C. Tim Tisher
Tim is the Senior Partner of Tisher, Wolaver, Free, Carter & Lynn, PLLC. His areas of practice include governmental law, domestic law and probate law.
Graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science in 1981, then attended the University of Tennessee College of Law where he earned his Doctorate of Jurisprudence in 1984.
Admitted to the practice of law in Tennessee in 1984 and was also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee that same year.
Member of the Tennessee Municipal Attorney’s Association; Maury County Bar Association (Past President); and a Rotarian (Past President on two separate occasions).
In addition, Tim has been the City Attorney for the City of Columbia, Tennessee since 2002 and has been an Adjunct faculty member at Columbia State Community College for over 25 years.
T. Jake Wolaver
Jake is a Senior Partner at the firm of Tisher, Wolaver, Free, Carter & Lynn, PLLC. He was admitted to the Tennessee bar in 2000. He is a member of the Maury County and Tennessee Bar Associations. He serves as Judge of the Municipal Court for Mount Pleasant, Tennessee. Education: Middle Tennessee State University (B.S. 1997); University of Tennessee College of Law (J.D. 2000).
Mr. Wolaver is a member of the Mt. Pleasant Rotary Club and served as president from 2003-2004. He is a graduate of the Leadership Maury Class of 2000 and served on the Board of Trustees from 2002-2005. He has served on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Maury County, as well as the Boys and Girls Club of Maury County, Tennessee.
Mr. Wolaver has a general civil practice in the courts of Tennessee, and represents creditors in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. His practice also centers on real estate law, and he provides closing and escrow services for both residential and commercial transactions. He is an authorized title agent and insurer through First American Title Insurance Company. He serves as general counsel for the Maury County Board of Education.
Mr. Wolaver and his wife Jeanie have two children.
Mark A. Free
Mark is a partner at Tisher, Wolaver, Free, Carter & Lynn, PLLC. He attended Law School at Nashville School of Law where he obtained his Doctorate of Jurisprudence in 1993. Prior to obtaining his law degree, he received a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1982.
While attending Law School, was employed as a State Park Ranger at Montgomery Bell State Park in Dickson County, Tennessee from 1983-1993.
Admitted to practice law in the State of Tennessee in 1994. In addition, he was admitted to practice in the U.S. 6th Circuit District Court for the Middle and Western Districts of Tennessee in 1994.
Member of the Tennessee Bar Association as well as the Maury County Bar Association. He has also been a member of the Columbia Noon Rotary Club since 2001.
Primarily practices in the areas of Family Law, Civil Litigation (personal injury, debt collection, landlord/tenant, etc.) and Criminal Defense. In addition, he has completed Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Family Mediation training.
Prior to the formation of Tisher, Wolaver, Free, Carter & Lynn, PLLC, Mark worked for Matthews, Tisher & Free in Columbia, TN from September 1994 until June 1999. He then worked for Colley & Colley in Columbia, TN from July 1999 until January 2015.
Patrick M. Carter
Patrick is a partner at Tisher, Wolaver Free, Carter & Lynn, PLLC. He began his legal career in 1998 with the law firm of Hardin, Parkes & Kettering, PLLC, which later became Hardin, Parkes, Kelley & Carter, PLLC when he became a partner in 2007. Patrick primarily practices in the areas of personal injury law, business law, contract law, complex civil litigation and wills and estate law. Patrick also serves as the city attorney for Spring Hill, Tennessee.
Patrick received his doctorate of jurisprudence from the University of Florida College of Law in May 1999, achieving both honors and high honors in his course work. While at the University of Florida, Patrick earned his pro bono certificate for his work with the Alachua County Teen Court.
Prior to attaining his law degree, Patrick earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Idaho in Political Science and Spanish and graduated magna cum laude. Patrick is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi and Golden Key Honor Societies among others. Patrick also studied at the University of Tennessee as well as the Centro De Estudios Interamericanos in Cuenca, Ecuador.
Since beginning his practice, Patrick has been involved in both the Maury County and Tennessee bar associations. Locally, Patrick re-established the young lawyers division of the Maury County Bar Association in 2000 and served as president of same from 2000 to 2003. Statewide, Patrick served as the District 11 Representative to the Tennessee Young Lawyers Division from June 2002 to June 2004 and June 2007 to June 2009, and the Middle Tennessee Governor from June 2004 to June 2007. Patrick has also served as the District 6 Governor for the Tennessee Bar Association from 2006 to 2012. In addition, Patrick was the secretary of the Teen Youth Court Advisory Board under the auspices of the Tennessee Legal Community Foundation from January 2002 to 2005. He also graduated from the Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Class of 2005. In June 2010, Patrick was inducted as a fellow of the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. Since 2011, Patrick has chaired the local annual fundraising campaign for the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands. Patrick currently sits on the coordinating committee for the Tennessee Bar Association’s Informed Voters Project.
Patrick has also been involved in other volunteer activities, such as the Maury County CASA organization, of which he was the organization’s first President and an active Board member, the University of Florida Alumni Mentor Program, and the Tennessee High School Mock Trial Program. Patrick is a graduate from the Leadership Maury Program. Recently, Patrick helped lead the charge to save the local YMCA facility, which became The Wellness and Aquatics Complex, Inc. Patrick also currently serves as the President for the Columbia Soccer Association. Patrick is actively engaged in supporting local and community initiatives such as the Muletown Music Festival, Arts in Action and People’s Table among other things.
He is the proud parent of two daughters, Grace and Portia. Patrick and his daughters reside in Columbia, Tennessee. Patrick enjoys coaching swim team and soccer in his free time as well as racing in the sport of triathlon, having completed in the infamous Escape from Alcatraz Race in 2011.
Cara Elizabeth Lynn
Cara is a partner at Tisher, Wolaver Free, Carter & Lynn, PLLC. Cara is a native of Columbia, TN. After graduating from Spring Hill High School she attended Pepperdine University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Prior to attending law school Cara worked in Washington, D.C. at the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and then she worked for a year at M. Lee Smith Publishing following legislative actions in the Tennessee State House of Representatives.
Cara then attended the University of Tennessee College of Law and graduated with an emphasis on advocacy and dispute resolution. She was admitted into the Tennessee Bar in October 2008 and has practiced as an associate attorney at Tisher and Wolaver until February 2015 when she became a partner at Tisher, Wolaver, Free, Carter, & Lynn.
Cara specializes in family law and mediation. Her practice is litigation oriented and client focused.
Cara is married to Ty Cobb.
Julie Carrell Heffington
Julie is an associate at Tisher, Wolaver, Free, Carter & Lynn, PLLC. Prior to the new firm being established, Julie was an associate with Tisher & Wolaver, PLLC, beginning in 2014 after her move back to the Columbia area from a firm based in Franklin, Tennessee. Julie’s practice focuses on insurance litigation, divorce, adoption, property disputes, as well as wills and estates.
Julie received her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Nashville School of Law in December 2013 and was admitted to the practice of law in April 2014. As part of her honors, she was elected by her professors as recipient of the esteemed Moot Court award for outstanding presentation and performance in the courtroom.
Prior to attending law school, Julie earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Middle Tennessee State University. She enjoyed a long career as a Registered Nurse, working approximately fourteen years with Maury Regional Medical Center in the areas of Labor & Delivery, Recovery, Pediatrics as well as other areas of the hospital. She remains licensed in the State of Tennessee and active in promotion of the nursing profession.
When asked how being a nurse and a lawyer are different, Julie explains that they are actually very similar in that a person is coming to you in their time of need, not knowing what to expect – whether it is surgery or a lawsuit – and your job as both a nurse and lawyer is to help them navigate through the process, making the journey as easy as possible. Because of her unique educational background, Julie has a true understanding of legal issues that involve medical components.
As stated above, part of Julie’s practice is devoted to adoption, which is very near and dear to her heart due to the fact that she became a mother through the process of adoption – both international and domestic. Julie’s daughters, Anna and Isabell, were adopted from Russia and her son, Alex, was adopted within the state.
Julie is admitted to practice in both State and Federal Court.
Julie is part of the following associations and memberships: Maury County Bar Association, Maury County Young Lawyers Division, Tennessee Bar Association, American Bar Association,Tennessee Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, Kiwanis International
Adrienne is an associate at Tisher, Wolaver, Free, Carter & Lynn, PLLC. She is a native of Columbia, Tennessee. After graduating from Columbia Academy, Adrienne attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville for her undergraduate degree in political science. While at UTK, Adrienne was a part of the Howard Baker Center Learning Community for Public Policy, Delta Gamma Fraternity, TeamVols, and Orange Nation. After completing her undergraduate degree, Adrienne became a part of the Belmont College of Law’s inaugural class as a Bell Tower Scholar where she later went on to earn her Juris Doctorate.
Adrienne is a member of the Tennessee and Maury County Bar Associations. Some of Adrienne’s volunteer past work includes volunteering at the Maury County Animal Shelter and Manor House Assisted Living in Knoxville, TN, participation in the Regional Mock Trial Tournament as a scoring judge and a coach, volunteering on the planning committee for Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee organization’s Taste of Spring, and leading a tour of John C. Hodges Library at the University of Tennessee for inner city children to promote higher education and literacy.
Adrienne’s practice is litigation oriented, focusing on general and civil litigation, family law, and criminal defense.