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.
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.
Virginia L. Couch, a native of Corbin, Ky., 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, Tenn., and as a business owner has firsthand knowledge of the legal issues business owners face.
BA (History), Pomona College, Claremont, Calif.
JD, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.
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.
BA, Rhodes College, Memphis, Tenn.
JD, University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tenn.
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.
BS (Psychology), Denison University, Granville, Ohio
JD, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
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.
Mark Jendrick is a solo practitioner with an office in downtown Knoxville, focusing on real estate and transactional matters. In addition to his work as an adjunct at the College of Law since 1989, Jendricks works with a number of organizations throughout the community.
He is the chair of the District 2 Investigating Committee that conducts character and fitness interviews with Tennessee Bar applicants.
A significant part of his practice involves creative problem-solving and using legal and writing skills to achieve his clients’ goals.
Robert Jolley, Jr., formerly and assistant district attorney general for the Sixth Judicial District, now practices in his general practice law firm in Knoxville.
AB, Columbia University, New York
JD, University of California Hastings
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.