C. Coulter “Bud” Gilbert is a licensed Tennessee attorney in solo practice, having recently retired after thirty years of legal practice. He graduated from the University of Tennessee with highest honors as an Andy Holt Scholar in 1980 and received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1983. Mr. Gilbert’s primary areas of practice include municipal utilities, contract law, and corporate law. He is a member of the American, Tennessee and Knoxville Bar Associations. Over his legal career, Mr. Gilbert has represented a number of county and municipal entities in Tennessee, as well as numerous public utilities and nonprofit organizations, and he continues to serve as general counsel to several utilities in the East Tennessee area.
In 1998, Mr. Gilbert completed eight years in the State Senate representing the Knoxville area, having been elected to his first and only public office in 1990 and reelected without opposition in 1994. During his tenure in the Tennessee Senate, he served as Chairman of the Senate Environment and Conservation Committee and the Joint Legislative Committee on Workers Compensation and was awarded on three occasions the Common Cause Bird Dog Award for his efforts to promote honesty and integrity in government (1992, 1993 and 1996).
Mr. Gilbert continues to put his legislative and legal experience to work for the Knoxville community, having served on the boards of forty nonprofit organizations and community efforts.
Bud lists his hobbies as “helping people and community service”. He currently serves as a director to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley and the Tennessee Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs (state treasurer).