Chancellor Bill Young

 Chancery Court, Part II


Bill Young graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1978 and Vanderbilt University law school in 1981. Bill served as law clerk for United States Bankruptcy Court Judge George C. Paine from 1981 to 1984.  Thereafter, he practiced in the Washington D.C. branch of the Memphis-based law firm, Laughlin, Halle, Clark, Gibson & McBride.  In October of 1985, Bill moved back to Nashville to pursue his practice with the firm Speight & Parker, focusing on commercial/bankruptcy and insurance law.  Subsequently, Bill was with the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office as Assistant Attorney General for the Tax Division from 1986 to 1990 and Senior Counsel from 1990 to 1995.  He then was selected Deputy Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance in charge of TennCare oversight from 1995 to 1998.  From there, he held positions with Tennessee’s hospital associations and Vanderbilt University from 1998 to 2002.

In 2002, Bill moved to Chattanooga to serve as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee. He returned to the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office as Solicitor General in 2011 and became Director of the Administrative Office of Courts in 2013.  Most recently, Bill served on the Attorney General’s senior management team, handling special litigation and relationships with the Tennessee General Assembly, Executive Branch, and other state offices.

Bill is an adjunct professor at Belmont College of law. He is also on the Board of Directors of Park Center, a non-profit outreach organization providing housing solutions and employment resources to those suffering from mental illnesses, addiction, and homelessness.

Bill is married to Jane Young, General Counsel for the Tennessee Department of Health. Bill and Jane have one daughter, Beth, who is a certified public accountant with Ernst and Young in Nashville.