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The Memphis law firm of McNabb, Bragorgos & Burgess PLLC has named John A. Peebles as a member of the firm. Peebles, a 2002 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Law, practices in the area of civil litigation, including product liability defense, commercial litigation and insurance defense litigation.

The Chattanooga law firm of Spears, Moore, Rebman & Williams PC has named four attorneys as shareholders. Terry A. Cavett has practiced in Chattanooga for the past 30 years, with a focus on estate planning, estate and trust administration, and business planning.  She received her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Jennifer Kent Exum joined the firm in 2006 after graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Law. She represents clients in the areas of estate planning, tax, probate administration and civil litigation. Robin L. Miller, current president of the Chattanooga Bar Association, practices primarily in the field of estate and trust litigation, representing clients both at the trial and appellate levels. She received her law degree from the University of Tennessee. She previously served on the board of the Tennessee Justice Center and as a hearing panel member for the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility. Brie Allaman Stewart joined the firm in 2007 as an associate, and focuses in the areas of medical malpractice defense and general civil litigation. She earned her law degree from Florida State University College of Law in 2006.

Three Memphis attorneys — James F. Arthur III, Aubrey Brown and Leigh-Taylor White — have joined Shea Moskovitz & McGhee. The three previously comprised the domestic litigation practice group at Glankler Brown. Arthur, who will be of counsel to the firm, has practiced law in Shelby County for more than 35 years in the areas of criminal prosecution, white-collar criminal defense, land use regulation, general civil litigation and family law. He graduated from Emory University School of Law in 1975. Brown has 18 years of experience, focusing primarily on domestic relations, divorce, family law and child custody matters. He also has a background in bankruptcy, creditor’s rights, probate litigation, will and estates, guardianships, conservatorships and general civil litigation. He graduated from Memphis State Law School in 1993. White, a 2005 graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law, focuses primarily on family and domestic law. She also has significant experience in business and commercial litigation, federal civil rights litigation, securities compliance law, estate planning and probate.

Burr & Forman recently announced that Birmingham partner Carol H. Stewart was elected to the council of the Alabama Law Institute, which works closely with the Legislative Reference Service to properly codify acts passed by the state legislature. The elected position is awarded to six practicing lawyers from each congressional district in the state. Stewart, who is licensed in Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee, practices in the firm’s business and litigation sections. She focuses on condominium law and complex business torts litigation. She earned her law degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.

Timothy D. Rainey recently was named a shareholder of the Memphis area law firm Stanley & Rainey PC — formerly known as the Law Firm of Hal C. Stanley PC. Rainey earned his law degree in 2005 from the University of Memphis. The firm focuses its practice in all areas of transactional law, including residential and commercial real estate closings, asset sales and acquisitions, secured transactions, and business organizations in both Tennessee and Mississippi.

N. Richard Glassman, managing shareholder of Glassman, Edwards, Wyatt, Tuttle & Cox PC, will be honored June 2 with the 2012 Centennial Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor from the University of Memphis. Glassman graduated from the University of Memphis School of Law in 1972, and has served as president and board member of the university’s alumni association. Now a certified civil trial specialist, he founded the Glassman firm in 1972 and has maintained a civil litigation practice focusing on professional malpractice defense, tort defense, plaintiff medical malpractice, business, real estate and general civil litigation.

The Nashville law firm of Waddey & Patterson celebrated the 20th anniversary of its founding in March. Firm co-founders Jack Waddey and Mark Patterson, and managing shareholder Ed Lanquist, marked the event by revealing the firm’s plans to position itself to respond to major changes in the U.S. patent system that will take effect in 2012 and 2013.

John C. McCauley, former assistant vice chancellor of risk and insurance management and associate general counsel at Vanderbilt University, has joined Wiseman Ashworth Law Group PLC in Nashville. McCauley, who will serve as of counsel, will handle medical malpractice cases and advise firm clients on risk management issues. At Vanderbilt he created, developed and implemented risk management programs for the medical center and university operations, including a level-one trauma center, physician faculty, nursing homes, home health services, a regional children’s hospital and psychiatric and rehabilitation hospitals. Prior to joining Vanderbilt, he was with Charter Medical Corporation, Norton Healthcare Inc., and Humana Inc. McCauley earned his law degree in 1986 from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville.

The Oak Ridge law firm of Mostoller, Stulberg, Whitfield & Allen has hired Daniel Logue Ellis as an associate attorney. Ellis earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2009. He practices in the areas of security clearance hearings and appeals, juvenile delinquency defense, criminal defense and special education.

Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell PLC, with offices in Jackson and Memphis, recently announced that four attorneys — all in the Jackson office — have been named partners in the firm. They are: Ashley Cleek, a 2004 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law and a member of the firm’s Malpractice Defense Group; Adam Crider, a 2003 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law and a member of the firm’s Business Law Group; Jonathan Stewart, a 2003 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Law and a member of the firm’s Tort & Insurance Group; and J.V. Thompson, a 2003 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Law and a member of the firm’s Tort & Insurance and Employment Law & Civil Rights Practice groups.

David H. Veile has joined the Franklin law firm of Schell Binkley & Davies LLC as a partner. He will focus his practice on criminal defense, personal injury and general civil litigation. Veile, who will serve as president of the TBA Young Lawyers Division during the 2012-2013 bar year, previously worked at the Lebanon firm of Lowery, Lowery & Cherry PLLC. He earned his law degree in 2004 from the Nashville School of Law.  

Hall Booth Smith & Slover hosted its second annual St. Patrick’s Day event for members of Nashville’s legal community at Rooster’s Texas Style BBQ and Steakhouse on March 15. Donations from attendees benefited Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, Hands On Nashville and Hospital Hospitality House. Those participating included TBA members Jaimee Johnson, Patrick “Brock” Parks and J. Bart Pickett of Hall Booth Smith & Slover.

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EDWIN ARNOLD, who served in the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1963 to 1967, died after being struck by a car on March 24 while helping his grandson. He was 77. Arnold graduated from Cumberland University School of Law in 1958 and settled in Loudon, where he practiced law and later was named assistant district attorney for Blount, Loudon and Roane counties. He later was elected to the state House of Representatives, where he served for four years. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 413 Wharf St., Loudon 37774 or to the Lions Club, 422 River Bend Dr., Loudon 37774.

COBURN DEWEES “C. D.” BERRY, 89, died April 1 in Franklin after a brief illness. Known as the dean of the Williamson County Bar, Berry practiced law for more than 60 years in Nashville and Franklin, focusing on real property, trust, probate and municipal law. Berry earned his law degree in 1948 from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was a member of the Vanderbilt Law Review and member of Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity. In the early 1960s, Berry and several colleagues started First Franklin Federal, the first savings and loan in Williamson County, where he served as a board member for many years. He was still practicing law until shortly before his death. Memorial contributions may be made to the Historic Franklin Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 323, Franklin 37064.

Cleveland attorney JAMES G. CATE JR. died March 21 at 89. Known to friends as “Gentleman Jim,” Cate earned his law degree from Duke University School of Law in 1950 and served as a partner with Miller & Martin PLLC for more than 40 years. Before joining the firm, he was vice president, general counsel and secretary of Bowaters United States Corporation, Bowaters Southern Paper Corporation and Bowater Carolina Corporation. Cate also was active in his community and profession, serving as campaign chairman and president of the United Way of Bradley County and president of the Bradley County Bar Association. Memorials may be made to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 320 Broad St. NW, Cleveland 37311 or University of the South, 735 University Avenue, Sewanee 37383.

LAIRD C. FOSTER, 89, died in Concord, Mass., on Jan. 9. An attorney and activist, Foster practiced law for 15 years – primarily helping Nashville’s poor access social security benefits. She graduated from the Nashville YMCA Night Law School at age 58. Prior to attending law school, she served in World War II as an ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve and after the war obtained a masters degree in sociology. In the early 1960s, she participated in the sit-ins at segregated lunch counters in downtown Nashville. In 2006, Foster moved to Concord to be closer to children and grandchildren. Donations may be made in her name to Brookmead Congregational Church, 700 Bresslyn Rd., Nashville 37205 or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Former Loudon County General Sessions Court Judge JOHN O. GIBSON died March 6 at 81. A graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, Gibson relocated to Loudon County in 1957 and joined the law office of S. P. Dannel in Lenoir City. He later moved to Loudon with the firm of Fowler and Gibson. He practiced there until 1982 when he was elected General Sessions judge — a position he held for 16 years. Gibson was active in the local community, including serving as city of Loudon municipal judge. Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 154, Loudon 37774.

Former Davidson County Chancery Court Judge IRVIN H. KILCREASE JR. died March 20 after experiencing declining health for the last year. He was 80. Kilcrease was one of the Nashville School of Law’s first African-American graduates, completing the program in 1966. Following graduation he worked in private practice, as a public defender and as an assistant U.S. attorney in Nashville. He was appointed to the bench in 1980 by then-Gov. Lamar Alexander — becoming the first African-American to preside over a Tennessee Chancery Court — and was reelected each cycle with little to no opposition. In his time on the bench, Kilcrease presided over a number of high-profile cases, including whether Vanderbilt University could remove the name of a pro-Confederate group from a dormitory, a two-year legal battle over a South Nashville abortion clinic and a contract dispute involving country star LeAnn Rimes. He served on the bench until his retirement in 2003.

Long-time Oak Ridge attorney, alternate city judge and former county attorney HARRY L. LILLARD died March 29 at 81. Lillard earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee in 1955, then served two years in the U.S. Navy before beginning to practice law. He joined the law offices of Roland Prince and Howard Woodside and served there as an associate until he and Prince formed Prince and Lillard. He later formed an association with Allen Kidwell, practicing together until in 1975; then partnered with James B. “Buddy” Scott until 1978. In addition to maintaining a private practice, in 1959, Lillard was named alternate Loudon municipal judge, a position he held until his death, and in 1962, he was elected Anderson County attorney. He was re-elected to that position three times and served a total of 12 years. He served as president of the Anderson County Bar Association in 1979.