Additional Recognition (all received in current and previous rating periods)

  • The Best Lawyers in America, (“You have been selected by your peers for your work in the practice of Elder Law. Additionally, congratulations on being included for at least five years. Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than five million confidential evaluations by top attorneys.”)
  • Selected as one of the top 50 women attorneys in the Mid-South and top 100 lawyers in Tennessee –Super Lawyers, December 2016
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers (“Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.”)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating (“demonstrates that a lawyer has earned the highest rating available for their legal ability and professional ethics.”)
  • Martindale-Hubbell “Client Distinction Award.” (The award states, “This honor has been made possible by your clients who have taken the time to compliment you in the following areas: communications ability, responsiveness, quality of service, value for money. You have earned a Client Review Rating Score of 4.5 or higher on a scale of 1-5. Less than 4% of the 900,000+ attorneys listed on martindale.com and lawyers.com have been accorded this Martindale-Hubbell honor of distinction.”)

Professional Associations and Activities

Member and Fellow, Nashville Bar Foundation.

Member and former Probate Committee Chair, Nashville Bar Association.

Member, Tennessee Bar Association.

Member, The Special Needs Alliance.

Co-chair, Volunteer Task Force on Conservatorships and Guardianships, Metro Nashville/Davidson County, 2013.

Program developer and trainer for guardians ad litem and attorneys ad litem in probate matters, developed in conjunction with Seventh Circuit Court of Davidson County Probate Division, Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability, and Legal
Aid of Middle Tennessee, 2000.

Legal consultant to the Tennessee Mental Health Services Commission, Title 33 Revision Committee, established in 1999
by Governor Don Sundquist.

Former consultant to the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability.

Former instructor for “Psychiatry and the Law” for psychiatric residents at Meharry Medical College.

Founding member, Lawyers’ Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter.

Numerous presentations on various topics, including conservatorships, special needs trusts and elder law, to various organizations, including the Nashville Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, Tennessee Association for Justice, Estate Planning Council of Middle Tennessee, Estate Planning Council of Chattanooga, and Tennessee Federal Tax Institute.

Civic and Charitable Activities

Founding board member, former president and ex-officio board member, Guardianship and Trusts Corporation (a non-profit trust company), 1980 to present.

Former board member, Alzheimer’s Association of Middle Tennessee.

Former board member, The Arc Davidson County.

Presentations on topics including estate planning, special needs trusts, conservatorships and elder law to The Arc, Down Syndrome Association, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, United Cerebral Palsy Association of Middle Tennessee, Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee, Alzheimer’s Association of Middle Tennessee, Vanderbilt University Kennedy Center, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and other organizations.