About Chad Gilbert

Chad grew up in Marion, Virginia graduating from Marion Senior High School in 1994. He then pursued a career in music as a drummer/percussionist and performed locally throughout Virginia and Tennessee. He then moved to Atlanta in 2004 and attended the Atlanta Institute of Music earning a certificate in music performance.

Chad then attended Georgia State University where he started out as a music major. He played in the various school orchestras and wind ensembles, as well as the percussion ensemble. He earned several awards in piano, music theory, ear training and percussion studies. He also played with the Dekalb Symphony Orchestra for two years.

Chad eventually gained an interest in pursuing law school and changed his undergrad major to Business Economics. He graduated Georgia State University in 2012. After that he attended Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School from 2013 to 2016.

Chad’s mother and father still live in Marion, and he decided to come back to the Southwest Virginia/East Tennessee area to pursue his second career as an attorney and be closer to his family. Chad passed the Tennessee Bar in 2017 and the Virginia Bar in 2018. He has been working at Arrington Schelin since June 2017.

Chad is a member of the Virginia State Bar, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, and the Bristol Bar Association. He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

Credential Icon Education
  • Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School
    Juris Doctor May 2016
  • Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
    Bachelors of Business Economics, cum laude May 2012
Credential Icon Professional Associations and Awards
  • John E. Ryan Scholarship Recipient
  • Sports and Entertainment Law Society
  • Recipient of the Fall 2014 CALI Award for Entertainment Law
  • Recipient of the Spring 2015 CALI Award for Transactional Drafting
  • RCB Honors Program
  • Golden Key International Honors Society
  • The National Honors Society of Leadership and Success
  • The National Scholars Honor Society
  • Outstanding Award in Business & Social Science
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