NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today appointed Mike Faulk as circuit court judge for the Third Judicial District, replacing Judge Kindall T. Lawson, who retired effective June 1.
“Mike will bring vast experience to the bench,” Haslam said. “He has served his state well in the past, and I know he will serve the citizens of the Third Judicial District well in this new role.”
Faulk, 59, has worked in The Faulk Law Office in Church Hill since 1982. He served as a Tennessee state senator representing Claiborne, Grainger, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson and Union counties in the 106th and 107th Tennessee General Assemblies. While serving as a state senator, he was a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, among other duties.
“I am deeply humbled by the Governor’s confidence in me, grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of East Tennessee and privileged to work with the other judges and court personnel of Greene, Hamblen, Hawkins and Hancock counties,” Faulk said.
As an attorney, Faulk has tried hundreds of cases and dozens of jury trials across Tennessee involving a wide range of cases in both state and federal courts, including workers compensation and criminal injury compensation, administrative hearings, real estate closings, probate, criminal defense, malpractice defense, products liability and landlord/tenant relations.
Faulk served on the Tennessee Human Rights Commission from 1985-1991, serving as vice chairman from 1989-1991. He has served as a Hawkins County Juvenile Court referee, town attorney in Mount Carmel and city attorney in Church Hill.
He has written for the Tennessee Bar Journal and the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Magazine and has been a lecturer, including serving as adjunct faculty member at East Tennessee State University.
Faulk received his juris doctorate in 1979 from Memphis State University where he received the Kirby Bowling Labor Law Award as outstanding labor law student for 1979. He received a master’s degree from Memphis State in 1978 and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 1975. Faulk is an 8th generation Tennessean and is the father of two adult children.