As Practice Group Leader of the firm’s Regulatory and Government Group, Mr. Malone focuses on telecommunications, public utilities, governmental relations, commercial litigation and administrative law.

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Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1989
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Tennessee: Eastern, Middle, Western
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 6th Circuit

Civic Involvement

  • The Memorial Foundation, Inc., Board of Trustees
  • 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee, Chair Emeritus
  • Tennessee State University Foundation Board, Chair Emeritus
  • NASBA Center for Public Trust, Board of Directors
  • University of Tennessee College of Law, Dean’s Advisory Circle
  • Joe C. Davis YMCA Outdoor Center/YMCA Camp Widjiwagan, Board of Directors


  • AV-Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Tennessee Bar Foundation
  • Napier-Looby Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Fellow, Nashville Bar Foundation
  • Appointment by Gov. Lee to the Board of Directors, TPAC Management Corporation, 2019-Present
  • Appointment by Gov. Haslam to the Board of Directors, TPAC Management Corporation, 2013-2019
  • R.B.J. Campbelle Award, University of Tennessee College of Law, 2012
  • Nashville’s Top 101 Lawyers, Nashville Post Magazine, 2011
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Education & Honors

  • University of Tennessee, J.D., 1989
    • Member, Tennessee Law Review
    • Awarded Patricia Roberts Harris Fellowship
    • Advocate’s Prize Moot Court Competition
    • Member, American Inns of Court Foundation
  • University of Tennessee, B.S., Finance, with honors, 1985
  • Clerkship, The Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones, U.S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, ​Aug. 1990 – Aug. 1991
  • Clerkship, The Honorable Julia S. Gibbons, U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee, ​Aug. 1989 – Aug. 1990


  • Melvin was one of the first practitioners before the Tennessee Public Utility Commission to obtain approval of capital recovery riders under Tennessee’s newly passed legislative initiative authorizing alternative regulatory mechanisms for public utilities.
  • Served a special appointment by Governor Bill Haslam to the Tennessee Supreme Court to hear a case from which four Supreme Court Justices recused themselves (Hooker et al v. Lt. Governor Ramsey et al.).
  • ​Successfully litigated on behalf of Tennessee’s only publicly held water provider, a regional financial institution, a global wireless communications company, the nation’s largest three-service utility, a national automotive finance company, and a coalition of Tennessee telephone cooperatives.
  • Successfully litigated on behalf of a coalition of over 200 retail fuel providers in an alternative fuel anti-competition case.
  • Commissioner, Tennessee Public Utility Commission (Formerly Tennessee Regulatory Authority), 1996-2002.
  • Deputy Legal Counsel to Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist, 1995-1996.

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • "At the Crossroads of Pessimism and Opportunity – Lessons Learned from the Legal Recession," DRI Annual Meeting.
  • "Alternative Fee Arrangements – Fad or Future," Tennessee Bar Association’s Law Firm Management Conference.
  • "Executive Leadership Symposium," Urban League of Greater Chattanooga Young Professionals Association.
  • Testifying before State Utility/Regulatory Commissions.
  • "Career Paths and Partnership Structures," Tennessee Bar Association’s Law Firm Management Conference.
  • "Beyond the Next Step: A Career Road Map for Lawyers," National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s Southeast Regional Conference.
  • "Current Regulatory & FCC Issues," The Telecommunications Education Committee Organization.
  • "Regulatory Concerns for the VoIP Provider," Tennessee Telecommunications Association, Annual Convention.
  • "VoIP: Assessing the Opportunities and Threats," Associated Network Partners, Inc., Symposium.
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