William T. Gamble an attorney with Wilson Worley since 1951, passed away Monday, November 13, 2017.
Attorney Gamble a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law, practiced mainly in general litigation; health care law; medical malpractice; and commercial real estate transactions (including acquisition, financing, leasing, and sale).
Gamble was elected as Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers in 1980 after serving as attorney for either plaintiff or defendant in hundreds of lawsuits, and was listed in Best Lawyers in America (for health care) continuously since 1993. He has lectured on litigation and health care subjects at statewide and area seminars, and for over ten years served as Member and Chairman of the Tennessee Supreme Court Advisory Commission on Civil and Appellate Rules. For over 40 years Gamble was AV-rated in Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating awarded by this most widely used directory of lawyers. Selected in 2005 by Fellows of the Tennessee Bar Foundation for inclusion in “Legal History Project” by videotaped interview of personal history and observations of the practice of law in Tennessee (interview tapes now housed at the Foundation office and available for loan to the public).
Gamble was active in various community affairs, was honored as a “Kingsport Treasure,” and by the Rotary Club as a Paul Harris Fellow. He was formerly principal clarinetist with the Kingsport Symphony Orchestra, and was a member of “Voices of the Mountains” and the First Presbyterian Church Choir, and for many years has performed professionally on saxophone and clarinet. He received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Tennessee Fine Arts Commission for originating and presenting a series of over 200 free jazz concerts, in 2003 was recognized by the Tri-Cities Arts Council as “Instrumentalist of the Year,” and in 2006 was honored by Milligan College as a “Statesman of Jazz.”
He will be missed greatly.
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DRI member Steven C. Huret of Wilson Worley PC in Kingsport, successfully defended an appeal of the trial court’s grant of summary judgment to the defendant. The defendant was the brother of deceased federal postal worker and named as the sole beneficiary on the decedent’s life insurance policy. The decedent’s two children filed a lawsuit to enforce their status as third-party beneficiaries under a Tennessee divorce decree that required the life insurance policy name them as beneficiaries. The defense filed a motion for summary judgment on the basis that the life insurance policy was governed under the Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance Act (“FEGLIA”), 5 U.S.C. § 8705, et seq., and that the plaintiffs’ state divorce decree was preempted by federal law under the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution. The trial court granted summary judgment, which the plaintiffs’ appealed to the Court of Appeals of Tennessee.
On appeal, in Hughes, et al. v. Hughes, Tenn. Ct. App. Appellate No. E2016-00561-COA-R3-CV, the brief and oral argument on behalf of the plaintiffs was handled by a former justice of the Supreme Court of Tennessee. Despite this, the appellate court affirmed the trial court’s grant of summary judgment on the basis that state domestic relations law was preempted by FEGLIA and that the plaintiffs had not complied with the statutory carve-out that Congress provided to deal with conflict that arises sometimes between FEGLIA’s order of precedence for the payment of life insurance proceeds and state divorce decrees.
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