Five lawyers apply to replace retiring Russell as judge

Sunday, September 10, 2017

The following are profiles of candidates for the vacant judge position in the 17th Judicial District Circuit Court created by the retirement of Lee Russell. Profiles are provided by candidates’ written responses to the Trial Court Vacancy Commission.

The Trial Court Vacancy Commission will interview the applicants Friday, Sept. 29 at the Lincoln County Courthouse in Fayetteville. The meeting will include a public hearing starting at 9 a.m., during which anyone may express their opinions in opposition to the applicants. The interviews and public hearing will be open to the public.

Marshall Wyatt Burk

Location: Shelbyville

Burk was licensed on Oct. 17, 2008. He has worked at Bobo, Hunt, White & Burk since January 2009. About half his practice involves representing financial institutions in loan transactions involving all forms of collateral and all forms of litigation. His other areas include general litigation and domestic relations.

He has a bachelor’s degree in banking and finance from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and his law degree from Nashville School of Law.

From 2004 to January 2009, he worked as senior accountant at Calsonic Kansei North America Inc. In the fall of 2008, he served as a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 7 intern for John T. Bobo in his job as Bedford County attorney. He also worked for Scotttrade and Farris Bobango PLC. He served as primary counsel for Bedford County government in the lease and sale of the Bedford County Nursing Home.

His court appearances include General Sessions, Chancery, Circuit, Tennessee Court of Appeals and U.S. Bankruptcy courts in approximately 35 counties in Middle and East Tennessee.

Other work includes helping with adoptions and serving as substitute judge for the City of Shelbyville. He serves as a deacon at Calvary Baptist Church; is on the board of directors at Heritage South Community Credit Union and the Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce; is a member of River Bend County Club; and a coach for Hilliard Gardner Youth Softball League.

His honors include two Super Lawyers Mid-South Rising Star awards.

Trisha L. Henegar

Location: Shelbyville

Henegar was licensed in 1995. She is self-employed with Wilson and Henegar.

A few months before graduating from Shelbyville Central High School in 1987, she began working as a floater in the bookkeeping department of First National Bank in Shelbyville. While attending Middle Tennessee State University she worked as a resident assistant in her dorm. In her senior year, she began working in loss prevention at Castner Knott department store. She worked part time for Judge Donald Harris, the Circuit Court judge of Williamson County as his jury attendant. She worked for two other attorneys as well.

Her practice includes 60 percent family law as well as criminal defense, Social Security disability, probate and wills, and personal injury and other civil matters.

She has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a double minor in psychology and sociology and graduated Cum Laude from MTSU. She received her law degree from Nashville School of Law.

Henegar had a formal board complaint filed on July 21. The complaint is pending and she said she is confident it will be dismissed. The complaint is from her representation of a client in a divorce proceeding involving a child. The client, the father, wanted to be designated the primary residential parent. The wife was named the primary residential parent. The client was dissatisfied and filed a complaint.

Henegar reports she sued someone in a case for alleged non-payment of legal fees.

Her activities include Beta Signa Phi and the Daughters of The American Revolution. She serves as treasurer of the Bedford County Bar Association. She was Professional Woman of the Year of Bedford County in 2017.

John H. Richardson Jr.

Location: Fayetteville

Richardson is a sole practitioner with McCowan, Richardson and McCowan. He was licensed in 2000.

He worked as an affiliate broker, broker and insurance agent with J. Paul Richardson and Son Real Estate and Insurance, his family’s business. Other work experiences included one year as a restaurant manager for Faison’s in Nashville.

His practice work includes family law/domestic relations, criminal, real estate, estate planning, insurance defense personal injury, business and civil litigation. He has worked in General Sessions, Juvenile, Chancery and Circuit Courts. He argued a boundary line case before the Court of Appeals. He served as a special judge over 17 years by request from Lincoln County General Sessions Judges Charles Crawford and N. Andy Myrick.

Richardson received a law degree from Nashville School of Law in 1999. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1989.

He was the petitioner in three legal proceedings. In one case, he filed for an order of protection against a relative who allegedly made threats against him and his family. In the second instance, he filed a small claims case to collect attorney’s fees. In the third case, he reported that he sought action for an alleged bad check.

Richardson attends First Baptist Church (Fayetteville) and is a member of Fabulous 50s Show and Cast to raise money for cancer patients. He is involved with Falcon Football Club and is president of the basketball booster club. He is helping organize the Lincoln County Education Association. He is a member of Fayetteville Elks Lodge. He coaches different sports leagues and is helping start a Fellowship of Christian Athletes group.

Richardson is president of the Lincoln County Bar Association and was voted “Best Attorney” for four years in a local contest.

Robert Allen Dalton Jr.

Location: Lewisburg

Robert Allen Dalton Jr. of Lewisburg is an attorney in private practice in Marshall County. According to his application, the majority of his current practice is in corporate and business law, with the rest being public interest litigation, including pro bono cases related to governmental torts, access to public records and civil rights actions.

In 2012, he led an effort to secure funding from the state to assist indigent parents who must pay child support but have no visitation rights.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and his law degree from Nashville School of Law, at which he was valedictorian. He is a member of the American, Tennessee and Marshall County bar associations, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

He ran unsuccessfully for public defender in the August 2014 general election.

He is a member of Marshall County Republican Party executive committee, and serves as its chaplain. He is a member of NAACP, the ACLU, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Tennessee Firearms Association, the Free Software Foundation, the Pan American Center, the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government and Friends of Marshall County Library. He is a member of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville.

Quinn Brandon Stewart

Location: Lewisburg

Quinn Brandon Stewart of Lewisburg is a partner at the Brandon and Brandon Law Firm in Lewisburg. She is part-time city judge for the Town of Petersburg, and a former Lewisburg city council member. She was the first woman ever elected to Lewisburg City Council, serving from 2007 to 2011. She is co-owner of River Rat Canoe Rental and owns Stewart Rental Properties in Lewisburg.

According to her application, her current practice includes nearly one-quarter civil litigation, nearly one-quarter wills and probate, and nearly one-quarter domestic relations, with the rest made up of criminal law, real estate, contracts and governmental law.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University and her law degree from the University of Memphis. She attended the University of Aberdeen in Scotland for a study abroad program in 2004, earning law school credit. She is a member of the Tennessee Municipal Judges Conference, the Tennessee and Marshall County bar associations, the Association of Municipal Attorneys, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and the Tennessee Gas Association.

She was the plaintiff in a case against tenants who damaged her property. She won a judgement in the original case but the defendants have appealed.

She is a member of the Lewisburg Kiwanis Club, the Daughters of the American Revolution, Marshall County Art Guild, the Benevolent Protective order of the Elks, Marshall County Emergency Assessment Team, Pregnancy Resource Center board of directors, the Middle Tennessee State University women’s rugby board of directors, the Oak Grove Elementary PTO, Lewisburg First Presbyterian Church, the Junior Auxiliary and Magna Carta. She has been a coach in the American Youth Soccer Association.