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VOL. 118 | NO. 141 | Thursday, August 5, 2004

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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 Lawyers Division.

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 projects.

 

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

Position: Member

Company: Armstrong Allen

Basics: Van Horn recently was installed as president-elect of the Tennessee Bar Associations Young Lawyers Division.

 

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PROPERTY SALES 51 333 19,446
MORTGAGES 68 383 22,433
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 86 2,922
BUILDING PERMITS 138 688 40,004
BANKRUPTCIES 34 238 12,486
BUSINESS LICENSES 35 108 6,374
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 21 123 7,395
MARRIAGE LICENSES 20 92 4,453