Ben Strand, Jr.

2016 Board of Directors – Director



P.O. Box 219

Dandridge, TN 37725

Phone: (865) 397-2010



Ben Strand, Jr. is currently Of Counsel in the law firm of O’Neal, Parker & Williamson, PLLC of Knoxville and Dandridge. He does only mediation and arbitrations. He recently served as Interim Executive Vice-President of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.


Judge Strand practiced law in the firm of Strand and Goddard in Dandridge for many years. He has also served as Circuit Judge (1975-1976) and recently retired after 16 years as General Sessions, Juvenile and Probate Judge for Jefferson County, Tennessee. For many years he was an Adjunct Professor or Associate Professor in the College of Business Carson Newman University.


Ben Strand moved to Jefferson County at the age of four and graduated from Maury High School, Carson-Newman College, University of Tennessee College of Business, and Cumberland School of Law Samford University Birmingham, Alabama and attended Juvenile Judges School at the University of Nevada Reno.


Judge Strand has served as a member of the Jefferson County School Commission and as a County Commissioner. He was also appointed by Governor Bredesen to the Criminal Justice Co-ordination Council.


He has received the McCain-Abernathy Award for his legislative skills from the Tennessee Juvenile and Family Judges and co-recipient of the first Leon Ruben Award for an outstanding Judge from the Tennessee General Sessions Judges Conference.


He served from 1958 to 1963 in the Tennessee Air Force National Guard.


Married to Louisa Woodard Strand of Jefferson County, Alabama, they are the parents of three children; Meg Strand of Rutherford County, TN, Trey Strand of Dandridge and Craig Strand an attorney with O’Neal Parker and Williamson. He has one grandson Aiden Christopher Strand.



Judge Strand has attended First Baptist Church Dandridge since 1944 where he has served as Deacon, Trustee, and Sunday School Teacher and on various committees including the building, finance and pastor search committees.