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W&L Law Alumna Named President of AT&T Tennessee

Joelle James Phillips, a 1995 alumna of Washington and Lee’s School of Law, is the new president of AT&T Tennessee.

A 12-year veteran of AT&T and its predecessor companies, Joelle was most recently general attorney for AT&T Tennessee. As president, she’ll work closely with community and business leaders and with elected officials throughout the state.

In a new release announcing the appointment, Joelle said: “I am honored for this opportunity and look forward to leading our great AT&T team in Tennessee. We are off to a great start on Project VIP, an initiative to significantly expand and enhance our wireless and wired broadband services to more Tennesseans in order to deliver the advanced services consumers and businesses demand.  Our company and our employees have been a part of local communities in Tennessee since 1879, and I look forward to continuing our legacy of investment, job creation, innovation and community engagement.”

Joelle started in the company’s legal department and moved through positions of increasing responsibility at the state and regional level. The Nashville Business Journal recently gave her the peer-selected “Best of the Bar” award for corporate counsel.

She’s married to fellow Law School alum Brant Phillips, of the Class of 1997, a partner with Nashville-based Bass, Berry and Sims Law Firm.

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