Leslie Shechter Newman is a member of Farmer & Luna, PLLC with more than 20 years of experience in both public and private practice. From 1994 to 2000, she served with the Metropolitan Nashville Department of Law as Associate Metropolitan Attorney, with the Metropolitan Council, Metro Department of Finance, Department of Water and Sewer, and Metro Planning Commission as her primary client agencies. In addition, she advised the Office of the Mayor and various additional departments, boards, and commissions of Metro Government and was responsible for supervising the Metro Law Department's approximately 25-attorney staff. From mid-2000 until early-2003, she chaired the Land Use and Zoning and the State and Local Government subgroups as a member of the Nashville law firm of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, PLLC.
Ms. Newman received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1976. She received her Juris Doctor degree in 1979 from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri and a Masters of Law in Urban Law from the Washington University School of Law in 1980.
From 1980 to 1985, she served as Assistant to the County Counselor for St. Louis County, Missouri. Ms. Newman's past legal experience also includes working as in-house counsel for a land use and zoning consulting firm in Dallas, Texas, from 1985 to 1989. From 1990 to 1994, she was an attorney with the Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) of the University of Tennessee, Institute for Public Service, providing legal assistance to municipal governments across the State as part of an inter-disciplinary consulting team, subsequently serving with the Metropolitan Nashville Department of Law from 1994 to 2000. Her private practice since 2000 has included a focus on land use, zoning, urban and municipal law, and governmental relations.
Numerous publications to which she has contributed include: A Look at the Americans with Disabilities Act - A Local Government Official's Guide (MTAS 1992); D. Mandelker & R. Montgomery, Housing in America: Problems and Perspectives (1979); Solar Access Law: Protecting Access to Solar Energy Systems (Team Four, Inc., Planning Design & Development Consultants 1979); American Planning Association Newsletter.
Ms. Newman served as President of the Tennessee Municipal Attorneys Association from 1998 to 1999. She is a member of the Nashville and Tennessee Bar Associations. In addition, she has been a board member of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Nashville since 1999 and is a past President of the Nashville CASA Board. In March 2004, Ms. Newman was appointed by Governor Phil Bredesen to the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR).