History

Robertson, Williams, Ingram, Faulkner & Overbey was founded in 1982 by Claude K. Robertson, J. Edward Ingram, Norman H. Williams, Shannon D. Faulkner, III, and J. Douglas Overbey. Even then, it was important to the founders of the new firm that its attorneys play a supporting role in the community outside the courtroom. Claude Robertson, the senior founding member of the firm, served on the Board of Directors of United Way, Knoxville; Travelers Aid Society; and Presbyterian Homes of Tennessee, Inc. (of which he was Chairman of the Board). Doug Overbey, also a founding member, served on the Blount County Commission from 1982 to 1990 and later served for a total of seventeen years in the Tennessee General Assembly, the last nine years as State Senator for Blount and Sevier Counties. He also served as Chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee and on numerous community boards and committees.

Throughout the years, Robertson Overbey provided a wide variety of legal services ranging from major civil litigation involving complex antitrust issues to serving as bond counsel, issuer’s counsel, and underwriter’s counsel in more than $7.7 billion of tax-exempt financings. Founding partner Eddie Ingram served as Bond Counsel to dozens of cities and counties throughout Tennessee. He provided legal services for such notable projects as Thompson-Boling Arena, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, and the Tennessee Smokies Baseball Stadium in Sevier County.

In 2017, then senior partner Doug Overbey had the honor of being nominated by the President of the United States to serve as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee. That nomination was confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Committee in October of 2017. With this honor came the transition of the firm to Owings, Wilson & Coleman beginning November 1, 2017.

Today, Owings, Wilson & Coleman is a vibrant and growing firm, still located in downtown Knoxville, with a history of over 35 years of providing superior service to the east Tennessee community and beyond. The firm has the highest rating of AV from Martindale Hubbell and has received other honors such as Pro Bono Firm of the Year. Attorneys within Owings Wilson Coleman serve on volunteer boards and participate with organizations such as Mobile Meals, Legal Aid of East Tennessee, the Knoxville Symphony League, Kiwanis, United Way, Boy Scouts of America, Operation Inasmuch, and Remote Area Medical. The firm now has 3 partners, John Owings; Shelly Wilson, Managing Partner; and Stephanie Coleman; a total of 8 attorneys, and continues to service both its clients and its communities with distinction.