John Tarpley and Sarah Sheppeard Elected to TBA Leadership

We recently reported on the election of Jason Pannu as Vice President of the Tennessee Bar Association, which means he will serve as President of the TBA in 2018-2019.

In this same election, Sarah Sheppeard was elected East Tennessee Grand Division Governor for the TBA Board of Governors, and John Tarpley was elected as a TBA Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates.

Jason, Sarah, and John are continuing a long tradition of LT leadership in the Tennessee Bar Association, and we commend them for their efforts to serve the lawyers of Tennessee and promote our system of justice on the local, state, and national levels.



John R. Tarpley, a shareholder in our Nashville office, has been involved in complex litigation in the areas of tort, transportation, product liability, professional liability, commercial law, casualty defense, and a wide range of insurance-related matters in both state and federal courts. His product liability work includes the representation of manufacturers of automobiles, heavy equipment, appliances and power tools, as well as significant experience in asbestos defense.


Sarah SheppeardSarah Y. Sheppeard, is a shareholder and a Supreme Court Rule 31 Mediator, in the firm’s Knoxville office. Sarah practices in the areas of domestic relations, estates, commercial law and general civil litigation. She has been a lecturer with the Tennessee Law Institute since 1988.  She was chair of the Tennessee Judicial Evaluation Commission, was for 15 years an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law, was previously a member of the Tennessee Law Review, and has chaired the Tennessee Bar Association Litigation Section and CLE Committee.


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