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Thomas Maxfield Bahner

Thomas Maxfield Bahner, American lawyer. Named Mid-South Super Lawyers, 100 Super Lawyers, Tennessee; named one of Business Tennessee's Top 150 Lawyers; recipient Distinguished Alumni award, Carson-Newman College, 1984, Business Litigation award.


  • Bahner, Thomas Maxfield was born in 1933 in Little Rock.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Carson-Newman College, 1954. Juris Doctor, University Virginia, 1960.


    • Associate Kefauver, Duggan and McDonald, Chattanooga, 1960—1962. Partner Duggan, McDonald & Bahner, 1962—1964, Chambliss, Bahner, Crutchfield, Gaston and Irvine (name changed to Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel), Chattanooga, since 1964. Chairman advisory commission civil rules Tennessee Supreme Court, 1982—1989, chair advisory committee drafting Tennessee rules of evidence, 1983—1989, member board professional responsibility, 1982—1985, chairman finance committee, 1984—1985, member continuing legal education blue ribbon committee.

      Board commissioners Hamilton County Law Library. Chair standing committee on attorney admissions to Chattanooga division United States District Court Eastern District Tennessee, since 2007.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Tennessee 1960, Virginia 1960, United States District Court (eastern district) Tennessee 1961, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1970, United States Court Appeals (6th circuit) 1971, United States Court Appeals (8th circuit) 1971, United States Court Appeals (4th circuit) 1975, United States Court Appeals (3d circuit) 1988, United States Court Appeals (federal circuit) 1991, United States Court Appeals (9th circuit) 1999, United States Court Appeals (11th circuit) 1999, United States District Court (western district) Tennessee 2002.


    • Senior contributing editor Evidence in America, the Federal Rules in the United States, 1987. Contributor chapters to books.


    Government is ordained by God to reward good and to punish evil.


    No one is less important than another, and no one can be thought of as unnecessary. Every single person is vital to God and to each of us.

    Denomination: Baptist


    Anyone may appear in hardship and poverty. Never give up in pursuit of happiness and one day you will find yourself in the right place, where God gives the sense of joy and assurances you are looking for.


    Board directors Orange Grove Center, Chattanooga, 1962—1999, president, 1974—1975, chairman, 1976—1977. Member board trustees, secretary BOTA Foundation, since 1985. Member board trustees Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, Tennessee, 1975—2002, chairman board trustees, 1983—1987, 1990—1992, member president search committee, 1977, 1999—2000.

    Member, director, organizer Eastern District Tennessee United States District Court History Society, vice president Eastern District Tennessee, since 1993. Member, organizer, board directors Tennessee Supreme Court History Society, president, 1997. Active Hamilton County School Board, 1970—1975.

    Board directors Chattanooga Symphony, 1980—1983, Chattanooga United Way, 1990—1996, chairman fund drive professional division, 1992. Member merit selection panel for Bankruptcy Judges United States District Court, 1993—1994. Member award committee Liberty Bell.

    Board directors Chattanooga Community Foundation, since 2005. Fellow: Virginia State Bar, Chattanooga Bar Foundation (life. Founder), Tennessee Bar Foundation (life).

    Member: American Bar Association (Tennessee Bar delegate 1984-1990, nominating committee 1990-1999, board governors 1999—2002, executive committee 2001-2002, executive director search committee 2005-2006, standing committee ethics and professional responsibility 2005-2008, division chair since 2009, state delegate), Task Force Revise Judicial Conduct Rules (chair since 2009), University Chattanooga Foundation Inc. (member board 2003, executive committee 2008), Tennessee Continuing Legal Education (Blue Ribbon Committee 2007), Tennessee Supreme Court, Chattanooga Bar Association (president 1969-1970, medical-legal committee 2004-2007, president's award 1995, Ralph H. Kelley Humanitarian award), Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association, Tennessee Bar Association (board governors 1975-1982, president 1980-1981), 6th Circuit Judicial Conference (life), Conference Southern Bar President (chairman 1980-1981), American Board Trial Advocates, Estate Planning Council (board directors 1971-1972), American College Trial Lawyers (state committee 1995-1999, professional committee since 1998), American Judicature Society, International Association Defense Counsel, Chattanooga Rotary Club (secretary 1989-1991, 1st vice president 1997-1998, president 2001-2002), Mountain City Club, American Inns Court (master), Delta Theta Phi.


    • Married Sara M. Bahner. 3 children.
    • spouse: Sara M. Bahner
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    Born 1933