9-22-16: Stephen Ross Johnson supervises law students who seek to clear inmates convicted based on junk science.
8-24-16: Tennessee Attorney Stephen Ross Johnson Elected to National Criminal Defense Bar Assn. Board of Directors.
3-5-16: Wade Davies was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers at its spring meeting in Maui.
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3-1-16: Davies's column in Tennessee Bar Journal examines the use of public records as evidence in criminal cases.
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8-31-15: Firm Lawyers Named to Best Lawyers in America© 2016.
Tom Dillard, Wade Davies and Stephen Ross Johnson have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016. Additionally Stephen Ross Johnson was named Knoxville’s 2016 Lawyer of the Year for White Collar Criminal Defense. The award has been given to a member of the firm two years in a row.
1-30-15: Ritchie installed as National Director of the American Board of Trial Advocates
Wayne Ritchie was installed as a member of the national board of directors the American Board of Trial Advocates at the group's recent meeting in Naples, Florida. ABOTA is an invitation only group of trial attorneys who are devoted to the preservation of the Seventh Amendment's right to trial by jury in civil cases, as well as civility and professionalism. Mr. Ritchie has previously served as president of both the Tennessee Chapter and the Southeastern Chapters of ABOTA.
10-20-14: United States Supreme Court Upholds Multi-Million Dollar Verdict for Firm Client
The United States Supreme Court declined to review an appeal of a multi-million dollar verdict awarded to Robert T. Stooksbury, Jr., by an East Tennessee jury, effectively confirming the award. Wayne Ritchie and James Stovall successfully represented Mr. Stooksbury during the appeal.
11-19-14: Stephen Ross Johnson quoted in Newsweek on the fallibility of eyewitness testimony in criminal cases.
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7-7-14: W. Thomas Dillard to present at the American Bar Association's Southeastern White Collar Crime Institute
W. Thomas Dillard will be presenting on "Litigating Prosecutorial Conduct: The Line Between Ethics and Tactics," at the American Bar Association's Southeastern White Collar Crime Institute on September 12, 2014, in Braselton, Georgia. One of the founding members of the firm, Mr. Dillard is a former United States Attorney, Assistant United States Attorney, and federal magistrate judge with over four decades of experience in conducting white collar investigations as a prosecutor and defense attorney in multiple federal and state jurisdictions. Click here for more information on the ABA's 2014 White Collar Crime Institute.
7-7-14: Stephen Ross Johnson to speak on the topics of forensic evidence and expert witnesses at TACDL's 41st Annual Meeting
Stephen Ross Johnson has been asked to present at the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' 41st Annual Meeting and Seminar in Memphis, Tennessee, on August 1, 2014. Mr. Johnson, a past-president of TACDL, will discuss forensic evidence and expert witnesses. For more information, visit TACDL.com
7-7-14: Ritchie, Dillard, Davies & Johnson supports Foundation for Criminal Justice
Ritchie, Dillard, Davies & Johnson is a supporter of the Foundation for Criminal Justice (FCJ). The FCJ preserves and promotes the core values of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the American criminal justice system. Firm partner Stephen Ross Johnson is a board member of NACDL. For more information, visit NACDL.org/foundation
3-21-14: Johnson to present at TACDL Capital Defense Training and Tennessee Criminal Defense College
Stephen Ross Johnson is slated to lecture at TACDL's William P. Redick, Jr. Capital Defense Seminar on the topic of Mental Health Issues in Complex Cases. Mr. Johnson is again a faculty member at the Tennessee Criminal Defense College, the preeminent trial training in Tennessee for criminal defense attorneys. Both trainings are scheduled for March of 2014. For more information, visit TACDL.com
3-18-14: Johnson assists in drafting NACDL's Comments to the U.S. Sentencing Commission's Proposed Amendments to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines
Stephen Ross Johnson, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and active member of its white collar crime and federal sentencing committees, recently assisted in authoring NACDL's comments to the the U.S. Sentencing Commission's 2014 Proposed Amendments to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. NACDL's comments are located here.
Davies Sworn In as President of the Knoxville Bar Association
On December 13, 2013, Wade Davies assumed the Presidency of the Knoxville Bar Association. The KBA currently serves over 1900 attorneys, judges and law students. Wade expressed his goals for his presidency at the Annual Meeting. His remarks are summarized here.
Davies Presents at Tennessee Law Institute
Wade Davies has been asked to present the evidence, criminal law and procedure sections of the Tennessee Law Institute. TLI has been a leader in continuing legal education for more than forty years. The schedule for the 2013 seminars can be found at www.tennesseelawinstitute.com.
8-27-13: Johnson elected to Board of Directors of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
8-14-13: Sixth Circuit Upholds $30 million Verdict for RDDJ Client
The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld a verdict of more than $30 million in favor of Robert Stooksbury, an East Tennessee developer. The Court's initial decision denying defendants' appeal was rendered in June of 2013; defendants' request for en banc review was denied on August 5, 2013; and a mandate issued August 14, 2013. Stooksbury v. Ross, et al., no. 12-5739 (6th Cir. 2013). Wayne Ritchie served as lead counsel for Mr. Stooksbury.
4-27-13: Ritchie Elected President of the Southeastern Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates ("ABOTA")
Wayne Ritchie was installed as President of the Southeastern Chapters of ABOTA at the regional group's annual meeting in Point Clear, Alabama, on April 27, 2013. The group has over 800 members and is comprised of both plaintiff's and defense attorneys who specialize in civil trial practice in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. As part of ABOTA, the group's main goal is to protect and preserve the Seventh Amendment and to advance professionalism and civility in the practice of law.
12-13-12: Davies President-Elect of the Knoxville Bar Association
At the annual meeting of the Knoxville Bar Association, Wade Davies was selected by acclamation as President-Elect. His term as President will begin in December 2013.
9-6-12: Davies Presents at Tennessee Law Institute
Wade Davies has been asked to present the criminal law and procedure sections of the Tennessee Law Institute. TLI has been a leader in continuing legal education for more than forty years. The schedule for the remaining 2012 seminars can be found at www.tennesseelawinstitute.com
8-25-12: Stephen Ross Johnson presides over Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual Meeting
Stephen Ross Johnson served as President of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers during 2011-12. The finale of his presidency was a successful annual meeting and seminar, including nationally known speakers. During Johnson's presidency, the membership of TACDL grew from less than 700 members to almost 1000.
8-24-12: Johnson & Davies present CLE at TACDL Annual Meeting and Seminar
At the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual Meeting and Seminar, Steve Johnson presented continuing legal education presentations on excluding "snitch" testimony and working with medical examiners. Wade Davies presented on computer/electronic search and seizure. Over 200 lawyers attended.
2-28-12: Multi-million dollar jury verdict returned in favor of Ritchie, Dillard, Davies & Johnson client in Federal Court.
An East Tennessee Jury returned a more than 30 million dollar verdict in favor of Robert T. Stooksbury, Jr., in Stooksbury v. Ross, et al., No. 3:09-cv-498, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. Wayne Ritchie served as lead counsel at trial for Mr. Stooksbury, an East Tennessee developer.
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2-02-12: Firm's client obtains rare acquittal on appeal.
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Best Lawyers in America has named Wade V. Davies as the "Knoxville Best Lawyers Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar Lawyer of the Year" for 2012.
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10-28-2011: Firm negotiates agreement to secure reversal of wrongful conviction.
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5-5-11: Firm's client granted new trial in decades old murder case.
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