Paul Ney Jr., JD/MBA '84, garners Navy appointment

Vanderbilt JD/MBA graduate Paul Ney Jr. has been appointed Principal Deputy General Counsel of the Department of the Navy by President George W. Bush.

Before accepting the appointment, which began November 1, Ney was a partner in the Nashville firm of Trauger, Ney & Tuke, having joined the firm in 1985. His practice focused on civil litigation, administrative law, arbitration and mediation, and intellectual property issues. He also served as the general counsel to the Tennessee Republican Party and as an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt Law School, and has presented numerous seminars on trial practice and ethics. He is a panel member for the American Arbitration Association and the National Arbitration and Mediation Panel.

Earlier in his career, Ney was appointed by the governor of Tennessee to serve as special legal counsel to the Tennessee Judicial Selection Commission and to the Tennessee Regulatory Authority in cases litigated in the federal courts and before the Tennessee Supreme Court. In 1999, he chaired the Merit Selection Panel for the Middle District of Tennessee Bankruptcy Judge.

Immediately after graduating from Vanderbilt, Ney served as a judicial clerk to the Hon. Adrian G. Duplantier, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana, in New Orleans. He graduated from Cornell in 1980 with a degree in biology before earning a JD/MBA through Vanderbilt's dual-degree program. At the law school, Ney was an Andrew Ewing Scholar and a member of the Vanderbilt Law Review editorial board, the Jessup International Moot Court team, and the Order of the Coif.