Paine, Tarwater and Bickers, LLP, and several of its attorneys were recently recognized for their contributions to the legal community at the annual Pro Bono Celebration. Hosted by Legal Aid of East Tennessee, the Pro Bono Celebration recognizes a law school student, attorneys and law firms whose hard work helps to ensure many in our community receive “Equal Justice for All.”
Don Paine was recognized for contributing at least 50 hours of service through the Pro Bono Project during 2009.
Maryville resident John Elder received The Pro Bono Partner Award for his work with another Maryville resident, Will Carver, who is an attorney with Kramer Rayson LP. The two attorneys established a Saturday Bar Clinic in Blount County which provides legal counseling sessions to low income persons. The Blount County Saturday Bar Clinic provides a monthly opportunity for Legal Aid of East Tennessee’s clients to meet with a volunteer attorney and obtain legal advice on a wide range of legal issues.
Scott Griswold received The Pro Bono Advocate Award and was also recognized for contributing at least 50 hours of service. Griswold devoted nearly 250 hours working on cases that included representing homeowners in a wrongful foreclosure case and an indigent defendant in an appeal before the Tennessee Supreme Court. In a 5-0 opinion, the Tennessee Supreme Court sided with the indigent client and remanded the case for further proceedings. Asked about his pro bono work Griswold stated, “When I was a law clerk to Chief Justice William Barker, he constantly encouraged me to do pro bono work once I started practicing law, and I am grateful to be with a firm that shares and supports my commitment to the community.”
Finally, Paine, Tarwater, and Bickers, LLP, received The Law Firm of the Year Award from Legal Aid. In her remarks about Paine, Tarwater’s selection, Supreme Court Justice Sharon Lee said that the firm had accepted more referrals and closed more cases in the last year than any other firm. As the firms Pro Bono coordinator, Elder expressed the firm’s appreciation for the services provided by Legal Aid of East Tennessee stating, “Paine, Tarwater appreciates the opportunity to accept referral’s from Legal Aid of East Tennessee’s Pro Bono Project and looks forward to continuing to work with Legal Aid in the future to ensure all members of our local community have access to legal advice and representation.”
Paine, Tarwater, and Bickers, LLP, represents a variety of clients in civil litigation matters. Established in 1987, the firm has offices in Knoxville and Austin, Texas, and is engaged in the representation of clients in products liability, toxic tort, pharmaceutical and medical malpractice cases, as well as many kinds of commercial, employment, construction and estate cases.