EDUCATION Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D. (1968); University of Tennessee Law School; Middle Tennessee State University, B.A (1966); with credits or studies from: Olympic College, Bremerton, Washington, George Washington University, D.C., Peabody College; judges school at The National Judicial College; studied agricultural cooperative at University of Wisconsin, University of Puerto Rico and Universidad de Los Andes Bogota, Colombia
ADMISSIONS Tennessee; District of Columbia; Texas; Kentucky; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama, Middle, Eastern and Western Districts of Tennessee, Eastern District of Michigan, Northern District of Texas; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Circuits; U.S. Claims Court; U.S. Court of Military Appeals, U.S. Tax Court and U.S. Supreme Court.
BIOGRAPHY Private practice (1981 – present); District Attorney pro tem (2000); Presidentially appointed U.S. Attorney, (1977-1981); Circuit Court Judge (1975-1977); Presiding Judge of Trial Courts (1977); Special Judge, Court of Appeals (1977); District Attorney Investigator; Assistant District Attorney (1968-1970); Early career: wheat harvester in Western States; FBI, Fingerprint Technician, Washington DC (1961); Peace Corps, South America (1963-65); Acting Director, St. Louis Job Corp. Center (1968); Dorm Advisor -Vanderbilt, Yacht Captain
HONORS John C. Tune Public Service Award, Nashville Bar Association (2018);Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society Leadership Award (2018); Distinguished Faculty Award, Nashville School of Law (2016); Attorney of the Month, Attorney at Law magazine (2016); Nashville Bar Foundation Rutherford Award (2017); Nashville Bar Association Norman Award for Criminal Law Excellence (2006); Listed in: Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in American Law, Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers in Tennessee, Best Lawyers in Mid South, Best Lawyer in Nashville; Super Lawyers; Commencement Speaker, NSL Graduation (2004); Portrait Hanging Ceremony in Nashville Courthouse (1996); Tenn. Bar Assn. Award of Merit (1991); Master in Harry Phillips American Inns of Court; “Highest Possible Rating in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standard,” Martindale-Hubbell; Bar Register Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell; Kentucky Bar Association Pro Bono Award; Honorary Senior Counselor, Kentucky Bar Association and Tennessee Bar Association; 2011 Leaders in Charge, Nashville Post
BOARDS Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society (President, 2015 – 2016); Nashville Bar Association (V.P.); National and Tennessee American Board of Trial Advocates (President, Tennessee Chapter); Board, National Association of Former U.S. Attorneys; Leadership Nashville Alumni Board; Capital Case Resource Center Board; Capitol Club (V.P and Board); Emeritus Board Member, National Peace Corps Association; Metropolitan Nashville Charter Commission (Vice Chairman)
MEMBERSHIPS and POSITIONS National Association of Former U.S. Attorneys (President 2017-2018); National Board of Directors (1993-1997 and 2012- 2016; Life Member), Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society, (President, 2015 – 2016); appointed by Chief Judge to the Judicial Selection Committee for U.S. Magistrate Judges (2016); Member, Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (2006); Panel Selection Committee for Federal Public Defender (2000); Tennessee Bar Association (General Counsel, 1983-1990); Nashville Bar Association (Member, Board of Directors, 1982-1985; Vice President, 1985 and other positions); Kentucky Bar Association; District of Columbia Bar Association; State Bar of Texas; American Board of Trial Advocates (Secretary, 1986-1987; President, Tennessee Chapter, 1989); Member, National Board of Directors (1988-1989); Life Member, Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference; President and Charter Member, Tennessee American Board of Trial Advocates; Leadership Nashville (1984); (JCOC 72); Fellow in Tennessee and Nashville Bar Foundations; Emeritus Board Member, National Association of Peace Corps; President Carter’s Ambassadors Circle
TEACHING Emeritus Professor, Nashville School of Law; Former Adjunct Professor, University of Tennessee Nashville, Aquinas College; Promotor de Alfabetizona Laubach, Colombia
PUBLICATIONS Numerous court opinions; articles in the Nashville Bar Journal; article in in Tennessee Law Review; various continuing legal education presentations;