Main Office – Knoxville

Mailing address for all Knoxville Counsel
University of Tennessee – Office of the General Counsel
505 Summer Place – UT Tower #1155
Knoxville, TN 37902
Telephone: 865-974-3245

Physical address for all Knoxville Counsel
University of Tennessee – Office of the General Counsel
400 West Summit Hill Drive – UT Tower Suite 1155
Knoxville, TN 37902

UT Tower is managed by the Public Building Authority (PBA) of Knox County and owned and operated by the federal government. All visitors must provide a valid state ID to enter the building and will be required to undergo screening and obtain a visitor badge upon each entry into the premises. Visitors will enter through the lobby of UT Tower, and after screening, call our one of our support staff to come downstairs to escort you to our Offices on the 11th floor.

Visitors may park in Summer Place Garage, located at 505 Summer Place. There is a fully accessible route to UT Tower when parking in the ADA spaces on the 3rd floor of the Summer Place parking garage.

 

Counsel

Ryan Stinnett

C. Ryan Stinnett

General Counsel
ryanstinnett@tennessee.edu
Phone: 865-974-2540

Biography

Catherine Villars Lane

Deputy General Counsel, Business/Transactional Law and Research
katielane@tennessee.edu
Phone: 865-974-3096

Biography

Rachel Powell

Rachel K. Powell

Deputy General Counsel, Litigation and Employment
rpowell@tennessee.edu
Phone: 865-974-0525

Biography

Aziz Ahmad

Aziz M. Ahmad

Associate General Counsel
aahmad@tennessee.edu
Phone: 865-974-3085

Biography

Caitlyn Elam

Caitlyn Elam

Associate General Counsel
Caitlyn.Elam@tennessee.edu
Phone: 865-974-1653

Biography

Mike Fitzgerald

Michael D. Fitzgerald

Associate General Counsel
mike.fitzgerald@tennessee.edu
Phone: 865-974-9321

Biography

Esther Henry

Esther Henry

Associate General Counsel
esther.henry@tennessee.edu
Phone: 865-974-0328

Biography

Frank Lancaster

Frank Lancaster

Associate General Counsel
flancast@tennessee.edu
Phone: 865-974-2544

Biography

Harold Pinkley

Harold Pinkley

Associate General Counsel
harold.pinkley@tennessee.edu
Phone: 865-974-3416

Biography

Joshua Walker

Joshua R. Walker

Associate General Counsel
jrwalker@tennessee.edu
Phone: 865-974-7268

Biography

Lela Young

Lela M. Young

Associate General Counsel
lela.young@tennessee.edu
Phone: 865-974-3542

Biography

 

Support Staff

 

Joan Roberson

Joan Roberson, CAP

Legal Administrator
roberson@tennessee.edu
Direct Dial: 865-974-2543

Joan serves as office manager with responsibilities over all four locations (Knoxville, Memphis, Chattanooga, and Martin). Joan also is assigned to support Deputy General Counsel Rachel Powell, with her duties related to overseeing the University’s litigation. Joan started working in the legal field in 1987 in the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office in Florida and moved to Tennessee in 1993. She worked at Lewis-Thomason (then Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop) for three years in the construction law group before joining the UT Office of General Counsel in 1997.

 

Denise Warwick

Denise Warwick

Litigation Paralegal
denisewarwick@tennessee.edu
Direct Dial: 865-974-3633

Denise primarily provides support to Lela Young, Associate General Counsel, with her work on faculty matters and research compliance issues, and Aziz Ahmad, Associate General Counsel with his broad business and transactional practice concerning sponsored research, research compliance, policy, and intellectual property matters. Denise has more than 30 years of legal support experience.

Tina Caiazza

Tina Caiazza

Litigation Paralegal, CAP
tina.caiazza@tennessee.edu
Direct Dial: 865-974-8300

Tina is a UTK graduate (’02), and has been working as a paralegal, primarily in litigation, for more than 25 years. She provides litigation support to Rachel Powell, Deputy General Counsel, Mike Fitzgerald, Associate General Counsel, and Esther Henry, Associate General Counsel. In addition to litigation, Tina provides support on a broad spectrum of matters, including employment, student affairs and faculty immigration.

 

Diana Garner

Litigation Paralegal, CAP
dgarner2@tennessee.edu
Direct Dial: 865-974-6583

Diana is primarily assigned to support Josh Walker, Associate General Counsel, with his litigation before the Tennessee Claims Commission, and Harold Pinkley, Associate General Counsel, in his litigation in federal and state court and before the Tennessee Claims Commission. She also assists in preparing credentialing letters for current and former resident physicians from the Graduate Medical Education Program located at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, and the Chattanooga and Erlanger Health System, as well as other faculty MD’s and nurse practitioners employed by the State who have staff privileges at those entities. Credentialing requests for employees at the entities listed here should be faxed to Diana at (865) 974-0100.(See information under Latasha Franklin’s bio in the Memphis Office for credentialing requests for employees at the entitles not listed here.) Diana has more than 30 years of legal support experience.


Tina Loflin

Tina Loflin

Litigation & Transaction Paralegal, CAP
tloflin@tennessee.edu
Direct Dial: 865-974-8399

Tina is primarily assigned to support Ryan Stinnett, General Counsel, Katie Lane, Deputy General Counsel, Frank Lancaster, Associate General Counsel, and Caitlyn Elam, Associate General Counsel. These attorneys primarily handle transactional work, though Caitlyn also handles litigation. Tina also works in the General Counsel’s Policy Office and maintains the University’s policy website as well as the tracking of new and updated policies in the University’s policy software. Tina has more than 30 years of legal support experience.

 

 

Memphis Office

Mailing address
66 North Pauline Street, Suite 428,
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: 901-448-5615

 

Counsel

Heather Colturi

Heather Colturi

Associate General Counsel
heather-colturi@tennessee.edu
Phone: 901-448-4914

Heather Colturi Biography

Melisa Moore

Melisa Moore

Associate General Counsel
melisa.moore@tennessee.edu
Phone: 901-448-4009

Biography

Walt Schuler

Walter E. Schuler

Associate General Counsel
wschuler@tennessee.edu
Phone: 901-448-3510

Biography

Rebecca Tuttle

Rebecca Pearson Tuttle

Associate General Counsel
rtuttle@tennessee.edu
Phone: 901-448-6965

Biography

 

Support Staff

Credentialing requests for current and former resident physicians from the Graduate Medical Education Program at UTHSC, and other UTHSC faculty and staff should be faxed to (901) 448-8031, and one of our paralegals will respond as soon as possible. (See information under Diana Garner’s bio in the Knoxville Office for credentialing requests for employees at the entitles not listed here.)

(Vacancy 6/1/23)

Litigation Paralegal
Direct Dial: 901-448-4261

This litigation paralegal is assigned to support Rebecca Tuttle, Associate General Counsel, with her litigation before the Tennessee Claims Commission, and Walt Schuler, Associate General Counsel, with his work in healthcare compliance, regulation & contracting, faculty practices and business ventures related to healthcare, and healthcare regulatory matters. This paralegal and Latasha Franklin share responsibility for preparing credentialing letters for current and former resident physicians from the Graduate Medical Education Program at UTHSC, and other UTHSC faculty and staff.


Latasha Franklin

Litigation Paralegal
lbaker41@tennessee.edu
Direct Dial: 901-448-7043

Latasha is primarily assigned to support Associate General Counsel Heather Colturi, with litigation before the Tennessee Claims Commission, and Melisa Moore, Associate General Counsel, with her work FERPA issues, student discipline and accommodations, Title IX, and other employment, academic, and student affairs matters. Latasha also prepares credentialing letters for current and former resident physicians from the Graduate Medical Education Program at UTHSC, and other UTHSC faculty and staff.


 

 

Chattanooga Office

615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403
Phone: 423-425-5703

 

Counsel

Yousef Hamadeh

Yousef Hamadeh

Associate General Counsel
yousef-hamadeh@utc.edu
Phone: 423-425-5703

Biography

 

Support Staff

 

Holly Bentley

Paralegal
Holly-Bentley@utc.edu
Direct Dial: 423-425-5705

Holly is assigned to support to Yousef Hamadeh, Assistant General Counsel, who provides counsel to the UTC campus on a broad range of legal matters, including student conduct, faculty and staff employment, policy and contract/transactional issues.


 

 

Martin Office

The University of Tennessee at Martin
323 Johnson EPS Building
20 Mt. Pelia Road
Martin, TN 38238

Phone: 731-881-7565
Fax: 731-881-7019

 

Counsel

Ann Joiner

Ann Taylor Joiner

Associate General Counsel
AnnJoiner@tennessee.edu
Phone: 731-881-7565

Biography

 

Nashville Office

Tennessee Tower, 26th Floor
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue
Nashville, TN 37243

Phone: 615-667-6687

 

Counsel

 

Shauna Jennings

Director of Privacy/Associate General Counsel
Shauna.Jennings@tennessee.edu
Direct Dial: 615-667-6687

Shauna Jennings joined the Office of General Counsel in 2023. In her role as the Director of Privacy, she is responsible for managing a systemwide organizational privacy program and advising on topics including privacy and security, data use, FERPA and student privacy, GDPR, and HIPAA. Shauna also works on transactional matters and rulemaking under the Tennessee Administrative Procedures Act.

Jennings earned her B.A. from Vanderbilt University and her J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she served on the editorial board for the Tennessee Law Review. Before joining the Office of General Counsel, she served as Deputy General Counsel for the Tennessee Higher Education Commission providing counsel and support to Tennessee’s higher education coordinating board. Prior to her work at the Commission, Jennings served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Tennessee Attorney General in the Office of Civil Rights and Claims, where she represented state employees and departments in a variety of civil rights and tort litigation cases before the Tennessee Claims Commission, state, federal, and appellate courts. After law school, she served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Don R. Ash, before practicing with Bouldin & Bouldin, PLC in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.