One of the firm’s most valuable assets is its experienced and professional staff.
Richard Bolus joined the firm on July 1, 1983. He graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, and later received a paralegal certificate. Mr. Bolus is the paralegal for the firm’s criminal defense division.
Linda Carter joined the firm on February 1, 1993 as a litigation paralegal, after serving in Brussels, Belgium as office manager for a corporate law firm. Ms. Carter is the paralegal for the firm's civil litigation division.
Ms. Carter served as Chair of the Paralegal Affiliates of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association from 2002 until 2012. During the mid-1990’s, in addition to her work for the firm, Ms. Carter served as administrator of Tennessee’s 17th Legislative District local office during the time partner Wayne Ritchie served in the Tennessee state legislature.
Karen Montooth is the firm’s office manager and bookkeeper. She graduated with highest honors from the University of Tennessee with a B.S. degree in Business Administration in 1990 and completed a legal assistant’s program at UT in 1985. She is a member of the Association of Legal Administrators. She has been with the firm since 1966. She also assists partner Stephen Ross Johnson.
Debbie Rose joined the firm in June of 1989 after eight years with the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Tennessee, U.S. Department of Justice. She also was a legal assistant with the Career Criminal Unit of the Knox County District Attorney’s Office. Mrs. Rose is legal assistant for partners Tom Dillard and Wade Davies.
Tammy Wright joined the firm in November 2001 as a receptionist and legal assistant. She was previously an assistant with Tupperware Corporation and E.F. Hutton. She is a graduate of Draughons College.