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Kara Hunter has joined the Nashville law firm of Gilbert Russell McWherter PLC as an associate. Hunter is a 2011 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Law. She will work primarily in the firm’s civil litigation group as a labor and employment lawyer.

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP recently welcomed E. Todd Presnell as a partner in its Nashville office.

Presnell, who previously chaired the Litigation Department at Miller & Martin PLLC, was hired as part of the firm’s effort to grow its litigation practice. His experience includes handling product liability, employment discrimination, securities, trade secrets, contract and fiduciary duty cases. Presnell currently serves as chair of the TBA Leadership Law Alumni Association and on the Board of the Memphis Law Alumni Association.

Husch Blackwell LLP recently welcomed Theresa L. Critchfield to its Chattanooga office, where she will practice in the area of insolvency. She previously practiced insolvency, general contract and commercial litigation law at Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel PC. Critchfield earned her law degree from Mercer University School of Law in 2005.

Hugh C. Howser Jr. has joined the Nashville office of Dickinson Wright PLLC as a member. With more than 30 years of civil litigation experience, Howser will focus his practice in the areas of labor and employment, construction, product liability, white collar and corporate law. He earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School.

Chattanooga lawyer Travis McDonough has been named the new head of Miller & Martin’s Litigation Department. McDonough has served with the firm for 15 years and as vice chairman of the department for five years. McDonough focuses his practice in the areas of corporate disputes, white-collar criminal defense, class actions, intellectual property rights and complex litigation. He earned his law degree from Vanderbilt Law School in 1997.

Chattanooga lawyers Ronald D. Gorsline, Justin B. Hosie and H. Blake Sims have joined the firm of Hudson Cook LLP as partners, while W. David Hicks has joined the firm as an associate attorney. They will continue the firm’s work counseling clients on all aspects of consumer financial services and privacy law.

The Tennessee Association for Justice presented its annual Paladin Awards to three Tennessee lawyers at the group’s annual convention in Memphis. TBA members among them are Daniel Clayton of Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge in Nashville and Tony Seaton of Johnson City. The award recognizes association members who have achieved outstanding results for clients and have worked tirelessly to protect the civil justice system. Clayton, a past president of the association, was recognized for his trial successes, legislative advocacy and work with foster children. Seaton was recognized for his commitment to access to justice issues, demonstrated by his work founding the Washington County Bar Association’s Access to Justice Committee and service on the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission.  

Two attorneys have joined the Nashville office of Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop PC. Lindsy Paduch Stempel is a former senior law clerk to Tennessee Court of Appeals Judge Frank G. Clement Jr. and assistant attorney general in the office of the Tennessee Attorney General. She earned her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2007. Claire Thomas is an attorney devoted to civil trial practice in Tennessee and Florida. In her new position, she will focus in the areas of premises, products, automobile and general tort liability. Prior to joining Lewis King, she practiced with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker in Orlando and earned her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law.

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) awarded Nashville lawyer Linda Rose with the 2012 Susan D. Quarles Service Excellence Award during its annual conference in June. The award recognizes her work advancing the mission, development and value of the association for its members and the public it serves. Rose has practiced immigration law for 25 years. She is the managing member of Rose Immigration Law Firm PLC and an adjunct professor of immigration law at Vanderbilt University Law School.

Marc Jenkins, a partner with Hubbard & Jenkins Electronic Discovery Solutions and Hubbard, Berry & Harris PLLC, has been appointed to the Organization of Legal Professionals Advisory Council, for his expertise in electronic discovery and information risk management. The council is a professional organization that establishes guidelines and standards for e-discovery. Jenkins also recently served as instructor for a five-week online interactive course on the “Fundamentals of eDiscovery” offered by the Organization of Legal Professionals.

Sally Ramsey-Brown has joined the Nashville office of Adams and Reese LLP as special counsel. She focuses her practice in the areas of labor and employment, transportation and logistics. Ramsey-Brown is the former senior trial attorney for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Nashville and a former assistant attorney general in the Bankruptcy Division of Office of the Tennessee Attorney General. She graduated from Touro College’s Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in 1997. Prior to attending law school, Ramsey-Brown spent 20 years in the aircraft transportation business.

More than 40 community leaders have been named to participate in Leadership Nashville’s 37th class. The nine-month program, starting in September, is designed to assist community leaders in their roles as decision makers. TBA members among the new group are Spruell Driver Jr., principal attorney with the Driver firm; Robert J. Mendes, member with Frost Brown Todd LLC; and John C. Tishler, chairman of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP.

Nashville lawyer Fritz Richter has been appointed vice chair of the Fiduciary Responsibility/Plan Investments Subcommittee of the American Bar Association Tax Section’s Employee Benefits Committee. Richter practices with Bass Berry & Sims PLC, where he focuses exclusively in the area of employee benefits and executive compensation. Before joining the firm, Richter was with the Internal Revenue Service Employee Plans and Chief Counsel’s Offices in Washington, D.C., where he handled employee benefits regulatory, compliance and litigation matters.

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Former Tennessee State Attorney General RANDOLPH ALEXANDER “RAY” ASHLEY JR. died July 2 at the age of 84. A native of Dyersburg, Ashley graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law and followed in his father’s footsteps, joining the family’s Dyersburg law firm of Ashley, Ashley & Arnold in 1952. From 1974 to 1976, Ashley served as Tennessee Attorney General. Under his leadership, the office was instrumental in halting plans for a Hartsville nuclear plant and a proposed Clinch River Breeder Reactor. He also reformed the Tennessee Claims Commission to make it more consumer-friendly. Ashley was interested in civic affairs and politics and was a co-founder and co-owner of Dyersburg’s first commercial television station.

Retired Memphis lawyer E. TUCKER DICKERSON died July 8 at the age of 83. A graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, he practiced law in Manchester and served as a city alderman and Coffee County general sessions judge. After stepping down from the bench, he moved to Memphis where he practiced law as a solo practitioner for a short time before being employed by General Innkeeping Acceptance Corporation (GIAC), a subsidiary of Holiday Inns. While with GIAC, he rose from in-house counsel to president of the company — a position he held until he retired. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Church Health Center, 1210 Peabody Ave., Memphis 38104.