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Nashville lawyers Steve Anderson and Sara Reynolds have left Walker, Tipps & Malone PLC to form the new law firm of Anderson & Reynolds PLC. The firm, which is located at 3100 West End Ave., Suite 225, Nashville 37203, can be reached at (615) 942-1700 or online at www.andersonreynolds.com. The pair will handle civil litigation matters, including health care, business, personal injury and civil rights cases. Anderson earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1988. Reynolds graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2001.
Memphis lawyer John I. Houseal Jr. joined the Council on Litigation Management, an alliance of insurance companies, businesses, corporate counsel, litigation and risk managers, claims professionals and attorneys. Houseal, who works at Glankler Brown PLLC, practices in the fields of health care and construction law and is a certified mediator in these areas. He also handles antitrust, insurance and false claims matters. Prior to joining Glankler, he served as a JAG officer in the Air Force.
Nashville lawyer Marc Jenkins, a partner with Hubbard, Berry & Harris PLLC as well as Hubbard & Jenkins Electronic Discovery Solutions has been named a member of the Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production. Recently, he provided comments to the U.S. Judicial Conference Civil Rules Advisory Committee, which is contemplating changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure related to preservation of electronic evidence and sanctions for electronic discovery violations.
The Nashville office of Hall Booth Smith & Slover PC has announced that Karl M. Braun, a partner with the firm, will head its new Family Law and Mediation Practice Group, and that he will be joined in the group by fellow attorney Bart Pickett. Braun, a graduate of the Georgia State University College of Law, has been with the firm for nearly 17 years and also leads the Intellectual Property/Entertainment Practice Group. He recently received his Rule 31 mediator designation. Pickett earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2007. He has been with the firm for a year.
Christopher M. Caputo, a shareholder in the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, co-chaired the 2011 Fall Meeting of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry held Oct. 13-14 in Atlanta. Caputo practices construction law and litigation and has extensive experience in the negotiation and drafting of construction and development contracts. He earned his law degree from the University of Miami School of Law in 1994.
Lewisburg lawyer Lee Bussart Bowles recently was appointed General Sessions and Juvenile judge of Marshall County. A graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, Bowles has been in private practice at the Bussart Law Firm since 2002. She serves on the TBA Young Lawyer’s Division Board and represents Tennessee young lawyers in the American Bar Association House of Delegates. She was sworn into office on Oct. 7 by her father, former Tennessee Court of Appeals Judge Walter Bussart.
At its annual reception on Oct. 5, the Memphis Bar Foundation awarded grants of almost $50,000 to eight non-profit organizations and inducted 35 new fellows. TBA members among the group are Richard H. Allen Jr., Allen, Summers, Simpson, Lillie & Gresham; James E. Blount IV, Blount Law Firm; R. Grattan Brown, Glankler Brown; Carl Q. Carter, International Paper; Michael G. Derrick, Shuttleworth Williams; Amy Ferguson Dudek, Glankler Brown; Julie Huston Ellis, Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada; Molly Glover, Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan; Marcy Dodds Magee, Thomason Hendrix Harvey Johnson & Mitchell; William D. Massey, Massey & McCluskey; Robert Meyers, Ford & Harrison; W. Price Morrison and Robert E. Orians, Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston; Robbin Sarrazin Page, Federal Express Corporation; Eugene J. Podesta Jr., Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz; Paul J. Posey Jr., Sedgwick Claims Management; Terrence O. Reed, Federal Express Corporation; Wendy Guerin Smith, Law Office of Wendy Smith; James B. Summers, Allen, Summers, Simpson, Lillie & Gresham; Jeffery E. Thompson, Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston; Christopher L. Vescovo, Thomason Hendrix Harvey Johnson & Mitchell; C. Barry Ward, Ballin, Ballin & Fishman; and Jason G. Yarbro, Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada.
Also this year, the foundation announced its first sustaining members. These are fellows who have met their pledge commitment but have agreed to contribute further to the foundation’s work. Funds received from these members will be donated to the National Civil Rights Museum for its Brown v. Board of Education courtroom. Platinum members are Shepherd D. Tate with Bass Berry & Sims and Douglas M. Alrutz with Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs. Gold members are Ben C. Adams Jr. and Lewis R. Donelson, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz; Joe M. Duncan, Burch, Porter & Johnson; Jason P. Hood, Sedgwick Claims Management Services; Connie Lewis Lensing, Federal Express Corporation; George T. “Buck” Lewis, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz; and S. Shepherd Tate. Silver members are Amy J. Amundsen, Rice, Amundsen & Caperton; James S. Gilliland, Glankler Brown; Joedae L. Jenkins; U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge David S. Kennedy; Jim Neal Raines, Thomas & Betts Corporation; and retired judge Donn A. Southern.
ROBERT ELDON HADLEY, of Roanoke, Va., died Sept. 26 at the age of 79. A native of Memphis, he attended the University of Memphis and earned his law degree from Southern University College of Law. He served with the Department of Veterans Affairs for 33 years at posts in Memphis, Nashville, Washington, D.C., and Roanoke. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Cave Spring United Methodist Church, 4505 Hazel Dr., Roanoke, VA 24018; or the Kazim Shrine Center (for the transportation of children to the Shriners Children’s Hospital), 628 Campbell Ave., Roanoke, VA 24016.
Nashville attorney ALFRED H. KNIGHT died Oct. 10 at the age of 74. A 1961 graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, Knight began his legal career as a teaching fellow at the Harvard Law School. He later returned to Nashville and joined the law firm of Hooker, Hooker & Willis. From 1965 to 1980, he also taught as a visiting professor at Vanderbilt Law School. In 1969, Knight joined with colleague Bill Willis to form Willis & Knight, where he served until retiring. Knight wrote seven books, including The Life of the Law, which won the American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award in 1997. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Elephant Sanctuary — which Knight helped found — at 270 East Main St., Hohenwald 38462.
Memphis lawyer and TBA senior counselor SAMUEL KORNBERG died Oct. 9 at the age of 90. Kornberg was born in New York City and relocated to Memphis in the late 1940s. There he earned a CPA and a law degree from Southern University College of Law. Kornberg served as vice president of finance and chief financial officer for King Cotton Packing Company, later known as Buring Food Group. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Anshei Sphard-Beth El Emeth Congregation, 120 East Yates Rd. North, Memphis 38120; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Retired Knoxville lawyer CHARLES D. LOCKETT died Nov. 6 at the age of 95. Lockett graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1939 and practiced for more than 60 years. His last affiliation was with the firm of Lockett, Slovis, Rutherford & Weinstein. He also had a long career in politics, serving as president of the Knox County Young Democrats Club; manager of three successful gubernatorial campaigns; a delegate to the 1960 Democratic National Convention; and manager of the Knox County campaign for the Kennedy-Johnson ticket. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church, 3700 Keowee Ave., Knoxville 37919.
Davidson County General Sessions Judge LEON RUBEN died Oct. 7 after an extended illness. He was 77. Ruben received his law degree from the Nashville School of Law in 1962. Prior to serving as a judge, Ruben worked as a local businessman and attorney. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nashville School of Law, 4013 Armory Oaks Dr., Nashville 37204 or the charity of one’s choice.