Meet The Barrister – Caitlyn Elam

A periodic Q & A session with a Lewis Thomason (LT) lawyer

 Lewis Thomason: What do you enjoy most about being a lawyer?
Caitlyn Elam: I enjoy that every day is different and no case is the same. It allows you to critically think but also be creative in how you take on different legal issues. 

 Lewis Thomason: You’re stranded on a desert island – what music are you listening to?
 Caitlyn Elam: This might be a result of my middle school love for *NSYNC, but I am most likely listening to Justin Timberlake.

 Lewis Thomason: What is the best place you have ever visited?
 Caitlyn Elam: In college I spent a semester abroad in Canterbury, a small town outside London. I had class two days a week and had five-day weekends, so I spent many weekends traveling throughout Western Europe and the UK. Perhaps the best trip was backpacking the continent for seven weeks. I traveled by train and stayed in hostels. By far, Munich and Berlin were my favorite cities – good food, fantastic beer, and great people.

Lewis Thomason: What is your favorite drink and why?
Caitlyn Elam: As I am currently expecting my second child, hands down, TruMoo Chocolate Milk. Under typical circumstances, I enjoy a good craft beer (yes, I am the annoying beer snob). Pale ales in the summer, IPAs in the winter.

Lewis Thomason: What shows are on your DVR?
Caitlyn Elam: If I had a DVR I imagine it would contain a lot of shows like the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Sesame Street, and other kid staples. Outside of these riveting shows, you will typically find me watching HGTV or sitcoms like Modern Family.

Lewis Thomason: What is the most interesting thing you can see out of your office?
Caitlyn Elam: The Federal Courthouse clock tower.

Lewis Thomason: What is one thing you will never do again?
Caitlyn Elam: Take the bar exam. After finishing the bar exam in July 2012, like many prospective lawyers I was convinced I had failed. I swore I would never take it again and began crafting alternate career plans just in case. Luckily it worked out.

 Caitlyn ElamCaitlyn Luedtke Elam is an associate attorney in the firm’s Knoxville office practicing in the areas of education law, employment law, general civil litigation, and healthcare law. She joined the firm in August 2012. Ms. Elam is a member of the firm’s Education, Employment, and Healthcare Practice Groups. She defends both private businesses and public entities in a variety of employment law issues, including litigation matters.  Her experience includes defense of clients in court and in front of state and federal administrative agencies involving claims of wrongful discharge, retaliation, discrimination, and harassment.

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