Director of Legal Writing

Harvard, 2001

Juris Doctor
University of Tennessee College of Law, 2005

Bar Admissions
Tennessee, 2006

Court Admissions (and Year)
Tennessee Supreme Court, 2006
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, 2008
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2008

Professional Memberships & Activities
Attorney Assistant to Tennessee Board of Law Examiners, appointed 2014
Tennessee Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division Board of Directors, 2011-2016
Nashville Bar Association, Co-Chair Appellate Practice Committee, 2010-2012
Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts, 2008-present
Nashville Pro Bono (Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands), 2008-present

Civic Memberships & Activities
Harvard Club of Middle Tennessee Board of Directors, 2010-2018
Harvard College Admissions Interviewer, 2003-2015

Started Teaching at NSL

Courses Taught

Rigorous Writing Exercise
Legal Skills & Values I (2014-2020)

Accolades & Distinctions

Superlawyers Mid-South Rising Stars 2014-present
Tennessee Supreme Court Attorney for Justice 2015-present
Nashville’s Top 30 under 30 2009  (designated by Cystic Fibrosis Foundation)

Assistant Editor, Tennessee Tort Law Letter (monthly publication, BLR/M. Lee Smith Publishers) (2008-2015)
Assoc. Editor, Tennessee Practice series, Vol. 15, Ch. 10-11 (Elder Law, Guardianships & Conservatorships) (2011-13)
Assistant Editor, Appellate Advocacy: A Handbook on Appellate Practice in Tennessee (Nash. Bar. Assoc. 4-8th editions)
“Judicial Selection in Tennessee: Deciding ‘The Decider’” 1 Belmont L. Rev. 143 (2014), co-authored with Margaret L. Behm
“Sign Here: The ‘But I Didn’t Read It’ Rule in Tennessee”, Tennessee Bar Journal, 39 Tenn. Bar J. (April 2012) co-authored with Donald Capparella
“Ms. Piggy vs. SPAM: An Entertainment Law Cautionary Tale” 8/3 Vanderbilt J. Ent. & Tech. L. 573 (2006)

CLE Presentations

“First Things First: Tennessee Business Law Conference Preliminary Business Contract Negotiation, Necessities, Tips and Tricks,” Tennessee Business Law Conference, May 3, 2018

“Best Practices in Legal Writing,” Williamson County Bar Association, November 3, 2017

“Contract Law for Family Lawyers,” 10th Annual Family Law Conference for Tenn. Practitioners, December 2, 2016

“Rules You Don’t Know: Civil Procedure, Evidence, Court Rules, and Standards of Review,” 9th Annual Law Conference for Tenn. Practitioners, November 12, 2015

“Anatomy of an Appeal — Appellate Practice for the Trial Lawyer,” co-presenter with Hon. W. Neal McBrayer and John C. Hayworth, Nashville Bar Association, April 16, 2015

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