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PROFESSIONAL BIO | GET TO KNOW ANDI

OVERVIEW

Andi practices in the areas of estate and trust planning and administration, taxation, and business transactions. She has extensive knowledge of taxation of retirement plans, executive compensation and benefits planning. Her extensive nonprofit experience and intensive education equip her to serve clients with a wide variety of legal needs.

Andi is a member of the American, Tennessee, South Carolina and Knoxville Bar Associations. She is a member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation.

While attending The University of Tennessee College of Law, Andi served as president of Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity and received special orders from the IRS to practice as a student attorney in the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands’ Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, where she represented clients in tax controversy matters.

Andi attended Georgetown University Law Center, where she earned both a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation and a Certificate in Employee Benefits, the latter being an official recognition of her mastery of the law and taxation of retirement plans, executive compensation and benefits planning.

In her spare time, Andi enjoys relaxing with a good book and a cup of coffee and exercising with her husband, Matt, and their dog, Benny.

Why did you decide to become a lawyer?

I wanted to help people.

What attracted you to estate law?

I fell in love with tax law in law school and went on to get a Master of Law in Taxation. While I was there I began working in estate administration. I really enjoyed getting to work with real people and helping to guide them through some of the most difficult times in their lives.

Of all the cases you’ve worked on, do you have one that stands out the most that you have permission to share?

I interned with a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic at Legal Aid during my last year of law school. All of the people I worked with were so grateful, and I felt like I was really making a difference.

How would you describe yourself both personally and professionally?

Compassionate. I care about people.

What do you love about your career?

Getting to help people during some of the most difficult times during their lives.

Who was the biggest influence in your career?

Jane Bergner, an attorney I worked for while I was getting my master’s degree. She had been practicing for more than forty years and had learned to adapt to the environment to best serve her clients and their families.

What is something that you are really proud of, and why?

I’m really proud of my ability to connect with people from all generations.

What are the goals you are still working to achieve?

Work-life balance.

What are your main interests, hobbies or passions outside of work?

I am a member of the Junior League of Knoxville, a nonprofit whose main goal is fostering support for women. We have opportunities to grow as female leaders and to benefit other women and their children, whether they are starting a new job or escaping from a violent home situation. I also serve on the Knoxville American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Passion Committee. My family and so many that I know have been touched by heart disease, the number one killer of women in the United States.

During my free time, you can usually find me doing Barre3 classes, walking my dog, Benny, or reading a book or blog. I love to cook so I’m always reading new recipes, and I love mystery novels.

Is there something you wish you could do over again?

I wish I had always embraced my scholastic interests and educational successes.

When people look back at your life, how do you want to be remembered?

That I cared.

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