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Nancy C. Miller-Herron
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Robert Hibbett
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Bill Shults

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Nancy Miller-Herron
James A. Hamilton III
Dyersburg, TN

James A. Hamilton III was born in Kenton, Tennessee, in 1956 and grew up in Trenton, Tennessee.  He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 1978 with a BS in Political Science.  He received his JD Degree from the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University in 1981.

From 1982 until his appointment as Commissioner of Claims for the Western Division Hamilton had a general civil practice with the law firm of Jones, Hamilton & Lay, PLC in Dyersburg.  

Hamilton has been a member of various civic and professional organizations.  He has served as Co-Chairman of the McIver's Grant Public Library Board and a Director of First South Bank Advisory Board.  Hamilton is currently serving as a member of the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization.  He is a Fellow in the Tennessee Bar Foundation.

Hamilton is licensed to practice by the Tennessee Supreme Court, United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee and the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. 

Mr. Hamilton and his wife, Becky J. Hamilton, make their home in Dyersburg, Tennessee. 


Robert Hibbett
Robert Hibbett
Nashville, Tennessee

Robert (Bobby) Hibbett was raised and still lives in Mount Juliet Tennessee.  He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a B.S. in Business Administration and received his J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1985.  He was in private practice in Knoxville Tennessee for three years.   In 1989, he was appointed Assistant District Attorney General for the Fifteenth Judicial District of Tennessee.  In 2009, he was named Deputy District Attorney General (Criminal Division).  He was appointed Commissioner of Claims for the Middle Division effective July 1, 2011.

Hibbett is a former president of the Fifteenth Judicial District Bar Association and a member of the Board of Governors for the Tennessee Bar Association.

He retired from the Army National Guard as a Colonel after 30 years of commissioned service. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he commanded the 130th Rear Area Operations Center and was Deputy Base Commander for Camp Bucca, Iraq.

He and his wife Kelly have two children, Carver and Caroline.


Willilam O. Shults

William O. Shults
Newport, Tennessee

William O. Shults was born in Newport, Cocke County, Tennessee. Mr. Shults graduated from The McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1967 and from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee in 1971 with honors. He received his J.D. Degree from the University of Memphis in 1975 and a Certificate of Advanced Study from the American Graduate School of International Management in 1977.

From 1977 through 1985, Shults had a general civil and criminal practice with the firm of Campbell and Hooper in Newport. In 1985, he joined the staff of the Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board in Washington D.C. for one year. From 1986 through July of 1991, Shults was a member of the Legal Department of the United Mine Workers of America in Washington D.C.

Following his work with the United Mine Workers, Commissioner Shults returned to Newport, Tennessee, where he has practiced civil law until his appointment to the Commission. Shults has been a member of various civic organizations through the years including being a board member with the East Tennessee Foundation in Knoxville, Tennessee.  He is also a former Board member of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association.

Shults is licensed to practice by the Tennessee Supreme Court, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Sixth Circuits.

Mr. Shults and his wife, Odette B. Shults, make their home in Newport, Tennessee.