New Board Members Selected from Across the State

Nashville ― The Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association recently elected Mark Chalos as president for the 2022-23 term. Chalos, a Nashville attorney, replaces Tony Seaton of Johnson City who served as president from 2021-22. Seaton now assumes the role of immediate past president and Carey Acerra of Memphis advances to the office of president-elect.

“Mark will be a true asset to TTLA and the citizens of Tennessee,” stated TTLA immediate Past President Seaton. “As an experienced litigator, he fights on behalf of deserving individuals and will do a tremendous job leading the state’s top trial attorneys as president.”

“Tennessee has some of the most talented and hard-working trial lawyers in the country,” said Chalos. “I look forward to leading this organization and working with other stake holders to keep Tennessee families safe and to hold wrongdoers accountable.”

The Managing Partner of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein’s Nashville office, Mark Chalos is a top litigator leading complex civil cases in Tennessee and across the United States. Chalos takes on companies that make dangerous or defective products that endanger Tennesseans. Chalos also represents consumers, businesses, and municipalities that have been defrauded. Over the past 24 years in practice, Chalos has obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in jury verdicts, arbitration rulings, and settlements for his clients.

To help fight the opioids catastrophe that has devastated communities across America, Chalos represents large and small counties, cities, Native American tribes, and health benefit providers in litigation that seeks to make our communities safer. In connection with his firm’s court-appointed leadership role in the national opioids litigation, Chalos serves on the trial team presenting the historic first trials in the litigation.

Elections were held at the TTLA Annual Convention on Friday, June 17, 2022. Below is a complete list of the TTLA Board of Governors:

President: Mark Chalos, Nashville
Immediate Past President: Tony Seaton, Johnson City
President Elect: Carey Acerra, Memphis
Vice President, East: Danny Ellis, Chattanooga
Vice President, West: Angela Polk, Memphis
Vice President, Middle: Brandon Bass, Brentwood
Secretary: Troy Jones, Knoxville
Treasurer: Caroline Taylor, Nashville
Parliamentarian: George Spanos, Nashville

At Large Executive Appointees:
Tiffany Carpenter, Memphis
Audrey Dolmovich, Chattanooga
John Spragens, Nashville

District #1:
Audrey Dolmovich, Chattanooga
Olen Haynes, Jr., Johnson City
Corey Shipley, Greeneville

District #2:
Melissia Ball, Newport
Brad Burnette, Clinton
John Willis, Clinton

District #3:
Tim Crosby, Chattanooga
Hudson Ellis, Chattanooga
Jim McKoon, Chattanooga

District #4:
Michelle Benjamin, Winchester
Brent Burks, Chattanooga
Brack Terry, Morristown

District #5:
Phil Elbert, Nashville
Chad Meyers, Nashville
Gerard Stranch, Nashville

District #6:
Stan Davis, Nashville
Jason Denton, Lebanon
Jonathan Williams, Nashville

District #7:
Jim Higgins, Nashville
Justin Hight, Hendersonville
Frank J. Runyon, Clarksville

District #8:
Jeff Boyd, Jackson
Tiffany Carpenter, Memphis
Parker Trotz, Memphis

District #9:
Dean Dedmon, Dyersburg
Eric Espey, Memphis
Chris Gilreath, Memphis

At Large:
Joe Bednarz, Jr, Hendersonville
Michael Beehan, Clinton
Trudy Bloodworth, Nashville
Kenneth Byrd, Nashville
Andy Davis, Winchester
Marcos Garza, Knoxville
Craig Glenn, Franklin
Douglas Johnston, Nashville
Jay Kennamer, Chattanooga
Holland Mathews, Columbia
Tim Roberto, Knoxville
John McFarland, Kingston
Michael Pence, Nashville
John Spragens, Nashville
Ali Toll, Goodlettsville

President Appointed Young Lawyers to the Board:
Josh Cantrell, Franklin
Grant Mitchell, Knoxville
Nora Taube, Memphis

Contact Information:

Mark Chalos, Managing Partner Nashville
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

Suzanne Keith, Executive Director
Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association

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