Editor’s Note: MSJDN asked its members to help us spotlight employers that are going above and beyond for military spouse attorneys. Each employer in this series was nominated for MSJDN’s Members’ Choice Award for doing just that, by members who told us in their own words about the awesomeness of their employers. MSJDN is thrilled to tell these employer stories as a way of expressing our gratitude for supporting military spouses as they build careers in the legal profession.

The MSJDN Members’ Choice Award recipient will be announced at MSJDN’s Annual Reception in Washington, D.C. on May 17.

By Katherine Lee Goyette, Associate Attorney, Fendley & Etson, Attorneys at Law, Clarksville, Tennessee

Fendley & Etson is a family run law firm based in Clarksville, Tennessee. In close proximity to U.S. Army installation Fort Campbell, Fendley & Etson serves a large community of active duty, veterans, and their dependents. The firm handles a wide variety of legal matters, including personal injury, bankruptcy, criminal defense, social security disability, consumer law, family law and estate planning.

Founding partner Mart Fendley has been a board-certified civil trial lawyer since 1994, when certification as a specialist first became available to Tennessee attorneys. He is AV preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system, the highest available rating. He is joined by attorneys Jacob Fendley, Elizabeth Fendley, Joshua Etson, T. Blaine Dixon and Katherine Lee Goyette.

Fendley & Etson is a proud employer of an Operation Iraqi Freedom USMC veteran and five military spouses. Military Spouse J.D. Network President-Elect Katherine Lee Goyette is especially grateful to Fendley & Etson’s willingness to hire her as a military spouse attorney. By employing both military spouse paralegals and military spouse attorneys, Fendley & Etson is hoping to change the local legal community’s perspective on military spouse employment. The firm has more than 45 years of combined experience, including extensive trial experience. As a family-run law firm that supports the military community, Fendley & Etson remains dedicated to serving Clarksville, Fort Campbell, and surrounding areas with the most effective representation it can provide for its clients.

Celebrate the recipient of the MSJDN Members’ Choice Award at the 2018 Annual Reception in Washington, D.C. on May 17th. Tickets and information available here.

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  • Unjust

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    April 26, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    As a member of the “local community,” I must say that this article completely mischaracterizes the view of the community as a whole, and also the comments on the rule that were submitted by the MCBA.

    When the proposed changes to Comity, Special Admissions, In-House Counsel, and Temporary Licenses were submitted for comment by the Supreme Court of Tennessee in 2015, MANY bar associations, to include the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA), made suggestions for changes. After the comment period, SCOTN incorporated many of those suggested changes into the rule before adopting it.

    Your mining of incomplete phrases to quote incorrectly construes those comments. Additionally, lumping comments invited by the SCOTN on a proposed rule into a broad category labeled “unwelcoming” is inaccurate at best. Further, applying that same categorization to the local community as as a whole is downright unjust and wrong.

    I encourage you to better research and represent your work before making sure a report. Especially where you use broad brushstrokes to label a “local community” as “unwelcoming.” Your accusations are unfounded and unwarranted.

    Finally, it is quite discouraging that you use unsubstantiated accusations of disgrace just to further your cause. It appears you are attempting to use your pedestal to tear down that which it is built upon. I was actually really proud to hear about all the good that this firm was doing in providing service to those who serve us. Unfortunately, it just turned into a complete groundless bashing of the community. Distasteful approach to say the least.

  • Camille Edwards Bennehoff

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    May 22, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Unjust – This article is only about a law firm in TN. Your comment is off topic. Also if you are a member of the “local community” why aren’t you using your name?