Burk appointed to Circuit Court seat
Shelbyville lawyer M. Wyatt Burk has been appointed to fill out retiring Judge Lee Russell’s term in the 17th Judicial District Circuit Court.
Gov. Bill Haslam’s office made the announcement Tuesday afternoon. The 17th Judicial District includes Bedford, Lincoln, Marshall and Moore counties.
Burk said he will run in the August general election, which is when Russell’s term ends.
“It has always been my desire to seek a judgeship,” Burk said. “I feel like I have a professional calling in law ... to serve the district. The transition to the bench would allow me to merge my social life with service to my professional life.”
Burk, 35, has practiced with Bobo, Hunt, White & Burk in Shelbyville since 2009, according to Haslam’s press release. He has represented financial institutions, utility providers, and estates, clients in domestic relations matters, and handled other litigation. He was a senior accountant from 2004-2009 with Calsonic Kansei North America in Shelbyville and was an account representative for Scottrade in Knoxville from 2003-2004.
The judgeship is a full-time position, Burk said, and he will wrap up his practice as soon as possible. The state is working on the details of his swearing-in ceremony.
Haslam said in the press release, “Wyatt Burk has a diverse background in practicing law, and his experience will be an asset on the bench for the 17th Judicial District. He has also been active in several community organizations, which serves the district well.”
“I am truly humbled by this honor and I want to thank Governor Haslam, Counsel to the Governor Dwight Tarwater and the Trial Court Vacancy Commission for placing their confidence in me for this position,” Burk said. “It has always been my desire to deepen my professional calling by transitioning to the bench and serving the 17th Judicial District with the trust, confidence and impartiality that the position requires.”
Burk received his law degree from the Nashville School of Law in 2008 after receiving a bachelor’s degree in banking and finance from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2004.
He is a member of the board of directors for Heritage South Community Credit Union and a board member of the Shelbyville and Bedford County Chamber of Commerce, according to the press release. He is a past board member for other organizations, including the Child Development Center from 2010-2014 and the Shelbyville/Bedford County Community Clinic from 2009-2012.
Burk is a deacon at Calvary Baptist Church in Shelbyville. He is married to Shelli, a math teacher at Shelbyville Central High School. They have two children, Kaitlyn, 9, and Kennedy, 5.