After several years working with her family in a successful restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee, Connie Reguli returned to school for a law degree. From 1994 to 1997, Connie worked as a prosecutor for Metro Nashville in Tennessee prosecuting domestic violence and crimes against children. It was also during this time, that she adopted her twin girls from Russia. In 1997, Connie took a leap to private practice and has not backed down. As the millennium came and went, Connie adopted her son from Russia and moved her practice from Davidson County to Williamson County, keeping an active practice throughout Middle Tennessee.
Over the past twenty years, Connie has participated in over 40 appeals through the Tennessee Court of Appeals; had been admitted pro hac vice in Kentucky, South Carolina, and Maryland for contested litigation; received the first substantial award for money damages for child abuse; succeeded in the Sixth Circuit gaining Fourth Amendment protection against social workers; and represented hundreds of families. In 2008, Connie stood firm against a judge who had violated the constitutional rights of her client. The judge retaliated by holding Connie in contempt of court. This matter went to the Court of Appeals and the contempt was overturned, however, the Court of Appeals sanctioned Connie telling her that she could not say a judge had lied. This personal experience sparked a personal passion for justice against abusive actions of the court system. In 2010, Connie spoke at the Joint Committee for Judicial Accountability at the Tennessee General Assembly. In 2013, Connie spoke to the 912 conservative groups regarding judicial accountability.
Throughout this process, Connie has represented hundreds of families in all levels of litigation. Troubled by the trend of increased child removals by the Department of Children’s Services, Connie began an investigation into the federal funding scheme of foster care and the workings of the DCS operation in the State of Tennessee as well as other states. In 2011, Tennessee’s governor Bill Haslam appointed his East Tennessee friend, Jim Henry, as Commissioner of the Department of Children’s Services. Jim Henry was the founder and CEO of the largest foster care contractor in the State of Tennessee. Bill Haslam appointed his East Tennessee friend, Jim Henry, as Commissioner of the Department of Children’s Services. Henry held this position until 2015 when he became Haslam’s chief of staff. During his tenure as DCS, Henry’s company OmniVision profited 253 million dollars from Tennessee tax payers.
Connie has remained vigilant against the abuses of the child welfare industry. She has spoken in forums and meetings in Tennessee and other states; she spoke out at the Indigent Task Force committee and has challenged the constitutionality of child welfare and juvenile court laws at every opportunity. Connie’s private practice includes a broad spectrum of family law issues including, divorce, child custody, child support, probate, estate planning, adoption, and prenuptial planning.
Connie will be attending and speaking at the Million Parent March on the topics of child welfare and CPS reform.