Supreme Court names new appellate courts clerk

Shelby Chancery CAO to relocate to Nashville

The Tennessee Supreme Court has named James Hivner clerk of the state's Appellate Courts.

Hivner, 47, is a Bartlett resident who is currently chief administrative officer of the Shelby County Chancery Court. On June 3, he will replace Mike Catalano, who is retiring after more than 10 years on the job that serves the Supreme Court as well as the Court of Appeals and Court of Criminal Appeals.

“Jim is an outstanding attorney, has special training and experience in finance, and has had valuable experience as a court administrator in Shelby County,” said Chief Justice Gary Wade.“I anticipate the transition to be seamless and for Jim to have a long and successful tenure in his new office.”

Prior to his role with the Shelby County courts, Hivner had a solo practice in Alabama. He also previously worked at NASA and served as an adjunct professor of business law at the University of North Alabama and Faulkner University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee and received his J.D. and master's degree in taxation from the University of Alabama School of Law. Hivner will be moving to Nashville with his wife and two children to oversee a staff of 29 at offices in Jackson, Nashville and Knoxville.

“I am extremely honored that the Supreme Court has placed their confidence in me to serve as the Clerk of the Appellate Courts. I am excited about the opportunity to work with the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, and the Court of Criminal Appeals as well as the outstanding staff assembled by Mr. Catalano in the Jackson, Nashville, and Knoxville offices,” Hivner said.