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Tennessee Fellow Jonathan O. Steen

June 12, 2014, Fellows in the news, Jackson Sun

Jackson lawyer Jonathan O. Steen will become the Tennessee Bar Association’s 135th president Friday at the group’s annual convention in Gatlinburg.

According to a news release, Steen has been actively involved with the Jackson-Madison County Bar Association, serving as its president from 1999-2000. He also is a founding member of the Howell Edmunds Jackson American Inn of Court. He served as its president from 2012-2013.

“Steen has served his community in a variety of ways, including work on several local boards and coaching and refereeing youth soccer,” the news release stated. He also received a Friend of Education Award from Malesus Elementary School in 2013 for his efforts to educate elementary school students about the meaning and importance of equality for all.

The news release said that Steen believes the Tennessee Bar Association can impact the community positively in three ways: through a focus on civics education in elementary and middle schools; through a development of medical-legal partnerships in Tennessee; and through an expansion of education and professional development programs to help lawyers deliver the best services to their clients.

Steen also plans to continue the Tennessee Bar Association’s efforts to educate the public about the importance of adopting the proposed constitutional amendment number 2 for selected appellate court judges, the news release said. The amendment will be on the November ballot.

A Minnesota native, Steen is admitted to practice in Tennessee, Minnesota and Wisconsin state courts, the U.S. Supreme Court and federal courts in a variety of districts and states.

The news release said that Steen focuses his work in the area of civil litigation with an emphasis on medical malpractice, professional malpractice and products and premises liability defense. He also handles commercial and business disputes, as well as zoning, planning and land use cases.

Steen has been an active member of the Tennessee Bar Association, the news release said. He has served as a member of the Board of Governors, the House of Delegates and the Tennessee Bar Journal Editorial Board.

The news release added that Steen has held other leadership roles in the Tennessee Bar Association, including serving as chairman of the Publications and the Legal Medical Relations committees. He has worked with the Tennessee Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division as well, serving as president from 2002-2003.

In addition, Steen was a member of the inaugural 2004 Leadership Law Class and is a fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation. He also is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Steen and his wife, Michelle, live in Jackson and have four children.

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