After serving 27 years as a chancellor in the 20th Judicial District (Davidson County) of Tennessee, Ellen Hobbs Lyle retired from the bench in 2022 and has joined JAMS (the world’s largest private alternative dispute provider) as an arbitrator, mediator and ADR neutral. During her time on the bench Chancellor Lyle served as the trial judge in significant and complex government and commercial cases. Her judicial career includes appointment by the Tennessee Supreme Court in 2015 as the first judge of its Business Court Docket Pilot Project for complex commercial/business litigation.
Chancellor Lyle has received numerous awards and wide recognition, including most recently the Nashville Business Journal’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2022), American Board of Trial Advocates Tennessee Judicial Excellence Award (2021), Nashville Bar Association’s Law Day Keynote Speaker (2022), the Nashville Bar Association’s Liberty Bell Award (2021), and the award to Chancery Court Part III from Southeastern Association of Area Agencies on Aging for SeniorTrust Court Operated Grant Program (2019).
From 1981 to 1995, Chancellor Lyle was in private practice as a partner and associate in civil litigation at the Nashville law firm of Trabue, Sturdivant and DeWitt, and an associate at Fulbright & Jaworski in Houston, Texas.
Chancellor Lyle is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville, and a fifth generation Nashvillian.