Williamson County Circuit Court Judge Jeff Bivins was appointed Wednesday to the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals.
“While all of the applicants we considered were top notch, the breadth and depth of Jeff’s experience was distinctive,” Gov. Bill Haslam said in a release that announced the appointment. “It includes not only his time on the bench in Williamson County but also his familiarity with the judicial selection system, the court of judiciary, and judicial elections, his private litigation experience, and his previous government service, both at the local level and the state level. He has the opportunity and experience to be an outstanding appellate judge.”
Bivins, 50, will serve on the court for the middle section of Tennessee. As a circuit court judge, he also presided in Hickman, Lewis and Perry counties.
Before becoming a judge, Bivins was a partner with the Nashville law firm of Boult, Cummings, Conners & Berry (now Bradley Arant Boult, Cummings). He was assistant commissioner and general counsel for the Tennessee Department of Human Resources during the Don Sundquist administration and was the executive vice president and general counsel for the Parker Bath Corp. Bivins also served as a county commissioner in Williamson County.
“I am deeply honored to accept Governor Haslam’s appointment to the Court of Criminal Appeals,” Bivins said in the release. “I have thoroughly enjoyed serving on the trial court bench and now look forward to this next chapter of my life in public service. I will work tirelessly to become an excellent appellate judge, while maintaining the highest ethical and moral standards in this new position.”