Gov. Bill Lee announced on May 28 the appointment of Kristi M. Davis to the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Eastern Grand Division, to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Judge Charles D. Susano Jr.
Judge Davis and Judge Susano are members of the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Judge Susano retired from the Court of Appeals on April 30 after serving more than 25 years.
“Kristi Davis has an extensive background in civil cases as both an attorney and judge, and she will be an exceptional addition to the Court of Appeals,” Gov. Lee said. “I’m grateful for her willingness to serve and am proud to appoint her to this important position.”
In a rare exception, Judge Davis took her new seat on the appeals court without confirmation by the state legislature. The confirmation process was waived because of the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the legislature.
Judge Davis has served as Knox County Circuit Court judge since 2014 and served as presiding judge for the Sixth Judicial District in 2018-19. Judge Davis resigned from her position as Knox County Circuit Court judge on July 31. Gov. Lee is appointing her successor.
Prior to her serving as a judge, she served as an attorney for the Knoxville law firm Hodges, Doughty & Carson