About Our Legal Team in Southwest, VA and Northeast, TN

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Chuck Schelin — lawyer in Kingsport, TN, and Bristol, VA
 
Jim Arrington — lawyer in Kingsport, TN, and Bristol, VA
 
Jim Arrington and “Chuck” Schelin began a professional and personal relationship in 1976 while practicing law in Southwest Virginia. They were partners from 1977 until Chuck’s death in June 1989. At the time of Chuck’s death and with the permission of his widow, Jim continued the practice of law with Schelin as part of the firm name.

Charles E. "Chuck" Schelin (1940 - 1989) was one of Jim Arrington’s original partners. Chuck began his legal career working with the firm of Griffith and Bondurant in Lebanon, Virginia. He was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. He died in a private airplane crash in Richmond on June 9, 1989. He was the pilot and only passenger.

James E. Arrington, Jr.
Attorney and President
 
 
Jim Arrington — lawyer in Kingsport, TN, and Bristol, VA
“We have a spirit of excellence, with a sense of urgency about your case.”
 

James E. Arrington, Jr.
Attorney and President
Jim
“We have a spirit of excellence, with a sense of urgency about your case.”

Jim is operating as a solo practitioner since October 2016. He has practiced law since 1976. Prior to his law career, he served in the U.S. Army from 1969 until 1971. From 1976 until 1982, he served as a substitute judge for the General District and Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts in seven southwest Virginia counties. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from East Tennessee State University and his law degree from T.C. Williams School of Law in Richmond, VA. He is licensed to practice law in Virginia. Jim’s legal practice includes all areas of personal injury and Virginia Workers’ Compensation.


 
 
 
Charles E. “Chuck” Schelin — lawyer in Kingsport, TN, and Bristol, VA
(1940-1989)
 
Charles E. “Chuck” Schelin

The firm originated with Charles E. “Chuck” Schelin and the firm of Griffith and Bondurant. Chuck died in a private airplane crash in Richmond, Virginia on June 9, 1989. He was the pilot and only passenger.

 
 
 
Brenda Kiser — lawyer in Kingsport, TN, and Bristol, VA
B.K.
“Experience matters and passion drives us.”
 
 
Brenda W. Kiser
Administrator

Brenda (known to staff and friends as “B.K.”) has worked in the legal field most of her career and as a legal administrator for more than 28 years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administrative Degree and Medical Secretarial Science Certificate from The University of Virginia at Wise. Brenda is responsible for the day to day management of the firm. She is a member of the National Association of Legal Administrators, the Western Virginia Chapter of ALA, the American Management Association, and completed the Bristol Leadership tomorrow program. She is a Notary Public in Virginia and Tennessee.
 
 
 
 
Chad Gilbert

Arrington Schelin is pleased to announce their newest associate attorney, Chad Gilbert, who joined the firm on June 5, 2017. Chad is licensed to practice law in Tennessee, and plans to take the Virginia State Bar Examination in February 2018. He is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, and a member of Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.

He is a native of Marion/Smyth County, VA.

John Marshall Law School Atlanta, GA
Juris Doctor May 2016
  • John E. Ryan Scholarship Recipient
  • Sports and Entertainment Law Society
  • Recipient of the Fall 2014 CALI Award for Entertainment Law
  • Recipient of the Spring 2015 CALI Award for Transactional Drafting

Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
Bachelors of Business Economics May 2016
  • RCB Honors Program
  • Golden Key International Honors Society, The National Honors Society of Leadership and Success
  • The National Scholars Honor Society, Outstanding Award in Business & Social Science
 
 
 
Mary J. Franklin — lawyer in Kingsport, TN, and Bristol, VA
Mary Jean
“Sincere”

Mary Jean has been employed with the law firm and its predecessor firms since March 1975. She received a Legal Assistant Certificate from Southwest Virginia Community College in Richlands, Virginia in 1997. She completed legal classes at Virginia Highlands Community College in Abingdon, Virginia.
Mary Jean has worked in all departments including domestic relations, administrative law, corporations, and personal injury. She worked in our real estate department for twelve years. She currently serves as the accounting manager and as staff assistant to our managing partner and administrator.
She enjoys church, walking, family and friends, and works with children aged 4–7 at the Lebanon Church of Christ. She helps clients at the firm by being understanding to the present circumstances they are in. Many clients would rather be working and not be injured, dealing with insurance companies and not being able to do things they could before their injury or sickness. Mary loves the firm because it represents the people. The firm is very giving to the community and the local schools.

Mary J. Franklin
Accounting Manager
 
Carrie W. Fields — lawyer in Kingsport, TN, and Bristol, VA
Carrie
“Compassionate”

Carrie has worked for Arrington Schelin and it's predecessors for more than 19 years. She received an Associates Degree from Southwest Virginia Community College. She oversees the social security disability practice area and is a Non-Attorney Representative for claimants at Social Security hearings. Carrie is involved in all matters in Social Security Disability and SSI cases. She is responsible for seeing that all cases are developed and prepared for hearings. She conducts client interviews, pre-hearing conferences and attends hearings before administrative law judges in Bristol, Wise, Kingsport, and Bluefield. She has daily contact with clients, potential clients, the Social Security Administration, doctor offices, and medical providers. She is a member of the National Association of Disability Representatives. She is a Notary Public in Virginia. Read more
 
Martha L. Mullins — — lawyer in Kingsport, TN, and Bristol, VA
Martha
“Customer Service”

As our “Ambassador of First Impressions”, Martha has worked in the legal field for more than 5 years. She attended Northeast State Community College and has past work experience as a legal assistant, office manager, customer service representative, administrative assistant and receptionist. In our Bristol office, she welcomes and is our first line of contact for our clients, potential clients, business professionals, attorneys and visitors both in person and on the telephone. She receives all incoming telephone calls, screens and directs the calls to the proper person and department. She receives and sorts all mail and deliveries. She provides general administrative and clerical support including all tasks involved with our closed files. She is familiar with all office systems and procedures as well as office equipment.

Martha L. Mullins
Receptionist
Martha
“Customer Service”

As our “Ambassador of First Impressions”, Martha has worked in the legal field for more than 5 years. She attended Northeast State Community College and has past work experience as a legal assistant, office manager, customer service representative, administrative assistant and receptionist. In our Bristol office, she welcomes and is our first line of contact for our clients, potential clients, business professionals, attorneys and visitors both in person and on the telephone. She receives all incoming telephone calls, screens and directs the calls to the proper person and department. She receives and sorts all mail and deliveries. She provides general administrative and clerical support including all tasks involved with our closed files. She is familiar with all office systems and procedures as well as office equipment.

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Barbara J. Burke — lawyer in Kingsport, TN, and Bristol, VA
Sue
“Communication”

Sue has been in the legal field since 2011 and works part-time in our Claypool Hill office as our first line of contact for our clients, potential clients, business professionals, attorneys and visitors. She has more than 25 years of past work experience in the medical field. Sue organizes and summarizes medical records for our social security disability cases and inputs the data in our case management computer program. She is familiar with our office systems, procedures and office equipment. She is a Notary Public in Virginia.

Barbara (Sue) J. Burke
Paralegal Assistant
 
Toni D. Teaster — lawyer in Kingsport, TN, and Bristol, VA
Toni
“Devoted”

Toni has worked in the legal field for 19 years and as a case manager in medical settings prior to that. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Sociology from David Lipscomb University. Toni handles paper work involved in all matters in Virginia Workers' Compensation cases. She assists the attorney in the preparation of documents, client interviews, depositions, mediations, and hearings. She is a Notary Public in Virginia.

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