Knoxville attorney to join governor’s senior staff and Cabinet
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that Dwight E. Tarwater will join his senior team as general counsel. Tarwater replaces Herbert Slatery who left the administration in October to become the state’s attorney general.
Tarwater, 59, currently practices law in Knoxville in the law firm he helped begin in 1987, Paine, Tarwater and Bickers, LLP. He has vast courtroom experience, having tried cases locally, across the state of Tennessee, and in several other states. On appeal, he has represented clients before the Tennessee Court of Appeals, the Tennessee Supreme Court and in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 4th, 6th, 10th, and 11th Circuits.