Nashville Children’s Theatre, the oldest professional children’s theatre in the country, recently named Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop attorney Winston Harless chairman of its board of trustees.

Harless was previously a tenured professor of Theatre and Communication at Freed-Hardeman University and performed at Opryland U.S.A. He’ll now take over leadership duties at the 81-year-old institution that was originally opened as an amateur theatre by the Junior League of Nashville.

Prior to being elected chair, Harless served on the Children’s Theatre Board of Trustees for six years, most recently as vice chair. At Lewis King, Harless has handled multi-million dollar lawsuits, argued successfully before the Tennessee Court of Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and authored successful briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court.

In addition to the Nashville Children’s Theatre, Harless is vice chair of the Defense Research Institute’s Lawyers’ Professionalism and Ethics Committee. He practices in the areas of commercial litigation, insurance coverage and defense, professional liability and education law.

The Nashville Children’s Theatre was christened in 1931 with performances of “Aladdin” and “Alice in Wonderland”and has since flourished with a major renovation and redesign in 2007. In addition to its year-round camps and education efforts, Nashville Children’s Theatre will put on five plays in its upcoming 2012-13 season, including “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure”and “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”

Lewis King was founded in 1960 and today has 57 attorneys in its three offices in Nashville, Knoxville and Sevierville.

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