July 11, 2018

Nashville lawyer John R. Tarpley to receive ABA James K. Carroll Award


WASHINGTON, July 11, 2018,  — The American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section will honor Nashville, Tenn., attorney John R. Tarpley with its James K. Carroll Leadership Award, which recognizes an attorney or judge who has demonstrated leadership qualities in service to the section. The award will be presented at the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago during the James K. Carroll Leadership Awards Dinner on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 6:30-10 p.m. at the Swissotel Hotel.

“John Tarpley has shown outstanding leadership, dedicated service and endless support not just to TIPS but to the ABA as a whole. As a leader, he has demonstrated what is possible to move the section forward,” TIPS Chair Holly M. Polglase said.

Tarpley, a shareholder with Lewis Thomason in Nashville, has been involved in complex litigation in the areas of tort, transportation, product liability, professional liability, commercial law, casualty defense and a wide range of insurance-related matters in both state and federal courts. Certified as a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 mediator, he is regularly hired to mediate civil matters. Tarpley has also been inducted into the Tennessee Academy of Mediators.

He is a former chair of the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, former TIPS council member and a former member of the ABA Journal Board of Editors. As president of the Tennessee Bar Association, he established the “Lawyers Care” program and successfully recruited lawyers to do more pro bono work in the state.  In addition, he implemented the “Leadership Law” program and continues to be involved in its programming.  He was the chair of the committee that created the TIPS Leadership Academy. 

Tarpley earned his J.D. from the University of Tennessee in 1980.

Watch a tribute: The TIPS James K. Carroll Leadership Award

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There is no charge for media covering this event. To register, please contact Robert Robinson at 202-662-1097 or Robert.Robinson@americanbar.org.

The ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section unites plaintiff, defense, insurance and corporate counsel to advance the civil justice system. TIPS is a national source of expertise in tort, trial and insurance practice and brings lawyers together to share information and speak out on issues of importance. The section has over 20,000 members and more than 30 general committees that focus on substantive and procedural matters in areas across the broad spectrum of civil law and practice. For more information about the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section visit the TIPS website, www.americanbar.org/tips.

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