Adjunct Professors

Faculty and Scholarship

College of Law faculty are excellent teachers, scholars, and practitioners. Their influential and well-respected scholarship is placed in some of the most esteemed law publications in the nation.

Faculty and Scholarship

College of Law faculty are excellent teachers, scholars, and practitioners. Their influential and well-respected scholarship is placed in some of the most esteemed law publications in the nation.

Adjunct Professors

Rodd Barckhoff

Email: rbarckho@utk.edu
Phone: 
865-974-6789

About
Rodd Barckhoff is a staff attorney for the Tennessee Supreme Court.

He has previously served as a senior judicial clerk for Justice Riley Anderson of the Tennessee Supreme Court and as a staff attorney and judicial clerk for the Court of Criminal Appeals, Eastern Division.

Lamont Belk

Email: labelk@tva.gov
Phone: 865-974-6789

About

Lamont A. Belk is a licensed attorney in Georgia and Tennessee.  He currently serves as an attorney on the Office of General Counsel for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in Knoxville, TN. 

Prior to arriving at TVA, Lamont worked as an Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Georgia. He has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law since 2017, and previously taught courses at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, the University of South Carolina-Aiken, and Augusta Technical Institute (Georgia).

Jamie Ballinger

Email: jballinger@bakerdonelson.com
Phone: 865-549-7216

About

Jamie Ballinger joined national firm Baker Donelson in 2014 after serving as an attorney at  London & Amburn in Knoxville. She practices in the areas of healthcare, employment, and manufacturing.

Ballinger graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Tennessee, where she was a Normandy Scholar, before obtaining her law degree with honors in 2008 from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

She was one of 25 members of the inaugural Leadership Tennessee Next cohort, and she now serves on the Leadership Tennessee Next steering committee. She is also a fellow in the Knoxville Bar Foundation, a member of the board of governors for the Knoxville Bar Association, and the recipient of the KBA’s  President’s Award for Extraordinary Service to the Bar. 


Suzanne Bauknight

Email: Suzanne_Bauknight@tneb.uscourts.gov
Phone: 865-545-4284

About

United States Bankruptcy Judge Suzanne H. Bauknight was appointed to serve in the Eastern District of Tennessee (at Knoxville) on November 10, 2014.  She previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney and Civil Division Chief, representing federal agencies in a variety of matters, including bankruptcy and debt collection.  During her term as Chair of DOJ’s Civil Chiefs Working Group, she was appointed to the Advisory Committee of United States Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.

Judge Bauknight earned her B.A. in international studies magna cum laude with honors from the South Carolina Honors College at the University of South Carolina and her J.D. magna cum laudefrom the University of South Carolina School of Law, where she attended as a Carolina Legal Scholar.  Judge Bauknight was law clerk to South Carolina Court of Appeals Judge C. Tolbert Goolsby, Jr.  Judge Bauknight began the practice of law as an associate at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, where she practiced in commercial and employment litigation. 

Judge Bauknight is a member of the Tennessee, South Carolina, and Knoxville Bar Associations, serving as a member of the KBA Board of Governors and as co-chair of the Government and Public Service Sector Lawyers’ Section.  She is an Emeritus Master of the Bench and past president of the Hamilton Burnett Chapter of the American Inns of Court.  Judge Bauknight has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law for more than ten years and is an Associate Editor of the American Bankruptcy Law Journal.

 




Suzanne Cook

Email: sscook@hsdlaw.com
Phone: 423-283-6302

About

Suzanne Sweet Cook is a partner with Hunter, Smith and Davis, LLP.

She has practiced law for 25 years in litigation, insurance defense and family law. She has significant jury trial and appellate experience in both state and federal courts in Tennessee and Virginia.

Her insurance defense practice includes personal injury, premises liability, fraud investigation and defense, coverage, and general tort litigation across a broad spectrum of areas. Her family law practice includes complex custody matters, divorce, conservatorship, adoption, and post-divorce matters.  

She has served as a special master, arbitrator, guardian ad litem, mediator, trustee and county attorney pro tempore in municipal government cases. She has served on many community and professional boards, and has been recognized by various organizations for her professional accomplishments.

Beth Ford

Email: Elizabeth_Ford@fd.org
Phone: 
865-974-4241

Education

BA, Vanderbilt University
JD, University of Tennessee College of Law

About

Beth Ford is the Community Defender for the Eastern District of Tennessee. 

She began working at Federal Defender Services when the office was created in 1992. Before 1992, she was the Area Legal Counsel for the Tennessee Department of Human Services (now Children’s Services) for 13 years. She was previously in private practice as Newport, Tennessee’s first woman lawyer.

Ford has taught trial practice at the College of Law for 14 years and criminal procedure at Pellissippi for two years. 

She is past chair of the College of Law Alumni Council and currently a member of the Dean’s Circle and the Leadership Institute’s board of directors. 

She has been recognized with the UT Alumni Service Award and with the Bernstein-Ritchie Award for service to the Legal Clinic. In the community, she is active with the YWCA, the Knoxville Bar Association and Messiah Lutheran Church.

Paul Helton

Email: phelton@utk.edu
Phone: 
865-974-4263

Education

BA, University of Tennessee
MA, University of Tennessee
JD, University of Tennessee

About

Paul E. Helton is an associate counsel with the Tennessee Department of Human Services in the Office of General Counsel, a position that he assumed in November 2010.

Helton is based in Knoxville and represents the Department of Human Services in matters pertaining to adult protective services, child care agency licensing, employment, rule-making hearings, and regulation drafting for a 35-county area in East Tennessee.

He was previously a regional general counsel for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services and practiced privately from 2001 to 2008 in both Nashville and Knoxville in the areas of business and construction litigation.

Helton has been teaching first-year law students since 2005.  


Mark Jendrek

Email: mjendrek@utk.edu
Phone: 
865-691-7826

Education
JD, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

About

Mark Jendrek is a solo practitioner with an emphasis on real estate and other transactional matters, including negotiating, drafting, and revising general commercial contracts and transactions for individuals and for small, medium, and large businesses; planning and drafting conservation easements; wireless telecommunications issues, including infrastructure matters, siting and site acquisition issues; zoning; drafting and revising ordinances, rules, and regulations; boundary line disputes, and general real estate work.

He s a 1986 graduate of the UT College of Law, and has been an adjunct professor for 30 years, teaching legal research and writing, contract drafting, and commercial leasing.

Barbara Johnson

Email: bjohns12@utk.edu
Phone: 
965-974-0150

About

Professor Johnson oversees the work of students through the Homer A. Jones, Jr. Wills Clinic and provides students with real-world experience in trust and estate matters through their work with economically disadvantaged clients.


Steve Oberman

Email: steve@tntriallaw.com
Phone: 865-456-1383

About

Oberman is the managing partner of The Oberman & Rice Law Firm, practicing DUI defense law and criminal defense law in general primarily in Knoxville and the East Tennessee region of the state.

Since 1980, he has successfully represented thousands of clients charged with DUI and related cases. He also has defended those accused of serious crimes in federal and state court including, bank fraud, embezzlement, homicide, all types of drug cases, and a variety of white-collar crimes.

Oberman has been an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee Law School since 1993 and was a Fulbright Professor of Law in 2019 at the University of Latvia where he taught American Criminal Law and American Trial Advocacy.

He is co-author of “Drunk Driving Defense,” 8th edition with Lawrence Taylor and author of “DUI: The Crime & Consequences in Tennessee.”


Sarah Malia

Email: sarahecmalia@gmail.com
Phone: 865-456-1383

About

Sarah E. C. Malia, MS, JD, is an elder law attorney, collaborator and mediator, fiduciary, and family studies educator. Since 2006 she has advocated for and served clients in the elder law realm, sharing her holistic approach to unraveling life’s tangles. Sarah has extensive training and experience in elder and family law and alternative dispute resolution processes. She has worked “in the trenches” as a court-appointed or private agent in various fiduciary capacities.

Sarah graduated with honors with a B.S. in Family Studies from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She received her J.D. in law and M.S. in family studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Along with maintaining a solo legal practice, since 2011 Sarah has taught in the Child & Family Studies Department at UTK. Before retiring, Sarah’s mother used to teach the same introductory family dynamics survey course and still assists Sarah in teaching, allowing them to have some fun together while amusing students observing real-life mother-daughter dynamics that illustrate class concepts. Basic legal education is incorporated in her classes related to estate planning, elder and family law, and public policy.

Robert Jolley

Email: jjolley3@utk.edu
Phone: 
865-971-4492

About
Robert Jolley, Jr., formerly and assistant district attorney general for the Sixth Judicial District, now practices in his general practice law firm in Knoxville.

Donna Looper

Email: dlooper@utk.edu
Phone: 
865-974-4241

Education
AB, Columbia University, New York
JD, University of California Hastings

About
Donna C. Looper is an attorney in private practice who is licensed to practice in Tennessee and California. She consults in legal matters nationwide, and is an author of several books.

Prior to her tenure in Knoxville, she practiced law in San Diego and San Francisco, Calif. She has served as a senior attorney for the California Court of Appeals and clerked for both the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Chief Judge for the U.S. District Court’s Eastern District of Louisiana.

Brooklyn Sawyers Belk

Email: bbelk@wwhgd.com
Phone: 
404-591-9620

Education

Emory and Henry College, B.A., 2002
East Tennessee State University, M.A., 2004
University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 2006

 

About

Brooklyn Sawyers Belk is a trial attorney with Weinberg, Wheeler, Hudgins, Gunn and Dial of Atlanta, and her practice focuses on criminal law, premises liability, labor and employment, professional liability and healthcare litigation. She also leads internal investigations.

Over a span of almost a decade, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in three U.S. Attorney’s Offices and a Trial Attorney for the Department of Justice.  She tried and prosecuted various criminal cases, including violence, firearms, drugs, fraud, sexual assaults, human trafficking, and homicide cases—winning convictions in numerous federal trials. She successfully argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth and Eleventh Circuits, served as lead counsel for major cases investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service, Department of State, and other federal agencies, and lectured on the prosecution of financial crimes and other complex offenses. 

Brooklyn distinguished herself as an electronic surveillance expert at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., as one of approximately 20 attorneys, who reviewed the nation’s electronic surveillance applications and guided other federal prosecutors across the country in those matters. 

Sawyers Belk conducts local, regional, and national training seminars on topics ranging from fraud and white collar crime to implicit bias and social justice.

 

Michael Stanuszek

Email: mjs@stulaw.org
Phone: 865-766-4170

Education

BS, Central Michigan University
JD, University of Tennessee
LL.M. in Insurance Law, University of Connecticut

About

Michael J. Stanuszek is the managing member of the Knoxville law firm, the Stanuszek Law Group, PLLC. He was previously  a partner in the Knoxville law firm of Haynes, Meek, Summers & Stanuszek, and an associate in the Cleveland, Ohio law firm of Janik & Dorman, LLP.

Stanuszek is the chairman and president of the Tennessee Law Lab, Inc., East Tennessee’s first law incubator; CEO of Stanuszek Mediation Services, Inc.; president of Stanuszek Small Business Awards and Recognition, Inc.; president of Stanuszek Visitation Services, Inc.; and CEO of Stanuszek Data Entry, Inc.

In addition to teaching, he serves as a mentor for the college’s mentoring program.

D. Taylor Tipton

Email: ttipton@bakerdonelson.com
Phone: 865-549-7128

Education

BA, University  of Tennessee
JD, Georgetown University 

About

Taylor Tipton represents banks, bank holding companies, nonbank lenders, other financial services providers, and their investors in merger and acquisition, restructuring and recapitalization, and securities transactions.

He also advises depository and non-depository financial services providers on financial regulatory laws, including the Bank Holding Company Act, Change in Bank Control Act, Bank Secrecy Act, Dodd-Frank Act, and various state licensing and compliance laws throughout the nation.

He has represented clients in investigations and enforcement actions brought by the Federal Reserve, OCC, FDIC, CFPB, OFAC, Department of Justice, state banking departments, and state attorneys general.

Carlos A. Yunsan

Email: cyunsan@vols.utk.edu
Phone: 865-974-6789

Education

BS (Nutrition), University of Tennessee, Knoxville
MS-MPH (Nutrition-Public Health), University. of Tennessee, Knoxville
JD (Advocacy & Dispute Resolution), University  of Tennessee, Knoxville

About

Carlos A. Yunsan, a native of Panama City, Panama, serves as judicial law clerk for Justice Sharon G. Lee of the Tennessee Supreme Court.

His previous civil litigation practice with regional and local law firms focused on contractual disputes, construction law, landlord-tenant issues, personal injury, and appeals. Before pursuing a career in law, he worked for eight years in public health, assisting local and state health departments with community development, health promotion, and strategic planning.

Yunsan was a two-year member of the National Moot Court Team at the UT College of Law, winning the regional competition in 2012. He was a founding member and vice president of Enlace (the Latino law student association), student coordinator of the Oak Ridge Evening Bar free legal advice clinic, and president of the Health Law Society.

Kyle Baisley

Email:  KBaisley@lrwlaw.com
Phone: 865-974-6789

Education

BA (Political Science), Furman University
JD, University  of Tennessee

About

Kyle A. Baisley is an attorney with Long, Ragsdale & Waters, P.C. in Knoxville. He concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial transactions for real estate, technology, banking/finance and firearms industry clients. He provides counsel for entrepreneurial and start-up businesses, prepares securities documents and filings and assists clients with estate planning. He also leverages his past in-house experience to serve as an outsourced general counsel to small- and medium-sized businesses.

He teaches contract drafting and negotiation, and serves as an attorney-mentor for the UT Law Mentoring Program.

Rodd Barckhoff

Email: rbarckho@utk.edu
Phone: 
865-974-6789

About
Rodd Barckhoff is a staff attorney for the Tennessee Supreme Court.

He has previously served as a senior judicial clerk for Justice Riley Anderson of the Tennessee Supreme Court and as a staff attorney and judicial clerk for the Court of Criminal Appeals, Eastern Division.

Lamont Belk

Email: labelk@tva.gov
Phone: 865-974-6789

About

Lamont A. Belk is a licensed attorney in Georgia and Tennessee.  He currently serves as an attorney on the Office of General Counsel for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in Knoxville, TN.  Prior to arriving at TVA, Lamont worked as an Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Georgia.  He has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law since 2017, and previously taught courses at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, the University of South Carolina-Aiken, and Augusta Technical Institute (Georgia).

David A. Codevilla

Email: dacodevilla@tva.gov
Phone: 865-632-7338

Education

BA (History) University of California, Berkeley
JD George Mason University School of Law

About

David Codevilla is a senior attorney at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Office of General Counsel, where he practices in the Nuclear Licensing group. In this capacity he manages nuclear plant contracts, handles nuclear regulatory matters, supports TVA’s nuclear innovation business, and leads the cross-functional team responsible for TVA’s standard contract terms. He has taught classes as an adjunct professor since 2011.

Codevilla was an associate in the Washington D.C. offices of Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan (now Eversheds Sutherland), and Kirkland & Ellis. He subsequently served as senior counsel on the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, and was employed by Caterpillar Inc. as corporate counsel.

Since 2010, he also has volunteered as an assistant head coach for the University of Tennessee’s men’s rugby team.

Timothy Conner

Email: tconner6@utk.edu
Phone: 
865-342-4902

Virginia Couch

Email: vcouch@utk.edu
Phone: 
865-974-6789

About
Virginia L. Couch, a native of Corbin, Kentucky, is an associate at Holifield & Associates, PLLC. 

She represents business owners in commercial, corporate, and business transactions, including new entity organization, asset and stock purchases, and real estate leases and purchases. She advises business owners on governance, litigation payroll, and employment matters. 

She is a contributing author of the Age Discrimination in Employee Benefits chapter in BNA’s “Erisa Litigation.”

Couch owns the Barkside Lodge dog resort in Lenoir City, Tennessee, and as a business owner has firsthand knowledge of the legal issues business owners face.

Wade Davies

Email: wdavies@utk.edu
Phone: 
865-637-0661

Education
BA (History), Pomona College, Claremont, California
JD, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

About

Davies represents his clients at both trial and appellate levels in his criminal defense practice, offering legal assistance for everything from state court cases to complicated federal trials.

In his civil practice, he focuses on litigation against both federal and state government and agencies. He has provided representation for attorneys and healthcare professionals in civil, criminal, and administrative matters. He has also served as an expert witness on the standards for defense counsel in criminal cases.

Davies is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America.

John Dreiser

Email: John@farmerdreiser.com
Phone: 
865-584-1211

Education
BS, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
JD, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

About

John Dreiser is an attorney with the Law Offices of Tony Farmer and John Dreiser in Knoxville, Tennessee.  He focuses his practices in the area of personal injury, social security disability, workers’ compensation, wrongful death, products liability, short-term/long-term disability and ERISA litigation, veteran’s disability, and Railroad Retirement Board disability.

He is a member of the Knoxville, Tennessee and Tennessee Bar Associations as well as the American Association for Justice, Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, Workplace Injury Litigation Group, and NOSSCR (National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives).  As part of his membership to the Knoxville Bar Association, he is an active member of the professionalism committee. 

Dreiser has significant appellate experience before the Tennessee Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Tennessee on various cases including personal injury and workers’ compensation issues. He has lectured for the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians regarding the American Medical Association Guidelines For The Evaluation Of Permanent Impairment, as well as other seminars to lawyers and practitioners on Social Security Disability, medical records and workers’ compensation. 

Spencer Fair

Email: SFair@londonamburn.com
Phone: 
865-637-0203

Education
BA, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
JD, University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee

About

Spencer Fair is an attorney and shareholder with London & Amburn, P.C. in Knoxville. He concentrates his practice in the areas of health care litigation and general health law matters. He represents physicians and other health care providers in complex litigation throughout the State of Tennessee, as well as in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He teaches Civil Pre-Trial Litigation at the UT College of Law.

Kelly Frere

Email: kfrere@tennessee.edu
Phone: 
865-694-0373

Education
BA, Rhodes College, Memphis, Tenn.
JD, University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tenn.

About
Kelly Guyton Frere practices with her husband in the Lenoir City firm of Guyton & Frere, which was established in 1986. She was certified as an elder law specialist in 1998, and in 2006 was peer-inducted into the Council of Advanced Practitioners of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

Frere was a member of the Tennessee Bar Association special committee that produced the Legal Handbook for Tennessee Seniors, and was a member of the drafting committee that overhauled the Tennessee Conservatorship statutes that became effective July 1, 2013.


Lawrence Giordano

Email: lgiorda1@utk.edu
Phone: 
865-546-4646

Education
BS (Psychology), Denison University
JD, Georgetown University

About
Lawrence F. Giordano is a shareholder and director of the firm of Lewis Thomason in Knoxville. He is the co-chair of both the firm’s education law and healthcare law practice groups.

Giordano’s 37 years of  experience includes criminal and civil matters, both litigation and transactional.

Giordano also has appellate experience, having appeared before the Tennessee Supreme Court, Tennessee Court of Appeals, Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

He is a former administrative law judge fro the State of Tennessee Department of Education and is the president of the Tennessee Council of School Board Attorneys.

Jonathan Harwell

Email: jharwell@pdknox.org
Phone: 
865-974-

Education
B.A. Williams College
M.St. Oxford University
J.D. Harvard Law School


About
As serving as a federal law clerk, Jonathan Harwell worked as a trial and appellate attorney in Boston, Massachusetts, with the firm of Rankin & Sultan.  He then returned home to Knoxville, and practiced for several years with his father Ralph E. Harwell in Knoxville, appearing in both federal and state court in criminal matters.  He joined the Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office in 2014, where he leads the appellate division.  He is responsible for litigating the office’s appeals, and also assists with other cases in the trial courts of Knox County.

Paul Helton

Email: phelton@utk.edu
Phone: 
865-974-4263

Education

BA, University of Tennessee
MA, University of Tennessee
JD, University of Tennessee

About

Paul E. Helton is an associate counsel with the Tennessee Department of Human Services in the Office of General Counsel, a position that he assumed in November 2010.

Helton is based in Knoxville and represents the Department of Human Services in matters pertaining to adult protective services, child care agency licensing, employment, rule-making hearings, and regulation drafting for a 35-county area in East Tennessee.

He was previously a regional general counsel for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services and practiced privately from 2001 to 2008 in both Nashville and Knoxville in the areas of business and construction litigation.

Helton has been teaching first-year law students since 2005.  

 

Al Holifield

Email: jhollif1@utk.edu
Phone: 
865-974-6789

Education

BS (Business Administration), University of Southern Mississippi
MBA, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
JD, University  of Tennessee, Knoxville

About

Al Holifield is the founding member of Holifield Janich & Ferrera, PLLC (HJ&F). He focuses his practice in the areas of employee benefits law, employee benefits litigation, health care compliance, employment law, employment litigation and business law. He represents local and national companies from various industries including, but not limited to, hospitals, insurance companies, restaurants, doctors’ offices, government contractors, and construction companies.

He has been an adjunct professor at the College of Law since 2008 and teaches courses on employee benefits.


Mark Jendrek

Email: mjendrek@utk.edu
Phone: 
865-691-7826

Education
JD, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

About

Mark Jendrek is a solo practitioner with an emphasis on real estate and other transactional matters, including negotiating, drafting, and revising general commercial contracts and transactions for individuals and for small, medium, and large businesses; planning and drafting conservation easements; wireless telecommunications issues, including infrastructure matters, siting and site acquisition issues; zoning; drafting and revising ordinances, rules, and regulations; boundary line disputes, and general real estate work.

He s a 1986 graduate of the UT College of Law, and has been an adjunct professor for 30 years, teaching legal research and writing, contract drafting, and commercial leasing.

Barbara Johnson

Email: bjohns12@utk.edu
Phone: 
965-974-0150

About

Professor Johnson oversees the work of students through the Homer A. Jones, Jr. Wills Clinic and provides students with real-world experience in trust and estate matters through their work with economically disadvantaged clients.

Robert Jolley

Email: jjolley3@utk.edu
Phone: 
865-971-4492

About
Robert Jolley, Jr., formerly and assistant district attorney general for the Sixth Judicial District, now practices in his general practice law firm in Knoxville.

Diane Lashmit

Email: dlashmit@utk.edu
Phone: 
865-637-2442

CJ Lewis

Email: clewis47@utk.edu
Phone: 
865-974-6789

Education

JD, University  of Tennessee, Knoxville

About

CJ Lewis graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in May of 2015. Over the last two years he conducted legal research for the Knox County Public Defender’s Office.

He is a member of the Order of the Barristers and the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In 2013, he was named best advocate in UT’s Opening Statement competition. In 2014, he was named best advocate in the UT’s Advocate’s Prize Competition.

 

Email: dlooper@utk.edu
Phone: 
865-974-4241

Education
AB, Columbia University, New York
JD, University of California Hastings

About
Donna C. Looper is an attorney in private practice who is licensed to practice in Tennessee and California. She consults in legal matters nationwide, and is an author of several books.

Prior to her tenure in Knoxville, she practiced law in San Diego and San Francisco, Calif. She has served as a senior attorney for the California Court of Appeals and clerked for both the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Chief Judge for the U.S. District Court’s Eastern District of Louisiana.

Gregory McMillan

Email: gmcmill1@utk.edu
Phone: 865-974-6789


Education

BA (Biology), University of Tennessee, Knoxville
JD, University  of Tennessee, Knoxville

About

Gregory McMillan is the 4th Circuit Court Judge in Knox County, Tennessee. Prior to being elected to his position in 2014, he practiced law with the law firm of Lewis, Thomason, King, Krieg & Waldrop.

He is experienced in civil practice primarily concentrating in the areas of domestic relations, personal injury, corporate representation, and municipal law at the circuit, chancery, and appellate levels in state and federal courts.

 

 

Cindy Padilla

Email: cpadilla@utk.edu
Phone: 
865-705-4772

Education

BS, University of Tennessee
JD, University  of Tennessee

About

Cindy D. Padilla has served as senior judicial law clerk to the Honorable Thomas R. Frierson, II, of the Tennessee Court of Appeals since February 2013 and previously served from 1999 to 2012 as senior judicial law clerk to the Honorable Herschel P. Franks, former presiding judge of the Tennessee Court of Appeals. 

Padilla began teaching Legal Process II in 2012 as an adjunct professor for the University of Tennessee College of Law.  Before her successive clerkships, she practiced law with Sobieski, Messer, and Associates, concentrating primarily on domestic relations and civil rights litigation.  

Email: tpanter@utk.edu
Phone: 
865-974-6789

 

Candice Reed

Email: creed@latitudelegal.com
Phone: 615-351-9259

Education

BA, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
JD, University  of Tennessee, Knoxville
MAPP, University of Pennsylvania

About

Candice Reed teaches an upper-level course on Thriving as a Lawyer within the College of Law’s Institute for Professional Leadership.

She also currently serves as senior vice president and partner at Latitude, a high-end legal placement firm headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee.

Reed  served as chief ethics officer and in-house legal counsel at Ceridian Corp. and Com Data, where she oversaw operational ethics compliance worldwide. She began her legal career at the law firm of Miller & Martin PLLC, where she practiced business litigation and commercial bankruptcy law, and later ran the Nashville office of Legility (f/k/a Counsel On Call).

She has extensive experience as a consultant, trainer, and coach for lawyers and their organizations and is a frequent speaker on topics such as attorney wellness, professional development and leadership, workplace engagement and career satisfaction and transition. She previously served on the College of Law Alumni Council, is a past president of the Lawyers’ Association for Women Marion Griffith Chapter, is an emeritus member of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Attorney Wellbeing Committee, a TBA YLD Fellow and currently serves on the Advisory Board of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Nashville, after having served for six years on the board of directors.

 

Lauren Sherwood

Email: LSherwood@MerchantGould.com
Phone: 865-974-6789

Education

BS, University of Florida
BA, University of Florida
JD, University  of Tennessee, Knoxville

About

Lauren Sherwood is an associate at Merchant & Gould’s Knoxville office. She received her license to practice in Tennessee in 2018 and has been licensed to practice before the USPTO since 2013. She has focused her practice on patent prosecution in electric, software, and biotechnology areas. Prior to and while attending law school at the University of Tennessee College of Law, Sherwood prepared and prosecuted patent applications in a wide variety of technology areas as a patent agent for a virtual law firm.

While the bulk of Sherwood’s experience over the past seven years has been in computer-related technologies, her technical background is in chemistry. She received a bachelor of science degree in chemistry with an emphasis in biochemistry. She also earned  bachelor of arts degree in anthropology.

 

Michael Stanuszek

Email: mjs@stulaw.org
Phone: 865-766-4170

Education

BS, Central Michigan University
JD, University of Tennessee
LL.M. in Insurance Law, University of Connecticut

About

Michael J. Stanuszek is the managing member of the Knoxville law firm, the Stanuszek Law Group, PLLC. He was previously  a partner in the Knoxville law firm of Haynes, Meek, Summers & Stanuszek, and an associate in the Cleveland, Ohio law firm of Janik & Dorman, LLP.

Stanuszek is the chairman and president of the Tennessee Law Lab, Inc., East Tennessee’s first law incubator; CEO of Stanuszek Mediation Services, Inc.; president of Stanuszek Small Business Awards and Recognition, Inc.; president of Stanuszek Visitation Services, Inc.; and CEO of Stanuszek Data Entry, Inc.

In addition to teaching, he serves as a mentor for the college’s mentoring program.

 

Tom Stovall

Email: Tom.Stovall@tn.gov
Phone: 615-594-1724

Education

BS, Earlham College
JD, University of Tennessee

About

Tom Stovall is a former director and chief administrative judge of the Administrative Procedures Division  in the Office of the Tennessee Secretary of State.

Prior to his retirement in 2013, he managed the office of administrative judges who preside over contested case hearings on behalf of Tennessee state and local administrative agencies. He is currently working as a part time administrative judge with the Administrative Procedures Division.

Stovall has been trained as a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 general civil mediator and has received extensive training in judicial management and practice from the National Judicial College and the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary.  Stovall has also received the required training in special education law to conduct special education due process hearings and mediations brought under the Individuals with Disabilities Educational Improvement Act.

Stovall is on the leadership committee of the administrative law section of the Tennessee Bar Association and is a member of the organization’s task force on judicial conduct rules.

Stovall is an adjunct instructor teaching administrative law in conjunction with the University of Tennessee College of Law’s semester-in-residence program in Nashville.  

D. Taylor Tipton

Email: ttipton@bakerdonelson.com
Phone: 865-549-7128

Education

BA, University  of Tennessee
JD, Georgetown University 

About

Taylor Tipton represents banks, bank holding companies, nonbank lenders, other financial services providers, and their investors in merger and acquisition, restructuring and recapitalization, and securities transactions.

He also advises depository and non-depository financial services providers on financial regulatory laws, including the Bank Holding Company Act, Change in Bank Control Act, Bank Secrecy Act, Dodd-Frank Act, and various state licensing and compliance laws throughout the nation.

He has represented clients in investigations and enforcement actions brought by the Federal Reserve, OCC, FDIC, CFPB, OFAC, Department of Justice, state banking departments, and state attorneys general.

Paul Wehmeier

Email: pwehmeie@vols.utk.edu
Phone: 865-546-7000

Education

BA, Ball State University
JD, University of Tennessee

About

Paul Wehmeier was raised in Muncie, Indiana, where he attained his undergraduate degree at Ball State University, While living in Indiana, he raised angus cattle until he graduated. His interests include politics and government, and he exercised these interests through internships with the Indiana State House of Representatives and the White House Office of Public Liaison. Following graduation from Ball State, Paul worked in Indiana government with the Indiana Department of Labor and the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.

Wehmeier moved to Knoxville to study law at the University of Tennessee College of Law. He graduated magna cum laude and was vice president of the University of Tennessee Chapter of the Federalist Society. He was admitted to the Tennessee Bar in 2011.

After graduation, Wehmeier joined Arnett, Draper & Hagood, LLP where he focuses his practice on labor and employment issues. Paul is admitted to practice in Tennessee and is a member of the Knoxville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations.

Carlos A. Yunsan

Email: cyunsan@vols.utk.edu
Phone: 865-974-6789

Education

BS (Nutrition), University of Tennessee, Knoxville
MS-MPH (Nutrition-Public Health), University. of Tennessee, Knoxville
JD (Advocacy & Dispute Resolution), University  of Tennessee, Knoxville

About

Carlos A. Yunsan, a native of Panama City, Panama, serves as judicial law clerk for Justice Sharon G. Lee of the Tennessee Supreme Court.

His previous civil litigation practice with regional and local law firms focused on contractual disputes, construction law, landlord-tenant issues, personal injury, and appeals. Before pursuing a career in law, he worked for eight years in public health, assisting local and state health departments with community development, health promotion, and strategic planning.

Yunsan was a two-year member of the National Moot Court Team at the UT College of Law, winning the regional competition in 2012. He was a founding member and vice president of Enlace (the Latino law student association), student coordinator of the Oak Ridge Evening Bar free legal advice clinic, and president of the Health Law Society.