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William "Bill" Ailor
Knox County Circuit Court
Division II Candidate
1968- 1975 Webb School of Knoxville
1975-1980 University of Tennessee Knoxville, BA w/double major in Political Science & Religious Studies
1981 -1982 University of Tennessee Knoxville, Post Graduate Masters Studies
1982-1983 National Centre for Paralegal Training, Atlanta, GA - Paralegal Certificate
1985 - 1989 Nashville School of Law - JD
1990 – 2007 Biannual Judicial Conference as an Administrative Law Judge (required)
1993 – 2007 Mediation Training Seminars
2007 - 2008 University of Tennessee Knoxville Culinary Institute – Inaugural Class
1983 - 1984 Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge and Rice - Paralegal for legal counsel for RJ Reynolds,Winston-Salem, NC, "Smoking and Health" litigation.
1984 – 1986 Ortale, Kelley, Herbert and Crawford, Nashville, TN – Sole Paralegal for the firm
1986 - 1989 Deputy Court Officer & Clerk for Honorable Chancellor Irvin R. Kilcrease, Jr. , Tennessee's first African-American chancellor named to bench in 1980, Davidson County
(full-time job during law school)
1989 – Present Attorney
2007 – Present Of Counsel Attorney, The Law Office of Melinda Jacobs
1990 – 2007 Administrative Law Judge, State of Tennessee Department of Education,
Appointed during the Governorships of Governor Ned McWherter, Governor Don Sundquist and Governor Phil Bredesen
1994 – 2007 Mediator State of Tennessee Department of Education
Other Mediator State of Tennessee Department of Rehabilitation Services
Special Judge Knoxville Municipal Court (City Court)
Knoxville General Sessions
• Knoxville Bar Association
• Tennessee Bar Association
• US District Court
• American Trial Lawyers Association
• American Bar Association
2011-present Holston Methodist Federal Credit Union Board of Directors
2010-present Smoky Mountain Service Dogs – Legal Counsel Consultant
May 2011 Joni and Friends - Seminar Presenter
2009-2010 Holston Methodist Conference- Knoxville Area, Presenter
2009 LRP Special Education Law Conference, Charlotte, NC
2008 LRP Special Education Law Conference, San Diego, CA
2007-2008 Tennessee Department of Education, Special Education Teachers and Administrators
2005 -2006 (TAASE) The Tennessee Association of Administrators of Special Education, Presenter
1992 -1999 University of Tennessee Knox County Alumni Board of Directors Member
Presenter to Boy Scouts of America
A Supporter of several non-profit organizations.
Tell us about your practice concentration.
My laws practice concentration has primarily been a general civil practice with a focus on
• Wills, trusts, estates & probate
• Personal injury, as well as
• Criminal defence
I have represented individuals and businesses from sole proprietorship to corporations as both plaintiffs and defendants. During my 24 years as an attorney, I have represented clients in most courts in Knox and all of the surrounding counties as well as courts in Middle Tennessee including Cookeville, Nashville and Tullahoma. I have handled cases involving civil rights, worker's compensation, employment, commercial litigation, tort claims, property disputes, personal injury claims, domestic relations, contract law and Special Education Law.
During 17 of my 24 years as an attorney, I had the honor of serving as an Administrative Law Judge for the State of Tennessee hearing Special Education cases from Memphis to Bristol, TN with the responsibility of ruling on cases involving both complex Federal and State Laws including pre-trial motions, discovery disputes and issuing detailed final orders which included findings of facts and conclusions of law of which some were appealed but none were ever over turned. Additionally, I mediated disputes between parties and successfully resolved a significant number of matters as a Mediator for the State of Tennessee for 14 years.
What attributes do you possess that make you qualified for this position?
I have grown, developed and evolved through my 24 years of experience as a lawyer. I remain excited and ambitious about life and law but with gratefulness and humility that stem from valuable experiences, both victories and defeats. I know the importance of a strong work ethic, determination, honor, respect and integrity as these qualities are essential moral values in my life. I have the temperament and ability to hear cases and rule on evidence with fairness, good judgement and impartiality which is critical to all parties who enter into the court room.
I believe all courts belong to the public and I have the appropriate demeanour and the ability to clearly communicate to everyone. I respect the past and desire to embrace and be a part of the future of our court system. I am not perfect but who among us is? I do desire to always improve my knowledge, skills, abilities and attitude of gratitude.
Candidate website: www.Billailorforjudge.com
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Phone Number: 865-525-9326