Gilkes is an attorney with over 14 years of experience in the legal profession. He began his legal career as a paralegal with Weeks and Anderson, a law association located in Nashville, Tennessee. He worked under Kent M. Weeks, a nationally renowned higher education attorney.
While working at Weeks and Anderson, Gilkes was a contributing writer for College Legal Information and Lex Collegii, a legal newsletter for independent colleges and universities, published by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. Gilkes co-authored more than 20 articles on an array of legal topics ranging from hazing and bullying to sexual violence and disability discrimination.
Gilkes is a graduate of the Nashville School of Law. During his tenure at the Nashville School of Law, Gilkes was elected to the Honor Council twice, received the Scottish Rite Scholarship, was selected by the Tennessee Bar Association's Diversity Leadership Council, and earned a position in the school’s distinguished Cooper’s Inn.
Gilkes' practice focuses on civil litigation and compliance. He has experience handling cases involving business law, construction litigation, breach of contract, tort, probate administration and litigation, and divorce.
Gilkes is the co-founder of the Covenant Law Group, PLLC, located in Brentwood, Tennessee. Gilkes is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, the Tennessee Association for Justice, and the Nashville Bar Association. Gilkes lives in Nashville with his wife and two children. He is a guitar player and music enthusiast. Gilkes is a regular volunteer for the Red Cross and a member of Belmont Church in Nashville.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Cooper's Inn||Nashville School of Law||2014|
|Honor Counsel President||Nashville School of Law||2014|
|Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor||Aquinas College||2004|
|Attorney||Covenant Law Group, PLLC||2015 - Present|
|Paralegal||Tennessee Contract Paralegal||2014 - 2015|
|Paralegal||Weeks & Anderson||2001 - 2014|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Tennessee Bar Association||Member||2016 - Present|
|Nashville Bar Association||Member||2015 - Present|
|Tennessee Association for Justice||Member||2015 - Present|
|General Board of Higher Education & Ministry of the UMC||The New Global Campus and International Student||2013|
|General Board of Higher Education & Ministry of the UMC||Higher Education Confronts the Workplace Bully||2013|
|General Board of Higher Education & Ministry of the UMC||The Rise of the Adjunct Professor||2012|
|General Board of Higher Education & Ministry of the UMC||The Uncivil Professor||2011|
|General Board of Higher Education & Ministry of the UMC||Religious Colleges and Government Regulation||2011|
|General Board of Higher Education & Ministry of the UMC||The New Face of Diversity: Transgender Students and Employees||2010|
|General Board of Higher Education & Ministry of the UMC||Hooking Up or Sexual Assault?||2010|
|General Board of Higher Education & Ministry of the UMC||Reasonable Accommodations: Responding to the Needs of the Mentally Disabled||2009|
|General Board of Higher Education & Ministry of the UMC||Responding to Sexual Violence on Campus||2009|
|Nashville School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2014|
|Aquinas College (Nashville, TN)||BS - Bachelor of Science||2005|
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