Andy Tillman has announced that he has filed his qualifying petition as Chancellor in all the counties of Tennessee’s 8th Judicial District and that he fully intends to seek election to a full term in the August 7 election.
Tillman was appointed to the position by Governor Bill Haslam on April 15, 2013, after the death of the late Billy Joe White. He was recommended to the Governor by unanimous vote of the Judicial Nominating Commission.
Tillman has lived with his wife, Claudia Coffey Tillman, in Huntsville, Tenn., since 1979 when he moved there to operate a logging and sawmill operation. In 1986, Tillman entered the University of Tennessee law school. He commuted daily from Huntsville. In 1989 he graduated at the top of his class and gave the valedictory speech.
Upon graduating law school, Tillman served two years as a law clerk to Judge H. Ted Milburn, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. After completing his service to the Court of Appeals he accepted a position with the late Don Paine’s law firm. The law firm office was in Knoxville, but Tillman’s practice included most of the counties surrounding Knoxville. Again, he commuted daily from Huntsville to wherever the task of the day took him. Tillman advanced to managing partner and the firm name was changed to “Paine, Tarwater, Bickers and Tillman.”
In June 2009, Tillman decided to return to public service when Judge Charles D. Susano of the Tennessee Court of Appeals announced an opening for senior law clerk. His work consisted primarily of drafting opinions for Judge Susano in cases on appeal from trial courts, including the 8th Judicial District. Tillman left Judge Susano when Governor Haslam selected him to serve as Chancellor for the 8th Judicial District.