J. Lynn Watson, J.D., FCEP

Lynn joined Thompson and Associates in 2012.  He primarily serves nonprofit organizations in Tennessee and surrounding states.

Lynn earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Vanderbilt University and his doctor of jurisprudence degree from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis.  He began his career with a law firm in Murfreesboro, Tennessee with a general civil practice that included wills and estates, business planning, real estate, family law, personal injury, and municipal law.  After seven years, Lynn moved to city hall as assistant city attorney when the City of Murfreesboro created a full time legal department.

Lynn served five years on the Board of Trustees of Middle Tennessee Christian School, a school he attended as a child.  When the school was searching for a president, a consultant working with the school suggested that Lynn consider a career change.  Lynn became the President of MTCS where he served for twenty years.  During his tenure, the school experienced enrollment growth and multiple capital expansion and improvement projects.  MTCS was a client of Thompson and Associates, and Lynn witnessed the benefits of the Thompson process as Thompson representatives worked with the school and its supporters. 

While working with the school, Lynn focused his annual continuing legal education training on nonprofit law, estate planning, and charitable giving.  Lynn brings almost thirty years of legal and nonprofit experience to Thompson clients and their constituents.

Lynn is a member of the Rutherford-Cannon County and Tennessee Bar Associations.  He is a graduate of Leadership Rutherford and was one of the founders of Youth Leadership Rutherford, a leadership program that introduces approximately thirty-five outstanding high school juniors and seniors to community leaders and opportunities across Rutherford County.  He has served on the board of directors of the National Christian School Association and the community boards of SunTrust Bank and Wilson Bank and Trust.

Lynn and his wife, Vicki, live in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and are active in their local church.  They have three adult children.

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