Meet the Barrister – Jason Pannu
A periodic Q & A session with a Lewis Thomason (LT) lawyer
Lewis Thomason: What do you enjoy most about being a lawyer?
Jason Pannu: The appreciation received from clients when I am able to successfully resolve their disputes. It is a great feeling for a business owner when he/she is able to stop thinking about their legal problems and focus on running their business. It is rewarding to me to be a part of that process. I also enjoy being the only actual barrister ever to be featured in LT Weekly’s Meet the Barrister series. I am admitted as a Barrister (and enrolled as a Solicitor) in Her Majesty’s Courts in Ontario, Canada.
Lewis Thomason: What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Jason Pannu: Without question, my recent election as Vice-President of the Tennessee Bar Association. In this position, I will automatically ascend to the position of President. It will be the honor of my career to serve as the 137th President of the Tennessee Bar Association.
Lewis Thomason: You’re stranded on a desert island – what music are you listening to?
Jason Pannu: Wu-Tang Clan, Oasis, and The Tragically Hip.
Lewis Thomason: What is one thing on your bucket list and why?
Jason Pannu: It is a toss-up between a barrel tasting with Aubert de Villaine at Domaine de la Romaněe-Coni in Burgundy and ordering the Menu Grande Tradition Classique while sitting next to Paul Bocuse at Auberge du Pont de Collonges in Lyon. For me, Monsieur Paul and Aubert de Villaine are the most influential figures in food and wine this century. To be able to hear the e explanations of their respective crafts directly from either of these two icons would be trěs magnifique.
Lewis Thomason: What’s the best lesson you ever learned?
Jason Pannu: “Never tell anyone outside the Family what you are thinking again.”
Lewis Thomason: What is the first thing you do after work?
Jason Pannu: It varies but several times a week I look forward to that fresh sheet of ice and lacing up the skates. I still love playing hockey and I always will.
Lewis Thomason: If you could change careers, what would you choose?
Jason Pannu: Sommelier.
Lewis Thomason: What is one thing you couldn’t live without?
Jason Pannu: The elegant, complex, terroir-driven wines of the Côte d’Or.
Lewis Thomason: What type of kid were you (e.g. spoiled, rebellious, well-behaved, quiet, obnoxious…)??
Jason Pannu: Growing up in Canada, I spent much of my youth at the hockey rink. As part of that lifestyle (and it is a lifestyle), you are indoctrinated into the “Canadian way” – you are disciplined and act honorably. To do otherwise had serious consequences.
Jason M. Pannu is a Lewis Thomason shareholder based in the firm’s Nashville office. He is a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Mr. Pannu was recently elected as Vice-President of the Tennessee Bar Association, will become President-Elect in 2017-2018, and will serve as President in 2018-2019. Mr. Pannu practices primarily in the areas of complex business and commercial litigation with an emphasis on the construction industry. He also practices in the areas of professional liability, toxic tort and environmental law and employment law disputes. As part of his construction law practice, Mr. Pannu advises architects, engineers, owners, contractors, subcontractors, and material suppliers in connection with large-scale projects and regularly appears in State and Federal Courts and arbitration on construction defect claims, professional negligence claims, breach of contract claims, and lien and bond claims. Mr. Pannu has a background in accounting and finance and has handled professional liability disputes in those areas. Mr. Pannu also advises clients regarding litigation avoidance and assessment. Mr. Pannu is fluent in Cantonese Chinese and French.