Robert D. Tuke is a partner in the law firm of Trauger & Tuke in Nashville, Tennessee. As a special part of his practice, Mr. Tuke devotes significant time and energy to adoption law. In addition to having represented hundreds of parents in their adoptions, and dozens of placing mothers, Mr. Tuke served on the Tennessee General Assembly's Adoption Law Study Commission for three years and was principal draftsman of the complete revision of Tennessee's Adoption Code, enacted in 1996. He also successfully defended the revised Code before the Tennessee Supreme Court in 1999. He currently serves on the Tennessee Court Improvement Project workgroup, which recommends and drafts legislation and rules affecting children, adoption and foster care. Mr. Tuke is a frequent presenter in seminars on adoption.
Mr. Tuke is past President of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and served on its Board of Trustees for a number of years. He also serves on the Executive Committee of Miriam's Promise adoption agency. He authored the Adoption chapter in West’s Tennessee Practice (West Pub. 2nd Ed.) and continues to update the chapter annually. He was recognized in 2002 by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute as an “Angel in Adoption.” He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America in the field of Family Law for the past 20 years.
Mr. Tuke’s adoption practice includes counseling prospective adoptive parents and placing birth mothers regarding the legal process of adoption, drafting and representing parties in court hearings on Tennessee Surrenders of Parental Rights, drafting and representing parties in court hearings on contested and uncontested Adoption Petitions and motions and hearings relating thereto, representing adoption agencies in connection with adoptions to which such agencies are parties, representing parties in connection with interstate adoptions involving the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children and filings thereunder, and representing adoptive parents and agencies in connection with international adoptions and readoptions and the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoptions.