Attorney Mark Cunningham has been elected president of the Chattanooga law firm of Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C., succeeding Mike St. Charles as the head of the 134-year-old practice.
Cunningham will serve as the managing shareholder of the Chambliss firm, which has more than 100 attorneys and paralegal professionals. Cunningham has served in numerous leadership roles at Chambliss, including executive committee member and chair of the health care section.
In his new role, Cunningham will work closely with Tony Young, the firm's executive director, to oversee the firm's professional services and overall operations while continuing to actively represent clients in his health care practice, which serves numerous health care professionals and companies at local, regional, and national levels.
""During my 23 years with the firm, we have grown and, under Mike St. Charles' leadership, prospered by putting our clients and people first," Cunningham said. "Our clients and employees are instrumental to our success, and I will do my best to support them in reaching their goals."
Cunningham is a native Chattanoogan who has been recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, Mid-South Super Lawyers, and Who's Who in American Law. He previously served as chair of the Tennessee Bar Association's Health Law Section and is a graduate of Leadership Chattanooga. Cunningham graduated Order of the Coif at Tulane University School of Law and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was inducted into the prestigious honor society Phi Beta Kappa.
"Mark has all the attributes of an effective leader," said St. Charles. "He has vision, a strong work ethic, is a motivator, and understands people."
Chambliss, founded in 1886, has more than 135 employees and offers a wide range of legal services, including business, cybersecurity and data privacy, construction and real estate, estate planning, finance, health care, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, and tax.