Whitney Durand is descended from ancestors who practiced law in a tradition of excellence. He follows that tradition today, representing clients in Chattanooga, southeast Tennessee, and in north Georgia. He practices in both the State and Federal court systems.
As an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Durand was a Morehead Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa, and the recipient of the Parker Medal for the outstanding undergraduate. At Harvard Law School, he was the President of the Voluntary Defenders, an organization dedicated to representation of defendants in criminal trials and post-conviction proceedings.
While at Harvard, he met Sally Chrystal, who had been raised in Glen Head, New York. They have a son who is a business consultant in Atlanta, another son who is a math teacher in Chattanooga, a daughter who is a book editor in New York City, and a grandson in Atlanta.
Mr. Durand spent much of his legal career with Miller & Martin, a business and litigation firm based in Chattanooga. He principally engaged in business and estate planning. These activities included work in the fields of business law, securities, estate planning, estate and trust administration, tax, and pensions.
At other times he has been County Attorney for Hamilton County, Tennessee and the chairman of a company providing emergency health information and advance directives.
In recent years, he has practiced with the Chattanooga trial firm of Weill, Durand & Long, PLLC and in his present law offices. He is currently also the executive director of Southeast Tennessee Legal Services, a legal aid organization, and worked there previously on a full-time basis.
He has been a lecturer in the fields of estate planning and health law for seminars offered by legal and medical education organizations. He has written articles on legal matters for legal periodicals, a law journal, and newspapers.
He is or has been a director or officer of publicly traded and privately owned corporations; a private foundation, a church, and cultural and educational institutions; legal aid and domestic violence organizations; the Tennessee Industrial and Agricultural Development Commission; and the governing board for the 1996 Olympic Whitewater Event preparations. He has been a candidate for the U. S. Congress.
Follow the links below to these writings authored by Whitney Durand.
Legal Guides and Commentary
- Instaguide to Family Law in Tennessee
- Value of Living Wills Sometimes Limited
- Foreclosure Procedures in Tennessee
- Clear and Convincing Evidence