Virtual Family Law Conference for Tennessee Practitioners
Join us for the Virtual 15th Annual Family Law Conference for Tennessee Attorneys!
Our most popular CLE conference of the year is back with an exciting new lineup of judges, award-winning attorneys, and distinguished faculty.
Our knowledgeable and expert speakers will discuss the latest in legislative and caselaw updates, non-traditional family issues, ethics, mediation, technology, and more.
Attend the Family Law conference virtually with your choice of dates and flexibility for your schedule: December 3-4, or choose from 1 day in December!
Complete your annual CLE requirements of 15 general hours plus 3 dual ethics/professionalism with a conference tailored to your busy lifestyle.
- Case law update
- Orders of protection
- Ethical considerations in custody cases
- Best practices and practical tips from judges
- Property valuation and economic impacts
- Legislative changes and update
- Domestic violence cases
- Non-traditional family issues
- Parenting plans in 2020
- Marital dissolution and taxes
- Juvenile matters
- Social media & electronic discovery
- Asset protection & division
- Same-sex marriages in Tennessee
- And more!
What last year’s attendees said
“Great information for family law attorneys”
“Speakers are always so knowledgeable and engaging”
“Case law update is the best!”
Sessions are in Central Standard Time
Day One: Thursday, December 3, 2020 — (7.5 hours)
8:00 am-9:00 am
Ethics in Family Law
Presented by Stan Kweller of Jackson, Kwellar and Hayes
9:05 am-10:05 am
Discovering Legal Tech
Presented by Sean Martin of Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard, PLLC
10:05 am-10:15 am
10:15 am- 11:15 am
How to Triage Complex Cases (part one)
Presented by David Garrett, Jason Talley and Jacob Thorington of Cheatham, Palermo & Garrett Law
11:20 am-12:20 pm
How to Triage Complex Cases (part two)
Presented by David Garrett, Jason Talley and Jacob Thorington of Cheatham, Palermo & Garrett Law
12:20 pm-12:50 pm
12:50 pm-1:50 pm
The Use of Protective Orders in Family law Cases
Presented by Kortney Simmons of Casey, Simmons & Bryant, PLLC
1:55 pm -2:55 pm
How to Prove Income when an Evaluator is not Affordable
Presented by Kimberley Reed-Bracey Johnson of Freeman & Bracey, PLC
2:55 pm- 3:05 pm
3:05 pm -4:05 pm
Business Valuation 101: Beyond Your Neighborhood CPA
Presented by Jason Buhlinger and Matthew Byford of Brown Smith Wallace
4:05 pm-4:35 pm
LIVE Q&A with the speakers from Day One
Day Two: Friday, December 4, 2020 (7.5 hours)
8:00 am-9:00 am
Case Law Update
Presented by Brenton Lankford
9:05 am- 10:05 am
Ethics: What’s New
Presented by Eileen Smith, from the TN Board of Professional Responsibility
10:05 am-10:15 am
10:15 am -10:45 am
Alternate Dispute Resolutions during a Pandemic
Presented by Judge Robert Childers & Amy Amundsen
10:50 am-11:50 am
Presented by Jason F. Hicks, Solo Practitioner in Tennessee and North Carolina
11:50 am- 12:20 pm
12:20 pm -1:20 pm
5 Do’s and Don’ts of Domestic Litigation Drafting
Presented by Beau Pemberton of Bradberry Law
1:25 pm- 2:25 pm
Ethics in Family Law Cases: Nuts & Bolts of the Grievance Process
Presented by Brittany Lavalle of the TN Board of Professional Responsibility
2:25 pm-2:35 pm
2:35 pm-3:05 pm
Initial Parenting Plan Orders and Parenting Plan Modification
Presented by Emily R. Long of Holland Law
3:10 pm-4:10 pm
Mediation During COVID-19
Presented by Barry Howard of Howard, Tate, Sowell, Wilson Leathers & Johnson, PLLC
4:10 pm -4:40 pm
LIVE Q&A with the speakers from Day Two
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Your Tennessee Attorneys
Amy J. Amundsen has been practicing Family Law in the Memphis area for over 31 years. During that time, she has served as the President of both the Tennessee and Memphis Bar Association Family Law Section and Adjunct Professor of Family Law at the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Ms. Amundsen served as the President of the Leo Bearman, Sr. American Inn of Court, President of the Memphis Bar Association, the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapter and Chairman of the Memphis Area Legal Services Campaign. Presently, Ms. Amundsen is a Diplomate in the American College of Family Trial Lawyers, which is comprised of only 100 attorneys across the United States; a Fellow in the International Academy of Family Lawyers; and a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She has been named a Family Law Specialist with the National Board of Trial Advocacy and was awarded the Marion Griffin-Francis Loring Award from the Association of Women Attorneys, the Justice Joseph W. Henry Award for Outstanding Legal Writing from the Tennessee Bar Journal and the Judge Jerome Turner Lawyer’s Lawyer Award by the Memphis Bar Association. Ms. Amundsen lectures for national organizations and publishes in peer review journals.
Jason Buhlinger is a Principal in the Transaction Advisory and Litigation Support (TALS) Services practice at Brown Smith Wallace. He leads many of the firm’s business valuation, litigation support and fraud investigation engagements. Jason works with staff to oversee the day-to-day activities of many of the TALS practice’s engagements. Jason performs business valuations for mergers and acquisitions and tax, litigation, and corporate planning engagements. He also analyzes complex litigation support and fraud and forensic accounting engagements.
Jason joined the firm as a staff analyst in 2007 and was promoted to manager in2014. From 2016 to 2017, Jason served as a business unit controller at Millipore Sigma and gained valuable industry experience He also worked as the financial reporting manager for the Biologics division of Patheon. In this role, he developed and managed reporting and forecast processes. Jason rejoined the firm in August 2017.Jason earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Fontbonne University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Missouri–St. Louis. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA).Jason serves on the firm’s University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) campus recruiting team. He is also a member of the United Way steering committee. He was recognized as a member of the St. Louis Business Journal “30 Under 30” in 2014.
Matt Byford is a Manager in the Transaction Advisory and Litigation Support (TALS)Services practice at Brown Smith Wallace. He provides easy-to-understand analyses of clients’ complex situations through his commitment to service, efficiency, and effective communication. Matt provides business valuations, fraud and forensic accounting services, and litigation support services to clients in a wide array of industries. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies as well as closely held businesses and local governments. Matt works closely with staff to oversee several of the practice’s engagements.
Prior to joining Brown Smith Wallace, Matt began his career at a litigation consulting firm in Chicago, creating analyses for settlement, arbitration and litigation, with a focus on the construction, energy and telecommunications industries. He has also worked in the consulting practice of another CPA firm, performing valuation and litigation consulting services. Matt holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) designation and is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance, with high honors, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Judge Robert L. Childers was the presiding judge of Division 9 of the Shelby County Circuit Court from 1984 to 2017. He was chair of the Civil Pattern Jury Instruction Committee since for 25 years. Judge Childers is a past president of the Tennessee Judicial Conference and the Tennessee Trial Judges Association. He also served as a Special Judge of the Tennessee Supreme Court Workers’ Compensation Panel and the Tennessee Court of Appeals. He is a past chair of the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs, created to assist lawyers and other legal professionals with addiction and other personal problems. He is a founding member, past president and Master of the Bench of the Leo Bearman Sr. Inn of Court. He was recognized as Outstanding Judge of the Year by the Memphis Bar Association in 1986, 1999, and 2006, and by the MBA Family Law Section in 2006. He was recognized as Outstanding Judge of the Year by the Shelby County Deputy Sheriffs Association in 1990; received the Judge Wheatcraft Award from the Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence for outstanding service in combating domestic violence (2001); the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Memphis (2002); the Justice Frank F. Drowota III Outstanding Judicial Service Award from the Tennessee Bar Association (2012); the Excellence in Legal Community Leadership Award from the Hazelden Foundation (2012); the William M. Leech Jr. Public Service Award from Fellows of the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (2017); the inaugural Judge Robert L. Childers Wellness Award from the Memphis Bar Association (2017); and recognized as a Pillar of Excellence by the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Association of the University of Memphis(2019). He has also been a faculty member at the National Judicial College at the University of Nevada-Reno, and the Tennessee Judicial Conference Judicial Academy, and has been a frequent lecturer and speaker at more than 275 CLE seminars and before numerous schools, civic, church and business groups in Tennessee and throughout the nation. He currently maintains a practice as a Mediator.
David Garrett, a highly recognized and sought after family law attorney for thirty-two years, David has concentrated his practice on complex divorce cases that include the issues of valuation and division of automobile dealerships, restaurants, doctor’s and lawyer’s practices, closely held family businesses, and music catalogs. He also focuses on prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, post-divorce and custody issues, and he has extensive experience in appellate practice. David is also in demand as a Rule 31 listed mediator. David served 2 terms as chair of the Nashville Bar Association’s Continuing Education Committee, and is a frequent speaker on Family Law issues at Continuing Education Seminars.
Jason F. Hicks is an attorney. His primary focus is on family/divorce law, probate and litigation. Mr. Hicks is a member of the Putnam County, Tennessee, and American bar associations. He is past-president of the Putnam County Bar Association and the Upper Cumberland Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Hicks is the Vice President the Tennessee Bar Association-Young Lawyers Division. He received his B.A. degree from The University of Tennessee Knoxville and his J.D. degree from Faulkner University, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law.
Barry Howard has practiced law for over 36 years. During that time his practice has primarily consisted of representing parties in all types of civil litigation with an emphasis on personal injury, professional liability and business litigation. He has tried over 200 civil cases to jury verdict. As a practicing attorney he has participated in many mediations as the attorney representing a party in the litigation. This has given him a unique opportunity to observe and learn the things important to everyone participating in the mediation process.
Mr. Howard is a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 listed civil mediator. As a mediator he has mediated personal injury, medical malpractice, professional liability, construction disputes, insurance coverage, employment, civil rights and commercial disputes. The scope of these mediations includes catastrophic injury cases, multi-million-dollar commercial transactions, wrongful death claims, medical malpractice cases and numerous less severe personal injury cases.
Kimberley Reed Bracey Johnson is owner of the Goodlettsville law firm, Freeman & Bracey, PLC, along with her law partner, Russell Freeman. a twenty-year veteran of the courtroom, Johnson focuses her practice on trial work including family law, divorce, child support, adoptions, custody, estates, automobile wrecks and personal injuries. She is a daily court litigant, a former law professor at Nashville School of Law, and a listed Supreme Court Rule 31 Mediator. Her book “Be The Donkey” was released in September of 2020. The book is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Trilogy Publishing/TBN.
Kimberley heads two non-profits which support a K-12 school and large church in Lafito, Haiti. She is personally completing construction on a small hotel, Ti Otel La, for short term missionaries in Minotrie, Haiti. Ms. Johnson sponsored her Haitian “son”, Jean Bildad Michel, to university in the USA. Together or separately, their combined efforts jump started the K-12 school, a leadership academy, the hotel, a restaurant, a Western Union station, and the construction of a large church in Haiti in addition to their normal mission trips. The Haitian high school, Complexe, celebrated its first graduation in July of 2019. Kimberley is married to Samuel Dwight Johnson, a former missionary for seven years to Turkey, a former worship pastor, and now nurse. They reside in White House, Tennessee and are active members of White House First Baptist Church. They have a combined eleven children and three grandchildren. Her mission efforts can be located on Facebook at Be The Donkey or WHFBC Haiti Ministries or TIME4Haiti or on the website www.time4haiti.org.
Stanley A. Kweller is a member of Jackson, Kweller, & Hayes in Nashville, Tennessee. A majority of his legal experience involves litigation and trials in the civil and criminal arenas. Mr. Kweller has had an active trial practice, including jury and non-jury trials at all levels including federal and state courts and appellate maters. He spent 10 years as a criminal prosecutor. Mr. Kweller's current practice is a mixture of general civil litigation (including a large percentage of practice in domestic relations law, divorce, post-divorce and custody issues) and business and commercial law. He has served as a hearing panel member for the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility. He is admitted to practice before the Tennessee Supreme Court, U.S. District Court for Middle and Eastern districts of Tennessee, and the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Kweller earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Emory University and his J.D. degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law.
Brent Lankford is an attorney in the Nashville Office of Stites and Harbison, PLLC. Brent practices primarily in the field of domestic relations, assisting clients with divorce and post-divorce matters, including issues of child custody, child support, alimony, and financial and property disputes. Brent served as the Judicial Clerk to the Judges of the 21st Judicial District of Tennessee, which includes Williamson, Hickman, Perry, and Lewis counties. Brent is dedicated to advancing the legal profession outside of the courtroom as a member of the Harry Phillips American Inns of Court and the Nashville Bar Association. He enjoys spending time hiking Tennessee’s beautiful parks with his wife, Jennifer, and miniature schnauzer, Bo. An avid sports fan, Brent never misses an opportunity to support the University of Tennessee Volunteers or St. Louis Cardinals.
Brittany Lavalle currently serves as Disciplinary Counsel in the Litigation division at the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee. Ms. Lavalle received her Bachelor’s degrees in English and Political Science from the University of Georgia and her law degree from Mercer University. Prior to joining the Board of Professional Responsibility, Ms. Lavalle worked in Athens, Georgia as a criminal prosecutor handling a caseload of serious violent felonies and special victim cases.
Emily R. Long is an attorney practicing at Holland Law in Knoxville, Tennessee. She has lived and practiced throughout both Middle and East Tennessee. Ms. Long received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tennessee in 2009, and she received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2012. She is a seasoned litigator with extensive experience in family and domestic law. Ms. Long's practice in other legal fields includes probate, landlord-tenant law, and general civil litigation. Ms. Long serves on the Executive Board of the Phi Alpha Delta International Law Fraternity Knoxville Alumni Chapter, and she has given presentations at several seminars about discovery and evidence, and other issues in family law.
Sean J. Martin is a family law and personal injury attorney with Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard PLLC in Nashville. Sean built his firm’s tech infrastructure from the ground up and MHPS is one of the most tech-forward firms in the Southeast. Sean, his partners and the entire team at MHPS leverage the latest legal technology to keep up with and serve the real-time needs of their clients.
Beau E. Pemberton has been in practice with Bradberry Law since August 2008. He is a 2008 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law at Knoxville. Beau began his private practice in West Tennessee with the firm and serves clients all over Tennessee. His practice focuses on Estate Planning and Probate, Elder Law, Criminal Defense, Domestic Relations, Business Law, Real Estate, and Municipal Law. Beau is also a long-time adjunct faculty member at UT-Martin and teaches courses in Agriculture Law, Business Law, Criminal Procedure, and many other law-based courses. Beau is actively involved in the local community, including serving as Secretary for the Weakley County Election Commission, Chairman of the Martin Municipal-Regional Planning Commission, President of the Weakley County Bar Association, and as an Assistant District Governor and Past Club President in Rotary International.
Kortney D. Simmons is an attorney with Casey Simmons & Bryant PLLC, where her primary areas of practice are criminal defense, juvenile and family law. She practices in courts across Tennessee, but primarily practices in West Tennessee. Ms. Simmons is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association (Young Lawyers Division Board member, District 13 Representative), Federal Bar for the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, Jackson-Madison County Bar Association (Young Lawyers Division past-president (2014-2016)), Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Ballard-Taylor Bar Association, and Lawyers' Association for Women. She has received numerous awards, including 10 Best American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys; 10 Best Female Attorneys (2016); Top 40 under 40 for the state of Tennessee, criminal defense, National Trial Lawyers (2016); National Black Lawyers (2016). Ms. Simmons earned her B.S. degree from Middle Tennessee State University and her J.D. degree, with a certificate in criminal law, from the University of Mississippi School of Law.
Eileen Burkhalter Smith is Disciplinary Counsel in the Investigations Section for the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee. Prior to joining the Board, Ms. Smith was a partner at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, PLLC, in the Trial and Appellate Practice Section. Ms. Smith received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee College of Law, cum laude, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame.
Jason A. Talley, Driven, hard-working, and personable are just a few words to describe Jason. Growing up in Franklin, Jason went on to obtain an honors degree in Finance from the University of Tennessee and a law degree from the Nashville School of Law. After serving in the financial industry for several years, Jason decided to apply his knowledge of the law and finance with his passion for helping others. Utilizing his experience to help his clients, Jason has concentrated his practice on complex divorce cases that include issues of valuation and division of businesses, auto dealerships, professional practices, music catalogs and real estate holdings. He also focuses on prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, and post-divorce issues.
Jacob Thorington eagerly jumped right into practice after earning his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in May 2007. His undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University helps him to not be afraid of numbers, which certainly helps when dealing with numerous family law issues. An Eagle Scout hailing from Manchester, Tennessee, he is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and the Williamson County Bar Association, Jacob is very dedicated to serving others. He loves living in Franklin with his beautiful wife, his three adorable children and the family dog and cat. He enjoys staying involved in the community, participating and serving at Franklin First United Methodist Church, volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America and Heritage Foundation in Franklin and currently serving on the Youth Leadership Franklin board. Jacob has been repeatedly named as a Super Lawyers Mid-South Rising Star and is a Rule 31 Listed Mediator.
— Speakers subject to change —
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