He is past president of the Chattanooga and Tennessee Bar Associations and served nearly 17 years in the American Bar Association House of Delegates, leading the Tennessee delegation for nine years. Mr. Bahner also served on the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association for three years and on the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors during his last year on the Board. He was Chair of the Tennessee Supreme Court's Advisory Commission on the Rules of Civil Procedure for seven years during which the Commission wrote the Tennessee Rules of Evidence, which were adopted by the Tennessee Supreme Court. Mr. Bahner is a founding Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation and the Chattanooga Bar Foundation.
Mr. Bahner's mediation experience includes achieving agreement between bitterly divided parties resulting in reasonable settlements of multi-million dollar disputes. His experience in arbitration includes health care-related matters involving hospitals as well as disputes between insurers and physician groups. His experience also includes successful defense of a large case involving trade regulation, successful defense of significant indemnity claim by insured and other commercial lawsuits.