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Charme P. Allen
Sixth Judicial District Attorney General
Serving Knox County, Tennessee
Charme P. Allen is a veteran prosecutor with nearly 30 years of experience with the Office of the District Attorney General for Knox County. In 2014, she was elected as District Attorney General of the Sixth Judicial District, and was the first female elected to this position in Knox County’s history.
Following in the footsteps of her law enforcement family, Allen earned her Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from West Georgia College in 1987 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1990. Immediately thereafter, she became a full-time assistant district attorney general, pursuing her passion of seeking justice and helping victims of crimes, with a special emphasis on child abuse prosecution throughout the majority of her career.
Since taking office, Allen has implemented many new policies and procedures, and has created teams of special prosecution units, as well as a community affairs unit, in order to achieve her goal of being “Tough on Crime, Smart on Prevention.” While overseeing a staff of more than 80 professionals, Allen’s role as the county’s top law enforcement officer has given her the opportunity to address criminal justice issues on a larger scale. She is active on the boards of numerous local agencies and organizations. She has also spearheaded and served on several task force initiatives to address pressing needs impacting the East Tennessee region, from the opioid epidemic to educational disparities.
Dave S. Clark
Seventh Judicial District Attorney General
Serving Anderson County, Tennessee
An Anderson County native, Dave S. Clark obtained his bachelor’s, master’s and law degrees from the University of Tennessee. He practiced law privately in Nashville and then in Anderson County after establishing his own firm. He successfully served two terms as the part-time elected County Attorney for Anderson County.
Clark was elected District Attorney General in 2006 and again in 2014. As District Attorney General, he has managed a criminal justice system that has seen a 43 percent reduction in crime. Clark founded a children’s advocacy center for victims of physical and sexual abuse, and has combated violent criminals, gangs and drug dealers. He has also managed millions of dollars in public funds with ten consecutive clear annual financial audits.
Clark is married to Magistrate Judge Josephine Clark, and they have two adult children. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, hunting and marksmanship.
Jared R. Effler
Eighth District Attorney General
Serving Campbell, Claiborne, Fentress, Scott and Union County, Tennessee
Jared R. Effler was born and raised in Union County, Tennessee, and is a product of the Union County Public School System. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Lincoln Memorial University in 1995 in Wildlife and Fisheries Management. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree and graduated cum laude from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 1999.
Upon graduating law school, Effler was appointed as an assistant district attorney for the Eighth Judicial District. He served in this capacity until he was elected as the District Attorney General August 2014.
Effler is a former adjunct professor at Lincoln Memorial University in the criminal justice program. He has also guest lectured on prosecutorial ethics in the Duncan School of Law at Lincoln Memorial University. In 2014, Effler was recognized as Lincoln Memorial University’s Alumnus of the Year, and in 2015, he received the Good Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America.
Effler currently serves on the Tennessee District Attorney Generals Conference’s Child Support, Finance and Training Committees. Additionally, he has recently been appointed to the Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 12 Working Group, which is tasked with improving the reporting of first degree murder cases in Tennessee.
Effler resides in Maynardville with his wife Mary, who is the director of nutrition for the Union County Public School System, and their two daughters, Katy Beth, 14, and Mia, 10.
Ninth District Attorney General
Serving Loudon, Meigs, Morgan and Roane County, Tennessee
Russell Johnson has served as District Attorney General for the Ninth Judicial District for more than eleven years, having been elected in August 2006 and re-elected in August 2014.
As district attorney, Johnson personally appears in General Sessions Courts on a regular basis and handles a portion of the Criminal Court docket, including jury trials. He also oversees the Child Support Enforcement program for the four-county district while managing a 35-member office.
Johnson took the lead in establishing a drug court in Roane County that has been featured on National Public Radio, and he also started a successful Veterans Court in Loudon County. At least four cases that his office successfully prosecuted have been featured in nationally televised shows, such as “Snapped” and NBC’s “Dateline.”
Johnson has been a licensed attorney since 1990, and worked in real estate, probate and civil litigation from 1990 – 2006. He also served as municipal judge for the City of Loudon from 1998 – 2006. He served three terms in the Tennessee Legislature, representing Loudon and Monroe Counties in the House of Representatives from 2000 – 2006. He served on the Judiciary Committee and the Conservation and Environment Committee, and served as chairman of two subcommittees. From 2009 – 2013, Johnson served a four-year term on the Judicial Nomination Committee, traveling about the state to interview and nominate candidates for judgeships to the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, as well as for vacancies on state trial courts. Since 2012, he has served as Tennessee’s member on the board of directors of the National District Attorneys Association.
Johnson has served on the Executive Committee of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference, and currently serves on its Legislative Committee, and on its Justice and Professionalism Committee, chairing the Pro-Tem Appointment working group. He currently serves on the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Juvenile Justice, appointed by Lt. Gov. Randy McNally and House Speaker Beth Harwell. Johnson also serves on the board of directors for the WestCare Foundation, a nationally recognized not-for-profit organization providing drug dependency recovery services, treatment centers, homeless facilities and Veterans’ services across 20 states and four U.S. territories.
Stephen D. Crump
Tenth District Attorney General
Serving Bradley, McMinn, Monroe and Polk County, Tennessee
Stephen D. Crump is the District Attorney General for Tennessee’s Tenth Judicial District. A graduate of Carson-Newman University and the University of Tennessee College of Law, he was appointed District Attorney General by Gov. Bill Haslam in July 2014 and was elected to the position in August 2014.
Crump served as an assistant district attorney general in the Tenth Judicial District for almost a decade. During that time, he was appointed as South Team Leader, and was responsible for supervising the prosecutions in two counties. Crump tried numerous high-profile and complex cases, including several death penalty cases.
Crump is the chairman of the Legislative Committee, and serves on the Justice and Professionalism Committee for the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference (TNDAGC). He is active in National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and has represented Tennessee prosecutors at the NDAA Capitol Conference in Washington, D.C. He has represented the TNDAGC at several regional “Best Practices” conferences, which considered significant and emerging issues in prosecution. Crump was named to the Executive Director Search Committee for the TNDAGC. He has been appointed to serve on the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility’s Hearing Committee.
Until his election, Crump served as chairman of the board of SkyRidge Medical Center. He is a member of Rotary International. He and his family are members of First Baptist Church in Cleveland, Tennessee, where he serves as a deacon and is active in the music ministry.
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.