NASHVILLE, February 22, 2008 Chattanooga attorney Sam Elliott will become the next vice president of the Tennessee Bar Association, putting him on track to lead the organization in the 2010-2011 bar year. Elliott, a lawyer with Gearhiser, Peters, Lockaby, Cavett & Elliott, currently serves as the third district representative to the TBA Board of Governors and leads its Operations Committee. His election will become official following certification by the Board of Governors.
A graduate of the University of the South and the University of Tennessee College of Law, Elliott practices primarily in the field of litigation. He has tried jury cases involving products liability, personal injury, employment discrimination and eminent domain. He also represents the municipal governments of Soddy Daisy, Collegedale and Lakesite, and therefore is experienced in such diverse matters as government land use regulation and civil rights litigation. He also advises clients on issues of employment law, environmental law, commercial disputes and professional liability.
A past president of the Chattanooga Bar Association, Elliott began his career clerking in 1981-82 for then U. S. Magistrate Roger Dickson, and has been with Gearhiser, Peters, Lockaby, Cavett & Elliott ever since. In 1995, in an appointed criminal case which he argued before the Tennessee Supreme Court, he and his co-counsel obtained post-conviction relief for a prisoner on death row. He has also appeared as co-counsel for the Chattanooga Bar Association in suits to enjoin the unauthorized practice of law, and volunteers in the pro bono program for Legal Aid of East Tennessee.
Elliott is known for his scholarly work on Tennessee in the Civil War, and has published two books, Soldier of Tennessee: General Alexander P. Stewart and the Civil War in the West (1999) and Doctor Quintard: Chaplain C. S. A. and Second Bishop of Tennessee (2003). His interest in the Civil War led to his serving two years as President of the Friends of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, an organization he continues to serve as a board member.
In 2005, he was appointed by Governor Bredeson to the Tennessee Historical Commission, and chairs its Tennessee Wars Commission Committee. In 2006, Sam was elected to the board of the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association. He also is a member of the Society of Civil War Historians and the Historians of the Western Theater. Sam has had book reviews published in the Chattanooga Times Free Press and Tennessee Bar Journal and in two national publications, and is a frequent speaker on Civil War topics.
Sam and his wife, Karen, have two daughters, and attend Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church, where he is an Elder and chairs the Christian Education Ministry Group.
(Biographical information provided by the Gearhiser, Peters, Lockaby, Cavett & Elliott law firm)
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