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Melanie R. Bean Curriculum Vitae

CURRICULUM VITAE

MELANIE R. BEAN
ATTORNEY AT LAW

Lannom & Williams P.L.L.C.
Trial Attorneys

511 Union Street – Suite 1850
Nashville, TN 37219
(615) 313- 3999
137 Public Square
Lebanon, TN 37087
(615) 444-2900

www.lannomwilliams.com
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Trial Attorney Experience:

  • Experienced trial attorney preparing more than a thousand criminal, civil and family law cases for jury and bench trials.
  • Completed hundreds of bench trials that have proceeded to verdict.
  • Substantially participated in more than eight criminal and civil jury trials, as lead and co-counsel, that have proceeded to verdict, including a $6,200,000.00 verdict in Sumner County Circuit Court.
  • Completed more than a thousand evidentiary and pre-trial hearings, as well as numerous post-trial or post-plea sentencing hearings.
  • Experienced in trial preparation and discovery in both State and Federal Courts.
  • Conducted cross-examination of more than a thousand lay witnesses and more than a hundred expert witnesses
  • Conducted hundreds of evidentiary and lay witness depositions
  • Intricate understanding of the Administrative Procedures Division of the Department of Children’s Services, successfully appealing and reversing numerous perpetrator indications by the Department of Children’s Services and assisting other attorneys in preparing pleadings to preserve all rights of the citizen.
  • Concentration in Family, Criminal and Business law.

Government Relations Experience:
  • Served at a Chair and Co-Chair of the Legislative Committee for the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers since 2009.
  • Works closely with lobbyist monitoring bills proposed in the Tennessee Legislature to develop legislative policy and implement the strategy of the advocacy team for the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
  • Experienced in drafting amendments to proposed legislation.
  • Moderate and Produce the annual Legislative Update and Case Law Review Seminar for the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 2010 to Present.

Appellate Experience and Opinions:
  • Prepared numerous briefs filed in the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, and the Tennessee Supreme Court.
  • Participated in Oral Argument before the Tennessee Court of Appeals and Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals.
  • State v. Adcock, C.C.A. No. M2012-01631-CCA-R3-CD (Appeal Pending)
  • In Re: Kaylee F, 2013 Tenn. App. LEXIS 181
  • Rhodes v. State, 2012 Tenn. Crim. App. LEXIS 938
  • Mays v. Mays, 2012 Tenn. App. LEXIS 267
  • State v. Dozier, 2010 Tenn. Crim. App. LEXIS 890
  • B&B of WC v. City of Lebanon, 2010 Tenn. LEXIS, 718; 2009 Tenn. LEXIS 538; 2009 Tenn. Appl. LEXIS 41
  • State v. Beasley, 2010 Tenn. Crim. App. LEXIS 1000
  • State v. Monroe, 2009 Tenn. Crim. App. LEXIS 13
  • Floyd v. Floyd, 2008 Tenn. App. LEXIS 267
  • State v. Brooks, 226 S.W.3d 640 (Tenn. App. 2007).
  • Torrico v. Smithson, 2006 Tenn. App. LEXIS 51
  • In RE: KAS, 2005 Tenn. App. LEXIS 51
  • State v. Gibson, 2005 Tenn. Crim. App. LEXIS 1094
  • State v. Harris, 2007 WL 324449 (Tenn. Crim. App. November 5, 2007).
  • Monumental Life Ins. Co. v. Donoho, 2004 Tenn. App. LEXIS 253
  • State v. Cook, 2004 Tenn. Crim. App. LEXIS 1085
  • State v. Hawkins, 2004 WL735028 (Tenn.Crim.App., April 6, 2004)

Practice Overview:
  • Practice is focused on trial litigation defending individuals accused of crimes, litigation family law issues of divorce and custody, and handling appellate matters, both civil and criminal.
  • Experienced court room trial attorney, having successfully tried hundreds of cases before a judge or jury.

Awards/Service:
  • 2013 Super Lawyers Rising Star Award as chosen by a national panel of fellow attorneys
  • 2013 Shining Star Award by the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2011 Appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court to Service as a Hearing Officer for the Board of Professional Responsibility
  • 2010 Workhorse Award by the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2003 William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award at Stetson University College of Law
  • 2002-2003 Public Defender Clinic at Stetson University College of Law
  • 1999 Raymond Cleveland Award for Excellence in Social Science at Cumberland University

Presentations/Publications:
  • G. Frank Lannom & Melanie R. Bean, Medical Records and Constitutional Rights, For the Defense. Vol. 20, Number 1. February-March, 2005.
  • Legislative Update and Case Law Review, Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Nashville, Tennessee, June 2010 (Presenter).
  • Melanie R. Bean, A Legislative Update from the Hill, For the Defense. Vol. 24, Number 7. June-July, 2010
  • Melanie R. Bean, A Legislative Update from the Hill, For the Defense. Vol. 25, Number 2. April-May, 2010.
  • Melanie R. Bean, A Legislative Update from the Hill, For the Defense. Vol. 25, Number 3. June-July, 2010.
  • Legislative Update and Case Law Review, Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Nashville, Tennessee, 2011 (Moderator & Organizer).
  • Melanie R. Bean, A Legislative Update from the Hill, For the Defense. Vol. 25, Number 1. March-April, 2011.
  • Melanie R. Bean, A Legislative Update from the Hill, For the Defense. Vol. 26, Number 2. April-May, 2011.
  • Melanie R. Bean, INTRODUCING the Executive Director, For the Defense. Vol. 26, Number 2. April-May, 2011.
  • Melanie R. Bean & Lane Cryar, The Foresight of Our Forefathers: Applied or Eroded? Observations on Recent Legislative Proposals, For the Defense. Vol. 25, Number 2. May-June, 2011.
  • Legislative Update and Case Law Review, Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Nashville, Tennessee, 2012 (Moderator & Organizer).
  • Melanie R. Bean and G. Jeff Cherry, A Legislative Update from the Hill, For the Defense. Vol. 26, Number 1. January-February, 2012.
  • Melanie R. Bean & G. Jeff Cherry, The Duty of Legislative Engagement, For the Defense. Vol. 26, Number 2. April-May, 2012.
  • Melanie R. Bean & G. Jeff Cherry, A Legislative Update from the Hill, For the Defense. Vol. 26, Number 5. November-December 2012.

Education:
  • Juris Doctor, Stetson University College of LawSt.
    Petersburg, Florida, 2003
  • Bachelor of Business Administration Degree, Cumberland University
    Lebanon, Tennessee, cum laude 2000
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, Cumberland University
    Lebanon, Tennessee, cum laude 2000

Courts Admitted to Practice:
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee
  • Supreme Court of Tennessee
  • Court of Appeals of Tennessee Eastern Section
  • Court of Appeals of Tennessee Middle Section
  • Court of Appeals of Tennessee Western Section
  • All Circuit, Chancery and General Sessions Courts throughout the State of Tennessee

Trial Colleges / Notable Conventions:
  • 33rd Annual Meeting & Advanced Trial Skills Seminar, Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Nashville, Tennessee, 2006.
  • The National Divorce Skills Institute, Foxmoor Continuing Education, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2006.
  • Changes in Tennessee’s Child Support Guidelines: What Attorneys Need to Know, M. Lee Smith Publishers, Nashville, Tennessee, 2006.
  • 21st Century Defense: Criminal Defense in Today’s World, Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Nashville, Tennessee, 2006.
  • Electronic Filing in Appellate Court, Fifteenth Judicial Bar Association, Lebanon, Tennessee, 2007.
  • Focus on Forensics & More, Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Nashville, Tennessee, 2007.
  • Going All In When the Deck is Stacked Against You, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2007.
  • AMA Guides, 6th Edition: Critical Update for Attorneys and Workers’ Compensation Professionals, M. Lee Smith Publishers, Teleconference, 2008.
  • Sculpting the Winning Case in Cross-Examination, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2008.
  • “Defense Champions at Battle: Charging the Line”, Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Nashville, Tennessee, 2008.
  • Winning with DUI: Offense, Defense & Special Teams, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2008.
  • “DUI Boot Camp”, TACDL’s Second Annual DUI Seminar, Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Tunica Mississippi, 2009.
  • 2nd Annual Drug Defense Seminar, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2009.
  • Family Law Conference for Tennessee Practitioners, M. Lee Smith Publishers, Nashville, Tennessee, 2009.
  • Legislative Review and Case Law Update, Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Nashville, Tennessee, 2010.
  • “Taking Care of Business”, Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Tunica, Mississippi, 2010.
  • The 5th Annual Family Law Conference for Tennessee Practitioners, M. Lee Smith Publishers, Nashville, Tennessee, 2010.
  • 2011 Domestic Law Forum, Tennessee Association for Justice, Nashville, Tennessee, 2011.
  • 2011 Overview of Tennessee Professional Responsibility Program, Board of Professional Responsibility, Nashville, Tennessee 2011.
  • Legislative Update and Case Law Review, Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Nashville, Tennessee, 2011
  • Booking The State’s Case Into the Heartbreak Hotel, Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Memphis, Tennessee, 2011.
  • Legislative Update and Case Law Review, Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Nashville, Tennessee, 2012.
  • 2013 TACDL Legislative Update and Case Law Review, Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Nashville, Tennessee, 2013.

Professional Memberships:
  • Breakfast Rotary for Lebanon, Tennessee, Member, 2004 - 2012
  • Nashville, Tennessee Bar Association, Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member 2003 - Present
  • State of Tennessee, Board of Professional Responsibility Hearing Committee, 2011 - Present
  • State of Tennessee, Fifteenth Judicial District Bar Association, 2003 - Present
  • State of Tennessee, Fifteenth Judicial District Bar Association, President, 2008
  • State of Tennessee, Fifteenth Judicial District Bar Association, Vice President, 2007
  • State of Tennessee, Fifteenth Judicial District Bar Association, Secretary, 2006
  • State of Tennessee, Fifteenth Judicial District Bar Association, Treasurer, 2005
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2003 - Present
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Board of Directors 2010 - Present
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Legislative Committee, 2009 - Present
  • Wilson County Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc., Board of Directors 2006 - Present
  • Wilson County Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc., Board of Directors & Office of Secretary 2012-2013

Present Positions:
  • Lannom & Williams PLLC, Associate, 2003 – Present
    • 137 Public Square, Lebanon, Tennessee 37087
  • Cumberland University, Adjunct Professor, 2007 – Present
    • One Public Square, Lebanon, Tennessee 37087

Personal Information:
  • Date of Birth: March 22, 1978
  • Place of Birth: Carthage, Tennessee
  • Married With One Child
  • Striving to Achieve: A balance in the responsibilities of a challenging career as a lawyer, without sacrificing my accountability as a Mother and Wife.




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