VOL. 118 | NO. 141 | Thursday, August 5, 2004
Law Talk Danny Van Horn
Van Horn Assumes Young Lawyers Leadership Role
LANE GARDNER CAMP
The Daily News
Danny Van Horn, an attorney with Armstrong Allen in Memphis,
was installed in June as president-elect of the Tennessee Bar Associations
Young Lawyers Division. In January, he was elected a member of Armstrong Allen,
where he had been an associate for six years.
Van Horn has a law degree from Vanderbilt University and a
bachelors degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
Q. Tell me about the TBAs Young
It is comprised of TBA members who are 36 years old or
younger or who are in the first few years of their practice. It is the service
arm of the bar. In addition to putting on (continuing legal education
courses) of interest to young lawyers, we also perform all manner of public
service projects, such as the state high school mock trial tournament.
Q. What are your duties as president-elect?
I sit on the TBA Board of Governors and specifically the
finance committee. I am also in charge of planning meetings and service
Q. What advice would you give a new lawyer?
Have a long-run view of the practice of law and get to know
as many other lawyers as possible. It's much more likely that people will
treat you with civility and respect if they know who you are. That kind of
professionalism can lead to much greater career satisfaction.
Q. How did you know you wanted to become a lawyer?
As a child, I argued with everyone I could find. I'd
even argue positions that I didn't believe in just to see if I could win on
both sides. I suppose that means I must have been pretty annoying and
dorky, but it also meant that I always knew what I wanted to do with my life.
Q. What has been the high point of your career so far?
Making partner a year early was certainly great. It would
either be that or a trial we won several years ago defending a real estate agent
who was wrongly accused of racial discrimination. Had we lost, she would
have lost everything and her son, who was handicapped, would have wound up in a
state facility. I believed her and could see that she had no hatred or
discrimination in her heart. I wanted to win for her badly. That victory
felt as good as anything I've experienced practicing law.
Q. What early experiences have helped you in your career?
The things I have learned the most from were the times
cases didn't turn out like I would have liked them to. You always learn
more from failure than you do success. Having Randy Noel and Lucian Pera act as my mentors also helped tremendously. I
can't thank them enough for their help and guidance.
Name: Danny Van Horn
Company: Armstrong Allen
Basics: Van Horn recently was installed as
president-elect of the Tennessee Bar Associations Young Lawyers Division.