Legal Aid Society Adds Tom Szaniawski to Reinstatement Advocate in Middle Tennessee Office

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, Tennessee’s largest nonprofit law firm, announced that Tom Szaniawski has joined as an incoming lawyer in the firm’s Nashville office. In this role, Szaniawski will provide advice and guidance to people who encounter civil legal issues while reintegrating into their communities after a period of incarceration.

Prior to joining Legal Aid Society as a lawyer, Szaniawski started volunteering with the firm in March 2020 as a legal clinic legal counsel. In this capacity, he has helped clients resolve civil law issues related to the Middle Tennessee tornadoes and COVID-19, including landlord-tenant disputes, probate / intestate proceedings, bankruptcy and collection. of receivables. He then joined the firm’s Volunteer Lawyer and Lawyer for a Day programs, devoting more time to working directly with clients.

“Tom’s past work and pro bono experience demonstrates his deep commitment to the public interest,” said DarKenya W. Waller, Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society. “Having seen the results of his efforts over the past year, we know that he will do an excellent job of providing much needed help to post-incarcerated Middle-Tennessee residents who are facing employment, accommodation and transportation. “

Prior to joining the firm, Szaniawski worked as an independent lawyer for almost three years, advising individuals and businesses on a range of matters including bankruptcy, commercial law, trusts and estates. . He began his career 10 years ago in New York State, where he worked in bankruptcy and commercial law and as a contractual lawyer, both as an individual practitioner and in several law firms. character.

“After spending over a year with the Legal Aid Society on a volunteer basis, I look forward to being a full-time part of a team so passionate about what they do,” Szaniawski said. “I look forward to starting to make a difference in the lives of Tennessee residents who are struggling to make a fresh start after their incarceration. “

Szaniawski received his Masters in Bankruptcy Law and JD from St. John’s University Law School, as well as a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University. He is a member of the New York and Tennessee state bars and has published several notable articles, including one commenting on the Supreme Court decision in Stern v. Marshall who has been cited in bankruptcy cases by several US district courts.

About the Legal Aid Society

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands advocates for fairness and justice under the law. The non-profit law firm offers free civil legal representation and educational programs to help people in its region achieve justice, protect their well-being, and support opportunities to overcome poverty. It serves 48 counties from offices in Clarksville, Columbia, Cookeville, Gallatin, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Oak Ridge and Tullahoma. The Legal Aid Society is funded in part by the United Way. Learn more about, or by following the firm on Facebook.

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