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Kevin A. Snider
Founding Attorney
Gail W. Horner
Attorney
Phillip D. Waddell
Of Counsel Attorney
James Seth Waddell
Of Counsel Attorney
Christina von Cannon Burdette
Of Counsel Attorney
Jessica S. Howard
Associate Attorney
Matt Wilson
Office Administrator
Angie DeVore
Office Manager
   

Kevin A. Snider, J.D., C.F.E.- Founding Attorney
snider@lawyer.com

Kevin A. Snider



Kevin Snider is the founding attorney of Snider & Horner, PLLC and a licensed attorney in the State of Tennessee, a Certified Fraud Examiner, Board Certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization and the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and Board Certified as a Civil Pretrial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He concentrates on Consumer Law and Consumer Protection matters but he is also active in many other areas of both civil and criminal litigation. Mr. Snider has completed over 1600 trials and hearings in local, state, and federal courts as well as at administrative hearings which included the precedent setting case of Beverly Miller, et. al. v. United Automax (2005) in which the Tennessee Supreme Court adopted Mr. Snider's argument on remedies available in consumer fraud cases. In addition, he has served as a legal consultant and television commentator for WREG News Channel 3 as well as WMC News Channel 5; he conducts legal seminars and lectures for the Memphis and Shelby County Bar Association, National Business Institute, Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services, West Tennessee Legal Services, Memphis Area Legal Services, SCORE and other local entities; he has testified before the Tennessee House Standing Committee of Consumer and Employee Affairs in regard to new consumer rights legislation; he is the author of Selected Statutes of Tennessee Consumer Law (2003) and A Practical Guide to Identity Theft (2003); he was instrumental in the drafting and subsequent passage of the 2003 amendments to the Tennessee Lemon Law; he has worked as a part-time Public Defender for the City of Germantown; he serves as a Special Judge for the Shelby County General Sessions Civil Court and previously for the Germantown Municipal Court; and he was the featured columnist for the Shelby Sun Times "Ask a Lawyer" newspaper column from 2000-2002 as well as the host of "Legal Ease" a local legal television show from 2000-2008.

Mr. Snider received his B.S. degree in Business Administration from Southern College in Collegedale, Tennessee where he served as an Auxiliary Probation Officer for the Hamilton County Juvenile Court. He then completed the Graduate Summer Scholar Program at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Later, he received his law degree from the University of Memphis School of Law in Memphis, Tennessee where he was a member of the Moot Court Board and listed in Who's Who Among American Law Students and subsequently received accreditation as a Certified Fraud Examiner from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and Board Certification as a Civil Trial Specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization and the National Board of Trial Advocacy as well as Board Certification as a Civil Pretrial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Mr. Snider has been recognized as an "Advocate" by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America's National College of Advocacy after completing extensive civil trial seminars and courses conducted at Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia and at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. Tax Court, all of the courts in the State of Tennessee, the U.S. District Court and U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. In 2013, Mr. Snider was recognized as one of the top trial attorneys in the United States by being selected for membership into The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers. In addition, he has been awarded the highest attorney rating achievable ("AV") by the Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory which has recognized him as a highly respected and ethical member of the Bar. From 2009 through 2013, he was selected for inclusion and listing in the highly esteemed "Mid-South Super Lawyers" magazine as a Super Lawyer and previously in 2009, he was selected for inclusion and listing in the highly esteemed "Mid-South Super Lawyers" magazine as both a Super Lawyer and Rising Star which chooses less than five percent of Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi attorneys for listing. In 2006, Mr. Snider was nominated for Trial Lawyer of the Year in TLPJ Foundation's national award for attorneys who have made the most outstanding contribution to public interest through precedent-setting litigation. In addition, he is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum which restricts membership to attorneys who have obtained judgments or settlements in excess of one million dollars and he has served as President of the East Shelby County Bar Association and is a member of the Tennessee Association for Justice, the American Association for Justice, the Memphis Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. Mr. Snider served as the general legal counsel for the Shelby County Republican Party (1999-2003), served as the legal counsel for the Greater Mid-South Area Jaycees (1997-2004), and is a former board member of the Memphis and Shelby County Bar Foundation. In addition, he is an active member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, an active member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates and has given legal opinions on CNN's "Talk Back Live" television show and in local, regional and national newspapers and publications such as AARP magazine and Lawyers USA.

Mr. Snider was previously elected to and served as a City Commissioner for the City of Piperton, Tennessee (2008-2012); was previously appointed to the Financial Advisory, Education, Library, and Youth Commissions for the City of Germantown (1998-2003); previously served on the board of directors of the Germantown Area Chamber of Commerce (1998-2003), Small Business Chamber of Commerce (2004-2005), the University of Memphis School of Law Alumni Association (1998-2004), the University of Memphis Germantown Alumni Association (1997-1999), the University of Memphis Greater Memphis Alumni Club (1999-2000), Germantown Legal Resources, Inc. (1998-2005 where he served as Chairman), Germantown Arts Alliance (2005-2006), and the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South (2002-2009); and currently serves on the board of directors of Andrew's Enterprises where he serves as Chairman (1995-). He is a member of the Germantown Area Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business. Additionally, he is a former member of the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce (1997-2004), Germantown Lions Club (1997-2007), Germantown Kiwanis Club (1998-2007), and is a current member of the United States Tennis Association, United States Golf Association, PGA Tour Partners Club (Charter and Life Member), National Rifle Association, Ducks Unlimited, the University of Memphis Alumni Association (Life Member) and licensed by the FCC as a Technician for ham radio operations. He is also active in the local community with numerous charity events and fundraisers.

In 2002, Mr. Snider's law firm was awarded the prestigious "Small Business of the Year" award by the Germantown Area Chamber of Commerce and was voted "Favorite Law Firm" by the readers of the Germantown News in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2006, he was awarded the esteemed "Top 40 Under Forty" award in the Memphis Business Journal's annual awards for individuals who have excelled in business and professional areas. In addition, Mr. Snider was appointed to the Business Advisory Council of the National Republican Congressional Committee, selected for listing in "Who's Who in Executives and Professionals", selected for listing in "Outstanding Young Men of America", selected for listing in "Who's Who in Germantown", and is a graduate of the 1998 Class of Leadership Germantown. In 2000, he was awarded and named a "Hometown Hero" by the City of Germantown. In 2012, Mr. Snider was selected for Business Leader's Top 50 Entrepreneur Award.

In his time away from the legal field, Mr. Snider began his career in fire and emergency services in 1990 starting with the Tri-Community Fire Department in Collegedale, Tennessee and later served as a Battalion Chief for the City of Piperton Fire Department in Piperton, Tennessee, Team Leader of its Technical Rescue Team, and a senior member of the City of Piperton Emergency Management Agency. Currently he serves on the Rossville Fire Department in Rossville, Tennessee and also serves as Commander of the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team. Mr. Snider has completed over 3000 hours of specialized training and/or received certifications in firefighting, emergency medical care (National Registry First Responder Level), incident command system and implementation, strategies and tactics for initial company operations, vehicle & machinery extrication (both large and small), response to aircraft & airfield incidents, response to train and locomotive incidents, response to hazardous material incidents, radiological incident response, response to illicit drug labs & cyanide scenes, surface water rescue, flood rescue, swift water rescue, cold water & ice rescue, technical rope rescue & personal rope skills, tower rescue, trench rescue, structural collapse rescue, confined space rescue, urban as well as wilderness search & rescue, natural disaster & mass casualty response, terrorism & weapons of mass destruction response, dive rescue & recovery, large and small animal rescue including membership in the Tennessee Disaster Animal Response Team, severe weather spotting including certification from Skywarn, and many other advanced firefighting and rescue seminars and techniques. In addition, he is a TARS certified instructor in vehicle extrication, EVOC, BBP, and VKF. In 2011, Mr. Snider was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team for his primary role in a successful swiftwater rescue.

Mr. Snider lives in Piperton, Tennessee and enjoys tennis, golf, scuba diving, boating, and spending time with his wife, family, and dogs.

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Gail W. Horner - Attorney
horner@lawyer.com

Gail W. Horner
Gail Williams Horner is a licensed attorney in Tennessee.  Ms. Horner is a Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator.

She concentrates her practice in adoption, family and juvenile law, as well as general civil mediation, but also has substantial experience in other areas including probate and consumer matters.  Ms. Horner is an experienced litigator in local, state and federal courts, as well as administrative hearings and state appellate matters.

Ms. Horner received her B.S. in Education Cum Laude from Memphis State University in 1976.  She earned her law degree at the University of Memphis School of Law in 1996. 

Ms. Horner is admitted to practice before all of the courts in the State of Tennessee, the U.S. District Court and U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, the Memphis Bar Association, the Association for Women Attorneys and the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association.  She and her husband resided in many areas of the country during her husband’s career as a United States Naval Officer, but returned to their native Tennessee to raise their children.  Ms. Horner served many years as a troop leader for the Girl Scouts of America; served in PTA positions for the Shelby County School System, including President of Collierville Elementary PTA, where she was honored with a Tennessee PTA Lifetime Membership; coached various community youth sports programs, and she is active in many other community and volunteer activities.  Ms. Horner is a member of the University of Memphis Alumni Association and the University of Memphis Tiger Clubs and Highland Hundred.  She is active in the Germantown Chamber of Commerce where her firm was honored as "Small Business of the Year" in 2001.

She was recognized for 2001-2002 by Strathmore’s WHO’S WHO for her leadership and achievement in the practice of law.

She and her family reside in Collierville, Tennessee.

Strathmore's Who's WhoMs. Horner was recognized for 2001-2002 by Strathmore's WHO'S WHO for her leadership and achievement in the practice of law.

She and her family reside in Collierville, Tennessee.

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Phillip D. Waddell - Of Counsel Attorney
pdw@waddell-law.com

Phillip D. WaddellPhillip D. Waddell has twenty-eight years experience in the general practice of law and management which includes research, writing and public speaking; staff training and supervision; savings branch management; consumer and commercial lending; data systems analysis; loan closings and title work; management and regulatory reporting; loan administration; contract negotiation; complex mortgage loan, venture, consulting and asset sale transactions; mediation, negotiation and settlement of claims; asset/liability management; creation, delivery and sales of financial management consulting services; start-up, incorporation and management of closing, delivery and legal function for bulk sale secondary mortgage market operation; securitization of mortgage loans.

Experience also includes the drafting and negotiation of over 300 contracts for the purchase and sale of $3 billion in mortgage loan assets and servicing; the sale of a large mortgage banking operation and two mortgage investment bank sales; the acquisition of approvals from FHLMC/FNMA/HUD and others as well as ongoing compliance in the critical areas of company operations.

Licenses:
Admitted to the practice of law in Kentucky and Tennessee.

Education:
Salmon P. Chase College of Law - Juris Doctor
Ohio Savings and Loan Academy - Management
Thomas More College - Management
Savings and Loan Institute - Accounting
Centre College of Kentucky - Bachelor of Arts

Experience:

  • Private Practice, Memphis, TN 1992 - Present
  • First Mortgage Strategies Group, Inc., Memphis, TN
    • Senior Vice President Secretary/General Counsel 1986 - 1992
    • Vice President/Secretary/General Counsel 1985 - 1986
  • First National Bank and Trust Co. of Oklahoma City, OK
    Vice President/Liaison Officer/Asso Counsel 1984 - 1985
  • Union Planters National Bank, Memphis, TN
    Vice President 1983 - 1984
  • Eagle Savings Association, Cincinnati, OH
    • Assistant Vice President 1979 - 1983
    • Assistant Secretary 1977 - 1979
    • Department Manager 1975 - 1977
    • Branch Manager 1973 - 1975
  • Dial Financial Corporation
    Credit Manager 1971 - 1973
  • First Mortgage Strategies Group, Inc.
    • Secretary to the Board 1990 - 1992
    • Director 1986 - 1989
  • Germantown, Tennessee, Chamber of Commerce
    Director 1999-

Publication:
"The Savings and Loan in the Community", Ohio Record, January, 1979

Awards:
Kentucky Bar Association Recognition Award The
Lawrence D. Brennan Award
Who's Who in America
Who's Who in American Law
Who's Who in American Law Schools & Universities
The Kentucky Bar Association
The Tennessee Bar Association
The Memphis Bar Association
The Christian Legal Society
Habitat for Humanity
Elder, Presbyterian Church

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James Seth Waddell - Of Counsel Attorney
seth@covenantescrow.com

J. Seth WaddellStaff Attorney J. Seth Waddell is a graduate of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at The University of Memphis. After completing his undergraduate work at King College in Bristol, Tennessee, he co-owned and managed The Wire Company, the only independently owned ISP in the region. After several years he successfully negotiated and sold the business assets to a larger competitor in order to attend law school. He worked at Covenant Escrow while attending law school and gained experience in all aspects of real estate transactions.

He is admitted to the bar of both Tennessee and Mississippi.

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Christina von Cannon Burdette, J.D., C.P.A. - Of Counsel Attorney
cmburdette@aol.com

Christina von Cannon Burdette Christina von Cannon Burdette is a licensed attorney and certified public accountant in Tennessee. She concentrates her practice on probate, estate planning, taxation and corporate law, but she is also active in family matters and litigation support.

Ms. Burdette received her B.B.A. in Finance and Accounting (double major) from Austin Peay State University. She earned her law degree from the University of Memphis in Memphis Tennessee where she served as the Managing Editor of the Law Review and was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award in three classifications.

She is admitted to practice before all of the courts in the State of Tennessee. In addition, Ms. Burdette is a member of the American Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, the Memphis Bar Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Germantown Area Chamber of Commerce.

Ms. Burdette worked for several years as a Tax Consultant with the public accounting firm of Touche Ross (now Deloitte & Touche) in Dallas, Texas, where she earned her CPA license. She later served as the Assistant Manager, Federal Tax, for Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems. After completing her law degree, Ms. Burdette practiced law for nearly six years with the Memphis, Tennessee firm of Hanover, Walsh, Jalenak & Blair.

She and her family reside in Germantown, Tennessee

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Jessica S. Howard - Associate Attorney

Jessica HowardJessica S. Howard received her B.A. in Foreign Languages (French and Spanish) Summa Cum Laude from Lambuth University in Jackson, TN in August 2001. She made the Dean’s List each semester and received the Junior Academic Marshal Award. During her undergraduate studies, she served as Historian for the International Student Association (ISA) while it remained an active organization on campus. Her summer abroad studies took place at Regents College in London, England in July 2000 and at the Institute of American Universities in Aix-en-Provence, France in July 1999. Before enrolling in law school at the University of Memphis, she audited two semesters of an elementary Arabic language class purely for pleasure.

Later, she received her law degree from the Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law at the University of Memphis in December 2005 where she received Cali Awards for academic excellence in Copyright and Jurisprudence. During the spring of 2006, she became a Tennessee licensed attorney. Before coming on board as an associate attorney with Snider & Horner, PLLC in April 2007, she did research and drafting on an independent contract, as-needed basis with the following attorneys in Memphis, Tennessee: James T. Allison, Edward M. Bearman, Beth B. Brooks, Chris A. Cornaghie, David M. Sandy, William B. Seale, and Gary E. Veazey. Meanwhile, she also assisted with the Attorney of the Day Pro Se Clinic on Thursday afternoons, which is sponsored by Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS).

Her hobbies include Taekwondo (a Korean martial arts), swimming during the summer months, walking, general aerobics, studying foreign languages, reading, traveling overseas, going to the movies, dining out, and spending quality time with friends and family. Her favorite movie genres include action/adventure, comedy, period films, and historical documentaries. She has traveled to England, France, Scotland, Wales, Switzerland, India, and the Dominican Republic. Her favorite international foods include Italian, Mexican, Mediterranean, Indian, Chinese, and Japanese. In January 2007, she began teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) classes on a voluntary basis to a few international friends who reside in Memphis

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Matt Wilson - Office Administrator

Matt Wilson Matthew Wilson is the Office Administrator of Snider & Horner, PLLC and has a degree in Business Administration from Southwest Tennessee Community College and is completing a degree in Supply Chain Management from the University of Memphis.

In his time away from work, Mr. Wilson began his career in fire and emergency services in 2008 and served as a firefighter for the City of Piperton Fire Department in Piperton, Tennessee, and was an Operations Member of its Technical Rescue Team. Currently he serves on the Rossville Fire Department in Rossville, Tennessee and also serves as a Lieutenant of the Fayette County Technical Rescue Team. Mr. Wilson has completed over 1,000 hours of specialized training and/or received certifications in firefighting, emergency medical care (National Registry Emergency Medical Responder Level), incident command system and implementation, strategies and tactics for initial company operations, vehicle & machinery extrication (both large and small), response to train and locomotive incidents, response to hazardous material incidents, surface water rescue, flood rescue, swift water rescue, cold water & ice rescue, technical rope rescue & personal rope skills, farm rescue, structural collapse rescue, confined space rescue, dive rescue 1, dive rescue 2, public safety diver survival, light salvage/recovery, urban as well as wilderness search & rescue, natural disaster & mass casualty response, terrorism & weapons of mass destruction response, severe weather spotting including certification from Skywarn, and many other advanced firefighting and rescue seminars and techniques. In addition he is also a member of the International Association of Dive Rescue Specialists and a member of the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads. In 2011, Mr. Wilson was awarded the Member of the Year Award and Officer of the Year in 2012 by The Fayette County Technical Rescue Team.

Mr. Wilson lives in Piperton, Tennessee and enjoys scuba diving, boating, camping and spending time with his friends, family, and his dog.

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Angie Devore - Office Manager

Angie Devore Angie joined the Law Firm of Snider & Horner in September, 2011. Angie had been looking for the "perfect job" and had pretty much given up, then one night Angie's husband received a call from a friend that stated the Law Firm of Snider and Horner had an opening. She went on the interview the next day and loved everyone she met and the attorneys were willing to work with her on a part-time basis. After a year of working at the Law Firm of Snider and Horner, Angie loved her job even more and continued to love the work environment so much that she asked to work on a full-time basis. In October, 2012, Angie was put on full-time and continued to work her way up in the office. Angie currently serves as the Office Manager and she still loves her job. She states that it is fun to come to work when you work for great and giving people.

Angie has been married for fifteen years and has one son. She was a "stay at home" mom for nine years. In 2002, Angie and her husband started their own company, DeVore Communications & Cabling, in which she is still co-owner. She was room mother for four years and has been an active member of the Rossville Christian Academy PTO since 2007, also serving as Treasurer 2009-2011, and President 2011-2013. Angie also served on the decorating committee for the Town of Rossville for four years and has been very dedicated in helping with the Rossville Historic Tour every year.

Currently, Angie is a member of the Rossville Volunteer Fire Department and Fayette County Technical Rescue Team and is certified by the State of Tennessee in Basic Firefighting and also certified at the Tennessee Fire Fighting Academy in Live Burn. She is also certified as an Emergency Medical First Responder, CPR and Emergency Vehicle Rescue, and has also completed Leadership I & II classes through the State of Tennessee. In addition, Angie also has the administrative responsibility for the Rossville Volunteer Fire Department.

Angie's spare time is spent with her husband, son, and her dog. Angie also loves to watch all of her son's sporting games. She resides with her family outside of Rossville, Tennessee.

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