Sharon G. Lee

Supreme Court Justice

Sharon G. Lee was appointed to the Tennessee Supreme Court in 2008 and re-elected in 2010 and 2014. From 2004 to 2008, she served on the Tennessee Court of Appeals. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Justice Lee practiced law in her hometown of Madisonville from 1978 until 2004. She also served as the Madisonville municipal judge from 2002 to 2004. Justice Lee is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the United States.

Justice Lee received both her undergraduate and her law degree from the University of Tennessee.

Lee has served on the Knoxville Bar Association Board of Governors, as President of East Tennessee Lawyers' Association for Women, as a Board member for the Tennessee Lawyers' Association for Women, and as a Board member of the Monroe County Boys and Girls Club. She is a member of the American, Tennessee and Knoxville Bar Foundations, a board member of the Knoxville YWCA and the East Tennessee Historical Society, and an honorary member of the 2014 Congressional Medal of Honor Convention Committee.

Year Elected/Appointed


Prior Judicial Experience

Tennessee Court of Appeals (2004-2008)
Madisonville City Judge (2002-2004) 

Previous Employment

Solo practitioner in Madisonville, TN (1978-2004)
City Judge, City of Madisonville (2002-2004)
Monroe County Attorney (1991-2004)
Vonore City Attorney (1986-1988) (1997-2004)
Madisonville City Attorney (1981-1987)
Family Mediator with advanced family domestic violence training (2001-2004)


B.S. in Business Administration - Accounting, High Honors - University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1975)
University of Tennessee College of Law, 1978


  • Chief Justice William M. Barker Equal Access to Justice Award, 2014
  • Lizzie Crozier French Award from the East Tennessee Women's Leadership Council, 2013
  • University of Tennessee Alumni Professional Achievement Award, 2011
  • Webb School of Knoxville Distinguished Alumni Award, 2010
  • YWCA of Knoxville Tribute to Women Honoree, 2010
  • Woman of Achievement Award from the Girl Scouts Council of the Southern Appalachians, 2010
  • Spirit of Justice Award by the East Tennessee Lawyers' Association for Women, January 5, 2010
  • Spotlight Award from the National Association of Women Judges, June 14, 2005


  • Tennessee Judicial Conference (2004-current), Executive Committee
  • Tennessee Bar Foundation – Fellow
  • Knoxville Bar Foundation – Fellow
  • American Bar Foundation – Fellow
  • Tennessee Bar Association – House of Delegates Member (2003-2008)
  • Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women, East Tennessee Director at Large (2005-2008)
  • East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women – Membership Co Chair- 2009, President – 2008, President-elect – 2007 
  • Monroe County Bar Association – President (2 terms), Vice-President, and Secretary 
  • Knoxville Bar Association, Board of Governors – 2009
  • National Association of Women Judges – District Director 
  • University of Tennessee College of Law – Law Fund Member
  • University of Tennessee College of Law – Alumni Advisory Council and Dean's Circle
  • East Tennessee Historical Society

Past Memberships:

  • Tennessee Municipal Judges Association
  • Tennessee County Attorneys Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Judicature Society
  • Scribes

Court Involvement:

  • Tennessee Judicial Conference, Executive Committee
  • Supreme Court Liaison to Board of Law Examiners, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program
  • Secretary, Court of Appeals (2004-2008)
  • Member, Continuity of Operations Plan Committee
  • Member, Appellate Mediation Task Force
  • Member, Tennessee Code Commission Committee

Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors, Boys and Girls Club of Monroe County
  • Board of Directors, YWCA Knoxville
  • Board of Directors, East Tennessee Historical Society
  • Knoxville Executive Women’s Association – Secretary and Member of Executive Board 
  • University of Tennessee College of Law Alumni Advisory Council and Dean's Circle – Dean Search Committee
  • Madisonville Elementary School PTA – President
  • Madisonville Middle School PTA – Vice President
  • Madisonville Middle School PTSO – Secretary
  • First United Methodist Church Member – Coordinator of Children’s Department, Lay Reader, Sunday School Teacher, Chairperson of Pastor-Parish Relations Committee, Disciples Bible Study Participant
  • Hiwassee College Division Leader, 2004 Annual Fund Campaign
  • Monroe County Chamber of Commerce Member
  • Madisonville Downtown Association, Christmas event Co-Chair
  • Frequent Speaker to School and Civic Groups
  • Frequent Presenter of Continuing Legal Education Seminars to Bar Groups
Justice Sharon G. Lee
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505 Main Street, Suite 236
P.O. Box 444 (37901-0444)
Knoxville, TN 37902