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Attorney John T. M. Rogers Establishes New Law Firm

Originally published: 2012-01-05 11:28:08
Last modified: 2012-01-05 11:29:20

'John Rogers Law Group' To Include

Also Jenny C. Rogers

And Todd A. Shelton



Prominent Greeneville attorney John T. Milburn Rogers, for decades the senior partner of Rogers, Laughlin, Nunnally, Hood & Crum, P.C., has announced the formation of a new law firm specializing in criminal litigation and certain civil litigation in both state and federal courts.

The new firm opened its doors effective Jan. 1 as the John Rogers Law Group, according to a news release.

Joining him are attorney Jenny Coques Rogers, a daughter of John Rogers and his wife, Donna, and attorney Todd A. Shelton.

Both Jenny Rogers and Shelton were previously members of Rogers, Laughlin, Nunnally, Hood & Crum, which John Rogers founded in 1974 with now-Third Judicial District Attorney General C. Berkeley Bell Jr.

The new firm's law office is located at 102 South Main St. in downtown Greeneville, between the Capitol Theater and the former Rogers law office.

The new law firm's telephone number will be 423-638-7000; the fax number will be 423-638-9999.

On the Internet, John Rogers can be contacted at, Jenny Rogers can be contacted at, and Todd Shelton can be contacted at (

John Rogers said in an interview Wednesday that "It has always been my dream to practice law with my daughter, Jenny Coques Rogers, who is a very distinguished lawyer in her own right.

"Jenny and I also value the opportunity to practice law with such a distinguished attorney as Todd A., Shelton.

"It was certainly a difficult decision to withdraw from the practice of law with such outstanding lawyers as Jerry W. Laughlin, William S. Nunnally, Kenneth Clark Hood and E. Grant Crum, and I wish them the best of luck in the future.

"Furthermore, Jenny, Todd, and I have decided to focus our law practice solely in the areas of personal injury, workers compensation, and criminal litigation."

Rogers said that he and the other members of his new firm "look forward to continuing their long history of relentless advocacy on behalf of their existing and future clients."


During John Rogers' more than 35 years of civil and criminal law practice, he has become widely-known nationally in the legal profession and has held numerous professional leadership positions.

Professional achievements noted in the news release included the following:

* Rogers is, the release states, the only attorney in Northeast Tennessee to be board-certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization as both a Civil Trial Specialist and a Criminal Trial Specialist.

* He has been chosen by his peers as one of the "Top 100 Tennessee Super Lawyers" in Midsouth Super Lawyers Magazine, and has been honored for more than a decade as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in both the field of civil litigation and the field of criminal litigation.

* In 1983, he became the youngest president in the history of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (now known as the Tennessee Association for Justice), and in 1991 was elected president of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Rogers also served as president of the American Board of Trial Advocates-Tennessee Chapter in both 1999 and 2007. He was the first lawyer in the organization's history to serve as president for two terms.

In 2000 he was chosen by the membership of the Federal Bar Association/ Northeast Tennessee Chapter as that organization's first president.

* In 2009 , he was elected president of the South Eastern Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, which is comprised of member lawyers from Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee.

* He is also one of only three Tennessee attorneys chosen to be a member of the national board of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

* Rogers has given lectures at more than 100 continuing legal education programs throughout his career.

* He is a life member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association (now the American Association for Justice), of which he has been designated a "Stalwart member."

* A member of both the Tennessee and the American Bar Associations, he is also a member of the prestigious Million-Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million-Dollar Advocates Forum, and a member of the College of Master Advocates and Barristers and the American College of Barristers.


Jenny Coques Rogers was admitted to the practice of law in Tennessee in 1997.

She began her legal practice as a law clerk for Senior Judges John K. Byers and William H. Inman, who heard appeals in Knoxville for the Tennessee Court of Appeals, the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, and the Tennessee Supreme Court Special Workers' Compensation Panel.

In 1999, she went to work for the Knoxville law firm of Watson, Hollow, and Reeves, P.C., doing primarily insurance defense work and defending governmental entities.

She left that firm in 2003 as a partner when she accepted a position as a law clerk for the Hon. Thomas A. Varlan, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee, sitting in Knoxville, a position that she held until 2005.

In 2005, she also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville, teaching legal process to first-year law students.

In 2006, Ms. Rogers began serving as a law clerk to the Hon. Charles D. Susano Jr., a judge on the Tennessee Court of Appeals located in Knoxville.

In 2007, she joined her father at his former law firm, practicing with the firm in an "of counsel" capacity.


Todd Shelton graduated from the University of Tennessee Law School with High Honors (Magna Cum Laude) in May 2004.

He was a member of the Tennessee Law Review and a recipient of the prestigious William M. Leech Jr. Memorial Scholarship.

Upon graduation, Shelton served as the law clerk to Chief Justice William Barker of the Tennessee Supreme Court until he joined Rogers, Laughlin, Nunnally, Hood & Crum.

Shelton was also appointed by then-Governor Phil Bredesen to serve as a member of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission as the commissioner representing the 13 counties of Northeast Tennessee.

Shelton was the immediate past vice-chairman of that organization.

For more information and stories, see The Greeneville Sun.

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