Well-known Lebanon attorney Jere McCulloch died Saturday doing something he loved.
McCulloch, 66, a founding partner with Rochelle, McCulloch and Aulds, died midday Saturday while competing in the Heart of Tennessee 100, a bicycle race sponsored by the Murfreesboro Bicycle Club. A post on the club’s message board early Sunday morning confirmed a cyclist died of an apparent heart attack during the race, but McCulloch wasn’t immediately identified.
Lebanon cycling enthusiasts confirmed Sunday morning McCulloch was the cyclist who died.
According to the law firm’s website, McCulloch and Jody Aulds partnered in 1982 and added former state Sen. Bob Rochelle as a partner five years later. At the time, the form had an eight-person staff and offered a broad range of civil and criminal services.
In 1993, the firm outgrew its office on the Lebanon square and built its current building on the former Castle Heights Military Academy grounds. An addition in 2007 doubled the building’s size. The firm currently has 12 lawyers, as well as paralegals and support staff, working for it.
McCulloch worked in business law, civil litigation, zoning, planning and land use, eminent domain and condemnation cases.
McCulloch was also a member of the inaugural Leadership Wilson class in 1994 and the originator of the name, "Mama Lucy," for longtime Leadership Wilson director Lucy Lee, according to current director Dorie Mitchell.
"Leadership Wilson extends its deepest sympathies to the family of Jere McCulloch," Mitchell said. "Jere's support and friendship throughout the years has been important to us personally and to the organization. Please remember Jere's family in your thoughts and prayers over the coming days."
He was a past president and member of the 15th Judicial Bar Association, member of the Tennessee Bar Association, Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association, Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel, fellow with the Tennessee Bar Foundation and was named among the best lawyers in America in the areas of eminent domain and condemnation.
McCulloch received a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University in 1969 and law degree from the University of Tennessee in 1972, when he returned to his hometown and started independent practice.