Editorial: Sevierville lawyer Cynthia Wyrick poised to take over leadership of state’s bar association
By the end of this week, Sevier County can claim to be the home of the new president of the Tennessee Bar Association. That’s quite a honor for Sevierville lawyer Cynthia Richardson Wyrick. She will be sworn in during a ceremony Friday in Nashville and become the 134th president of the state’s lawyer association.
It is only fitting that she will be sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice Gary Wade. After graduation from law school, she clerked for Wade when he was on the Court of Criminal Appeals. Wyrick joins John B. Waters Jr. of Sevierville as the only two Sevier County residents to head the state association. Waters held the position from 1983-1984.
Wyrick career trajectory has taken her from Campbell County to Bowling Green, Ky. to the University of Tennessee. She was her high school’s valedictorian and while in law school at UT was one of only three law students from across the nation to be elected by the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division to represent the division in the ABA House of Delegates, the association’s governing body. During law school, Wyrick clerked for Court of Appeals Judge Houston M. Goddard. In 1996, she joined the Sevierville law firm of Ogle, Gass & Richardson PC and was named a member of the firm in 2000.
She practices in the areas of wrongful death, personal injury, family law, business formation and litigation, wills and estates, and general civil litigation. Under her leadership, she says the TBA will develop a free handbook for senior citizens to provide practical advice on issues faced by this exploding and underserved population base. The Senior Law Handbook also will be provided to Tennessee lawyers to help them advise clients on these important issues.
Wyrick has been active in bar association activities as well as her community in a variety of ways, including maintaining close ties to the University of Tennessee. She is a past chair of the UT Tennessee Library Friends Executive Committee and is an emeritus member of the group. Locally, Wyrick has served on the board of directors for the Cherish the Child Foundation, a nonprofit that provides therapeutic residential care for abused, neglected and other at risk youth at Smoky Mountain Children’s Home. She also is an emeritus member of the organization. She is 2009 graduate of the Leadership Sevier Program.
This is a terrific honor for Wyrich and a matter of pride for Sevier County. Congratulations on this nice honor.