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October 12, 2021

Nashville lawyer Gail Vaughn Ashworth to receive ABA Edmund S. Muskie Pro Bono Award

WASHINGTON, October 12, 2021 — Nashville, Tennessee, lawyer Gail Vaughn Ashworth will receive the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section’s Edmund S. Muskie Pro Bono Service Award during a welcome reception Oct. 14 at TIPS Fall Meeting in Dallas, Texas. The award recognizes TIPS members who have demonstrated commitment to justice for all citizens and dedication to pro bono service.

“Gail Vaughn Ashworth is a wonderful attorney who has dedicated much of her career to improving access to justice in her home state of Tennessee,” said John McMeekin, chair of the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. “From involvement in the Tennessee Justice Center to the Access to Justice Commission to the Tennessee Bar Association and beyond, Gail proudly advocates for the community she loves.”

Ashworth is a founding member of Wiseman Ashworth Law Group PLC.  She has extensive experience at the civil and administrative trial and appellate levels as both defense and plaintiff’s counsel. Her diverse trial practice spans nearly 30 years and ranges from personal injury to insurance coverage, employment law and medical ethics.

Ashworth is a member of TIPS’ Council, past chair of the TIPS Medicine and Law Committee, a member of the TortSource Editorial Board and mentor for Leadership Academy and Trial Academy students.

She received her J.D. from Vanderbilt University and her bachelor and master’s degrees in music education and special education, respectively, from Tennessee Technological University.

Click here for a photo of Ashworth.

There is no charge for media covering this event. To register, please contact Robert Robinson at 202-662-1097 or [email protected].

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,

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