A veteran attorney from Johnson City has been named president of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association.
Tony Seaton was elected to this position at the organization’s annual meeting in June. Seaton, who has practiced law in northeast Tennessee for more than three decades, said his goal as president of the association is to ensure that civil justice in Tennessee is conducted peacefully and fairly.
“As the plaintiffs’ attorneys, it is our duty to improve the safety and quality of life of our clients involved in civil disputes,” he said. “We also want to make sure that the courts in this state are open and affordable for everyone.”
Seaton is only the second northeast Tennessee attorney to represent the association in nearly 30 years. He said the first was another Johnson City attorney, Olen Haynes, “who inspired me to join the Association of Litigators.”
Seaton is a sixth generation East Tennessean who opened his own practice in Johnson City more than 34 years ago. As a lawyer, Seaton has focused on Serious Injury Law.
For the past decade, Seaton and other lawyers in his firm have spent hundreds of hours each year developing cutting-edge litigation skills through the Keenan Trial Colleges.
Seaton currently serves as the administrator of the Keenan Trial Institute while teaching several of its courses.
From 2012 to 2018, Seaton was a member of the Tennessee Supreme Court-appointed Access to Justice Commission. During that time, he traveled through Tennessee to recruit attorneys to open free legal counseling clinics in most of the state’s judicial districts.
Seaton succeeds John Griffith, a Franklin attorney, as the association’s president.
“Tony will be a real asset to the association and the citizens of Tennessee,” Griffith said in an association press release last week. “A seasoned personal injury attorney, he fights for deserving people and will do an excellent job as president and lead the best litigation attorneys in the state.”