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HUNTSVILLE — Local attorney Ernest A. Petroff was recently selected a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, an association of 776 attorneys across the state.

Membership of the Tennessee Bar Foundation is considered a position of honor. Invitations of membership were extended to 30 attorneys this year by the organization’s board of trustees. The introduction of new fellows took place at the annual Fellows’ Dinner in Nashville on Jan. 18.

The Bar Foundation’s purpose is two-fold: to honor attorneys who have distinguished themselves in the profession and to administer a grant-making program. That project, known by its acronym “IOLTA” (Interest On Lawyers’ Trust Accounts), has awarded grants in excess of $19.2 million to law-related public interest projects throughout Tennessee.

Petroff has practiced law in Scott County for 42 years. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and the UT College of Law. He began his practice in Scott County with Baker, Worthington, Crossley & Stansberry and continued in 1995 with the firm of Baker Donelson. In April 2002 he was the cofounder of the law firm Stansberry, Petroff, Marcum & Blakely. On Jan. 1 he became “Of Counsel” to the new Huntsville law firm of Marcum & Petroff P.C.