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.



Stolen Valour Act, DICTA (2012)


On the Road to a Pax U.N.: Using the Peace Tools at Our Disposal in a Post-Cold War World, New York University Journal of International Law and Politics (1993)