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At a recent meeting, Lewis King Krieg & Waldrop shareholders reelected Knoxville lawyer Deborah Stevens to another term as president and managing shareholder of the firm, and elected shareholders Reba Brown, Robert F. Chapski and Benjamin W. Jones to serve on the firm’s board of directors. Brown, who practices in the firm’s Nashville office, focuses in the areas of commercial litigation, bankruptcy, tort, employment discrimination, product liability, and workers’ compensation. Chapski, who also practices in the Nashville office, focuses in the areas of product liability, tort and commercial/business litigation. Jones, who works in the Knoxville office, centers his practice on personal injury, insurance and casualty defense matters with an emphasis in the areas of hospitality litigation, commercial vehicle/ automobile litigation, professional liability and general tort defense.
The firm also announced that it has hired Caitlyn Luedtke Elam, a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. She previously served as a research assistant to law professor Carol Mutter, as a judicial intern for U.S. District Court judges C. Clifford Shirley and H. Bruce Guyton, and as a clerk for several area law firms.
The Memphis Bar Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Memphis Bar Association, recently inducted 42 new fellows. TBA members among them are Olen “Mac” Bailey Jr., Bailey Law Firm; David Blaylock, Glankler Brown; John A. Bobango, Farris Bobango & Branan; Lucie Brackin, The Landers Firm; Miriam L. Clemons, State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Co.; Robert E. Craddock Jr., Wyatt Tarrant & Combs; Scott J. Crosby, Burch Porter & Johnson; Angie C. Davis, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz; Kathy N. Gomes, Peppel Gomes & MacIntosh; Howard B. Hayden, Wiseman Ashworth Law Group; Tim Hayes Jr., The Hardison Law Firm; R. Layne Holley, Holley Elder & McWhirter; David P. Jaqua, Butler Snow O’Mara Stevens & Cannada; Les Jones Jr., Burch Porter & Johnson; Shawn R. Lillie, Allen Summers Simpson Lillie & Gresham; Michael R. Marshall, Evans Petree; R. Miles Mason, Miles Mason Family Law Group; Minton P. Mayer, Wiseman Ashworth Law Group; Edward J. McKenney Jr., Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh; Albert G. McLean, The Hardison Law Firm; Leland M. McNabb, McNabb Bragorgos & Burgess; Tabitha Francisco, McNabb, Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh; Kimbrough B. Mullins, Law Office of Kimbrough B. Mullins; Jerry O. Potter, The Hardison Law Firm; James M. Simpson, Allen Summers Simpson Lillie & Gresham; Elizabeth B. Stengel, Less Getz & Lipman; Shea Sisk Wellford, Martin Tate Morrow & Marston, Monica Wharton, Regional Medical Center; James D. Wilson, Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh; and Estelle Gaerig Winsett, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.
Dickinson Wright recently announced that Jonathan R. Patton joined its Nashville office as an associate. He will focus his practice in the areas of commercial and business litigation as well as bankruptcy, restructuring and creditors’ rights. Patton was a summer associate with the firm in 2011 and served as an intern with Judge Aleta Trauger in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. He graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School.
The law firm of Shuttleworth Williams recently welcomed four new associates to its Memphis office. Phillip Bass, a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law, focuses his practice on civil litigation and insurance defense. Jessica Hackett, a graduate of the University of Memphis School of Law, focuses her practice on civil defense litigation with an emphasis on medical malpractice, insurance, appellate and railroad law. Dennis Hawkins, a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law, focuses his practice in the areas of medical malpractice, commercial litigation, premises liability, auto liability and workers’ compensation. Finally, Vicki Moffett, a graduate of the University of Memphis School of Law, practices in the areas of insurance defense, premises liability, products liability and workers’ compensation.
Nashville lawyer Paul Ney, of counsel to the litigation team at Waddey & Patterson, is now a registered patent attorney, having passed the patent bar examination. Ney has focused on civil litigation and intellectual property law in a variety of settings over the years. He has served as acting general counsel for the Department of the Navy, overseeing legal issues including intellectual property and litigation matters, and directly supervising the department’s intellectual property legal counsel. He is a 1984 graduate of Vanderbilt University’s law and business schools.
The Nashville family law firm of Rogers, Kamm & Shea has announced that Katie Mathews Zipper has joined its ranks as an associate attorney. She will focus on family and probate law. Zipper is a 2011 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. She previously clerked for Davidson County Judge Barbara Haynes.
Allen, Summers, Simpson, Lillie & Gresham welcomed John Hensley as a new member in its Memphis office. Hensley will focus on business and estate issues, as well as contract and employment. He previously clerked for the firm and graduated from the University of Memphis School of Law.
Nashville lawyer Samuel P. Funk has been named head of Sherrard & Roe’s Litigation Practice Group. He will continue representing individuals and businesses in complex matters including disputes and torts, breaches of contract, non-compete/confidentiality agreements, theft of trade secrets, securities/financial services claims, and shareholder and other corporate governance disputes. Funk earned his law degree from the Maryland School of Law.
Family law attorney Marlene Eskind Moses has been re-elected vice president of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Moses, who is the founder of MTR Family Law in Nashville, is a diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers, past president of the American Academy of Matrimonial and former member of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Family Law Code Commission. She graduated from the Nashville School of Law and earlier earned a master of social work from Tulane University.
Lucian Pera, a partner in the Memphis office of Adams and Reese, was inducted as a fellow in the College of Law Practice Management at the organization’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. He was one of 18 lawyers selected for the honor. The college was formed in 1994 to recognize law practice management professionals, set standards of achievement and contribute to projects that enhance the quality of law practice management. At his firm, Pera focuses on commercial litigation, legal ethics, professional responsibility and media law.
Former Attorney General Paul G. Summers, a partner in the Waller law firm in Nashville, has been appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court to a four-year term as a senior judge. He departed the firm to replace retiring Judge Walter C. Kurtz on Jan. 1. Summers has been with Waller since 2006 and has practiced across several industries, including health care, higher education, manufacturing, media and retail distribution. Prior to entering private practice, he served for nearly eight years as attorney general, was a judge on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, and was district attorney general in the 25th Judicial District.
Memphis attorney HAROLD D. ARCHIBALD SR., 63, died Nov. 30, 2012. A 1974 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, Archibald began practicing law shortly thereafter with the firm of Archibald & Halmon PC. He practiced in the areas of criminal and civil litigation, personal injury, medical malpractice, employment law, family law and bankruptcy. He was a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 listed general civil/family mediator, member of the Tennessee ADR Commission and a part-time divorce referee.
Former Circuit Judge THOMAS A. GREER died Nov. 29, 2012, at the age of 89. After graduating from the Cumberland School of Law in 1947, Greer returned to his hometown of Dunlap to begin practicing law. From 1947 to 1970, he also served as Dunlap city attorney. In 1953, he was appointed the youngest county and juvenile judge in the state at the age of 30. While continuing to practice law, he served the county for 17 years until he was appointed to the 12th Judicial District Circuit Court in 1970. He served there until his retirement in 1994. After leaving the bench, Greer maintained a limited law practice with his son and granddaughter until his death. Among his many accomplishments, Greer was instrumental in organizing the Tennessee State Trial Judges Association and served as its president for the first two years’ of existence. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sequatchie County Public Library, 227 Cherry St., Dunlap, TN 37327, or the American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Suite 800, Washington D.C. 20004.
Nashville area lawyer HENRY HOUSTON HAGAR died Nov. 17, 2012, at the age of 87. A 1950 graduate of the YMCA School of Law, Hagar worked as a claims attorney for 34 years with USF&G and Alexander & Alexander, living in Nashville, Chattanooga, Dallas and Little Rock. He went on to serve as a juvenile and night court judge for metro Nashville for 12 years and served as a Metro Nashville councilman from 1979 to 1989. Hagar retired in 2004 at the age of 81 and was living in the Nashville suburb of Hermitage at the time of his death.
Memphis lawyer CARL H. “LANG” LANGSCHMIDT JR., 81, died Nov. 18 after a brief illness. Langschmidt graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the Tennessee Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. Following law school, Langschmidt served in the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps and then returned to Memphis. He practiced for 45 years at Boone, Wellford, Clark, Langschmidt & Apperson and then at Armstrong, Allen, Prewitt, Gentry, Johnston & Holmes. His practice focused primarily on civil litigation, representing local and national business firms. He retired in 2002. Among his many accomplishments, Langschmidt served as a member of the Board of Law Examiners for 17 years and as a special judge in the Shelby County Circuit Court. He also represented the county in the Baker v. Carr suit, which culminated in a U.S. Supreme Court decision. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church, the Memphis Boys Choir, WriteMemphis, or the charity of one’s choice.
Knoxville lawyer ROBERT H. “BOB” LEONARD died Nov. 12, 2012, at age 87. After earning his law degree from the University of Tennessee in 1947, Leonard began practicing with his father at the firm of White and Leonard. He later formed the firm of Leonard & Kaserman. Leonard was very active in the local community. He served as president of the Knoxville Bar Association from 1964 to 1965. He was general counsel of First Utility District of Knox County for 55 years. And for 62 years, he had perfect attendance at the Optimist Club of Knoxville. In 1980, he was elected the first mayor of Farragut, serving a total of six terms until 1993. He retired in 2010 after practicing law for 63 years. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Christian Church of Knoxville, 211 West Fifth Ave., Knoxville, TN 37917 or to The Optimist Club of Knoxville’s Henry Naff Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 358, Knoxville, TN 37901.
Jackson lawyer ALBERT B. MERKEL SR., 68, died at his home on Dec. 1, 2012, after a six-year battle with cancer. Merkel earned his law degree in 1975 from Memphis State University and returned to Jackson to practice law. During his 36-year career, he practiced primarily in the area of bankruptcy law and served his local bar, the Jackson-Madison County Bar Association, in a variety of roles, including a term as president. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made to Youth Town of Tennessee, P.O. Box 1385, Jackson, TN 38302.
Memphis lawyer HERBERT WAYNE VAIDEN JR. died Nov. 12, 2012, from pancreatic cancer. He was 76. Vaiden earned his law degree from Memphis State University, where he was on the Law Review. He entered the private practice of law and practiced until his death. After many years of service to his country, Vaiden attained the rank of colonel as a reservist in the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Salvation Army, 696 Jackson Ave., Memphis, TN 38105, or Methodist Hospice Residence Center, 6416 Quince Rd., Memphis, TN 38119.
Attorney THOMAS HENRY “TOM” WARE of Goodlettsville died Nov. 14, 2012, at the age of 55. A graduate of the Nashville School of Law, Ware began private practice in Nashville and continued to work in the law for 28 years. In 1997, he was elected to serve as the Davidson County Public Trustee by the Metro Council, and served in the position for 15 years. As a member of the Nashville Bar Association, he served one term as chairman of the Probate Court Committee. He also served as legal guardian for numerous disabled veterans during his career.
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