Life has transitions. An aging loved-one unable to care for themselves. A serious injury. A criminal charge. A divorce.
Many transitions like these can be frightening. Regardless of these transitions or their circumstances, it's important to realize that transitions are not always signs of failure. Instead, transitions are often opportunities for growth. I've seen this every day in my client's lives, as I've seen my clients become better fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, and citizens while facing the harrowing challenges that a legal matter can bring. Seeing loved-ones navigate life's transitions and overcome obstacles is part of what inspired me to become an attorney.
I grew up in East Tennessee, and aside from a quick law school semester studying International Law in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, I have always lived in East Tennessee. I went to Morristown East High, where I served as president of my class. I graduated With Highest Honors and enrolled at the University of Tenessee on a full-tuition scholarship. I was a four-year member of the University's Honors Program and majored in Public Administration. I completed my required Senior Honors Project on the subject of Special Education Law. I graduated With Honors with a B.S. in Business Administration and was admitted to the University of Tennessee College of Law.
At UT Law, I participated in coursework covering advocacy and trial work, business issues, estate planning, criminal sentencing issues, education law, administrative law, and numberous other important fields of law. I earned scholarships for dedication to public service and international study. I was honored to serve as an editor of the Tennessee Journal of Law and Policy. During my third year, I studied both International Trade Law and Comparative Corporate Governance in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in a program with students from several prestigious law schools. I also represented Knoxville-area citizens in their court cases under special licensure as a Student Attorney in the UT Legal Clinic, which has routinely been ranked as one of the top clinical legal training programs in the U.S.
Upon passing the bar, I went to work at a firm in Upper East Tennessee while residing in the Morristown Area. I decided after a year that I would be better able to serve clients in my own practice in Morristown, so I founded my firm in 2010 with a focus on being accessible and client-centered. I have handled approximately 600-800 cases since 2009. To date, I have practiced in at least 18 East Tennessee counties in 7 judicial districts and have handled several cases in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee in both the Knoxville and Greeneville Divisions. I have also practiced in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.
Service to the public and profession is a priority that I've honored by helping found and manage Hamblen County's free Legal Clinic and serving as a member of the Tennesssee Bar Association's House of Delegates. I have also served as a member of the Board of Directors for Legal Aid of East Tennessee. In 2012 I was elected by the Rutledge, Tennessee Board of Mayor and Alderman to serve as City Attorney.
Law is about more than what gets put in the law books. I've honestly learned most of what I know about law from my seeing how my clients handle their transitions, because I've seen how law affects them and their families. This experience has allowed me to become more observant and understanding, and, in turn, has made me a better advocate for my clients.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Outstanding Service Award for Extraordinary Service||Legal Aid of East Tennessee||2015|
|Clients' Choice Award||Avvo||2014|
|Robert W. Ritchie Scholarship Award||Tennessee Judicial Conference Foundation||2008|
|W.K. McClure Fellowship for International Studies||University of Tennessee||2008|
|City Attorney (Part Time)||Town of Rutledge, Tennessee||2012 - 2016|
|Attorney||Kloosterman & Associates PLLC||2009 - 2010|
|Student Attorney||University Of Tennessee Legal Clinic||2009 - 2009|
|Graduate Recruiter||University of Tennessee College of Law||2009 - 2009|
|Law Clerk||Brewer & Terry, P.C.||2008 - 2009|
|Law Clerk||A. Everett Attorney at Law||2007 - 2008|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Legal Aid of East Tennessee||Board Member||2015 - Present|
|Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2014 - Present|
|Tennessee Bar Association||House of Delegates Member-Third Judicial District||2013 - Present|
|Cherokee Lake Users Association||Board Member||2013 - Present|
|Hamblen Legal Link Legal Clinic||Co-Founder||2012 - Present|
|Criminal Justice Act Panel-U.S. District Ct. E.D. Tenn.||Member||2010 - Present|
|Hamblen County Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|Yes on 2||Third Judicial District Steering Committee Member||2014 - 2014|
|Grainger County Chamber of Commerce||Member||2013 - 2015|
|Federal Bar Association||Member||2010 - 2011|
|American Bar Association||Member||2009 - 2010|
|USA v. Smith||Below-guidelines sentence|
|State v. K.M.S.||Dismissal|
|In re R.M.M. & C.L.M.||Dismissal/Transfer|
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|The Advocate||Asking Jurors to do the Impossible (Quoted Commentary as Student Jury Master)||2009|
|UT Honors Thesis Projects||Advocacy Issues in Gifted Education||2006|
|University of Tennessee College of Law||Law||J.D.||2009|
|University of Tennessee||Public Administration||B.S. Business Admin.||2006|
|Advantages of Estate Planning||Wills, Conservatorship, Elder Care Planning||2016|
|Turning Point||Wills, Powers of Attorney, Conservatorship||2015|
|Dignity Memorial Seminar-Morristown, TN||Simple Estate Planning & Legal Handbook for Tennessee Seniors||2014|
|Dignity Memorial Seminar||Simple Estate Planning: Wills & POA's||2012|