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U.S. District Judge and former TBA President J. Daniel Breen assumed the position of chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee this summer. Breen, who has served on the court since 2003, began his judicial career in 1991 as a magistrate judge in the Western District. He served in that capacity until nominated to the district court by President George W. Bush.
Shelby County Chancery Court Judge Arnold B. Goldin has been selected by Gov. Bill Haslam to fill a vacancy on the Tennessee Court of Appeals’ Western Section. He replaces Alan E. Highers, who is retiring. Goldin was appointed chancellor in 2002 by then-Gov. Don Sundquist, was elected in 2004 and was re-elected to a full eight-year term in 2008.
Gov. Bill Haslam appointed Judge Robert H. Montgomery Jr. to the Court of Criminal Appeals. Montgomery, who has served the Second Judicial District as a criminal court judge since 2006, will replace Judge Joseph M. Tipton, who announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election at the end of his term in August 2014.
Judge William E. “Bill” Higgins has been elected by his colleagues as the new presiding judge of the Davidson County General Sessions Court.
Douglas T. Jenkins of Rogersville has been sworn in as a new chancellor in the Third Judicial District. Jenkins has practiced in Rogersville since 1997. The vacancy was created by the appointment of Chancellor Thomas R. Frierson to the Tennessee Court of Appeals earlier this year.
George D. Spanos has joined the Nashville law firm of Rogers, Kamm & Shea as an associate. Spanos graduated from the Nashville School of Law in 2012 and formerly was employed by the firm as a law clerk. He will handle civil and family law matters.
The Knoxville law firm of Paine, Tarwater and Bickers recently received The Law Firm of the Year Award from Legal Aid of East Tennessee (LAET) in recognition of the firm’s commitment to pro bono work. In addition, two attorneys with the firm — Ryan Connor and Kati Goodner — were recognized by LAET for contributing at least 25 hours of pro bono service in 2012.
LAET also presented its annual Pro Bono Advocacy Award to Knoxville lawyer Richard L. Duncan for almost 100 hours of pro bono service during the year. Duncan is a sole practioner working in the areas of elder law and immigration. He earned his law degree from Tulane University Law School in 1979.
Dickinson Wright attorney Kelly Frey was a panelist at the ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting in August. The presentation was held in conjunction with the release of the third edition of Intellectual Property Deskbook for the Business Lawyer: A Transactions-Based Guide to Intellectual Property Law. Frey co-authored two chapters of the book. Frey practices in the firm’s Nashville office.
Former state senator Michael A. Faulk has been sworn in as a new circuit court judge in the Third Judicial District. Faulk was appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam to complete the term of retiring Judge Kindall Lawson. Faulk, 59, has practiced law in Church Hill since 1982. He served as a Tennessee state senator representing Claiborne, Grainger, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson and Union counties in the 106th and 107th Tennessee General Assemblies.
The Nashville law firm of Bone McAllester Norton has launched a criminal defense and government investigations practice, and has hired former U.S. Attorney Edward M. Yarbrough for the group. Current Bone McAllester lawyer James Mackler, a former senior trial counsel in the Judge Advocate General Corps., also will join the group. Yarborough left the Middle Tennessee prosecutor’s office in 2010 and has been working at the Nashville law firm of Walker Tipps & Malone.
Nashville lawyer P. Matt Potempa has received the 2013 Nashville Emerging Leaders Award in the Legal Services Category. The award, presented by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and YP Nashville, recognizes those who exhibit accomplishments in their respective fields and demonstrate leadership in community service activities.
Potempa, who had been working as a solo practioner, recently partnered with Sean Martin and David Heller, formerly of DHPM, and Jennifer Sheppard, to form Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard. The firm will focus on estate and tax planning, wealth management, probate and trust litigation, conservatorships, family law and personal injury cases. The new office is located at 2122 21st Ave. South, Nashville 37212. It can be reached at (615) 800-7096.
Michelle Fogarty has joined the Brentwood law firm of Papa & Roberts as an associate. She will practice in the areas of family law and probate. Fogarty previously worked for the state of Tennessee and the federal government, as well as in private practice. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law.
Real estate attorney Hamilton W. Patrick has joined the Nashville office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings as an associate. He will handle commercial real estate transactions for clients in the retail, restaurant, health care, manufacturing and wireless industries. Prior to joining the firm, Patrick worked at Waller. He earned his law degree from the Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
The firm also announced that Emily Hatch Bowman, a partner in the Nashville office, has been elected a fellow in the American College of Mortgage Attorneys (ACMA). Bowman handles commercial, real estate and lending matters for banks, insurance companies and corporate clients. ACMA fellows are recognized as distinguished practitioners in the field of real estate mortgages and as leaders in the legal profession. Bowman earned her law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School.
Brad Lampley, partner in charge of the Nashville office of Adams and Reese, was appointed to the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees by Gov. Bill Haslam. Lampley is a graduate of the school and its College of Law. As an offensive line player on the football team, he was named to the Southeastern Conference’s All-Academic Team three times. Lampley will serve on the board through May 2018 as the representative of the seventh congressional district. At Adams and Reese, he practices in the areas of transportation, energy, health care, insurance, banking and construction.
Lebanon attorney JERE MCCULLOCH died Aug. 24 while competing in a bicycle race sponsored by the Murfreesboro Bicycle Club. McCulloch, 66, was a founding partner and long-time managing member of McCulloch & Aulds, which later became Rochelle, McCulloch & Aulds. McCulloch also was a past president and member of the 15th Judicial District Bar Association and a Tennessee Bar Foundation fellow. He earned his law degree in 1972 from the University of Tennessee. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mt. Juliet-Wilson County Library, 2765 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122 or a local charity of choice.
CLAUDE ORION RAMER II died Aug. 26 at his home in Knoxville. He was 69. Ramer, who served in the U.S. Air National Guard as a pilot, graduated from the University of Tennessee and the Vanderbilt University Law School. After completing law school, Ramer served as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge L. Clure Morton, and then began a long career in private and corporate law. He entered private practice with the Nashville firm of Dearborn & Ewing and later joined the investment firm of J. C. Bradford & Co. In 2001, Ramer returned to Knoxville where he continued the practice of law until his death. During his career, Ramer served on numerous professional, civic and charitable organizations, including the board of directors of Alzheimer's Tennessee. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer's Tennessee Inc., 5801 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919.
Knoxville lawyer and TBA senior counselor HAROLD B. STONE died Aug. 28 at the age of 89. A veteran of World War II, Stone was the youngest artillery officer in the U.S. Army and was the recipient of the Purple Heart, Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star, Distinguished Flying Cross and American Defense Medal. After the war, Stone attended the University of Tennessee. Following graduation, he worked in public accounting while earning a law degree from the school’s College of Law. He established his law practice in 1952 and remained active in the firm of Stone & Hinds until shortly before his death. Stone served on the board of directors for the Knoxville Opera and Presbyterian Homes of Tennessee. He also was active in the Kiwanis Club and was a member of the Sons of the Revolution. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the University of Tennessee Foundation, Harold Bell Stone Scholarship Endowment, 600 Henley St., Suite 100, Knoxville, TN 37996.
THOMAS FRANKLIN INGRAM of Lenoir City died Sept. 1. He was 88. He earned his law degree from Cumberland School of Law in 1950 after serving in the U.S. Navy as a pilot in World War II. He worked for the FBI in Washington, D.C. before moving back to Lenoir City to practice law with Daniel & Fowler. He was a General Sessions judge in Loudon County and later Lenoir City judge. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Central United Methodist Church, 301 Hickory Creek Road, Lenoir City, TN 37771.