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Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan PLLC recently announced that Lynn V. Lawyer and Anthony M. Noel have been named members of the firm. Both serve in the Nashville office. Lawyer earned her law degree from Southern Illinois University in 2002. She practices in the areas of general liability, labor and employment law and workers' compensation. Noel graduated from the New England School of Law in 1997. His practice focuses on labor and employment law, general liability and workers' compensation. He also helps clients draft personnel policies and employee handbooks.

Randall Kinnard, founding partner of the Nashville-based law firm Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, has been inducted into the Inner Circle of Advocates, an organization of civil plaintiff trial lawyers in the United States. Induction in the group is by invitation only and membership is limited to 100 lawyers. To qualify as a member, a lawyer must have tried at least 50 personal injury jury trials, and must have won at least three verdicts in excess of $1 million or one verdict in excess of $10 million, with the most recent verdict being no more than five years old. Kinnard is the only member of the group from Nashville and only one of two from Tennessee.

Burr & Forman LLP recently announced that Darlene T. Marsh, a partner in its Nashville office, has been installed as president-elect of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. She will take office as president in 2012. Marsh practices in the firm's Commercial, Real Estate and Finance Group, as well as its Environmental Law Group. She has published and taught extensively in her practice areas and is co-author of Environmental Obligations in Bankruptcy published in 2009. Marsh earned her law degree from the Vanderbilt University Law School in 1988.

The firm also announced that John Paul Nefflen has joined its Nashville office as an associate in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group. Nefflen's practice includes general insurance defense, representation of electrical cooperatives and county governments in Tennessee, and representation of artists, producers and managers in the entertainment industry. He also handles products and premises liability, personal injury, medical device, employment, contract and disability cases. Nefflen earned his law degree in 1997 from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Emily H. Wilburn recently joined the Nashville law firm of Parker, Lawrence, Cantrell & Dean, where she will practice general civil litigation. Wilburn received her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2005.

Andrew L. Colocotronis has joined the Knoxville law firm of Wagner, Myers & Sanger PC as a member practicing in the area of commercial litigation. Colocotronis earned his law degree in 1993 from Washington & Lee University School of Law. He previously worked for Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP recently announced that Abbie DeBlasis has joined the firm as an associate in the Health Care Practice Group. Originally from Nashville, DeBlasis is returning to the city after working as an associate with Winston & Strawn in Charlotte, N.C. Her practice focuses on counseling health care industry clients on a variety of transactional and operational matters including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and financing transactions. DeBlasis earned her law degree in 2004 from Wake Forest University School of Law.

Nashville lawyer Robert "Bobby" Guy Jr. and the law firm of Frost Brown Todd LLC have been awarded the "Small Company Turnaround of the Year Award" by the Georgia chapter of the Turnaround Management Association. The award recognizes the firm's work as lead debtor's counsel for a cosmetics manufacturer with operations in multiple states. Frost Brown Todd represented the company and its affiliates in Chapter 11 proceedings, helped restructure the company and negotiate its sale to a German manufacturer. Guy, who led the legal team, practices in the areas of business bankruptcy, workouts and distressed acquisitions. He earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1994.

In other news from the firm, Nashville partner M. Clark Spoden has been certified as a civil trial specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization. He previously was certified as civil trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Spoden focuses his practice on litigation, primarily defending corporations in employment, contract, wrongful death, personal injury and environmental cases. He earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1980.

Memphis lawyer Carl Q. Carter, associate general counsel of International Paper, has joined the board of directors of the Tennessee Justice Center. In his current position with International Paper, Carter has legal oversight for the company's litigation, global supply chain and information technology functions. Before joining the company, he served as a federal judicial law clerk to the late Judge Odell Horton and later worked in the U.S. Department of Justice. Carter currently serves on the TBA Board of Governors and as chair of the Membership Committee. He earned his law degree in 1986 from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Gov. Phil Bredesen recently appointed several lawyers to state boards and commissions. Nashville lawyers Martha L. Boyd with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings and Robert D. "Bob" Tuke with Trauger & Tuke were named to the Governor's Council on Service Members, Veterans & Their Families; Jeannine Alday with Patrick, Beard, Schulman & Jacoway in Chattanooga and Delta Anne Davis of Nashville were named to the Heritage Conservation Trust Fund Board of Directors; Covington lawyer J. Houston Gordon was appointed to the Tennessee Ethics Commission; Memphis lawyer Paul A. Matthews with Bourland, Heflin, Alvarez, Minor & Matthews PLC was appointed to the Tennessee Historical Commission; and Memphis lawyer Prince C. Chambliss Jr. with Evans Petree PC was named to the Tennessee Historical Commission Foundation.

The Tennessee Asian Pacific American Bar Association (TAPABA) has elected new officers and board members for 2010-2011. TBA members among them are Secretary Robert Tom with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC in Memphis. Board members are Kyong Choi and Hon-Vinh Duong with Waller Lansden Dortch Davis PLLC; Chay Sengkhounmany with the Legal Aid Society; Mohammad Syed with King & Ballow; and Lester Yano with UMG Nashville. All practice in Nashville.

Chattanooga attorney Phillip E. Fleenor recently joined the law firm of Duncan, Hatcher & Hixson PC as a partner. He will practice in the areas of construction, employment, insurance and commercial litigation. Fleenor is a 1986 graduate of the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.

Chattanooga lawyer F. Laurens "Larry" Brock has become a professional member of the National Speakers Association and has joined its business coaching and motivational/keynote specialty groups. Brock is a shareholder at Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel PC and a member of the firm's Litigation Practice Group, where he focuses on product liability and health care litigation. He has extensive speaking experience, addressing professional groups on a number of legal topics.

Adams and Reese Special Counsel and Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark S. Norris Sr. has joined the executive board of the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute (IFTI) at the University of Memphis. At Adams and Reese, Norris serves as special counsel in the Litigation Practice Group. He also is a member of the Transportation Lawyers Association. As a state legislator, Norris served two years as chair of the Senate Transportation and Safety Committee. He also recently served as chair of the Transportation Policy Task Force of the Council of State Governments. Norris was first elected to the Tennessee Senate in 2000 and became majority leader in 2007.

The Franklin firm of Buerger, Moseley & Carson PLC recently announced the addition of J. Andrew "Drew" Hughes as a new associate. Hughes graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2009. While there, he served as executive articles editor for the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law and was an associate problem editor for the Moot Court Board. Prior to joining the firm, Hughes spent a year as a law clerk to Judge Daniel P. Jordan III of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. He will practice primarily in the areas of civil litigation and health care operations law.

Jennifer L. Milam has joined the Nashville law firm of Cornelius & Collins LLP as an associate and will practice in the area of civil litigation. Milam earned her law degree in 2010 from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she focused on advocacy and dispute resolution.