptainUnited States Army1967
Approved Federal Court MediatorU.S. District Court, Eastern District of TennesseeN/A
Certified MediatorTennessee Supreme Court Rule 31N/A
Member, Commercial PanelAmerican Arbitration AssociationN/A
FellowTennessee Bar FoundationN/A
Significant SigSigma Chi FraternityN/A
Highest rated Circuit Court JudgeChattanooga Bar AssociationN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Of CounselChambliss, Bahner & Stophel, PC2008 - Present
Chief JusticeTennessee Supreme Court2005 - 2008
JudgeTennessee Supreme Court1998 - 2005
JudgeTennessee Court Of Criminal Appeals1995 - 1998
JudgeCircuit Court of the Eleventh Judicial District of Tennessee1983 - 1995

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Appointed to a three-year term by the Tennessee Supreme CourtBoard of Law Examiners2014 - Present
University of Tennessee at ChattanoogaAlpha SocietyN/A
State Law Library CommissionPast ChairmanN/A
Supreme Court Building CommissionsPast ChairmanN/A
Team Evaluation CenterPast Board MemberN/A
Tennessee Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Tennessee Code CommissionPast ChairmanN/A
Tennessee Judicial CouncilPast ChairmanN/A
Tennessee Supreme Court Historical SocietyPast PresidentN/A
University of Chattanooga FoundationMember, Board of Trustees Executive CommitteeN/A
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Alumni AssociationPast Board Member, Executive CommitteeN/A
Valley Psychiatric HospitalPast Board MemberN/A
CCJ Problem Solving Courts CommitteePast ChairmanN/A
Joseph Johnson Mental Health CenterPast Board MemberN/A
Hamilton County Republican PartyPast Precinct Chairman, Executive CommitteeN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Inns of the Court, Brock-Cooper ChapterMemberN/A
American Law InstitutePast MemberN/A
Conference of Chief JusticesPast member, Board of DirectorsN/A
Chattanooga Bar AssociationPast Member, Board of GovernorsN/A
Tennessee Trial Lawyers AssociationPast Member, Board of GovernorsN/A
Chattanooga Bar FoundationPast PresidentN/A
Chattanooga Rotary ClubMemberN/A
Chattanooga Trial Lawyers AssociationPast PresidentN/A
First Presbyterian Church of ChattanoogaRuling Elder and past Chairman, Board of DeaconsN/A
University of Tennessee at ChattanoogaGolden Key National Honor SocietyN/A
American Arbitration AssociationMember, Commercial and Judicial Settlement Service PanelsN/A

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Cincinnati College of LawLawJ.D.1967
The University of Tennessee at ChattanoogaN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1964