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The Putnam County Bar Association recently recognized Cookeville attorney Ben Fann for his contributions to his country and community. In 1942, Fann began serving in the Army Air Corps and was active during World War II. He served with distinction in the China-Burma-India Theater, where he participated in dangerous missions flying military supplies for troops in unarmed cargo planes over the Himalayas. Fann has been a member of Cookeville's legal community since 1975 and continues to serve today as an assistant district attorney. To recognize his outstanding citizenship, the bar honored him with an event at the Putnam County Justice Center.

Thomas H. Ware was recently reappointed to serve a four-year term as Davidson County Public Trustee. Ware, who was first appointed to the position in 1997, is a partner in the Nashville firm of Ware & Boone. He focuses his practice on trust administration and estate planning and administration. He is past chair of the Nashville Bar Association's Probate Court Committee and a graduate of the Nashville School of Law.

Nashville-based Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP partner John C. Tishler has been chosen chair-elect of the firm's partnership. He will serve the remaining term of Ralph W. Davis, who is departing the firm in March to join Cressey & Company, a private health care investment firm. Tishler currently leads Waller Lansden's Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy practice and serves on the firm's Board of Directors. He joined the practice in 2000 and graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1988. Davis has been with the firm for 15 years, serving as chairman for the last four. Cressey & Company is a client of the firm.

David M. Anthony has joined the Nashville firm of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC and will focus his practice in the areas of bankruptcy, creditor's rights, and commercial, construction and lien litigation. He previously practiced with Smythe & Puryear. Anthony received his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1999.

The Nashville office of Sherrard & Roe PLC has named Carla Lovell a member of the firm. Lovell has 20 years of legal experience and has been associated with Sherrard & Roe since 1995. As senior counsel at the firm, her practice has been focused on the areas of estate planning, probate and estate administration, as well as charitable, business and tax planning. She earned her law degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1988.

Randy Chism with Elam, Glasgow & Chism is the new president of the Obion County Bar Association. He resides in Union City.

Patricia Best Vital was recently honored as the recipient of the 2007 Albert L. Hodge Volunteer Award, given annually by the Chattanooga Bar Association (CBA) to an attorney with exemplary service to the association and the legal community. Vital was recognized for her service as chair of the CBA's Fee Dispute Arbitration Program, which provides no-cost binding arbitration of fee disputes between clients and attorneys. She also recently was named president-elect of the Leadership Chattanooga Alumni Association, and will become its president in 2009. Vital is a principal in the Vital Law Office and Dispute Resolution Services in Chattanooga.

The Memphis office of Butler Snow O'Mara Stevens & Cannada PLLC has welcomed attorney Hemant Gupta to its intellectual property practice. A biomedical engineering graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Gupta worked as a researcher in the university's Department of Cognitive Neuroscience and spent five years as a St. Jude cancer researcher before attending law school. Gupta obtained his law degree from the University of Memphis School of Law in 2005.

Butler Snow also announced that Kari Sutherland has rejoined the firm after serving in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. After graduating from the Mississippi College School of Law, Sutherland clerked for U.S. District Judge Glen Davidson of the Northern District of Mississippi and Judge E. Grady Jolly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She then joined the Jackson, Miss., office of Butler Snow. In the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, Sutherland left the firm to work in Washington, D.C. She recently returned to the firm's Memphis office to practice in the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Healthcare Industry Group.

Jay Hardcastle has been named managing director of Boult, Cummings, Conners & Berry PLC. He succeeds Robert E. Wood who has served in the role since 2006. Hardcastle joined the Nashville firm in 1987 after graduating from Vanderbilt University Law School. He has served on the firm's Board of Governors since January 2000, and practices on the firm's health care team.

The Rutherford/Cannon County Bar Association has elected Murfreesboro lawyer Thomas Santel as its new treasurer. Santel serves with the firm of Cope, Hudson, Scarlett, Reed & McCreary.

Frost Brown Todd LLC has appointment Mekesha Montgomery a member in its Nashville office. Montgomery focuses her practice on employment discrimination litigation and traditional labor law. She has been with the firm since 2004. The firm also recently announced that Montgomery was selected to participate in the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce's 2008 Leadership Bowling Green Program.

In other news, the firm adopted a Make-a-Wish child from Rock Island. Working through the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Make-a-Wish Foundation, it was able to provide a trip to Disney World for the child and her family.

Christina Pitts has joined the Brentwood office of Crone & Mason PLC Family Law Practice Group. Pitts brings a wealth of experience in complex financial planning to the group, which focuses exclusively on matrimonial law. Prior to practicing family law she worked in banking, administering trust accounts and estates. Pitts earned her law degree from the Nashville School of Law in 1998.

The Nashville law firm of Walker, Tipps & Malone has hired Jason W. Callen as an associate in the firm. Callen has been a civil trial lawyer since 2003 when he graduated from the University of Chicago Law School. His practice now involves general commercial litigation and arbitration in the areas of contract and shareholder disputes, antitrust law and employee benefits claims. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a law clerk for Frank H. Easterbrook, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop PC has added three new associates to its Knoxville office. Katrina Atchley joins the firm after practicing law in Sevier County. She focuses her work in the areas of construction, commercial litigation, design professional liability and landlord/ tenant litigation. She earned her law degree from the Syracuse University College of Law.   Joseph Ballard, a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, joins the firm to practice in the areas of insurance casualty defense, product liability and general commercial and tort litigation. David Headrick joins the firm after working as a project manager and business developer for architecture, engineering and surveying companies. His practice will focus on defending professional liability claims against design clients. Headrick earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

In other news from the firm, David A. Changas has been named a shareholder in the Nashville office. Changas, a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, joined the firm in March 2002. He practices in the areas of casualty defense litigation, commercial litigation, and workers' compensation, and is admitted to practice in the U.S. district courts for the middle and western districts of Tennessee. Changas is active in bar work and currently serves as vice president of the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.

Glankler Brown PLLC has named Patrick T. Burnett and Christopher C. Lamberson as members of the firm. Burnett practices in the areas of civil and criminal litigation. He earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1999. Prior to attending law school, he worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., serving as a confidential assistant to the secretary and the administrator of the Farmer's Home Administration. Lamberson received a masters in business administration and a law degree from the University of Memphis in 1999. He works in the areas of corporate and business transactions, real estate and secured lending.

The firm also recently announced that Kevin C. Cox has been appointed to its management committee. Cox handles business transactions, estate planning, trust, probate, taxation and general business law. He received a masters in business administration and a law degree in 1994 from the University of Memphis's Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and Fogelman College of Business. He also went on to earn a master of laws in taxation in 1995 from Washington University.

The Washington County Bar Association has named new officers for 2008. They are: President David Harvey with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC; Vice President Suzanne Cook with Hunter, Smith & Davis LLP; and Secretary Bryan Martin, all from Johnson City.
      
Cumberland Trust & Investment Company recently welcomed three new officers to its Nashville headquarters. Sharon B. Winkler joins the company as a vice president and compliance officer. She received her law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and previously was an estate tax attorney with the Internal Revenue Service.  Mark Colter joins the company as a vice president and trust officer and will focus primarily on estate and trust administration. He received his law degree from the Nashville School of Law in 2006. Douglas K. Chapman joins the company as a trust officer after working as a financial services specialist with AmSouth Bank. He is currently a second year student at the Nashville School of Law.  

The Board of Directors for the Tennessee Justice Center has elected two new attorney board members: Nancy Fraas MacLean and Ellen B. Vergos. MacLean is an attorney and author with Thomson West, where she has co-authored a number of volumes on bankruptcy, legal forms and Tennessee practice. She is active in bar work in Nashville and is a fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation. She earned her law degree in 1978 from the Santa Clara University School of Law. Vergos is an attorney in the Memphis office of Wyatt Tarrant & Combs LLP, where she practices in the areas of business bankruptcy and commercial litigation. She is past president of the Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women and the Association for Women Attorneys. She graduated from the University of Memphis School of Law in 1976.
  
Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP recently announced several personnel developments in its Nashville and Memphis offices. In Nashville, David Lewis joined the firm as a partner in its corporate and real estate practice areas. He was formerly a partner in the firm of Corbett Crockett & Lewis and an attorney in the Civil Rights and Claims Division of the Tennessee Attorney General's Office. He received his law degree from Tulane University. Lee A. Harkavy, Odell Horton Jr. and Ellen B. Vergos have been named partners in the Memphis office. Harkavy practices in the areas of general corporate, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and real estate.  Prior to joining the firm he held numerous leadership positions with Storage USA. He received his law degree from Vanderbilt University. Horton practices in the areas of corporate law and litigation. His career includes executive positions with Memphis Light Gas and Water and the University of Tennessee, and service as an assistant state attorney general. He earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Vergos practices in the areas of creditors' rights, business bankruptcy and commercial litigation. She is certified  by the American Board of Certification as a specialist in business bankruptcy law and is listed by the Tennessee Supreme Court as a Rule 31 general civil mediator.  She has served as a U.S. Trustee and clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Harry W. Wellford. Vergos graduated from the University of Memphis School of Law in 1976. Finally, the firm announced that William S. "Bill" Parks has been named of counsel in the Memphis office. Parks practices in the areas of patents, trademarks and copyright. He has authored over 300 U.S. patents and is listed as an inventor on  five of them. His past experience includes serving as in-house counsel for several companies and working as a patent examiner for the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.  He earned his law degree from the John Marshall Law School.

The Jackson law firm of Hardee, Martin & Donahoe PA has named Angela Snider and Bradley J. Owens as shareholders of the firm. Snider graduated from the University of Memphis School of Law in 2001 and joined the firm in 2003. Her practice focuses on family law, real estate, wills, probate and business organizations. Owens joined the firm in 2005 and has focused his practice in the areas of personal injury, workers' compensation, social security disability, family law, real estate, probate & estates and criminal defense. He graduated from the University of Memphis School of Law in 2001.

Mary Taylor Gallagher has been elected to membership in the Nashville law firm of Gullett, Sanford, Robinson & Martin, where she practices in the litigation group and focuses on transportation and employment-related litigation. Gallagher joined the firm in 2001 after graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

The Hawkins County Bar Association has elected new leaders for 2008. Officers are: Allen Coup, president, with May & Coup in Mt. Carmel; Daniel Boyd, vice president, with Boyd & Boyd in Rogersville; and Michelle Green, secretary and treasurer, an attorney in Rogersville.

Marcy Dodds Magee has been named a partner with the Memphis firm of Thomason, Hendrix, Harvey, Johnson & Mitchell PLLC.  She received her law degree from the University of Memphis in 1998.   

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Knoxville attorney FRED G. MUSICK died Feb. 12 at the age of 86. At the time of his death he was serving as counsel with the firm of Jenkins & Jenkins Attorneys PLLC. Musick graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1953 and joined the firm shortly thereafter. He served as senior partner from 1990 to 2001 when he was named of counsel. Musick was president of the Knoxville Bar Association in 1982. At Musick's request, friends are encouraged to give to the charity of their choice in his memory.

Crossville attorney VIVIAN WARNER died Feb. 24 in her law office. She was 56. Warner was a solo practioner who graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1978. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Tomorrow Fund. Those interested in learning more about the fund may contact Judge Larry M. Warner at (931) 484-2447.

WILLIAM THOMAS "BILL" MCHUGH died March 7. He was 83. He graduated in 1947 from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford and began private practice the same year. Memorial contributions may be made to the William Thomas McHugh Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, 3833 Cleghorn Ave. Suite 400, Nashville, TN 37215-2519.

Memphis lawyer NEWTON P. ALLEN SR. died March 9 at his home. He practiced law in Memphis for 61 years, spending most of his career at Armstrong, Allen, the firm his father James Seddon Allen helped found. Later, he founded the Newton P. Allen Law Firm with his wife Malinda Crutchfield Allen. Allen was past-president of the American Bar Association Senior Lawyers Division and a recent honoree of the Tennessee Bar Foundation Legal History Project. He was an alumnus of Princeton University and the University of Virginia School of Law. He was an Eagle Scout and Army veteran of World War II. Both his late father and his late brother Richard were past TBA presidents; his son-in-law is TBA President-Elect Buck Lewis. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to Calvary Episcopal Church.