Lynda first fell in love with the law while attending public high school in Bristol, Tennessee. She read classics such as To Kill a Mockingbird and A Native Son, and these books awakened a passion in her for advocating for the powerless and voiceless.
As a judge, Lynda recognizes and weighs the impact of learning disabilities, developmental delays, poor health due to poverty, and adverse childhood circumstances while evaluating cases presented before her in the courtroom. Lynda would be honored to serve another 8 years if elected on Aug 4, 2022.
Lynda received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1986, graduating Cum Laude. Her interest in public service began at age 20 when she was a Big Sister for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Knoxville. She attended law school at the University of Memphis, where she volunteered to represent young women charged with juvenile offenses and participated in the juvenile court clinic. While in law school, she received the highest grade in her class for trial advocacy and realized that she was passionate about working in the courtroom.
After graduation, Lynda remained in Memphis and worked on civil rights and discrimination cases for a year and a half before moving to Nashville. She was drawn to practicing bankruptcy law because of her desire to advocate for hard-working people. She represented over 4,000 individuals and small business owners who struggled financially, many of whom needed a restructured debt plan or simply a fresh start. Her practice expanded to include divorce matters, landlord/tenant issues, contract disputes, and criminal matters, offering Lynda a great deal of experience in all aspects of both civil and criminal law.
Due in part to her advocacy experience with former NAMI president, Ray Sinor, and mental illness struggles within her extended family, Lynda also represented mentally ill individuals who experienced financial or housing instability and veterans who suffered from PTSD after serving in the military. Lynda created legal clinics at Operation Stand Down and other areas touched by poverty and homelessness.
Lynda was named Advocate of the Year in 2011 by the Nashville Alliance for the Mentally Ill. She was recognized as a Superlawyer in 2010 and was named in Best of the Bar in 2009. She has served on numerous boards that represent the interest of women and children, including Women in Numbers, Nashville Soccer United, and the National Association of Women Business Owners. She also served on the boards of the Mental Health Cooperative and Dismas House.
Lynda is widowed with one child and is an active member of West End United Methodist. She is a past Athena nominee for her mentoring work in women’s groups over the span of 30 years. Lynda is dedicated to improving communities across Nashville through her work in the schools and through beautification.
During her judicial campaign in 2014, Lynda was endorsed by the Tennessean, the Central Labor Council, Women in Numbers (WIN), and received the most highly recommended by her peers in the Nashville Bar Association. She has served as a General Session Judge in Nashville for eight years, was elected by her peers to preside over the General Sessions courts of Davidson County, and served as President of the Tennessee Judges Association. Lynda co-founded the Nashville Homeless Court and served as the District 6 director of the National Association of Women Judges. Lynda serves on the education committees of the statewide General Sessions Judges and American Judicial Association conference. Early voting begins July 15, 2022.