Admitted to Bar:
Tennessee – 1978
Tennessee State Courts
Supreme Court of the United States
U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern District of Tennessee
U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Middle District of Tennessee
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
U.S. District Courts of Kentucky
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
University of Tennessee College of Law – J.D., 1978
Tennessee Technological University – B.S. in History with Highest Honors, 1975
Phi Delta Phi Member
Tennessee Bar Association
Knoxville Bar Association
American Bar Association
Knoxville Bar Foundation FellowPast President – Mid-South Commercial Law Institute
Legal Counsel to the Civil Service Merit Board, City of Knoxville
Areas of Practice:
Banking, Bankruptcy, Collections, Commercial Litigation, Foreclosure, Real Property, and Secured Transactions
J. Michael (Mike) Winchester has been married to Patty M. Winchester for 44 years and has two grown children, Jared and Celia. He is also the proud grandfather of three grandchildren, Gavin Luke, Caroline, and Reid.
He attended Tennessee Tech University (TTU) on an Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) baseball scholarship. He is currently a member of the Tennessee Tech Sports Hall of Fame. He has served on various committees at TTU, including the Sports Hall of Fame Selection Committee. He is a member of the 1915 Society of the President’s Club. He remains an avid supporter and contributor to both academic and athletic programs at TTU.
He is the founding member and President of Winchester, Sellers Foster & Steele, P.C., a law firm formed in 1983 concentrating in creditor’s rights, banking, commercial and business litigation in Knoxville, Tennessee and surrounding areas.
He is the past President of the Mid-South Commercial Law Institute. He has been recognized on a national peer-review by Martindale-Hubbel as an AV (pre-imminent) rated attorney for over 20 years and was listed as one of the top banking lawyers in Knoxville based on a magazine survey of the Knoxville Bar Association. Mr. Winchester is a Fellow in the Knoxville Bar Foundation and has also served as legal counsel to the Civil Service Merit Board for the City of Knoxville for 30 years.