Tennessee Defense

Lawyers Association

TDLA Award Winners

The Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association wishes to recognize the talent and achievements of our members
by presenting the following two annual awards at the Fall Meeting’s Awards Dinner event. 

DEFENSE LAWYER OF THE YEAR
To honor a TDLA member who has made significant contributions to TDLA, to the defense bar, and/or to the practice of law in Tennessee this year.

RISING STAR AWARD
To honor a TDLA member who has been practicing law 10 years or less and who has made significant contributions to TDLA, to the defense bar, and/or who has promoted the interests of young lawyers in Tennessee this year.


2022-2023

*To be presented September 1, 2022*


2021-2022

Defense Lawyer of the Year - Hank Spragins, Hickman Goza & Spragins

Rising Star - Rachel Bishop, Stites & Harbison


2020-2021

Defense Lawyer of the Year - Kay Anderson, Baker Donelson

Rising Star - Devin Lyon, Arnett, Draper & Hagood


2019-2020

Defense Lawyer of the Year - Sean Martin, Carr Allison

Rising Star - Melissa Carrasco, Egerton, McAfee, Armistead & Davis


2018-2019

Defense Lawyer of the Year - Thomas Wiseman, Wiseman Ashworth

Rising Star - Elijah Settlemyre, Trammell, Adkins & Ward


2017-2018

Defense Lawyer of the Year - Dawn Davis Carson, Hickman, Goza & Spragins

Rising Star - Adam Nelson, Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell


2016-2017

Defense Lawyer of the Year - Michael Haynie, Manier & Herod

Rising Star - Nancy Steer, Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, PLLC


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