The Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board worked the night shift in Nashville July 10, as the three-member panel heard oral arguments in two cases at Nashville School of Law.
The School’s appellate courtroom was at capacity as students, faculty, and others involved in the cases listened to attorneys present their arguments and answer questions from the board regarding the facts, the law, and the trials courts’ decisions.
“The Dean and staff made us feel so welcome, and it was gratifying to share our work with a courtroom full of people who represent the future of our profession,” said Judge Marshall L. Davidson, III, presiding judge of the panel.
Judge Davidson has taught first-year and advanced torts at the School since 1992. This summer he also taught Workers’ Compensation. Members of his class were among those who witnessed the proceedings.
In addition to Judge Davidson, the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board members are Timothy W. Conner of Knoxville and David F. Hensley of Chattanooga.
“I was impressed and inspired by both the facilities at the Nashville School of Law and Dean Koch’s hospitality,” said Judge Hensley. “I enjoyed talking with the students before the session began and hope they gained an appreciation for the importance of being prepared and knowing the details of one’s case when participating in oral arguments.”
Prior to the oral arguments, the School hosted a reception for members of the appeals board, who took the opportunity to meet students and others attending.
“This was an ideal opportunity for students to see the law they were studying in action,” Dean William C. Koch, Jr. said. “We are grateful to the appeals board for making the extra effort to be on our campus and delighted that they were able to interact with students and our School community.”
More information about the two cases heard that night can be found in the opinions issued by the panel:
- KIMBERLY BULLARD v. FACILITIES PERFORMANCE GROUP
- MATTIE MITCHELL, as representative for the Estate of MICHAEL MITCHELL v. BUNGE NORTH AMERICA
The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board decides appeals of orders issued by judges of the Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims. The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board’s three judges are appointed by Tennessee’s governor:
Timothy W. Conner graduated from Boston University and Wake Forest University School of Law. He practiced in the areas of premises liability, personal injury, employment discrimination, wills and estates, and workers’ compensation with the law firm of Leitner, Williams, Dooley, and Napolitan, PLLC, from 1992 to 2014. Judge Conner has extensive workers’ compensation experience and is a frequent speaker on workers’ compensation issues. He has taught courses on Workers’ Compensation Law as an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law, and he recently joined the adjunct faculty of Lincoln Memorial University’s Duncan School of Law, where he teaches legal writing. In 2014, he was appointed by Governor Bill Haslam to the Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board and was reappointed in 2016. Judge Conner, an accomplished pianist and active in mission work with his church, is married and has two children.
Marshall L. Davidson, III, graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee College of Law where he served on the Tennessee Law Review. He worked as a law clerk for the Tennessee Court of Appeals and the Tennessee Supreme Court and then spent time in private practice handling civil and criminal cases before serving as a Staff Attorney for the Tennessee Supreme Court for twenty-two years where he focused primarily on civil appeals. Under the supervision of the Chief Justice, Judge Davidson implemented and managed the Supreme Court’s system for handling appeals of workers’ compensation cases for roughly a decade. He has served as a Judge Advocate General Officer in the United States Army Reserves, taught at the collegiate and law school levels for many years, and has authored numerous law review and bar journal articles about appellate litigation and other legal topics. He is a Fellow in the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, is active in the American Inns of Court, and is a CASA training volunteer working with children who are the subject of abuse or neglect proceedings. In 2014, Judge Davidson was appointed by Governor Bill Haslam to the Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board where he serves as Presiding Judge.
David F. Hensley began his legal career in Chattanooga clerking for Judge Herschel P. Franks (Retired) of the Tennessee Court of Appeals following graduation from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1979. He was in private practice from 1981 to 2014, handling cases involving workers’ compensation, insurance defense, insurance fraud, construction law, and estates. From 2004 until his appointment, Judge Hensley was a partner and shareholder in the Chattanooga firm of Franklin, Cooper & Marcus, PLLC. Originally from Athens, Tennessee, Judge Hensley relocated to Chattanooga in 1979 and served as a member and Chairman of the Board of the North River YMCA and a member of the Board of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga. In 2014, he was appointed by Governor Bill Haslam to the Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. Judge Hensley has an avid interest in water skiing and sailboat racing. He is married and has two children and two grandchildren
You can learn more about the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board here.