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Sullivan County District Attorney General
Barry P. Staubus obtained a Bachelor of Science degree (Summa Cum Laude) from East Tennessee State University
in 1979. He received a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Memphis State University, and was licensed to practice law in Tennessee in 1983.
Staubus was employed from August 1983 until December 1984 by State Farm Insurance Company as a claims representative. From 1985 until May 1994 he was in private practice in Johnson City.
He was appointed Assistant District Attorney for the Second Judicial District (Sullivan County) on May 9, 1994. He was assigned to the Criminal Court, Division I. In November 1997, he became the division leader of Criminal Court, Division I.
In January 2002, Staubus was promoted to Deputy District Attorney.
He received the Sullivan County Children’s Advocacy Center’s Professional of the Year Award in 1998 for his efforts in prosecuting sexual and physical child abuse cases.
In 2007, he was presented with the Tennessee chapter of the Children’s Advocacy Center’s CPIT Excellence Award in recognition of his commitment to the investigation and prosecution of child sexual abuse cases.
Staubus was appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam as the District Attorney General for Sullivan County on July 1, 2011. General Staubus was elected to serve the balance of the term on Aug. 2, 2012.
He has been married to his wife, Gena, for 22 years. The couple has two children and two granddaughters.
J. Gerard Stranch, IV
Managing Partner, Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC
J. Gerard Stranch, IV practices in the areas of complex litigation, including securities, class actions, antitrust, shareholder derivative actions ERISA 401k litigation; personal injury; labor and employment; and oversees the firm’s mass tort docket. He is the partner in charge of the Class Action, Complex Litigation and Mass Tort practice group in the firm.
Stranch has served as lead counsel for the firm in numerous cases, including In re: Alpha Corp. Securities Litigation ($161 million settlement in a securities fraud suit) and Lankford v. Dow Chemical ($4.2 million settlement in a nationwide consumer protection class action). He served on the Executive Committee in Dahl v. Bain Capital Partners ($590.5 million settlement), and as Liaison Counsel in In Re: Regions Morgan Keegan Closed‐End Fund Litigation ($62 million settlement). He has also handled multiple voting rights issues and ballot access cases, including successfully defending the Democratic National Committee in a lawsuit which sought to keep President Obama off the Tennessee ballot.
Stranch currently serves on the Plaintiff Steering Committee for the In re: New England Compounding Pharmacy, Inc. Products Liability Litigation MDL, and is the lawyer in charge of coordinating all litigation arising in Tennessee. To date, over $225 million in settlements have been obtained on behalf of the victims of New England Compounding Pharmacy. He was also recently appointed to the Steering Committee of In re Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation. A partial settlement has been reached for the 2.0L engine cars that is valued at over $10 Billion. The 3.0l claim has received preliminary approval in a deal that is valued at a minimum of $1.2 billion and could be almost $5 billion. The Bosch claim has also received preliminary approval for a $327.5 million settlement.
A graduate of Emory University, Stranch received his law degree from Vanderbilt University School Law School. He is an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University School of Law. He has been and is currently listed as one of the Top 40 Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers Association, and as a MidSouth Rising Star from 2009-2015 by the Super Lawyers. Stranch also serves on the executive committee of the Class Action Trial Lawyers Association.
CEO, Niswonger Children’s Hospital
As the chief executive officer of Niswonger Children’s Hospital, Lisa Carter is responsible for strategic planning for growth and development, as well as daily operations of the hospital, and regional activities for children’s health care. She is deeply involved in recruiting new physician talent to broaden the spectrum of pediatric specialty services, and with fundraising projects and initiatives.
Prior to this role, Carter served as vice president and chief nursing officer for Niswonger Children’s Hospital and the Johnson City Medical Center, where she was responsible for clinical operations and emergency services, as well as strategic growth for Niswonger Children’s Hospital. She also managed the trauma program, cardiovascular services and oncology services.
In addition, Carter has also served as the chief nursing officer and assistant administrator for Niswonger Children’s Hospital, and the director of patient care services for Niswonger Children’s Hospital and the Johnson City Medical Center.
Carter received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Tennessee Technological University, and her Master of Science in nursing from East Tennessee State University. She is a board certified nurse executive, and is currently completing her Ph.D. in nursing at East Tennessee State University.