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Gov. Haslam appoints Tom Greenholtz as criminal court judge

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam appointed Tom Greenholtz as Criminal Court Judge for the 11th Judicial District.

Greenholtz, 42, of Ooltewah replaces Judge Rebecca Stern, who retired in June.

“I am pleased to appoint Tom Greenholtz to this important position,” said Haslam in a released statement. “His background, experience and involvement in the community all help qualify him, and the 11th Judicial District will benefit from his service on the bench.”

Greenholtz is a shareholder with the law firm Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel where he has worked since 2006.   

His practice areas have included criminal defense, civil and criminal appeals, municipal and government law, employment law and antitrust compliance.

He has also been an arbitrator and an adjunct professor of political science at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he taught classes on presidential powers, federalism and the First Amendment. He was a law clerk for Tennessee Supreme Court Justice William M. Barker.

“I am humbled at the confidence expressed by Governor Haslam in making this appointment,” Greenholtz said in a news release. “I am committed to ensuring that this court remains a place where people are treated with fairness and dignity, while maintaining respect for the rule of law.”

Greenholtz obtained his law degree in 1999 from the University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville, where he graduated summa cum laude and was executive editor of the Tennessee Law Review. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1996 from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, graduating magna cum laude majoring in public administration.

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