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Legal Aid Society wins excellence awards

The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands (LASMTC) received two of the top awards presented in the Center for Nonprofit Management's 2007 Salute to Excellence program. The Chief Executive of the Year Award went to Ashley Wiltshire Jr., in recognition of his leadership and the organization's achievements. LASMTC was also recognized with an Excellence in Communications Award, presented to the organization that exemplifies the best strategy for planning and executing a communication program.

The law firm of Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell PLC has announced the addition of two associate attorneys in its west Tennessee offices. In the Memphis office, John O. Alexander IV has joined the Malpractice & Healthcare and Employment Law practice groups, where he will focus in the areas of medical malpractice, workers' compensation, insurance defense and insurance coverage. Prior to joining the firm, Alexander served as a law clerk to Judge Holly M. Kirby of the Tennessee Court of Appeals. He received his law degree from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphrey's School of Law in 2006. Nathan E. Shelby has joined the firm's Jackson office, where he will practice in the Employment Law and Tort & Insurance practice groups handling workers' compensation, insurance defense and insurance coverage issues. A 2007 graduate of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphrey's School of Law, Shelby previously clerked for U.S. Magistrate Judge Diane K. Vescovo and Tennessee Court of Appeals Judge W. Frank Crawford.

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC has named David M. Rudolph a shareholder in its newly opened Memphis office. Formerly with the law firm of Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston PC in Memphis, Rudolph has over 19 years of experience representing clients in labor and employment law matters and is a Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator. Rudolph earned his law degree from the Vanderbilt University Law School in 1988. The firm also announced that Brian C. Winfrey has joined its Nashville office as an associate. Winfrey, who previously served as a litigation associate with Day & Blair, will focus his practice on labor and employment law. He received his law degree in May 2006 from the Vanderbilt University Law School.

Jonathan Williams has joined Larry R. Williams PLLC in Nashville as an associate. Formerly the firm's law clerk, Williams will focus his practice in the areas of personal injury, commercial litigation, workers' compensation, business law, wills and probate. He earned his law degree from the Nashville School of Law in 2007.

The Campbell County Bar Association recently elected Elizabeth Asbury with the Asbury Law Office in Jacksboro as its new secretary.

Michael J. McSunas has rejoined the Chattanooga firm of Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel PC after serving as in-house counsel for a Detroit advertising agency. He returns as a shareholder, focusing his practice on marketing, product distribution, dealer relations, advertising, promotional law and business law. McSunas earned his law degree in 1992 from the Vanderbilt University Law School.

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC recently welcomed attorney and certified public accountant Todd Ervin to its Nashville office. Ervin joins the firm as a member in the tax practice section. Previously, he was a member of Boult, Cummings, Conners & Berry where he served as chair of the tax section. Ervins earned a law degree and a master's degree in taxation from the University of Florida.

Stites & Harbison has announced the addition of two new associates in its Nashville office. F. David T. Arens joins the Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy Service Group. Prior to joining the firm, he was a law clerk to Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Cornelia A. Clark and a summer law clerk with the Tennessee Attorney General's Office. He graduated from the Vanderbilt University Law School in 2006. The second associate, Melissa C. Hunter, is a member of the Intellectual Property & Technology Service and Business Litigation Service groups. She graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2007. During law school she served as a summer associate with the firm, an intern with the Tennessee Court of Appeals and law clerk to Tennessee Attorney General Paul Summers.

Nathan M. Bays has joined the Kingsport law firm of Hunter, Smith and Davis LLP where he will focus on general transactional law, banking and healthcare law. Bays received his law degree from Wake Forest University in 2007.

Memphis immigration lawyer Greg Siskind recently testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration about creating a board of visa appeals to review visa denials by U.S. consular officers. Siskind is a partner in the Memphis-based immigration firm Siskind Susser Bland.

The Greene County Bar Association has named Todd Shelton with Rogers, Laughlin, Nunnally, Hood & Crum in Greeneville as its new president.

Craig V. Gabbert Jr., a shareholder at Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert & Manner PC in Nashville, is now listed as a Rule 31 General Civil Mediator. Gabbert has over 30 years of experience handling commercial litigation, bankruptcy and reorganization matters. He is a 1976 graduate of the Vanderbilt University Law School.

The Nashville law firm of Farmer & Luna PLLC has named Jonathan Farmer as a member and Jason Holleman as of-counsel to the firm. Farmer joined the firm as an associate in 2003 after serving as an assistant public defender in Nashville. He graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2000, and has focused his work in the areas of criminal defense and general civil litigation. Holleman joined the firm as an associate in 2002, after serving as assistant general counsel with the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation and assistant attorney general in the environmental division of the state attorney general's office. His practice has focused on land use, municipal, environmental, regulatory and administrative law. He earned his law degree from the Tulane University School of Law in 1998.

Joshua J. Phillips has joined the law firm of Neal & Harwell PLC as an associate. He previously served as a law clerk to Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice William M. Barker. He received his law degree in 2006 from University of Tennessee College of Law.

Lance A. Bowling has rejoined the law firm of McGlinchey Stafford PLLC and will serve on its commercial litigation team in Houston. Bowling previously practiced for five years in the firm's New Orleans office before accepting an in-house counsel position with a Fortune 500 energy company. In returning to the firm, he will continue focusing his practice on labor and employment, class action defense and other business litigation. Bowling holds a law degree from the University of Memphis School of Law and is admitted to practice in Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee and Texas.

Kevin A. Dean
has been named an associate in the Knoxville law firm of Frantz, McConnell & Seymour LLP. Dean, who has been with the firm since graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2007, will practice in the area of general civil litigation.

The Nashville law firm of Waddey & Patterson PC recently announced the addition of Andrew J. "Andy" Thomson as an associate attorney. A holder of six patents, Thomson will focus his practice in the areas of patent and trademark prosecution. He received his law degree in 2007 from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. During law school he worked for Chief Judge Sharon L. Blackburn of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. Prior to attending law school, he was an electrical engineer. During that time he earned a master of science degree in electrical engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology.

The Coffee County Bar Association has elected its officers for 2008. TBA members among them are President Edward H. North with Rogers & Duncan in Manchester and Vice President Craig Northcott with VanCleave & Northcott PC in Tullahoma.

Charles K. Grant, a shareholder with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, has been named to a two-year term as board chair of the Nashville Business Incubation Center " an entity dedicated to developing small and microenterprise businesses in the Nashville area. He previously served as vice chair. A member of Baker Donelson's Labor & Employment Department, Grant handles complex employment litigation as well as commercial litigation and professional liability defense.

M. Clark Spoden, a member in the Nashville office of Frost Brown Todd LLC, recently was recognized by the Muscular Dystrophy Association for his distinguished legal career and willingness to give back to the community. He was one of 25 Middle Tennessee legal professionals chosen for the "Most Prominent Legal Leader Who Cares" award, which was given for the first time this year. Spoden focuses his practice on complex business, employment, environmental, construction, commodity and government fraud cases.

Carl E. Seely and G. Michael Casey announce the opening of their downtown office, Divorce Incorporated, at 449 E. Baltimore St. in Jackson. The phone number is (731) 660-8810.

Former Tennessee Bar Association treasurer and Nashville lawyer Paul Ney will take over as Nashville's director of economic and community development in January. Ney, who has been serving as deputy general counsel of the U.S. Department of Defense in Washington, D.C., had been a partner in Trauger, Ney & Tuke, which is now Trauger & Tuke.

New officers for the Monroe County Bar Association are Peter Alliman, president, of White, Carson & Alliman PC and Kathaleen Ann Barker, secretary, or the Barker Law & Mediation Services. Both are from Madisonville.

The Memphis Bar Association held its election Dec. 6, 2007. The new officers are Amy Amundsen, president, of Rice, Amundsen, Rogers & Caperton PLLC; Art Quinn, president-elect/vice president, of The Bogatin Law Firm PLC; Ricky Wilkins, treasurer, of the Law Offices of Ricky E. Wilkins; John Cannon, secretary, of Shuttleworth Williams PLLC; David M. Cook, past president, of the Hardison Law Firm; and Stacie WInkler, YLD president, of Thomason, Hendrix, Harvey, Johnson & Mitchell PLLC.

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Memphis attorney FRANK GLANKLER JR., died Nov. 21. He was 81. As a young man, Glankler joined the Marines and took part in the World War II invasion of the Pacific island of Peleliu. After graduating in 1952 from Southern Law University, he joined his father in practice and then went on to co-found the firm known today as Glankler Brown PLLC. He focused his practice in the areas of business and corporate law, and criminal and civil litigation. Glankler was a fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation and the American College of Trial Lawyers. Memorials may be made to Double Dog Rescue, 17 Harmony Hill Rd., Harwinton, CT 06791 or Kentucky Lab Rescue, 1101 Sugar Ridge Rd., Winchester, KY 40391.