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Nashville lawyer Christy Sawyer recently opened   Lindsey & Sawyer PLLC, where she will focus on family and business law matters. Prior to starting the firm, Sawyer practiced with Waller, Lansden, Dortch & Davis and served as in-house counsel for Comdata Corporation and Affinion Benefits Group. She earned her law degree in 1998 from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Nashville lawyer Ed Lanquist has been elected president and managing partner of Waddey & Patterson PC. He succeeds Jack Waddey and Mark Patterson, the founders of the firm, who will focus exclusively on their intellectual property law practice. Lanquist, who was the firm's first associate, is a registered patent attorney. He will continue to handle patent and trademark litigation and intellectual property counseling. Lanquist earned civil engineering and law degrees from the University of Tennessee. He is a former president of the Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association, chair of the Nashville Bar Association Intellectual Property Committee and chair of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division's Patent, Copyright & Trademark Committee.

Jason K. Murrie, formerly of Bowling Green, Ky., has joined the Nashville firm of Cornelius & Collins LLP as an associate. He will continue to practice in the area of general civil litigation with a focus on tort and insurance defense, medical malpractice defense, personal injury and workers' compensation. Murrie earned his law degree in 2006 from the University of Louisville and is licensed to practice in Tennessee and Kentucky. He previously worked for the Bowling Green law firm of Kerrick, Stivers, Coyle & Van Zant PLLC.

Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell PLC recently welcomed three new associates to its west Tennessee offices. Joshua B. Dougan, who focuses his practice in the areas of tort and insurance defense and workers' compensation, joined the firm's Jackson office, while Cory A. Brown and Michael Burnett Joiner were hired for the firm's Memphis office. Brown focuses his practice in the areas of transactional, health care, business and commercial law. Joiner works in the areas of litigation, employment law, insurance coverage and general insurance defense.

Jackson, Miss., lawyer Stephanie M. Rippee has been selected as a fellow in the American Bar Foundation. Rippee, a shareholder with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, is one of only 60 Mississippi attorneys to be inducted. Rippee earned her law degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Law. She focuses her defense practice on the litigation of products liability and commercial claims and has significant experience defending complex mass tort litigation.

The Clarksville law firm of Patton & Pittman has named B. Nathan Hunt a partner in the firm. Hunt, who has been an associate with the firm for five years, practices in the areas of criminal defense litigation, estate planning, probate and general civil litigation. He graduated from the University of Memphis School of Law in 2004.

Memphis attorney Laurie M. Thornton has received her firm's annual Frank J. Glankler Jr. Pro Bono Award for the second year in a row. Thornton, who serves with Glankler Brown, completed more than 40 hours of free legal services this past year. At Glankler Brown, she focuses her practice in residential and commercial real estate law. Prior to joining the firm, she worked for a Memphis charitable organization, and as a prosecuting attorney and public defender for Shelby County. The Glankler Pro Bono Award is given in memory of the firm's founding partner who was a strong supporter of pro bono efforts.

Chattanooga firm Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel PC has named Justin B. Hosie as a shareholder. A member of the firm's Consumer Finance Group, Hosie advises clients on federal and state financial services laws, lending laws, privacy laws and discrimination laws. He earned his law degree in 2003 from Stetson University College of Law.

The Nashville office of Miller & Martin has named James A. Beakes III a member of the firm. Beakes, who serves on the firm's general litigation team, represents clients in a broad range of litigation matters including personal injury, products liability, transportation, medical malpractice, pharmaceuticals and medical device cases. He earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2002.
       
The office also recently announced that T. Wayne Hood has joined the firm as of counsel. As a member of the Financial Institutions Practice Group, Hood will focus his work in the area of consumer compliance and regulated financial institutions. Hood began his legal career in 1987 as associate counsel with National Bank of Commerce in Memphis, where he also served as the company's consumer compliance officer. In 1989, he made a lateral move to Great Western Consumer Finance Group, and in 1993, was named senior vice president and general counsel for the Bank of Nashville. Hood is past chair of the Tennessee Bankers Association's Bank Lawyers Committee and is a certified regulatory compliance manager. He earned his law degree in 1987 from the University of Mississippi School of Law.
  
Memphis lawyer James B. McLaren has been named group leader for Adam and Reese's Transactions and Corporate Advisory Services Practice Group. In this capacity, he will oversee the firm's work on banking and finance, commercial restructuring and bankruptcy, corporate, securities, mergers and acquisitions, economic development, forestry, public finance, real estate, stimulus work and tax law. In his own practice, McLaren focuses on economic development, public finance, real estate development, commercial lending, and mergers and acquisitions. He is also a leader of the group's Economic Development Practice Team and a member of the group's Public Finance Practice Team.

The Nashville Bar Association installed new officers and board members at its annual meeting on Dec. 3. TBA members among them are President Jonathan Cole, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC; President-elect Robert J. Mendes, MGLAW PLLC; Secretary Yanika Smith-Bartley, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC; First Vice President Martha Boyd, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings; and Second Vice President Anne Arney, Traugher & Tuke. New board members are Rebecca Blair, Day & Blair; Barbara Holmes, Harwell, Howard, Hyde, Gabbert & Manner PC; 20th Judicial District Circuit Court Judge (David) Randy Kennedy; Thomas Sherrard, Sherrard & Roe PLC; Marietta Shipley, The Mediation Group of Tennessee LLC; and Amanda Haynes Young with Miller & Martin PLLC.

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Knoxville lawyer LAWRENCE E. AULT died Dec. 21 at the age of 61. A 1980 graduate of the Nashville School of Law, Ault worked at Reischling Ault Webber Beasfield & Looper, where he focused on collections and personal injury cases. He also served as the attorney for the local Shriner's organization, Kerbela Temple. Ault received many awards and recognitions during his career including the prestigious award of Knoxville's Top Lawyer for 2009, presented to him this past October. Ault was active in the Knoxville Bar Association (KBA) and members of the KBA served as honorary pallbearers during his funeral service. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be donated to InterFaith Health Clinic, 315 Gill Ave., Knoxville 37917 or Kerbela Temple, 315 Mimosa Ave., Knoxville 37920.

RUSSELL C. HINSON, 83, formerly of Chattanooga, died Dec. 13 in Duluth, Ga. Hinson practiced law in Chattanooga from 1957 to 1962 when he was appointed to the Hamilton County General Sessions Court. He retired from the court in 1996 and relocated to Georgia in 2004 to be near family. Hinson earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1951, served in World War II and worked as an adjunct professor of criminal justice at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for many years. The family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Brainerd Church of Christ, 4203 Brainerd Road, Chattanooga 37411.

Knoxville lawyer TED H. LOWE SR. died Dec. 27 at age 78 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident earlier that month. Lowe worked as a certified public accountant after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He later put himself through law school at the University of Tennessee while teaching accounting courses. He began practicing law in 1966 with lawyer Ray H. Jenkins and remained with that firm for nearly 20 years. He was in private practice at the time of his death. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Home Federal Bank to endow a scholarship for an underprivileged student in Little Pine, N.C.

Former TBA president and Memphis attorney W. EMMETT MARSTON, 81, died Jan. 7. A director and shareholder at Martin Tate Morrow & Marston PC, Marston practiced in the area of commercial real estate and was a Rule 31 Mediator. His accomplishments included service as chair of the state CLE Commission, chair of the Tennessee Supreme Court's Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission, president of the Memphis Bar Association, and president of the Tennessee Bar Association. Marston also was active in the American Bar Association, serving as a member of the House of Delegates, committee chair and state chair of the American Bar Foundation. He graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1953.

Chattanooga lawyer JOHN RICHARD "RICK" SCARBOROUGH SR. died Jan. 2 at age 61. Scarborough worked as an attorney for 30 years and at the time of his death was a partner with the firm of Scarborough, Fulton & Glass PC. He earned his law degree in 1976 from the University of Tennessee College of Law. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Brainerd Presbyterian Church, 1624 Jenkins Road, Chattanooga 37421 or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 404 BNA Drive, Suite 102, Nashville 37217.