Pele I. Godkin - Partner

Julia A. Payne (assistant)

Pele Houk Godkin joined Cornelius & Collins, LLP as an associate in 2008, and was recently named a partner in the firm on January 1, 2014. The focus of her practice is civil litigation, dispute avoidance and alternative dispute resolution, with an emphasis on workers’ compensation law, employment litigation, insurance defense, medical malpractice defense, and personal injury work. Pele represents plaintiffs and defendants, and is admitted to practice law in all state courts and the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. She is also certified by the Tennessee Supreme Court as a Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator. Since joining Cornelius & Collins, LLP, Pele has represented clients in courts across the state of Tennessee, including the Tennessee Supreme Court Special Workers’ Compensation Panel, and also before the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development.

Prior to joining the firm Pele worked in private practice as a civil litigator. She also worked for the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development as a supervising attorney and workers’ compensation specialist. While working for the Department of Labor, Pele was responsible for oversight and legal analysis of workers’ compensation claims in Perry, Hickman, Lewis, Rutherford, Cannon, Warren, Coffee, Franklin, and Moore counties. This included determinations of compensability and orders/denials of benefits associated with claims.

Pele received her law degree from Seattle University School of Law. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.