Louise M. Aponte
Licensed in New York and Maine, and licensed in Tennessee to practice pending her admission, Louise Aponte has a broad array of practice experience. She began her career in a large New York law firm before joining the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan, where she was a member of the Violent Gangs unit. In civil practice for the last twenty years, Ms. Aponte focuses her practice in the representation of professionals, including doctors and lawyers, as well as commercial litigation.
First licensed in 1999, Mr. Brown’s background is in ethics and complex civil litigation at the trial and appellate level. He is licensed in nine states (six by exam) and many federal jurisdictions, has represented clients in court in approximately 25 different states, and has extensive experience litigating a broad array of subject matters, including healthcare, construction, environmental, real estate, intellectual property, professional malpractice, and products liability litigation. He began his career in Boston and came to Lowe Yeager & Brown PLLC after practicing for several years in a large Washington, DC, law firm. He is listed by the Tennessee Supreme Court as a Rule 31 civil mediator and attorney mentor, and has testified as an expert witness on subjects related to professional ethics, the Rules of Professional Responsibility, and the standard of care applicable to attorneys practicing in litigation.
Based on this broad background, Mr. Brown represents clients in select, complex litigation matters; advises and represents professionals, executives, and public officials regarding ethical, licensing, and professional liability issues; and advises corporate clients regarding conflict avoidance and resolution, often in the healthcare, environmental, and real estate development markets. Mr. Brown holds commercial single-engine and multi-engine pilot licenses that he uses to work from both of the firm’s offices in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Washington, DC, and to address client needs throughout the Southeast economically and efficiently.
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Terri L. Daugherty
Terri’s practice focuses primarily on professional malpractice defense, products and premises liability defense, and general civil litigation.
Terri attended Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. After college, she attended Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. She gained valuable legal experience through internships with the Newton County Public Defender’s Office; Fulton County Public Defender’s Office, Mental Health and Drug Court; and the Clayton County Solicitor General’s Office. Terri was admitted to practice law under Georgia’s Third Year Practice Act and Graduate Practice Act, through which she gained extensive trial experience in misdemeanor criminal cases.
Terri has been litigating cases for close to ten years. She has experience defending clients in multiple bench and jury trials. Terri has a passion for the law and is a strong advocate for her clients in and out of court.
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W. Scott Hickerson
Licensed since 2007, Mr. Hickerson’s background is in civil litigation. With most of his legal practice focusing primarily on general and professional liability defense, Mr. Hickerson has experience with both the defense and plaintiff’s bars where he works closely with individual clients, members of the insurance industry, and with representatives of local, regional, national, and multi-national companies and corporations.
Mr. Hickerson came to Lowe Yeager & Brown PLLC after practicing for over a decade with a state-wide law firm in both Memphis and Knoxville handling a variety of matters involving personal injuries, slip/trip and falls, wrongful death, automobile and trucking accidents, healthcare liability claims, product liability assertions, insurance coverage matters, employment disputes, and construction defects.
With the background he possesses, Mr. Hickerson consults with and advises clients regarding potential risks and liabilities, possible exposure, and conflict avoidance. He further serves as pre-trial, trial, and appellate counsel and, where warranted, negotiates the settlement and resolution of claims.
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Darryl G. Lowe
Senior Attorney (1985-2020)
First licensed in 1974, Mr. Lowe took senior status at the end of 2018, and passed away in August 2020. Mr. Lowe’s practice consisted of civil litigation involving primarily insurance defense at the trial and appellate level. He was licensed in Tennessee and admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. In 1985 he started his own firm, Lowe & Shirley, which was the forerunner of Lowe Yeager & Brown PLLC. His experience included medical malpractice defense, dental malpractice defense, asbestos personal injury property damage defense, and nursing home defense. He tried cases in Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, Texas, and Illinois.
He began representing lawyers in 1984, and from approximately 1994 Mr. Lowe’s practice consisted almost entirely of legal malpractice defense as well as advising and representing lawyers on matters related to the Rules of Professional Conduct. Mr. Lowe was elected by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America under the category of Legal Malpractice for many years beginning in 1994. Mr. Lowe also qualified and testified as an expert witness in the field of legal malpractice.
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Amy J. McMaster
Ms. McMaster is a 2003 Order of the Coif graduate of the College of William & Mary School of Law, where she served as an Articles Editor on Law Review and Member of the Moot Court team. Her law degree followed a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Victoria, Canada. After graduating from law school, Ms. McMaster worked for an Am Law 100 firm in Washington, D.C., where she specialized in environmental law and achieved the status of Partner in 2014. In 2015, Ms. McMaster joined an international, billion dollar mining company as VP, Legal & General Counsel, where she was responsible for complex contract review and execution, state and federal permitting, and advising the senior management team on environmental, labor and employment, mine safety and health, immigration, and government relation issues. Ms. McMaster has published extensively and is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
G. Alan Rawls
Graduating from the University of Tennessee School of Law in 2019, Mr. Rawls is licensed in both Alabama and Tennessee. During school, Mr. Rawls focused his studies on estate planning and transactional subjects, and enjoys applying that knowledge in litigation.
Mr. Rawls is originally from Mobile, Alabama. He and his wife moved to Knoxville in 2016 for law school at the University of Tennessee, where he graduated in 2019. While in law school, Mr. Rawls was a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council and a student attorney in the University of Tennessee College of Law Legal Clinic. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Rawls studied to become a broadcast journalist, but after an internship at a nearby law firm, he realized that his passion was in law.
Alan is a founding member of the firm’s “Terminators,” a group of lawyers within Lowe Yeager & Brown who – in addition to their regular cases – take on cases to terminate the parental rights of children’s parents who need to be adopted into stable, loving homes. He resides with his wife, his adopted son, and one or more foster children in the Forest Ridge community in West Knoxville.
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Daniel A. Sanders
Admitted to the bar in 2008, Mr. Sanders served the first twelve years of his practice as deputy law director for Knox County, Tennessee, representing the county and its officials in all levels of trial and appellate litigation. He has expertise in tax, land use, zoning, eminent domain, public works, procurement, and real estate development. His experience also includes a deep knowledge of administrative and legislative procedures.
Mr. Sanders is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee. He received his bachelor’s degree from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee, and his juris doctorate from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. During law school, Mr. Sanders received the Roger C. Bern Planning Award for outstanding achievement in estate & business planning, legal drafting, and problem solving and the Cali Excellence for the Future Award for excellent achievement in the study of Commercial Real Estate.
Mr. Sanders resides in the Historic Fourth & Gill neighborhood with his wife, Sarah, and their German Wirehaired Pointer, Caswell.
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Chelsie L. Spurling
Licensed in Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, New York, and Colorado, Ms. Spurling’s practice is focused on civil trials and litigation ranging from professional malpractice and disciplinary matters to contract and business disputes.
In addition to a heavy load of commercial and professional liability litigation, Ms. Spurling has a passion for representing those who may otherwise not have a strong voice in the judicial process and dedicates a significant amount of her time to serving as guardian ad litem, advocating for children in need. She is a founding member of the firm’s “Terminators,” a group of lawyers within Lowe Yeager & Brown who – in addition to their regular cases – take on cases to terminate the parental rights of children’s parents who need to be adopted into stable, loving homes.
Mark D. Trenner
Mr. Trenner is a 1999 graduate of the University of Denver College of Law, where he served on the Law Review. His law degree followed a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering and a master’s degree in civil engineering. Since graduating from law school, Mr. Trenner has obtained an additional bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. With his three engineering degrees and law degree, Mr. Trenner’s practice focuses on patent law.
Mr. Trenner is certified through the University of New Hampshire Radiation Training Program, and was Senior In-House Patent Counsel for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, where he worked with the U.S. Department of Energy in several respects. Mr. Trenner is licensed to practice law in Colorado and Tennessee.
Hugh B. Ward
Licensed in Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia, Mr. Ward has been in private practice since 2010, when he retired from twenty-five years of federal service. As a Federal Prosecutor, Mr. Ward was involved in all phases of criminal investigations and prosecutions of federal firearms laws, white collar crime, organized crime, drug trafficking and national security issues. Mr. Ward participated in the Joint Terrorism Task Force in the Eastern District of Tennessee. Mr. Ward held a Top Secret, SCI, security clearance.
Since 2010, Mr. Ward’s practice has focused on commercial, business and general civil litigation, government regulatory affairs, bankruptcy law, criminal defense and administrative law and corporate representation.
Mr. Ward is currently an Adjunct Professor of Business Law at Tennessee Tech University and formerly Roane State Community College. He comments and blogs on legal affairs and national security issues for the University of Tennessee’s Institute for Nuclear Security and WUOT the local affiliate for National Public Radio.
Stephen E. Yeager
Achieving senior status at the end of 2017, Mr. Yeager is a 1971 cum laude graduate of Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis, Indiana. From 1971 to 1975, Mr. Yeager served as a Captain in the United States Army Judge Advocate General Corp where he prosecuted and defended accused military personnel. Following his discharge from the United States Army, Mr. Yeager joined the law firm of Stuart & Branigin, Lafayette, Indiana, where he served as a partner in the litigation division. Representative clients included Purdue University, the Norfolk & Southern Railroad, and various insurance carriers.
From 1988 through 2017, Mr. Yeager practiced as a partner with the law firm now known as Lowe Yeager & Brown PLLC. He practiced in all courts, state and federal, and has tried many cases to the bench, as well as to juries, representing both individuals and companies.
Mr. Yeager has held appointments with the American Bar Association Federal Evidence Committee and Products Liability Committee. He is also a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, and the Knoxville Bar Association.
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