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I’m a 1999 graduate of McMinn County High School, a 2003 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and a 2010 graduate of the Nashville School of Law. My wonderful wife Kari and I are both from Athens and we have no intentions of ever leaving. Kari is a full-time pharmacist at Walgreens and she works part-time keeping me from destroying our house.
My route to becoming a lawyer was not the most common, but it was tremendously gratifying. After a few years of selling pumps for my parents' business I decided that a lifetime of dad yelling at me could only be avoided by going back to school. In 2006 I decided to go to law school and that August I moved to Nashville to attend the Nashville School of Law (NSL). NSL is a 4-year law school with classes at night and is designed to allow working people to get a law degree.
I quickly found a job at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Franklin, TN and spent my first 6 months of law school working in the golf department and going to school in the evenings. Around January of 2007 I finally found a job at a law firm, sort of. I was the copy room clerk, low man on the totem pole. My desk was in the basement of a 15 story building and my job was pretty simple: make sure the copy machines had paper in them, make sure the refrigerators were full of sodas, and deliver the mail to the secretaries.
Six months later I moved up the ladder and took a job with a different law firm where I managed personal injury cases, worked with clients and insurance companies, and helped negotiate settlements. A few months passed and homesickness sunk in, so I decided to move back to Athens. I soon found a job with an attorney in Athens and would work there until about 3:30 in the afternoon on weekdays. After work I would load up and start my commute to Nashville for class. I had class two, three, and sometimes four nights a week. Every night after class I’d drive home and repeat the process the next day for three very long and very miserable years.
Finally the years of commutes and study sessions were over and life could begin again. I practiced for a year before going out on my own and opening Walden & Associates, PLLC in 2011. As Walden & Associates began to pick up steam, it soon became time to expand. In January of 2013 I formed a partnership with attorney and McMinn County native Russell J. Blair and what started as Walden & Associates is now Walden Blair & Associates, PLLC.
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee
Professional Associations And Memberships
- President of the McMinn-Meigs County Bar Association
- Member of the Tennessee Bar Association
- Member of the Monroe County Bar Association
- Member of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce
- Member of the Etowah Area Chamber of Commerce
Our Commitment To Our Clients
Walden Blair & Associates is committed to serving needs of the Athens – McMinn county area, including the neighboring counties of Monroe, Meigs, Bradley and Polk.
We strive to be as accessible, flexible, and available as our time and resources will allow.