R Layne Holley – Holley Elder & McWhirter, P.C.

Practice/Organization Description

I am a private practitioner of civil law whose primary areas of concentration include property and casualty insurance law; bad faith and extra-contractual liability, coverage investigations & opinions; tort litigation; ADR and small business transactional law.

Additionally, I am a presenter on issues of public policy, and provide training services related to the U.S. Constitutional and Bill of Rights to educational administrators, teachers and related professionals as those subjects relate to the civic mission of schools.

I serve on the Board of Directors and as General Counsel to the Tennessee Center for Civic Learning and Engagement, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. For civic education programs mandated by the United States Congress and implemented through the U.S. Department of Education, I am the Eighth District Coordinator (TN-08) for the Center for Civic Education's "We the People: The Citizen and The Constitution" and "Project Citizen" curricula.

During 2011, The Tennessee Supreme Court appointed me as a Hearing Officer for Disciplinary District IX for service in matters of attorney discipline.

Bar Admissions

• 1981: Licensed and admitted to the Tennessee bar and to practice before the U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee at Memphis;

• 1982: Admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee at Knoxville;

• 1987: Admitted to practice before the Judicial Panel of Multi-District Litigation at Washington, D.C.

• 1992: Admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit at Cincinnati;

• 1994: Admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas at Jonesboro;

• 1995: Admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee at Nashville;

• 1995: Admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee at Chattanooga;

• 1996: Admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama at Birmingham.

• 1984-present: Service as “Special Judge” for the Judges of the General Sessions Court of Shelby County, Tennessee-Memphis

• 1984-1986: Service as “Special Judge” in Municipal Court of the City of Memphis (Municipal Ordinance Jurisdiction)

• 1985: Service to Memphis Bar Association as member of Fee Dispute Committee

• 1990–1991: Adjunct Professor, University of Memphis – University College (Contracts, Tennessee Courts)

• 1990 –1991: Adjunct Professor, State Technical Institute at Memphis (Business Law)

• 2005-2006:

• 2006-Current: Lecturer to teachers attending Professional Development Workshops on topics of Public Policy and Constitutional Law

Education

1960-1972: Public Education—Shelbyville, TN. [inclusive of attendance at U.S. Capital; Page School at the Library of Congress (1972)]

1972–1976 Middle Tennessee State University

B. A. -- History

1977-1980 University of Memphis

Cecil C Humphreys Law School

Juris Doctorate

1981-1983 University of Memphis

Master of Arts- Political Science

Also attended Oglethorpe University-Atlanta [Presidential Merit Scholarship Recipient] and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Professional Associations & Memberships

• Previously served on Executive Board and on Board of Directors of Memphis Jaycees;

• 1986: Participant in United States Department of State Foreign Policy Conferences sponsored by the American Council of Young Political Leaders;

• 1987: Leadership position (Tennessee) for the Presidential Campaign of U.S. Senator Joseph Biden;

• 1988-1990: Service as member of Emergency Response & Civil Preparedness Team of the Salvation Army-Memphis;

• Political Appointments for service to the U.S. House of Representatives [1972: William R. Anderson, M.C. 6th District-(D-TN)] and the U.S. Senate [1979: James R. Sasser. M.C. (D-TN);

• 1989: Nominated and selected for designation as Outstanding Young Man of America

• 1990’s: Transition into parenting and fatherhood as substitute for other areas of service and outside interests;

• 2003: Vocational interests in amateur radio and emergency communications

• 2005-2006: Commissioner-Germantown Environmental Commission

• 2005-2007: General Counsel (pro bono) Memphis Roller Derby

• 2006-current: Director and General Counsel (pro bono) of the Tennessee Center for Civic Learning & Engagement which advocates the civic mission of schools by teaching the principles of American Democracy; and to consult and participate in professional development training for teachers and educational administrators by presenting on public policy and issues of law & society

Honors and Awards

Tennessee Supreme Court: Board of Professional Responsibility Hearing Officer--2011-current

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Appellate Practice
  • Business Organizations
  • Business Torts
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Education
  • Government
  • Insurance
  • Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
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