Attorney Bios

russAttorney D. Russell Thomas was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, August 3, 1952. He attended Middle Tennessee State University (B.S., 1974) and was a member of Kappa Sigma while studying for his undergraduate degree. He attended Memphis State University obtaining a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in December of 1977. While at MSU he was a member of Phi Alpha Delta. Mr. Thomas was admitted to the Tennessee bar on April 15, 1978, and is admitted to the U.S. District Court in the, Middle and Eastern Districts of Tennessee.

D. Russell Thomas is a 1985 Graduate of ATLA’s Advanced Civil Litigation Course. Mr. Thomas served on the Board of Governors as the Representative for the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association for the 6th District of Tennessee, 1991—2005. He is a member of the Rutherford County, Tennessee and American Bar Associations, The American Association for Justice, The Tennessee Association for Justice (Legislative Committee, 2000—2004), Trial Master, and served as the 2005-2006 President of the Andrew Jackson American Inns of Court. He is the author of “Automobile Liability in Tennessee” published in Trial Magazine which is a statewide publication for trial lawyers.

Mr. Thomas has been a guest lecturer for the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association since 1992; lecturing on selected topics, including worker’s compensation, personal injury,(which includes automobile accidents, product liability, and premises liability) as well as the effective utilization of the American Medical Association Guides to the evaluation of permanent impairment in workers’ compensation, personal injury cases, trial tactics, and civil jury trials.

Based on a confidential survey of other attorneys in this area by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, D. Russell Thomas received an AV Rating. The A – is the mark of the highest rating of legal ability. The V – is the mark of the highest standards of legal ethics.

According to Martindale-Hubbell, “AV Peer Review Rating” shows that a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence. He or she has usually practiced law for many years, and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity”.

melindaAttorney Melinda K. Brown was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on March 24, 1977. Ms. Brown attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville (B.S., 2001) for her undergraduate degree in Architectural Studies. After working in the legal field as an assistant for nearly ten years, she graduated from the Nashville School of Law obtaining a Doctor of Jurisprudence on May 22, 2010. Ms. Brown was admitted to the Tennessee Bar on October 13, 2010.

Ms. Brown has been a member of the American Association for Justice and Tennessee Association for Justice since 2008. She joined the Rutherford County Bar Association in 2010.

Ms. Brown lives in Murfreesboro with her husband, C.S. Brown, and two cats. Outside of the office, she enjoys music, reading, drawing, painting, baking, and traveling. She is also very active in her husband’s career as a musician and audio mastering engineer.

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