Mr. Gaines graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law summa cum laude in 1992. At the University of Tennessee, he was an editorial board member of the Tennessee Law Review, where he received the 1991-1992 Outstanding Editor Award. After graduating, he clerked for the Honorable H. Emory Widener III on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in 1992-1993. He then attended the Columbia University School of Law in New York City as the Ford Foundation Fellow in Public International Law, where he received a Masters of Law (LL.M.) degree as a Harlon Fiske Stone scholar in 1994. At Columbia University, he was an Associate Editor of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. He then worked for the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law and Practice in Washington, D.C. until he became an associate in the Washington office of the law firm of Shearman & Sterling. From February 1996 until December 2000, he was an associate with the law firm of Ritchie, Fels & Dillard, P.C. in Knoxville, Tennessee. On January 1, 2001, he became a partner in the law firm of Eldridge & Gaines, PLLC. For seven years, he was also an adjunct faculty member of the University of Tennessee College of Law. Mr. Gaines is now a member of the American Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and American Society of International Law. He is also an active lecturer and member of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College at Mercer University School of Law.