Jonathan O. Steen (’92) Elected President of Tennessee Bar Association
JUNE 16, 2014—Jonathan O. Steen (’92) has been elected the 135th president of the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA), which he has served in various capacities for more than a decade. He took the oath of office June 13 at the group's annual convention in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
Steen received his bachelor's degree cum laude from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., and graduated cum laude from the Law School as well. He is a shareholder with the Jackson, Tenn., firm of Redding, Steen & Staton—which he cofounded in 2006—where he focuses primarily on civil litigation, with an emphasis on medical malpractice, professional malpractice, and products and premises liability defense. He also serves as local counsel for national and regional law firms and in-house counsel. Steen has a strong interest in technology, particularly as it relates to electronic discovery issues, and has served as a special master in federal court, overseeing the gathering and production of electronically stored information (ESI) discovery requests.
Among the items on Steen's presidential agenda, he said, is promoting medical-legal partnerships, whereby "medical care providers and people who deliver legal services work together in ways that positively affect the health of the citizens of the state." Steen credits the Law School with providing "a solid educational foundation to practice law," citing his time working with the Minnesota Justice Foundation (MJF) as particularly important. "My involvement with the MJF local board instilled in me a continuing desire to do public service and service to the profession," he said.
In addition to his work with the TBA, Steen also is active in the American Bar Association, where he has held a number of roles in the Young Lawyers Division, including assembly delegate and chair and vice chair of various committees. He is involved in the ABA's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, where he has served as chair of the Medicine and Law Committee, an editorial board member of The Brief, and an associate editor of the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.