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Memphis city attorney Herman Morris Jr. is the 2013 recipient of the International Municipal Lawyers Association’s Joseph I. Mulligan Jr. Distinguished Public Service Award, which recognizes achievements in local government law. Morris is the first attorney from Memphis to receive this award.
Rosemary E. Phillips has been appointed Robertson County clerk and master by Chancellor Laurence M. McMillan Jr. She succeeds Kenneth Hudgens, who is retiring after 35 years. A resident of Goodlettsville, Phillips has practiced law for 31 years in the fields of family law and mediation. She earned her law degree from the University of Memphis School of Law in 1982. She will take office on Jan. 13.
John Ray Clemmons and J. Michael Clemons have launched Clemmons & Clemons, a civil litigation and general practice firm in downtown Nashville. The pair says the firm will focus on young professionals and small-business owners who need affordable, competent legal representation. John Ray Clemmons graduated from the University of Memphis School of Law in 2005. Michael Clemons earned his law degree from the Nashville School of Law in 2005.
Alexander Oaks Waters has joined Long, Ragsdale & Waters as an associate attorney. He will focus on real estate transactions. Waters began clerking with the firm in December 2011. He also clerked with the Knox and Sevier counties’ district attorneys in the summer of 2011. He earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2013.
Clarksville lawyer Roland Robert Lenard, pro bono chair of the Midsouth Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), recently authored an article on how to run an ethical pro bono immigration clinic. The piece was published in the fall issue of AILA’s Pro Bono Newsletter. Last year, Lenard chaired AILA’s Nashville Pro Bono Immigration Clinic, which was held in conjunction with the association’s annual conference with more than 2,500 immigration lawyers attending.
Memphis lawyer Haavi Morreim has been appointed vice chair of the American Bar Association’s Task Force on ADR and Conflict Resolution in Health Care, as well as vice chair of the American Health Lawyers Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Affinity Group. Morreim is a principal in the Alternative Dispute Institute and a Rule 31-listed mediator for both civil and family matters. She teaches law and bioethics at the UT College of Medicine.
Burr & Forman recently announced that Nashville-based partner Brendi Kaplan has been selected for the 2014 class of Leadership Middle Tennessee. She will join 30 other community and business leaders in the year-long program. At Burr & Forman, Kaplan practices in the areas of health care, real estate and public finance. She graduated in 1984 from the John Marshall Law School.
Karen G. Crutchfield has joined the Knoxville office of Wimberly Lawson Wright Daves & Jones as a member. She maintains a general civil litigation practice. She earned a law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1994 and a master in social work from Washington University in St. Louis.
Memphis attorney Pamela Williams Kelly received this year’s Celebrate Pro Bono Award from the Memphis Bar Association Access to Justice Committee and the Memphis Area Legal Services Pro Bono Project for accepting the largest combined number of legal clinic and extended service cases for indigent clients. Kelly operates the Law Offices of Pamela Kelly where she handles family law, immigration, business, intellectual property and veterans’ cases.
Beau Creson has joined the Nashville law firm of Walker, Tipps & Malone, where he will focus on business and tort litigation and arbitration. Originally from Memphis, Creson attended and graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2013.
Chattanooga-based Olsen Law Firm recently announced that Elizabeth “Eliza” L. Epps has joined the immigration firm as an associate. A native of Little Rock, Epps earned her law degree from William & Mary Law School.
She previously clerked with the firm as well as with the Arkansas Supreme Court and Legal Aid of Arkansas.
The husband-and-wife team of Russell and Julie Cornell has opened the Cornell Law Group in Nashville’s historic Germantown neighborhood. The firm will handle estate planning, probate and tax matters, and will have a special focus on families with young children. Both earned their law degrees from Pepperdine University School of Law. Russell Cornell went on to earn a master of law in taxation from New York University School of Law. He previously practiced with KPMG’s international corporate tax group. The firm is located at 1312 5th Ave. N., Suite 102, Nashville, TN 37208. It may be reached at (615) 301-1733 or www.lawclg.com.
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough recently hired Nashville real estate lawyer Tim Meyer as an attorney of counsel. Meyer will focus his practice on mergers and acquisitions, and corporate and loan transactions. He previously was lead counsel for a publicly traded real estate investment trust’s business group focusing on medical facilities. Meyer earned his law degree and a master of business administration from Vanderbilt University.
Attorney Rachel C. Nelley has joined the Nashville office of Farris Bobango Branan as an associate. She will focus on administrative and health care law, including matters involving licensure and disciplinary proceedings. She also will assist clients with probate, estate and related issues. Nelley earned her law degree from the Cumberland School of Law in 1998.
Proceeds from the National Bar Association Ben F. Jones Chapter’s Barrister’s Ball helped fund scholarships for three minority students at the University of Memphis School of Law and the pro bono work of Memphis Area Legal Services. At the event, Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Camille McMullen and Regional Medical Center lawyer Monica Wharton received the A. A. Latting Award for outstanding service to the legal profession and local community. Lawyer and Shelby County Commissioner Walter Bailey received the President’s Award from Imad Abdullah, chapter president and attorney at Baker Donelson Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz. Also at the meeting the chapter announced its 2014 Executive Board. TBA members among the group are Vice President Amber Floyd and Corresponding Secretary Asia Diggs.
Hendersonville lawyer Timothy L. Takacs recently sponsored the 14th Annual Time Out Workshop, which drew more than 200 professionals who serve the elderly and disabled throughout Tennessee. The program featured noted experts in the long-term care field and vendor exhibits from 18 organizations. Takacs operates The Elder Law Practice of Timothy L. Takacs. He graduated in 1980 from Vanderbilt University Law School.
Two lawyers with Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop recently were elected to leadership positions with professional organizations. In the Nashville office, shareholder Robert Chapski was named a sustaining member of the Product Liability Advisory Council Inc. In the Knoxville office, shareholder Richard W. Krieg was one of six attorneys selected to serve on the board of directors of ALFA International, a global legal network of 145 firms.
The Nashville law firm of Cornelius & Collins has added Sepideh C. Khansari and Peter C. Robison as associates. Khansari brings more than four years of civil litigation experience to the firm, having previously worked at Butler Snow and Miller & Martin. She earned her law degree from Washington & Lee University and a master of business administration from Middle Tennessee State University. At the firm, she will work in the areas of insurance, medical malpractice and personal injury. Robison focuses his law practice on employment, insurance, general civil litigation and estate administration. Prior to joining the firm, he practiced at Drescher & Sharp and clerked for Davidson County Circuit Court Judge Thomas W. Brothers. He earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University in 2008.
Seven Tennessee lawyers recently were admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court during admission ceremonies in Washington, D.C. They are Daniel Berexa with Cornelius & Collins in Nashville; Molly Glover with Burch Porter & Johnson in Memphis; Cookeville lawyer Gregory L. Groth; former Knoxville lawyer Angela Bolton Rauber; TBA President-elect Jonathan O. Steen with Redding, Steen & Staton in Jackson; David Veile with Schell & Davies in Franklin; and 13th Judicial District Attorney General Randy York of Cookeville.
Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel has added three new associate attorneys. Martha Culp joins the firm’s business group. She graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in 2013. Alex McVeagh joins the firm’s litigation and risk management practice group. He graduated in 2013 from Vanderbilt University Law School. Jed Roebuck joins the firm’s health care practice group. He also will handle business matters. He earned his law degree in 2011 from the University of Mississippi School of Law.
Ashley Farrell has joined the Nashville law firm of Hollins, Raybin & Weissman as an associate attorney. She will focus her practice on plaintiff’s personal injury and domestic relations. Farrell graduated from the Nashville School of Law in 2013.
Jackson lawyer Tausha Carmack Alexander has been named the new executive director for Tennessee Railroads, the lobbying group for the state’s top railroad companies. She previously was a civil defense lawyer in Kingsport, vice president and deputy general counsel for the Tennessee Bankers Association, and owner of her own government relations practice in Jackson.
Two Tennessee lawyers, Margaret Behm and Jocelyn Wurzburg, recently were inducted into the state’s Women’s Hall of Fame. The honor is bestowed by the Tennessee Economic Council on Women on those whose lives reflect exceptional devotion to improving the economic status of women and girls. State Supreme Court Justice Cornelia A. Clark was on hand for the ceremony. Behm, a partner with Dodson Parker Behm & Caparella, was recognized for founding the first all-female law firm in Nashville and for her service on the Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission and the YWCA’s board and executive committee. Wurzburg, a mediator, advocate for civil rights and longtime member of the Tennessee Human Rights Commission, was recognized for her work helping pass the Tennessee Human Rights Act of 1978. She runs her own mediation firm in Memphis.
Memphis lawyer Kelly Rayne has joined the Greater Memphis Chamber as vice president of public policy. Rayne previously served as Shelby County attorney, as well as legislative adviser and special counsel to former mayors Jim Rout and A C Wharton Jr. She also served as interim economic development director and public policy adviser in the mayor’s office. Rayne began her career in the public defender’s office in 1994. She earned her law degree from the University of Mississippi. ONE ELECTRONIC PHOTO
Waller has added 20 new associates to its Nashville office. They are:
Lindsey R. Arnold, a 2007 graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law. Prior to joining the firm, Arnold was an associate with Burr & Forman LLP in Atlanta and Nashville. She will practice in the area of corporate law.
W. Wells Beckett, a 2013 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. He will practice in the area of corporate law.
Amanda Brown, a 2008 graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law. Prior to joining Waller, she was an associate with Phelps Dunbar in Tupelo, Miss. Brown will practice in the area of health care law.
Evan L. Clark, a 2012 graduate of Cumberland School of Law. Prior to joining the firm, Clark served as law clerk to Davidson County Circuit Court Judge Thomas W. Brothers. He will handle real estate law.
Eric B. Fugett, a 2009 graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School. He also holds a master in food science from Cornell University. Prior to joining Waller, he was an associate with Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz in Wilmington, Del. He will practice in the area of intellectual property law.
Lindsay E. Jacques, a 2013 graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School. She will practice in the area of corporate law.
Aron Z. Karabel, a 2005 graduate of Albany Law School. Prior to joining Waller, he was an associate with Thomas Drohan Waxman Petigrow & Mayle in Hopewell Junction, N.Y. He will practice in the area of labor and employment law.
C. Hunter Kitchens, a 2011 graduate of Mississippi College School of Law. Prior to joining the firm, he was an associate with King & Ballow in Nashville. He will practice in the area of labor and employment law.
Eleanor G. McCulty, a 2010 graduate of the Columbia University School of Law. Prior to joining Waller, she was an associate with Sullivan & Cromwell in New York. She will practice in the area of finance and restructuring.
Casey N. Miley, a 2011 graduate of the Nashville School of Law. Prior to joining the firm, Miley served as an assistant attorney general in the Office of the Tennessee Attorney General. She will handle real estate law.
Chen G. Ni, a 2013 graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School. Prior to joining Waller, Chen interned with King & Wood in Shanghai. He will practice in the area of labor and employment law.
Brian A. Pierce, a 2011 graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School. Prior to joining Waller, he was an associate with Vinson & Elkins in Houston. He will practice in the area of labor and employment law.
Jade M. Preis, a 2013 graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School. She will practice in the area of finance and restructuring.
Jessica R. Reeves, a 2013 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Law. Reeves also completed a semester at the Japan campus of Temple University School of Law and holds a master of business administration from Yale. She will handle real estate law.
Catherine Rolen, a 2013 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. She also holds a master in English from Middle Tennessee State University. She will practice in the area of health care law.
Kathleen Roth, a 2009 graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law. She also holds a master of business administration from the University of Baltimore. Prior to joining the firm, she was an associate with Duane Morris LLP in Philadelphia. She will practice in the area of corporate law.
P. Maxwell Smith, a 2007 graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law. Prior to joining the firm, Smith was an associate with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in Nashville. He will practice in the area of labor and employment law.
Lanta Wang, a 2011 graduate of Duke University School of Law where she also earned a master of law in international and comparative law. Prior to joining the firm, Wang was a legal fellow with the university and its Health System Office of Counsel. She will practice in the area of corporate law.
Joseph L. Watson, a 2011 graduate from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Prior to joining Waller, he served as law clerk to Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade. He will practice in the litigation and dispute resolution.
William F. Wilson, a 2012 graduate of Washington University School of Law where he also earned a master of law in intellectual property law. Prior to joining Waller, Wilson was a post-graduate legal fellow in the school’s Office of Technology Management. He will practice in the area of intellectual property law.
Memphis lawyer CHARLES JEFFREY “C. J.” BARNETT died Nov. 21, 2013. He was 62. Barnett earned his law degree from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 1975. He operated a general civil practice focusing on insurance, tort and personal injury law, and provided alternative dispute resolution services to clients. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to New Hope Christian Academy, 3000 University St., Memphis 38127.
Chattanooga attorney and Miller & Martin partner JAMES GUY BEATTY JR. died Nov. 12, 2013, after a long illness. He was 82. A graduate of Emory University School of Law, Beatty was named a distinguished alumnus of the school in 1999. He was a member of the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners and chair of the board of directors for the National Conference of Bar Examiners. He also served in the ABA House of Delegates. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Church of the Good Shepherd, 211 Franklin Rd., Lookout Mountain, TN 37350; Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, 1270 Market St., Chattanooga 37402; or the donor’s favorite charity.
Former Jasper city attorney PAUL DEWITT KELLY JR. died Nov. 16, 2013, at 86. A graduate of Vanderbilt University and its law school, Kelly practiced law in Jasper as both a solo practitioner and a partner in Kelly and Kelly Attorneys, where he remained of counsel after his retirement. He served as a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Foundation and Marion County Bar Association, which he also led as president. He was active in the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga, 4411 Oakwood Dr., Chattanooga, TN 37416; Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C., 20090; or Hosanna Community, P.O. Box 958, Hixson 37343.
Memphis lawyer PAUL J. McCLURE JR. died Nov. 6, 2013. He was 93. A graduate of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, he served in World War II as an ROTC professor at Rutgers University, and later practiced law with Woen & Lail in Memphis. After retirement he spent many hours every week helping low-income retirement home residents with legal documents. Memorials may be made to the Church Health Center or Colonial Park United Methodist Church. Read more about him on page 4.
Knoxville attorney DONALD F. PAINE died Nov. 18, 2013. He was 74. A former president of both the Knoxville and Tennessee Bar associations, Paine also was a founder of the Tennessee Law Institute and a well-known speaker and author. He was a founding member of the Tennessee Bar Journal Editorial Board and frequent contributor. He was awarded the Journal’s Justice Joe Henry Award for Outstanding Legal Writing in 1989 and 1997. A graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, Paine was of counsel with the firm of Paine, Tarwater, and Bickers LLP. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Legal Aid of East Tennessee, 502 S. Gay St., Suite 404, Knoxville 37902. Also, the Tennessee Judicial Conference Foundation is accepting donations for the Donald Franklin Paine Scholarship. Send to 1903 Division St., Nashville 37203. Read more about Mr. Paine on page 31.
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