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  • Thomas C. McKee

    Senior Partner
    Thomas C. McKee

    Thomas C. McKee is a native of Johnson City and has been engaged in the active practice of law in the community and upper east Tennessee since 1967. He received a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1963 and a law degree from the University of Tennessee in 1967. He has a wide range of experience, primarily as a litigator, ranging from real estate to all types of personal and corporate litigation. He is a member in good standing of the Washington County Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association (where he formerly served as Co-Chair of the Professionalism Committee), the American Bar Association, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the American Council Association, the Defense Research Institute, the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association, and the Tennessee Bar Foundation. He has served the City of Johnson City as a member of its Board of Commissioners for twelve years, twice as its Mayor, and as Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Chairman and long term member of both its Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Boards. He has had extensive experience in representing clients, primarily developers, before public boards, and has direct involvement with much of the commercial development in Johnson City. He currently acts as counsel for the Johnson City Power Board and the Watauga River Regional Water Authority. He has served on numerous community boards, and was a member of the founding Board of Directors (and serving a total of 32 years) of the Dawn of Hope Development Center, a facility serving the physically and mentally impaired of the community.

    Tom’s assistant, Lana Cash, can be reached at 423-434-4702 or via email at lcash@lawyerfirm.com.Practice Areas:
    Civil Litigation, Federal Practice, Insurance Defense, Labor & Employment Law, Municipal Law, Public & Private Utility Law.
    Phone: 423-434-4719
    Fax: 423-434-4738
    tmckee@lawyerfirm.com

  • Charles T. Herndon IV

    Partner
    Charles T. Herndon IV

    Charles T. “Chip” Herndon IV is a native of East Tennessee and has been practicing law in the region since 1974. He received a BS Degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1971, where he also obtained his law degree in 1974. He has a wide range of litigation experience and currently mainly handles professional liability defense, focusing on medical malpractice defense. He has tried to a jury most issues in tort practice. He is a member in good standing of the Washington County Bar Association ( past president), the Tennessee Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Tennessee Association for Justice (Tennessee Trial Lawyers) before it changed defense posture), the Tennessee Medical Malpractice Review Board, and the Federal Bar Association, having served as a past President for the Northeast Tennessee section in 2002. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and he has served as a member of the Hearing Committee for the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility. He has been recognized as a Tennessee “Super” lawyer in the medical malpractice area. He has presented many seminar programs over the years relative to trial practice. He has been involved in a variety of social functions and community matters for many years, the most notable of which has been pulpit supply for Philadelphia Presbyterian Church, since 1997.

    Chip's assistant, Susan Brown, can be reached at 423-434-4706 or via email at sbrown@lawyerfirm.comPractice Areas:
    Civil Litigation, Federal Practice, Insurance Defense, Medical Malpractice.
    Phone: 423-434-4700
    Fax: 423-434-4738
    cherndon@lawyerfirm.com

  • Bradley E. Griffith

    Partner
    Bradley E. Griffith

    Brad has been practicing law in Tennessee since 2000. A native of Erwin, Tennessee, he attended East Tennessee State University for his undergraduate studies and attended the University of Tennessee College of Law, graduating from both universities with honors. He joined the firm in 2001 and focuses his practice on civil litigation, with extensive experience in the areas of automobile liability, workers’ compensation, and premises liability, among others. He is a member in good standing of the American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, and the Washington County Bar Association.

    Brad’s assistant, Deborah Parker, can be reached at 423-434-4708 or via email at dlparker@lawyerfirm.com.Practice Areas:
    Civil Litigation, Federal Practice, Insurance Defense, Labor & Employment Law, Personal Injury.
    Phone: 423-434-4700
    Fax: 423-434-4738
    bgriffith@lawyerfirm.com

  • J. Matthew Bolton

    Partner
    J. Matthew Bolton

    Matt joined the firm in August 2006 upon his return to East Tennessee, where he was born and raised. He devotes one hundred (100%) percent of his practice to litigation, representing individuals and businesses in a wide range of civil disputes, including but not limited to personal injury, premises liability, breach of contract matters. He also handles a large amount of family law matters (including divorce, child custody, and post divorce disputes) and criminal defense trial work at the state and federal levels. Matt graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 2002, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree, and he graduated law school in 2006 with an emphasis on trial practice. Always with an eye on giving back to the community, he has served on many area boards, including the Dawn of Hope, Hands On! Children’s Museum, and he is a co-founder of the Lawyers Helping People Program, recognized statewide for its contributions in helping indigent citizens of the community obtain legal help in a variety of areas. In 2016, Matt was recognized by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys as a “Top 10 Under 40" attorney and was also named as a Mid-South Rising Star in the Super Lawyers Magazine. He is a member of good standing of the American Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, the Washington County Bar Association, and the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, having graduated its yearly criminal defense trial college in March of 2012.

    Matt’s assistant, Lana Cash, can be reached at (423) 434-4702 or via email at lcash@lawyerfirm.com.Practice Areas:
    Civil Litigation, Divorce & Family Law, Estate Planning, Federal & State Criminal Defense, Federal Practice, Insurance Defense, Personal Injury.
    Phone: 423-434-4700
    Fax: 423-434-4738
    mbolton@lawyerfirm.com

  • Elizabeth M. Hutton

    Partner
    Elizabeth M. Hutton

    Holding both nursing and law degrees, Elizabeth joined the firm in 2008. She specializes in complex litigation, focusing primarily on medical malpractice defense. She is able to easily understand complex expert witness opinions and correlate those opinions and their underlying facts to the statutory and common law rules governing this specialty field. Building from her legal and medical background, Elizabeth has represented doctors and their practice groups in numerous cases since joining the firm.

    In addition to her expertise in medical malpractice, Elizabeth is known for excellence in domestic relations and litigation concerning a variety of issues, from product liability to trade secrets, including class action litigation. The Virginia Bar Association recognized her adept legal skill in 2007 when she was the sole recipient of the Virginia Bar Association Family Law Award. She has also completed the American Bar Association’s National Trial Academy in Tort Trial and Insurance Practice, where she excelled and received high remarks. In addition, she has argued numerous cases before the Tennessee Court of Appeals. (e.g. Roberts v. Prill, 2014 Tenn. App. Lexis 368). She also has experience representing individuals before various licensing boards in Tennessee.

    She served as vice-president of her nursing class when she graduated from East Tennessee State University in 2001 and has continued to move to the forefront as a leader, serving as a representative for the First Judicial District on the House of Delegates of since 2014. She is also a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and Christian Legal Society.Practice Areas:
    Civil Litigation, Divorce & Family Law, Federal Practice, Insurance Defense, Medical Malpractice, Social Security & Disability Law.
    Phone: 423-434-4707
    Fax: 423-434-4738
    ehutton@lawyerfirm.com

  • Johnathan A. Minga

    Partner
    Johnathan A. Minga

    Johnathan joined the firm in July 2013. He handles various matters in the East Tennessee area ranging from criminal defense, family law, juvenile court, probate, personal injury/auto liability and other civil litigation. His criminal defense practice ranges from misdemeanors to homicide cases and everything in between. His family law practice includes divorce, legal separation, child custody, child support, spousal support, post-divorce, termination of parental rights, adoption and paternity actions. Johnathan is licensed to and regularly practices in General Sessions, Criminal, Circuit, Chancery, Juvenile, Federal and Appellate Courts in Tennessee.

    A native of Johnson City, and graduate of East Tennessee State University (B.A., Mass Communications and Public Relations) in 2003, Johnathan graduated law school with honors in 2008 with an emphasis on trial practice in criminal and family law. During law school, he served as a Judicial Extern under Chancellor G. Richard Johnson of the 1st Judicial District of Tennessee. Thereafter, he was employed with Mark D. Slagle & Associates until joining Herndon, Coleman, Brading & McKee. He is a past or present member of the American Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, Washington County Bar Association (where he was an Executive Committee Member), the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Sigma Chi Fraternity.

    Johnathan’s assistant, Deborah Parker, can be reached at 423-434-4708 or via email at dlparker@lawyerfirm.com.
    Practice Areas:
    Civil Litigation, Divorce & Family Law, Estate Planning, Federal & State Criminal Defense, Insurance Defense.
    Phone: 423-434-4700
    Fax: 423-434-4738
    jminga@lawyerfirm.com

  • Charles J. London

    Associate Attorney
    Charles J. London

    Charles graduated from law school at the top of his class receiving student awards in the fields of Business Organizations and Alternative Dispute Resolution. He was a Trial Board Member each year, and he served as a senior board officer during his last year in law school. Charles attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, for his undergraduate studies and graduated with a 4.0 in his major of finance and a 4.0 in his minor of economics. While at UT, several honor societies inducted him into their membership, including the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, National Scholars Honor Society, and the National Deans list.

    Charles joined the firm in August of 2010. His practice focuses on the areas of general civil litigation, criminal defense, business transactional/litigation, and property, as well as handling civil appellate matters. For 2012, Charles was the sitting President of the Washington County Bar Association, and he is a consistent contributor and organizer of the local pro bono service programs offered to area citizens.

    Charles’ assistant, Susan Brown, can be reached at 423-434-4706 or via email at sbrown@lawyerfirm.com.Practice Areas:
    Business Organizations Law, Civil Litigation, Divorce & Family Law, Federal & State Criminal Defense, Federal Practice, Insurance Defense.
    Phone: 423-434-4713
    Fax: 423-434-4738
    clondon@lawyerfirm.com

  • McKenna L. Cox

    Associate Attorney
    McKenna L. Cox

    McKenna L. Cox graduated Magna cum Laude from Wofford College with a Bachelor's degree in English, Spanish, and Latin American Studies. She holds a Master's Degree in Romance Languages and Literature from UNC-Chapel Hill and is fluent in Spanish. McKenna received her J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2005 with a concentration in Advocacy.

    McKenna has over a decade of experience in family law, domestic violence, mediation, powers of attorney, immigration, conservatorships, and litigation practice. She is a Rule 31 listed family mediator in the State of Tennessee. McKenna is also a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and the Catholic Charities CLINIC program for representation of victims of crime in immigration cases. She is member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Federal Bar Association and its Immigration Law Section, the Tennessee Bar Association, the LGBT Bar Association, is the past Vice President and Pro Bono Coordinator of the Washington County Bar Association, sits on the Board of Legal Aid of East Tennessee, and is the chairwoman of the Lawyers Helping People pro bono program in Johnson City, TN.

    McKenna has lived in Santiago, Chile and has travelled throughout Central and South America as well as Spain, the rest of Europe, parts of Asia, and most of North America.

    McKenna's legal assistant, Marsha Cox, can be reached at 423-434-4704.Practice Areas:
    Deportation Defense & Immigration Court Representation, Divorce & Family Law, Immigration Law, Landlord-Tenant Law, LGBTQ Issues, Mediation Services.
    Phone: 423-434-4700
    Fax: 423-434-4738
    mcox@lawyerfirm.com

  • Solange A. McDaniel

    Associate Attorney
    Solange A. McDaniel

    Solange A. McDaniel graduated from Tennessee High School in Bristol, Tennessee and went to King University on an athletic and academic scholarship. She graduated from King in 2008 with a degree in Political Science and History then went on to obtain her Juris Doctorate from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2011 with a concentration in Advocacy and Dispute Resolution.

    During law school, Solange interned with the Honorable Thomas W. Phillips, Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee and with Federal Defender Services of Eastern Tennessee. Since law school, Solange has practiced a variety of disciplines, including immigration law, criminal defense, personal injury, divorce & family law, and social security & disability law.

    Solange is a member of the American Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, Washington County Bar Association, Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, and National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR).Practice Areas:
    Deportation Defense & Immigration Court Representation, Divorce & Family Law, Federal & State Criminal Defense, Immigration Law, Social Security & Disability Law.
    Phone: 423-434-4700
    Fax: 423-434-4738
    smcdaniel@lawyerfirm.com

  • Stephanie Stuart

    Associate Attorney
    Stephanie Stuart

    Stephanie is a native of East Tennessee where she currently resides with her husband, Brad, and their two sons, Ethan and Noah. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Tennessee, College of Business with a Bachelor's degree and honors in Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics, and Political Science. Stephanie continued her education as a Volunteer, earning her Juris Doctorate from the University of Tennessee College of Law. During her time at UT Law, she worked as a judicial clerk to Judge Bill Swann in the Knox County Fourth Circuit Court. Stephanie also spent time on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. working for the Charles G. Koch Foundation and George Mason Law and Economics Center.

    Stephanie is licensed in both Tennessee and Virginia. She is the past President and Vice President of the Bristol Tennessee Bar Association, and an active member of the United States Federal Bar, the Virginia State Bar, and a child advocacy support group which advocates for children's interests across the state of Tennessee. She is also the founder and managing partner of Epperson-Stuart Law in Blountville, Tennessee.

    Stephanie began working with the firm in 2015 as an independent contractor, and officially joined the team as an associate in 2016. Her practice includes all areas of civil litigation, with a focus on medical malpractice, estate planning, family law, and a special focus on adoption law.

    Stephanie’s assistant, Susan Brown, can be reached at 423-434-4706 or via email at sbrown@lawyerfirm.com.Practice Areas:
    Civil Litigation, Divorce & Family Law, Medical Malpractice, Probate & Estate Planning.
    Phone: 423-434-4700
    Fax: 423-434-4738
    sstuart@lawyerfirm.com