Anne has deep roots in Davidson County and is a leader in our community. Anne has devoted her legal career to handling the types of cases tried in Chancery Court, representing both individuals and businesses, small and large. She is a committed community volunteer and board member, sharing her talents with a number of area nonprofit organizations. She is a loving mother whose perspective is shaped by the joy of raising a special needs child. She is also a vigorous advocate of the Metro Nashville Public Schools and the educational services it provides to Nashville families. Anne is a graduate of Smith College and Vanderbilt University School of Law.

Anne will bring 25 years of trial experience to the bench and is well qualified to serve as Davidson County Chancellor, Part II. She is a skillful trial lawyer who has earned a solid reputation for her legal knowledge, analytical abilities, and creative problem-solving approach. She has handled many complex cases, including, for example, the case for Fisk University where she was the successful lead trial attorney in a hard-fought dispute over its right to sell an interest in its famous art collection to raise needed funds for the university’s continued operations.

Anne loves Nashville and has lived here for 30 years. She is invested in our community and has enjoyed watching it grow and prosper. Anne is a strong believer in giving back to our community through her many volunteer and board activities for nonprofit organizations, such as the Legal Aid Society, YWCA, Boy Scouts, Hands On Nashville, Juvenile Court Foster Care Review Board, Nashville Cares, Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee, and the Nashville Chapter of the American Red Cross Blood Board. She also consults and writes about the law and enjoys teaching law students at Belmont Law School about communication and problem solving, as well as helping them develop an appreciation of their future roles and responsibilities as lawyers.


Over her 25 year career, Anne has handled a variety of disputes in every civil trial court, including over 130 cases in Davidson County Chancery Court. She is committed to excellence and frequently is recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, Nashville Business Journal’s Best of the Bar, and Mid-South Super Lawyers, among others.

Anne’s experience includes complex business cases, contract disputes, employment-related issues, and estate and trust matters. She represents both employees and employers, banks, financial institutions, small businesses, start-up companies and family businesses. Anne also handles administrative matters involving state and local regulation of environmental, personnel, transportation, business licensing and other issues. She has the depth of experience handling the types of cases that are regularly heard and decided by the Chancery Court.


  • Labor and Employment, Chambers USA, 2017
  • Nashville Employment Law–Management “Lawyer of the Year,” Best Lawyers in America, 2016
  • Women of Influence, Nashville Business Journal, 2015
  • Nashville Employment Law–Individuals “Lawyer of the Year,” Best Lawyers in America, 2015
  • Nashville Litigation Labor and Employment “Lawyer of the Year,” Best Lawyers in America, 2014
  • Best of the Bar, Nashville Business Journal, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2009, 2003
  • Nashville Employment Law “Lawyer of the Year,” Best Lawyers in America, 2013
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (5+ years)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Top 50 Women Attorneys, Top 100 Tennessee Attorneys

Invited Lectures

  • Society for Human Resource Management, 2015 Mid-South/Tennessee HR and Legal Conference and Expo, “Supreme Court 2014-15 Review of Employment Law Decisions: Mixture of Good and Bad News for Employers
  • Society for Human Resource Management, 2014 Mid-South/Tennessee HR and Legal Conference and Expo, “Employment Litigation from the Plaintiff’s Perspective: Where is your Company Vulnerable to Attack?”
  • Nashville Bar Association, 2013 “Back to School” Practice Institutes, “Employment Law Update: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly,” October 17, 2013
  • Middle Tennessee Society of Human Resource Management 2013 Mid-South/Tennessee HR and Legal Conference and Expo, “Follow-Up Panel Discussion on EEOC Strategy” and “How to Manage Your Employees’ Use of FMLA,” September 16-18, 2013
  • Society for Human Resource Management, 2012 Spring Regional Meeting, “The ABC’s of Leave and Disability Issues,” May 18, 2012
  • Lawyers’ Association for Women, Nashville Chapter, Monthly Meeting, “Hot Topics in Employment Law,” Aug. 16, 2011
  • Society for Human Resources Management, 2011 Spring Regional Meeting, “Avoiding Retaliatory Discharge Claims in Tennessee Post-Gossett,” May 20, 2011
  • Tennessee Association of Legal Services, September 2017
  • Tennessee Recruiters Association, Labor and Employment Law for Recruiters, June 2017
  • AIA, Compliance Guide for your Organization, December 2016
  • National Association of Caterers and Event Planners, Employment Law Trends, June 2016
  • TLAW Empowerment Conference, Moderated Panel General Counsel Panel: Leading from the Top of the Corporate Ladder, April 2016
  • Kraft Benefits and Brew 2016, Department of Labor Overtime Rule: Significant Changes to White Collar Exemptions, 2016
  • Society for Human Resource Management; A View from the Plaintiff’s Side: What Makes a Good Case
  • Nashville Bar Association – Supreme Court 2015-2016: Review of Employment Law Decisions

Community Involvement

  • NashvilleCares: Board Member; Chair, Personnel Committee; Executive Committee, Present
  • Metro Human Relations Commission, COLLAGE Event Co-Chair, 2015
  • First Steps, Inc.: Board Member, 2009-2015; Secretary, 2012-2013; Chair, Human Resources Committee, 2011-2013; President, 2013-2014
  • Mayor’s Advisory Council on Early Childhood Development and Education, 2010-2011
  • Community Nashville: Board Member, 2008-2010
  • Interfaith Dental Clinic: Board Member, 2008-2012
  • Nashville Smith Club: President, 1996, 2012-Present
  • Smith College Alumnae Association: Nominating Committee Member
  • Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee, Board Member, 2014-Present.
  • American Red Cross Tennessee Valley Region, Blood Board Member, 2000-2003
  • Nashville Area Junior Chamber of Commerce, Clinic Bowl Chair (1999), Board Member (1997-98), Legal Counsel (1996-97), Spotlight Award Winner (1996-97, 1998-99), Member (1992-2003)
  • Foster Care Review Board Member, Davidson County Juvenile Court (1995-97)

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