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Attorneys

Attorneys
Arthur E. McClellan
Dennis Wade Powers
M. Allen Ehmling
Jade Rogers Maberry

Legal Support Personal
Brenda Yates, CLA
Drew Carr Burgett, A.S. (paralegal studies)
Susan Byrum, A.S. (paralegal studies)
Juanita S. Young, A.A. (paralegal studies)


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Arthur E. McClellan

Member - President
Gallatin Office
E-mail: aemcclellan@bellsouth.net

Practice Areas: First Party Insurance Defense; Personal Injury Defense; Products Liability Defense; Aviation Law; Probate Litigation.

Peer Review Rating: AV® Rated. See explanation at bottom of page.

Education: University of Tennessee at Knoxville, J.D., 1973; Harding University, B.A., 1968.

Admitted: 1974, Tennessee and U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee; 1978, U.S. Supreme Court; 1983, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; 1984, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee; 1999, U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee.

Memberships: Sumner County (President, 1976-1977), Tennessee (Member, House of Delegates, 1987-1993) and American Bar Associations; Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association; American Judges Association. University of Tennessee College of Law Dean's Circle.

Military: 1st Lt., U.S. Army, Intelligence, 1968-1971.

Born: Sikeston, Missouri, November 7, 1946.

Biography: Order of the Coif. Recipient, Harold C. Warner Centurion Scholarship. Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award. Member, Editorial Board, Tennessee Law Review, 1972-1973. Law Clerk, Associate Justice Allison B. Humphreys, Tennessee Supreme Court, 1973-1974. Author: "Torts—Minors—Contributory or Comparative Negligence," 39 Tennessee Law Review 747, 1972; "Unrevealed Informants & the Fourth Amendment," 40 Tennessee Law Review 75, 1972; "Practical Aspects of Defending Arson and Insurance Fraud Claims," 3 Adelphia Law Journal 1, 1984. Adjunct Law Professor, Civil Trial and Appellate Practice, Volunteer State Community College, 1992—. Fire Instructor, TACA Fire School, 1989. Circuit Judge, 18th Judicial District, 1999-2000.  Sumner County Commissioner, 2002-2006.  Sumner County Election Commission, 2007-2013, serving as Chairman. 
 

 

Dennis Wade Powers

Member - Vice President
Gallatin Office
E-mail: dennis_powers@bellsouth.net

Practice Areas: Insurance Defense; Corporate Law; Estate Litigation; Probate Litigation; Personal Injury.

Peer Review Rating: AV®  Rated.  See explanation at bottom of page.

Education: University of Memphis, J.D., 1978, Volunteer State Community College, A.S., 1973; Trevecca Nazarene College, B.S., 1975.

Admitted: 1978, Tennessee and U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee.

Memberships: Sumner County, Tennessee and American Bar Associations.

Born: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, April 8, 1953.

Biography: Recipient, Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award, Business Student of the Year, 1975. Instructor, Business Law and Negotiable Instruments, Volunteer State Community College, 1979—.


 

M. Allen Ehmling

Member - Treasurer
Gallatin Office
E-mail: aeehmling@bellsouth.net

Practice Areas: Insurance Defense; Criminal Defense; Creditor Bankruptcy; Family Law; Juvenile Law.

Peer Review Rating: BV®  Rated.  See explanation at bottom of page.

Education: University of Tennessee at Knoxville, J.D., 1981, University of the South, B.A., cum laude, 1978.

Admitted: 1981, Tennessee and U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee.

Memberships: Sumner County (Secretary, 1984; Treasurer, 1985; Vice-President, 1986; President, 1987), Rutherford-Cannon County, Tennessee and American Bar Associations; Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association; Defense Research Institute.

Born: Circleville, Ohio, September 3, 1955.

Biography: Adjunct Faculty, Volunteer State Community College, Family Law, Civil Trial, Appellate Procedure and Torts.
 

 

Jade Rogers Maberry

Member - Secretary
Gallatin Office
E-mail: rogers@bellsouth.net

Practice Areas: Insurance Defense; Workers Compensation Defense; Personal Injury; Domestic Relations; Child Custody; Family Law; Juvenile Law.

Peer Review Rating: BV®  Rated.  See explanation at bottom of page.

Education: Tulane University, J.D., 1990, Lipscomb University, B.A., cum laude, 1987.

Admitted: 1991, Texas; 1992, Tennessee; 1994, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; 1996, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee; 1999, U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee; 2007, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee.

Memberships: Sumner County and Tennessee Bar Associations; Defense Research Institute; Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association; National Lawyers Association.

Born: Nashville, Tennessee, August 4, 1964.

Biography: Judge, City of Westmoreland, Tennessee, 1995—.

 

 

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The General Recommendation Rating is:
V - Very High

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