Our Team

Leading Attorneys

TRAVIS D. HENRY

TRAVIS D. HENRY

PARTNER | thenry@bhklegal.com

Travis D. Henry concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate, secured lending and litigation. He represents numerous investors, developers, lenders and participants in real estate, secured lending and other business transactions. Travis handles various types of litigation including boundary line disputes, corporate dissolutions, estates, creditor collections, subdivision restriction enforcement and actions to quiet title. In addition, Travis is a licensed title insurance agent with Old Republic Title Insurance Company.

Education

  • THE UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS CECIL C. HUMPHREYS SCHOOL OF LAW - Juris Doctor, 2005
  • AUBURN UNIVERSITY - B.A., History, 2001

Activities & Affiliations

  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Bradley County Bar Association
  • The National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders
  • The National Association of Development Companies
  • City of Cleveland, Storm Water Regulation Board
  • Bradley County Election Commission, Chairman
  • North Cleveland Church of God, Finance Committee Chairman
  • North Cleveland Church of God, Pastor’s Council
  • Church of God Loan Fund

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
BRYSON M. KIRKSEY

BRYSON M. KIRKSEY

PARTNER | bkirksey@bhklegal.com

Bryson M. (“Bryce”) Kirksey’s practice involves many transactional matters, including tax planning for individuals and companies, estate planning (drafting wills and trusts), probate, business formation and planning, and forming and advising tax-exempt organizations.

Education

  • GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY - Masters of Laws in Taxation, 2009
  • SAMFORD UNIVERSITY - Juris Doctor, 2008
  • CARSON NEWMAN - B.A., Accounting, 2005

Activities & Affiliations

  • American Association of Attorneys
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Bradley County Bar Association
  • Estate Planning Council of Chattanooga
  • Tennessee Society of CPAs
  • Southern Heritage Bank, Board of Directors
  • Bachman Academy, Board of Trustees

  • Tennova Healthcare of Cleveland, Board of Directors
  • First Baptist Church, Cleveland (Deacon)
  • Accredited Estate Planner (AEP®)
  • The AEP® designation is awarded by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils to recognized estate planning professionals who meet special requirements of education, experience, knowledge, professional reputation, and character. (http://www.naepc.org/)

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee

Our team is an assembly of imaginative and energetic people with a passion for service.


Closing Team

NIKI SIMS

NIKI SIMS

CLOSING AGENT | nsims@bhklegal.com

Niki moved to Cleveland in the fall of 1990 to attend Cleveland State and after a brief move to the North Georgia area, she couldn’t wait to return to Cleveland and make it her permanent home. Her working career has included 5 years in retail and 5 years in banking, which led to her current job as a closing agent. Niki first came to work at Varnell, Burns & Sharp, P.C. on April 1, 2001. She left BHK in the Summer of 2015 and after a short time away, returned home in the Fall of 2016.

MADISON ROWDEN

MADISON ROWDEN

CLOSING COORDINATOR | mrowden@bhklegal.com

Madison went to Bryan College in Dayton, TN on a Volleyball scholarship where she then graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Health Science. She met her husband in college where they later got married. They now have a little girl named Ivy, who is their world. She love cooking and spending time with friends and family. Her and her family love traveling when they can and love anything outdoors. Madison previously worked in the health insurance industry but wanted to make a career change. She started her career at BHK in August of 2020. Go Vols

Closing Team

BARBARA BAXTER

BARBARA BAXTER

CLOSING AGENT | bbaxter@bhklegal.com

Cleveland native and businesswoman, Barbara Baxter, brings with her 37 years of local banking experience, as well as her involvement in numerous civic and non-profit organizations in the Cleveland/Bradley County area. She is married to her husband, Randy, of 36 years and is a member of Valley Head United Methodist Church where she serves as Treasurer.

BRITTANY DAVIS

BRITTANY DAVIS

CLOSING COORDINATOR | bdavis@bhklegal.com

Brittany was born in Rochester, NY. She has lived in the South for the majority of her life. She graduated in 2010 from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, a minor in Economics and a concentration in Acquisition Management. She resides in Ooltewah with her husband Russ and two children, Aleksander and Alina. Brittany brings a background in banking as well as significant title experience. Much to the disappointment of the office, she is a diehard Ohio State fan.

Administrative Team

KATHY ERVIN

KATHY ERVIN

POST-CLOSING PROCESSOR | kervin@bhklegal.com

Kathy began working for Buns, Henry & Kirksey, P.C. in 1992 when it was known as Varnell, Burns & Sharp. Kathy brings more than ten years of banking experience in the lending field. She is married to Andy Ervin and they have two grown children. Casey and Haley who have both given them adorable grandchildren. Kathy loves to play golf, hike and spend time with her family.

KIM SCHNECK

KIM SCHNECK

REAL ESTATE LEGAL ASSISTANT | kschneck@bhklega.com

Kim began working as a real estate legal assistant shortly after graduating in 1998 from Cleveland State Community College with an Associate of Applied Science Legal Assistant degree. She has worked for several title companies and has continued her legal assistant studies along the way at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Kim lives in Cleveland, Tennessee and enjoys time with her husband, Randy and their two children, Kayley and Rand.

AMANDA WALDRON

AMANDA WALDRON

LEGAL ASSISTANT | awaldron@bhklegal.com

Amanda Waldron joined Burns, Henry & Kirksey, P.C. in December of 2018. She started working with a local law firm shortly after graduating from Walker Valley High School in May 2009. Her career path has given her eight years of legal experience. She is the proud mother of a little boy. Her faith, family, and trips to the beach are the most important things to her!

HANNAH STEWART

HANNAH STEWART

POST CLOSING PROCESSOR | hstewart@bhklegal.com

Hannah was born in McMinn County and graduated in 2008. She attended Cleveland State Community College where she studied Social Work and found her passion of helping others. Hannah now resides in Cleveland with her two boys Kaleb and Lucas. Hannah started her career at BHK in February 2020. She enjoys snuggling up with her kids beside a campfire and roasting marshmallows. She also enjoys encouraging others to reach their goals and follow the plan God has laid out for them.

Carrigan Thomason

CARRIGAN THOMASON

CONTRACT ADMINISTRATOR | cthomason@bhklegal.com

After 9 years in the Customer Service Industry, Carrigan joined Burns, Henry, & Kirksey in October of 2020. Carrigan graduated from Southern New Hampshire University in May of 2020 with a B.S. in Forensic Psychology, so she thrives under chaos. She brings with her a passion for helping others and a love to learn new things. Carrigan enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with friends & family. She has a 7-year-old dog, Nate, who loves going on all her adventures.

Jayla Swafford

JAYLA SWAFORD

MARKETING CONSULTANT | jswafford@bhklegal.com

Jayla graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with the desire to implement a marketing education program at Walker Valley High School. She achieved her goal and taught for 12 years until she and her husband, Evan, decided it was time for Jayla to stay home with their two daughters. In May of 2021, she joined Burns, Henry & Kirksey P.C. as a Marketing Consultant. Jayla stays busy keeping up and watching her children grow and learn.

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