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16th Annual
Virtual Family Law Conference for Tennessee Practitioners

Join us for the 16th Annual Family Law Conference for Tennessee Attorneys!

December 2-3, 2021 

Our most popular CLE conference of the year is back with an exciting new lineup of judges, award-winning attorneys, and distinguished faculty. These knowledgeable and expert speakers will discuss the latest in legislative and case law updates, non-traditional family issues, ethics, mediation, technology, and more.

Topics include:

  • Case law update
  • Mediation now and pandemic response
  • 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 2021
  • Marital dissolution and taxes
  • Juvenile matters
  • Social media and electronic discovery
  • Asset protection and division
  • Same-sex marriages in Tennessee
  • And more!

What past year’s attendees said:

“Great information for family law attorneys.”
“Very informative!
“Speakers are always so knowledgeable and engaging.”
“Case law update is the best!”

    December Agenda

    Day 1: Thursday, December 2, 2021

    8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
    How to Successfully Run a Law Business for $100/Month
    Sean Martin
    Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard PLLC

    Beyond doing good work, running a successful law practice requires efficiency in the delivery of services and the generation of revenue. It also requires the elimination of anti-revenue. In this session, #legaltech superfan Sean Martin shows you all of the tools you need and the toys you don’t.

    9:05 a.m. – 10:05 p.m.
    Domestic Violence Issues
    Kevin Shepherd
    Shepherd & Long, P.C.

    Thousands of domestic violence cases occur every year in Tennessee, and the pandemic didn’t stop them. Join Kevin as he presents the do’s and don’ts of handling these types of cases and what you need to know now.

    10:05 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
    15-minute break

    10:20 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
    Alternate Dispute Resolution in Family Law Practice
    Irwin Kuhn
    McCracken Kuhn

    In this session Irwin will discuss what the current state of mediation is in Tennessee. He will also address the Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 53 - Collaborative Family Law, and the question: Is arbitration in the future for Tennessee domestic relations practitioners?

    11:25 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.
    Divorce and the Evolution of the Parenting Plan
    Don R. Ash
    Senior Judge, TN Administrative Office of the Courts

    Learn from the best! Join Senior Judge Don Ash as he discusses his history and experience in divorce cases in Tennessee. Ash will also cover the evolution of the parenting plan—from its inception to how it has evolved over the years, to where it is today.

    12:25 p.m. – 12:55 p.m.
    30-minute break 

    1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Case Law Update
    Brenton Lankford
    Stites and Harbison

    Join Brenton as he discusses all of the interesting family law cases from the past 12 months, and most of the important ones.

    2:05 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.
    LGBTQ Rights in Tennessee
    Laura Blum
    Rogers, Shea and Spannos

    Discover what’s new and understand all of the details of the anti-discrimination ruling made by the supreme court earlier this year as it pertains to the LGBTQ community and other civil rights in TN.

    3:05 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
    15-minute break

    3:20 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.
    Marital Dissolution Agreements & Taxes
    Charles R. Frazier
    Law Offices of Charles R. Frazier

    Divorce has many layers and Charles Frazier can help you unpack all the details smoothly and efficiently. Learn the best tips and tricks on how to handle taxes in a marital dissolution case.

    4:25 p.m. – 5:25 p.m.
    LIVE Ethical Considerations in Family Law
    Moderated by: Kimberley Reed-Bracey Johnson
    Freeman & Bracey, PLC
    Commentators: Senior Judge Don Ash, Steven J. Christopher, Brenton Lankford, Greg Smith, and others!

    Join Kim as she presents an interactive session on ethical considerations in Family Law. Engage, ask questions, and get real-time feedback with Kim, a few of the conference speakers, and other industry experts on ethical topics such as:

    • Advertising in the digital age-- the new rules
    • Conflicts of Interest
    • Substance abuse
    • And more!

    Day 2: Friday, December 3, 2021

    8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
    Ethics in Custody Cases
    Stan Kweller
    Jackson, Kwellar & Hayes

    Custody cases can be tricky to navigate. Learn what to do and what not to do when taking on these types of cases, including:

    • Entering the relationship
    • Identifying who is the client
    • Obligation of the attorney with regards to child sexual abuse
    • And much more!

    9:05 a.m. – 10:05 p.m.
    Legislation Update
    Jason Hicks
    Assistant County Attorney, Davidson County, NC

    Do you know how to best handle a contempt case? Join Jason for this afternoon session that is sure to answer all of your pressing questions. What are the current laws? Is it civil or criminal? Discover this and more!

    10:05 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
    15-minute break

    10:20 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
    Parenting Plans
    Kortney Simmons
    Casey, Simmons, and Bryant, PLLC

    She’s back! One of our most popular speakers is back with an update on parenting plans in Tennessee. Get helpful tips on how to construct an effective parenting plan that will hopefully withstand the test of time.

    11:25 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.
    Mediation & Arbitration: 2021 and Beyond
    Robert L. Childers (Ret.)
    Circuit Court Judge 30th Judicial District
    & Amy J. Amundsen C.V.
    Amundsen Legal Consulting

    In this session learn effective tools for virtual mediation and alternate dispute resolution. Topics to be discussed include:

    • Client preparation
    • Mediator preparation
    • Enforcing the settlement
    • Current family law arbitration rules
    • And more

    12:25 p.m. – 12:55 p.m.
    30-minute break

    1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    A Hodge Podge of Stuff I Recently Encountered
    Kimberley Reed-Bracey Johnson
    Freeman & Bracey, PLC

    In this session, Kimberley will discuss parenting relocation new interpretations and different takes on it. Including COVID and co-parenting. Other topics include:

    • New adoption rules/language and statute compliance,
    • New code on uninsured summons,
    • Rule 1006 and hearsay,
    • General session evictions of families and end run-around on standing

    2:05 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.
    A Case Study in Ethical Considerations
    David Garrett, Jacob Thorington & Jason Talley
    Cheatham, Palermo & Garrett

    This presentation seeks to be less theoretical and more practical in studying cases published by the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility. May we all have grace for others and ourselves when we inevitably make mistakes, but may we learn from the mistakes of others in our effort to improve our own practice of law.

    3:05 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
    15-minute break

    3:20 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.
    Orders of Protection
    Beau Pemberton
    James H. Bradberry & Associates

    The state of Tennessee has two types of orders of protection for victims of domestic abuse. While most orders begin as temporary protection orders, also known as "ex parte" orders, many lead to an extended protection order. Find out how to best handle these situations with best practices from Beau!

    4:25 p.m. – 5:25 p.m.
    Business Valuation
    Jason Buhlinger
    Armanino LLP

    In this session Jason provides an overview of the methods of business valuation, and a discussion of the factors and market conditions that are now analyzed when valuing businesses after March 2020. 

    • Discover the “known or knowable principal”
    • What industries are affected most by COVID
    • How to properly include the effects of COVID into a valuation, including discounts and premiums post COVID19

    Agenda subject to change

    Your Tennessee Attorneys

    Your Virtual Speakers

    Amy Amundsen

    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.

    Don R. Ash

    Don R. Ash, Senior Judge served the 16th Judicial District Court including Rutherford and Cannon County, from 1994 to 2012. While Circuit Judge, he also served as presiding judge over the 16thJudicial District Drug Court and DUI Court. In September of 2012, he was appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court to serve as one of four Senior Judges for the State of Tennessee. He has authored over fifty appellate opinions while sitting as a Substitute Judge for the Tennessee Court of Appeals. Beginning in 2009, he taught Civil Procedure at the Nashville School of Law. Judge Ash received his bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University, his law degree from the University of Memphis and a Master of Judicial Studies degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. He and his wife, Rita, have been married for over 30 years. They have four children, Taylor, Julia, Hugh, and Joy, and nine grandchildren.

    He has received numerous awards which include the Leadership Rutherford/Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award for Outstanding Community Service, Tennessee Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Distinguished Service to Families Award, and the Rutherford County Community Service Award for Lifetime Achievement. In 2006, he was designated as a Distinguished Alumnus of Middle Tennessee State University and was inducted into the Tennessee Boys and Girls Club Hall of Fame.  Judge Ash is the author of “A Bridge over Troubled Water: Changing the Custody Law in Tennessee,” University of Memphis Law Review, and Children of Divorce: A Practical Guide for Parents, Therapists, Attorneys, and Judges, Bernet and Ash, Kreiger Publishing, 2007.

    He is a past president of the Tennessee Judicial Conference. In 1998, Judge Ash was appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court to the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary which oversees judicial conduct for all Tennessee judges.  He was elected presiding judge of the Court of the Judiciary in 2007 and served in that role through August 2011. He is an alumnus of the National Judicial College and joined its faculty in 2001 teaching Judicial Ethics, Criminal Law, and helped develop a course to assist judges when dealing with Self-Represented Litigants.

    Laura Blum

    Laura Blum received her Juris Doctorate from Nashville School of Law, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Political Science from Georgetown College, with a minor in Communication Studies. Ms. Blum was formerly a paralegal for Rogers, Kamm & Shea for five years prior to her admission to the State Bar of Tennessee, while attending law school.

    Ms. Blum is a member of the Lawyer’s Association for Women, Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, Nashville Bar Association, Williamson County Inns of Court, and Williamson County Bar Association. She is also an active member of the Junior League of Nashville.

    Jason Buhlinger

    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 in 2014. 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” class in 2014.

    Judge Robert L. Childers

    Robert Childers, Judge (ret.) 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.

    Charles Frazier

    Charles Frazier is a Board-Certified Estate Planning Law Specialist and a Tax Attorney. He has earned a J.D. at the University of Tennessee College of Law, a Master of Taxation degree from Florida Atlantic University, and an LL.M (taxation) from the University of Alabama. Mr. Frazier founded his tax and estate planning law firm in 2009 after gaining experience as an I.R.S. Internal Revenue Agent. He is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, Rutherford and Cannon County Bar Association, and Estate Planning Council of Middle Tennessee.

    Mr. Frazier provides tax planning advice to self-employed persons so they can avoid tax problems. He helps business owners fix I.R.S. or Tenn. Dept. of Rev. tax problems. Mr. Frazier also helps entrepreneurs create business exit/succession plans to harvest the benefits of building a profitable business. Mr. Frazier guides individuals through the probate process to transfer a lost loved one’s assets to their family. He also helps families find peace of mind by creating plans to protect their personal and real property during disability and pass those assets to those they love at their death.

    Mr. Frazier loves learning and sharing knowledge with those who need his help. Mr. Frazier’s clients choose his firm because he has good Google reviews, he worked at the I.R.S., he is an Army Veteran, or a former client or trusted advisor referred them. Mr. Frazier is a husband and father of three children. He enjoys working out, cooking, gardening, and volunteering for various nonprofit organizations in Rutherford County, Tennessee.

    Steven J. Christopher

    Steven J. Christopher is Deputy Chief Disciplinary Counsel of the Investigations Section of the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility. Prior to working at the Board, Steve was a Managing Attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, a private non-profit law firm that provides free legal representation to indigent persons in civil and administrative legal matters. Steve is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Vanderbilt University Divinity School.

    David Garrett

    David Garrett: 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

    Jason F. Hicks is an assistant county attorney in Davidson County, North Carolina. He practiced in Tennessee for over ten years before relocating to North Carolina he continues to practice in the state of Tennessee. His primary focus has been family/divorce law, probate, and litigation. Mr. Hicks is a member of the District 33 Bar Association (NC), North Carolina State Bar, North Carolina State Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, and American bar associations. He is past-president of the Putnam County Bar Association and the Upper Cumberland Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Hicks is a past Vice President of 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.

    Kimberley Reed Bracey Johnson

    Kimberley Reed-Bracey Johnson has nearly twenty years’ experience as a litigation attorney. She has litigated countless matters before judges in the surrounding Sumner, Davidson and Robertson County areas. Prior to becoming an attorney, Kimberley was a high school theater teacher for sixteen years. She maintains a reputation for not being afraid of the courtroom and fights hard for her clients to ensure they get what they deserve. Kimberley focuses her legal practice on family law matters including, contested and uncontested divorces, including large assets divorces, child custody and visitation actions, spousal support, modifications of parenting plans, parental relocation, and parentage. She has assisted many families with adoption matters, including termination of parental rights. She also has experience assisting individuals in personal injury and estate matters. Kimberley uses her wide-range of professional experience to guide her clients every step of the way. Kimberley is also a Supreme Court Rule 31 Mediator and has assisted many individuals in various matters reach an agreement through mediation.

    Kimberley is actively engaged in her community and charitable organizations. She is a member of White House First Baptist Church where she serves as the Haiti Ministry Head. Kimberley is also the President/CEO of TIME4Haiti, Inc., aiding a school and church. She is a faculty member at Nashville School of Law where she teaches Business Associations. 

    Irwin Kuhn

    Irwin Kuhn is a partner in the Nashville family law firm, McCracken Kuhn, PLLC. His practice focuses on transactional family law matters, and he is a Tennessee Rule 31 mediator. Mr. Kuhn represented the Tennessee Bar Association before the Tennessee Supreme Court to advocate for the adoption of what is now the court’s Rule 53 concerning Collaborative Family Law. Mr. Kuhn is a founding member and former president of the Middle Tennessee Collaborative Alliance and currently serves as the ABA Collaborative Committee co-chair. He is also an active member of the International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners and former 1st Vice President of the Nashville Bar Association.

    Stan Kweller

    Stan 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.

    Brenton Lankford

    Brenton Lankford is an attorney in the Nashville Office. 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.

    Sean Martin

    Sean Martin is a partner at Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard, PLLC in Nashville. He is also co-founder of Time Miner, a retroactive time capture and billing platform. His practice is concentrated on family law.

    Sean is a #legaltech superfan, and believes that lawyers must take advantage of available #legaltech solutions in order to stay competitive and profitable. Sean calls himself a tech evangelist, and he will happily show you how it can improve your practice and your life. All you have to do is ask.

    Beau E. Pemberton

    Beau E. Pemberton has been in practice with the firm since August, 2008. He is a 2005 graduate of UT-Martin (Summa Cum Laude) and a 2008 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law at Knoxville. While at UT Law, Beau was actively involved in several boards governing the law school, including the Academic Standards Board and the Faculty Appointments Committee, serving two terms on both committees. Beau was also a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, a published writer, and the inaugural recipient of the James H. Jarvis II Life and Law Award while at UT-Law.

    Beau began his private practice in West Tennessee at the firm: James H. Bradberry & Associates where he 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.

    Kevin Shepherd

    Kevin Shepherd: For most people, legal issues are stressful and confusing. They must make the most important decisions of their lives without truly understanding their legal rights. After beginning my legal career working in the office of the District Attorney and as a Public Defender, I learned that the people in my community needed individualized legal support.

    I’m proud to say that I have offered that individualized legal support for the last 33 years. I founded this law firm to help people who often feel powerless to protect their rights in stressful circumstances, and took on a partner who is as client-driven as I am. A large part of our practice focuses on family law, estate planning, personal injury law, and criminal defense, but each client has unique needs and concerns. At Shepherd & Long, P.C., we aim to address those concerns in the least stressful way. My clients know they can ask questions at any time, and they trust me to treat their legal issues with honesty and integrity. This is why so many individuals I have worked with send new clients my way through enthusiastic referrals. It is also why I am consistently honored with Avvo’s Clients’ Choice Award each year, and why the firm was named a Platinum Client Champion by Martindale-Hubbell in 2020.

    Kortney Simmons

    Kortney 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.

    Greg Smith

    Greg Smith is a family law lawyer with 36 years of experience whose practice focuses on complex, difficult disputes between spouses and former spouses. In addition to serving as the office executive member of the Stites Nashville/Franklin offices since 2014, he leads a team of five attorneys, two paralegals, and two staff who cover everything family law-related. His practice includes sophisticated financial issues such as valuation and distribution of businesses, business assets, real estate, retirement accounts and more; divorce and post-divorce matters involving children; and alimony and other forms of spousal support. The attorneys in the Stites domestic group, including Mr. Smith, also have experience in litigation involving the application of the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction—international custody cases governed by federal law and international law.

    Jason A. Talley

    Jason Talley: Driven, hard-working, and personable are just a few words to describe Jason.  Growing up in Nashville and 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.

    Jason currently resides in Nashville with his beautiful wife and two children while staying actively involved in both the Nashville and Franklin communities. With an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for real estate and historic preservation, he is proud to say he is one of the founding board members of the Next Generation of the Heritage Foundation that continues to play an active role in helping preserve the beautiful City of Franklin.

    Jacob Thorington

    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.

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    Thursday & Friday, December 2-3, 2021 


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    • $427 for Additional Attendees from the same firm
    • $347 for One Day Only options
    • $247 for Materials

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