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Bryant C. Dunaway
Thirteenth Judicial District Attorney General
Serving Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Overton, Pickett, Putnam and White County, Tennessee
Bryant C. Dunaway was elected District Attorney General for Tennessee’s Thirteenth Judicial District in 2014. A graduate of Tennessee Tech University and the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, Dunaway worked as a police officer for the City of Cookeville. He also graduated with honors from the Nashville School of Law. Prior to his election, Dunaway was engaged in the private practice of law.
Dunaway is active in the Cookeville, Tennessee, community. He and his family are members of Collegeside Church of Christ, where he serves as a deacon. A state-approved licensed firearms instructor, Dunaway is a current member of the Rotary Club of Cookeville, where he previously served as a board member. A former chairman of the Cookeville CityScape board of directors, Dunaway currently serves as chairman of the board for the Thirteenth Judicial District Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, and the Upper Cumberland Family Justice Center.
Dunaway is married to LeeAnn McCarter Dunaway, a native of Clay County and a registered nurse at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He is the father of twin daughters, Katie and Julianne, and a son, Grant.
Jennings H. Jones
Sixteenth Judicial District Attorney General
Serving Cannon and Rutherford County, Tennessee
Jennings H. Jones is the District Attorney General for Tennessee’s Sixteenth Judicial District, serving Rutherford and Cannon Counties. A veteran prosecutor, Jones served as an assistant district attorney in General Sessions Court before being promoted to Circuit Court.
A Murfreesboro native, Jones is a member of the Noon Rotary Club. He serves on the board of directors for the Jennings and Rebecca Jones Foundation, a nonprofit organization named after his grandfather, Jennings A. Jones, former mayor of Murfreesboro. Jones attends the World Outreach Church.
Robert J. Carter
Seventeenth District Attorney General
Serving Bedford, Lincoln, Marshall and Moore County, Tennessee
Robert J. Carter was appointed District Attorney General for Tennessee’s Seventeenth Judicial District by Gov. Bill Haslam in 2012 and elected in 2014.
A Lincoln County native, Carter previously served as Assistant District Attorney for the child support division and as the state DUI prosecutor. Prior to serving as Assistant District Attorney, Carter worked with Nashville-based law firm Smith Cashion & Orr. Carter is a board member of the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Bench & Bar Committee, and previously served on the District Attorney General’s Conference Executive Committee.
Carter is an honors graduate of Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee, where he was a member of the varsity football team. In 2016, he received Cumberland University’s Rising Phoenix Distinguished Alumni Award. Carter earned his law degree from the University of Memphis Cecil B. Humphreys School of Law in 2006.
Carter previously interned with the Tennessee General Assembly’s Calendar and Rules Committee, where he served as a legislative assistant for Rep. Clarence “Pete” Phillips. He has been admitted to the U.S. District Courts for the Western, Middle and Eastern Districts of Tennessee, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Carter is a member of the National District Attorneys Association and a volunteer for the Fayetteville American Cancer Society’s annual Fabulous Fifties fundraiser. He is also a former member of the Board of Directors for Love Helps, Inc., a nonprofit organization in Nashville.
Brent A. Cooper
Twenty-Second District Attorney General
Serving Giles, Lawrence, Maury and Wayne County, Tennessee
Brent Cooper was elected District Attorney General for Tennessee’s Twenty-Second Judicial District in 2014. Prior to his election, Cooper served as an assistant district attorney for 14 years, working as the drug prosecutor for Maury County.
A Maury County native, Cooper is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro and the Nashville School of Law. He was elected to serve on the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference Executive Committee in 2015 and 2017, and has served as the chairman of the conference finance committee since 2015.
Cooper is a board member for the Child Advocacy Center and is a member of the Lawrence County Substance Abuse Coalition. Cooper has been married to his wife, Andrea, for nearly 14 years, and is the parent of two daughters and one step-daughter. He and his family are active members of Summertown Baptist Church.
Lisa S. Zavogiannis
Thirty-First District Attorney General
Serving Van Buren and Warren County, Tennessee
Lisa S. Zavogiannis is the District Attorney General for Tennessee’s Thirty-First Judicial District, serving the counties of Van Buren and Warren. She was first elected in 2006.
Zavogiannis is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University and the Nashville School of Law. Prior to her election, she was engaged in the private practice of law.
Zavogiannis serves as vice president of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference, and also serves on the conference’s legislative, child support and training committees. She is chairman of the elder abuse committee, and serves as representative for the conference on the Statewide Coordinated Community Response Team for Vulnerable and Elderly Adults. A veteran in the fight against opioid drug abuse in her district, Zavogiannis works to educate students about drug abuse.
J. Gerard Stranch IV
Managing Partner, Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC
Located in Nashville, Tennessee
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.