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The Nashville law firm of Parker, Lawrence, Cantrell & Smith announce that T.J. Schaffer has joined the firm. He is a 2009 graduate of the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham and received his undergraduate degree from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind. His honors at Cumberland included membership on the Cumberland National Moot Court Team, chief justice of the Henry Upson Sims Moot Court Executive Board and Dean's List in all semesters.

The International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) recently honored Franklin lawyer Karen Beyke with a designation as a Local Government Fellow. Beyke is the second Tennessean to receive the certification since the fellows program began in 1999. The designation is bestowed on local government attorneys who pass a written exam, write scholarly articles and receive recommendations from peers across the country. Beyke lectures nationally as IMLA's Code Enforcement Section chair and serves as the group's Tennessee state chair. Formerly the city attorney of Franklin, Beyke works for the University of Tennessee's Municipal Technical Advisory Service, advising Tennessee cities on municipal legal issues.

J. Bryan Echols has joined the Nashville office of Dickinson Wright PLLC as a new member. Echols focuses his practice in the area of commercial real estate law, including zoning and land use, acquisitions and due diligence, financing, development, planning and leasing. Prior to joining the firm, Echols was a member in the law firm of Stites & Harbison PLLC. His previous clients included shopping centers, business centers and commercial office buildings. Echols also handles conservation easements and fundraising for preservation purposes. He earned his law degree from the Vanderbilt University Law School in 1981.

Frost Brown Todd LLC partner and Kentucky lawyer William T. "Bill" Robinson III recently was honored by the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) for his support of programs providing pro bono services to low-income individuals and families. The award was presented to Robinson during the LSC's recent board meeting in Louisville, Ky. Robinson is the member-in-charge of Frost Brown Todd's northern Kentucky offices and is the current president-elect of the American Bar Association. His practice has focused on commercial litigation, class actions, product liability, environmental litigation and medical malpractice. Robinson earned his law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2004.

Knoxville attorney Chad Tindell has accepted the position of delinquent tax attorney for Knox County, where he will handle delinquent tax suits as well as bankruptcy and state court litigation involving property taxes. Tindell left his long-time private practice as a shareholder with Stone & Hinds PC in September to join the Knox County Trustee's office.

Ryan N. Stringfellow recently joined the law firm of Morgan & Akins PLLC as an associate attorney. He will focus his practice primarily on civil litigation, including workers' compensation, construction and contract disputes, business law, employment law, real estate and land use planning. Stringfellow earned his master of business administration and law degree in 2010 from Samford University.

Memphis lawyer Milton Lovell has joined nexAir as the company's chief financial officer and general counsel. He will oversee all financial and legal matters for the atmospheric gases and welding supplies company. Prior to joining nexAir, Lovell was a member of Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC, where he focused his practice on mergers and acquisitions, business transactions, corporate law and taxation. He previously was a senior consultant with Arthur Andersen LLP. Lovell earned his law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1999 and his master of laws in taxation from New York University School of Law.

Nashville-area lawyer James W. Berry Jr. has joined Tudor Law Firm PC as a shareholder, and the name of the Brentwood firm has been changed to Berry & Tudor PC. The firm will continue to focus its practice in the areas of employee benefits and executive compensation including 401(k) plans, employee stock plans, pension plans and employer-sponsored health and welfare plans. The firm also handles employee benefit issues in mergers and acquisitions, fiduciary litigation and dispute resolution. Berry earned his law degree from Duke University in 1974. He previously was a member of Frost Brown Todd LLC and spent 29 years as a member of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC.

The Business Journal of the Tri-Cities TN/VA has named Johnson City attorney Jason Ensley of the Ensley Law Firm to its 2010 class of "40 Under Forty." The designation salutes emerging stars of the business community based on business success and community involvement. Ensley earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1999.

Stuart A. Burkhalter has joined the Nashville firm of Riley Warnock & Jacobson PLC where he will focus his practice on commercial litigation as an associate attorney. Burkhalter earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2010. While in law school, he was a member of the Order of the Coif, and recipient of the John A. Cortner Award (for winning the Vanderbilt Intramural Moot Court Competition) and the Vanderbilt Scholastic Excellence Award (for his work in civil procedure). He also served as associate problem editor for the Moot Court Board and managing editor for the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law.

Craig Meredith has joined the Nashville office of Adams and Reese as an associate in the firm's Litigation Practice Group. Meredith previously worked as a legal intern for the U.S. Attorney in Knoxville and as an intern at the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. He earned his law degree at the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2010, graduating first in his class. While in law school he served as acquisitions editor and chair of the Institutional Relations Committee for the Tennessee Law Review, and as staff editor on the Baker Journal of Applied Public Policy.

The Nashville family law firm of Moses & Townsend has named Marissa Moses Russ a partner in the firm and has changed its name to Moses Townsend & Russ PLLC. It will market itself as MTR Family Law. Russ joined the firm " founded by her mother, Marlene Eskind Moses " three years ago. She previously spent two years in the litigation group at Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin PLLC. Russ earned her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2005. She is a Rule 31 Mediator and is trained in collaborative law.

Robert L. Arrington, attorney and firm chairman with Wilson Worley Moore Gamble & Stout PC in Kingsport, has been named a panel member of the Banking, Accounting and Financial Services, Employment and Tennessee Distinguished Panels of Neutrals with the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution. He also has been approved as a dispute resolution arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, which regulates securities firms doing business in the United States. Arrington recently was also named a member of the roster of neutrals of the American Arbitration Association for the arbitration of commercial and employment claims. He earned his law degree from the University of North Carolina in 1975.

Anne Sumpter Arney has joined the Nashville office of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC where she will handle corporate, operational and regulatory matters with a focus on business and health care clients. Her work will include advising clients on fraud and abuse laws, licensing and certification, contracts, fee splitting, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and equity placements. Arney is active in local bar organizations, serving on the board of the Nashville Bar Association (NBA). She previously served on the board of the NBA Pro Bono Program, as president of the Lawyers Association for Women and as a member of the Tennessee Bar Foundation's IOLTA Grant Committee. She earned her law degree from Washington & Lee University School of Law in 1982.

The Chattanooga office of Miller & Martin PLLC reports it is the first firm in East Tennessee to enroll in a payroll deduction program that supports Legal Aid of East Tennessee (LAET). Under the system, which was the idea of firm associate Kevin Hudson, attorneys may select regular or one-time payroll deductions to fund pro bono services in the Chattanooga area. Hudson practices in the firm's Litigation Department. He earned his law degree in 2008 from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, where he graduated first in his class. Prior to law school, he spent nine years with the Memphis Police Department.

The Nashville office of Hall Booth Smith & Slover PC has announced the addition of J. Bart Pickett as an associate in the firm. A native of Huntingdon, Pickett most recently served as a clerk for Judge Thomas W. Brothers of Davidson County's 6th Circuit Court and Joe P. Binkley Jr. of the 5th Circuit Court. He received his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2007.

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Knoxville lawyer WILLIAM RICHARD "BILL" BANKS died Nov. 8. He was 82. Banks graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1950 and served overseas as a war crimes prosecutor during the Korean War. He returned to Knoxville in 1958 and practiced law for more than 50 years. He was practicing with the firm of Banks & Jones at the time of his death. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials may be made to the Emerald Youth Foundation, 1718 North Central St., Knoxville 37917.

BERNARD DAVID COHEN, a practicing attorney for more than 70 years, died Oct. 24 at his home in Chattanooga. He was 95 years old. Cohen, a native of Huntington, W. Va., graduated from Washburn University School of Law in 1937. He began his legal career as an attorney for the state of Kansas, and then worked for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad. He moved to St. Louis, Mo., to work as a staff attorney at the Rural Electrification Administration. His career took him next to Washington, D.C., to serve as regional director for the National Youth Administration. Cohen and his family moved to Chattanooga in 1961. He was active in the local bar and other professional organizations there. He also was a longtime member of the Commercial Law League and served as chair of its Consumer Bankruptcy Subcommittee. Memorial gifts may be made to the Hospice of Chattanooga, Chattanooga-Hamilton County Public Library for large-print books, the Mizpah Congregation Library Fund, or a charity of one's choice.

MICHAEL E. MOORE, who served as Tennessee's solicitor general for 17 years, died Nov. 14 after a lengthy illness. He was 60. Moore, who grew up in Kingsport, obtained his law degree from Stanford University in 1975 and was admitted to the California and Tennessee bars. His legal career included serving as an attorney in the U.S. Justice Department's Criminal Division; as law clerk to U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Gilbert S. Merritt; in private practice at the Nashville law firm of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis PLLC; and as law director for the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. Moore joined the Tennessee Attorney General's Office in 1993. As solicitor general he oversaw and coordinated all appellate litigation in state and federal courts. He argued three cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and was awarded the National Association of Attorneys General's Best Brief Award for an amicus brief he drafted. In 2006, Moore served as acting attorney general pending the appointment of a new attorney general. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, c/o Gifts Processing, PMB 407727, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville 37240; or to the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, 300 Deaderick St., Nashville 37201.

Former Chattanooga lawyer FREDERICK E. WHEAT SR. died May 13 after an extended illness. He was 80 years old. Wheat earned his law degree from McKenzie College and was licensed to practice in Tennessee in 1960. He served as senior legal counsel and director of corporate real estate for Combustion Engineering Inc. in Chattanooga, in Tulsa, Okla., and Stamford, Conn. He retired in 1977 to form Landmark Title and Trust Co., which he operated until 1995. In 1981, he moved to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., where he and his family formed Wheat Development Co. and WDC Realty, building custom homes and commercial properties in beach communities for many years. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations for the Northeast Florida Community Hospice's Anne and Donald McGraw Center for Caring, 4715 Worrall Way, Jacksonville, FL 32224.