Editor’s Note: MSJDN asked its members to help us spotlight employers that are going above and beyond for military spouse attorneys. Each employer in this series was nominated for MSJDN’s Members’ Choice Award for doing just that, by members who told us in their own words about the awesomeness of their employers. MSJDN is thrilled to tell these employer stories as a way of expressing our gratitude for supporting military spouses as they build careers in the legal profession.

The MSJDN Members’ Choice Award recipient will be announced at MSJDN’s Annual Reception in Washington, D.C. on May 17.

By Katherine Lee Goyette, Associate Attorney, Fendley & Etson, Attorneys at Law, Clarksville, Tennessee

Fendley & Etson is a family run law firm based in Clarksville, Tennessee. In close proximity to U.S. Army installation Fort Campbell, Fendley & Etson serves a large community of active duty, veterans, and their dependents. The firm handles a wide variety of legal matters, including personal injury, bankruptcy, criminal defense, social security disability, consumer law, family law and estate planning.

Founding partner Mart Fendley has been a board-certified civil trial lawyer since 1994, when certification as a specialist first became available to Tennessee attorneys. He is AV preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system, the highest available rating. He is joined by attorneys Jacob Fendley, Elizabeth Fendley, Joshua Etson, T. Blaine Dixon and Katherine Lee Goyette.

Fendley & Etson is a proud employer of an Operation Iraqi Freedom USMC veteran and five military spouses. Military Spouse J.D. Network President-Elect Katherine Lee Goyette is especially grateful to Fendley & Etson’s willingness to hire her as a military spouse attorney. By employing both military spouse paralegals and military spouse attorneys, Fendley & Etson is hoping to change the local legal community’s perspective on military spouse employment. The firm has more than 45 years of combined experience, including extensive trial experience. As a family-run law firm that supports the military community, Fendley & Etson remains dedicated to serving Clarksville, Fort Campbell, and surrounding areas with the most effective representation it can provide for its clients.

Celebrate the recipient of the MSJDN Members’ Choice Award at the 2018 Annual Reception in Washington, D.C. on May 17th. Tickets and information available here.

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