About My Practice
I have been a practicing attorney since 2002, with a wide variety of experience in serving small business clients. In 2007 I took a break from the private practice of law to work as the Director of Policy and a Staff Attorney for an educational non-profit representing school boards across the state. In that position, I helped to shape the education policies of this state, and learned a great deal about the nuts and bolts of how schools work. In 2012, I returned to the private practice of law to help parents, teachers and school systems with the increasingly complex legal challenges they face.
I am currently a member of the American Bar Association and the Tennessee Bar Association.
In addition to advising clients, I have also been involved in several successful appeals to the Tennessee Supreme Court:
State vs. Davis
: This is a Bail Bond case, in which the contested issue was whether the imposition of a sentence upon the defendant terminated the surety’s obligations under an appearance bond, and whether the surety was liable for the payment of the fine and costs assessed against the defendant.
Heyne vs. Metro
: This is an education law case in which the contested issue was the due process requirement for the imposition of a ten day suspension under Tennessee law. The Court of Appeals decision can be found
An ancillary issue that was also addressed in the Heyne case, above, was the award of attorney's fees under Federal law in Chancery Court. That award was overturned on appeal. However, the facts of this case were very specific, and are not likely to occur in most cases.