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Governor selects Davidson County judges
On March 26 Gov. Phil Bredesen appointed Nashville attorney Joe P. Binkley Jr. to the Davidson County Circuit Court, Division V, and Russell Perkins of Whites Creek to the Davidson County Chancery Court, Part IV. They were sworn in April 8 at the State Capitol. Binkley, top photo, stands with his wife Suzanne. Perkins stands with his wife Renita. Binkley, a graduate of the Vanderbilt University Law School, has been a solo practitioner for 38 years. Perkins has been serving as deputy attorney general of the Tennessee Attorney General's Tobacco Enforcement Division since 2006.

Stites & Harbison has named a new member in its Franklin office. Joseph J. Jensen joins the banking and real estate practice group where he will focus on representing financial institutions. Previously, Jensen practiced law in South Bend, Ind., and served as law clerk to Judge George B. Hoffman Jr., of the Indiana Court of Appeals.

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP has elected the following 11 new partners in its Nashville office. Brett R. Carter earned his law degree in 1998 from the University of Memphis and a master of laws in taxation in 2000 from Georgetown University. From 2004 to 2005, he served in the Judge Advocate General's Corps in Iraq with the Tennessee Army National Guard. S. Keenan Carter received his law degree in 1998 from the University of Memphis. Prior to joining the firm, he was a member of Flanary Carter Schubert, a professional corporation in Dallas. Ryan K. Cochran graduated from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 2000. Prior to joining Waller Lansden, he served as law clerk to Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. Derek W. Edwards earned his law degree from the Vanderbilt University Law School in 2000. Prior to joining the firm, he was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. Alice M. Pettigrew Heywood joined the firm after working as an associate with Stites & Harbison PLLC in Nashville. She received her law degree in 2000 from the University of Memphis. Kevin P. Kimery holds a law degree from the University of Virginia and a master in philosophy from Boston College. He has been with the firm since 2000. Stephen Page graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1994. Before joining the firm he served as vice president of Vanguard Health Systems. Mark Jordan Plotkin earned his law degree in 2000 from Vanderbilt University Law School and worked as an associate with Hughes, Hubbard & Reed LLP in New York before returning to Tennessee to join Waller Lansden. Charles Brent Robbins graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1992. Prior to joining Waller Lansden, he was an associate with Stokes Bartholomew Evans & Petree PA in Nashville. Eric Schultenover began practicing at Waller Lansden after receiving his law degree in 2000 from Washington University. David G. Wilson received his law degree in 1998 from Vanderbilt University Law School. Prior to joining the firm, he was a senior research and development engineer for Allied Signal Aerospace Corporation.

Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan PLLC has named 10 attorneys as new members of the firm. In the Chattanooga office four lawyers were selected. Bruce D. Gill earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2001. Cherie D. Jewell received her law degree in 2000 from the University of Memphis. A licensed registered nurse since 1994, she is also a member of the Justices Ray L. Brock & Robert E. Cooper American Inns of Court. Sean W. Martin graduated from the University of Memphis with business and law degrees in 2000. He serves as publications chair for the Defense Research Institute's Construction Law Committee and is a member of the Georgia Bar Association Young Lawyers Academy Class of 2008. Thomas O. Sippel joined the firm as of counsel in 2004. He received his law degree from Mercer University in 1996.

In Knoxville, Laurel C. Ball, C. Christopher Brown, and Pamela B. Johnson were named members. Ball earned her law degree from the University of Memphis in 2001. Brown, a native of Chattanooga, graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1998. Johnson received her law degree from the University of Memphis in 2000.

In Memphis, Jay M. Atkins and R. Scott Vincent also were named to the position. Atkins, who graduated from the University of Memphis School of Law in 2001, is admitted to practice in Tennessee and Mississippi. Vincent graduated from the school in 2000.

Finally, in Nashville, Stephen B. Morton was selected. He received his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law and is a member of the Harry Phillips American Inns of Court.

Nashville attorney Robert Gowan, who recently served as Gov. Phil Bredesen's senior advisor for policy and legislation, has opened the Tennessee office of the Southern Strategy Group. Located in Suite 1850 of the Nashville City Center, the Southern Strategy Group is part of a nationwide network of government relations and business consulting offices representing education, health care, utilities, communications, banking, insurance, entertainment and real estate development clients.

The law firm of Sherrard & Roe PLC has added two associates to its Nashville office. Michael G. Abelow has joined the litigation group. Prior to joining the firm, he was an attorney with the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. Abelow earned his law degree from Washington & Lee University in 2000. Gregory J. Pease has joined corporate law group. In this position, he will focus on mergers, acquisitions and securities. Prior to joining the firm, he was an attorney with Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP. Pease earned his law degree in 2004 from the University of Memphis and is past president of the University of Memphis-Nashville Law Alumni Club.

The Fleming Law Firm in Springfield recently announced that Edythe Carroll-Moss has joined the firm and will focus her practice in the areas of domestic law, wills and probate. Carroll-Moss graduated in 2007 from the Nashville School of Law.

The Chattanooga law firm of Eric Buchanan & Associates PLLC has named D. Seth Holliday a partner of the firm. A graduate of Washington University School of Law, Holliday initially practiced in Chicago and relocated to Tennessee in 2003. He focuses his litigation practice on long-term disability social security disability cases. He is past president of the Chattanooga Trial Lawyers Association.

In other news from the firm, Eric L. Buchanan, Donna H. Green and R. Scott Wilson have earned certification as social security disability specialists from the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization.

The National Bar Association Ben Jones Chapter recently elected officers for the new bar year. Among those taking office is TBA member Tiffany Johnson with The Cochran Firm in Memphis. She assumes the position of vice president.

The Knoxville law firm of Stone & Hinds PC has added four new associate attorneys to its staff. Michael A. Nolan graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1981 and previously worked for the State of Tennessee and Bechtel-Jacobs Company. Craig P. Raysor recently earned a master of law from the University of Arkansas School of Law. He graduated from the Roger Williams University School of Law in Rhode Island in 2006. Douglas L. Rose joins the firm after graduating last year from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review. Charles D. Waller comes to the firm as a recent graduate of the Valparaiso University School of Law in Indiana and former law clerk to Judge Jeffrey J. Dywan of the Lake County, Ill., Superior Court. Each of these attorneys will focus on civil law, including commercial litigation, personal injury, products liability, domestic relations, creditors rights, bankruptcy and estate planning.

The Nashville firm of Hollins, Wagster, Weatherly & Raybin PC has hired two attorneys in its civil litigation section. Sarah S. Richter earned her law degree in 2005 from the University of Memphis and served as senior law clerk to Judge William B. Cain of the Tennessee Court of Appeals. She focuses her practice in the areas civil trial and appellate litigation. David J. Weissman has been a practicing attorney since 1989. His practice consists of plaintiff's personal injury, social security disability, and civil/commercial litigation.

Paul A. Forsyth has joined the law firm of Pitts & Brittian PC in Knoxville as an associate. He will focus on patents, trademarks and other intellectual property matters. Forsyth received his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2007. During law school he worked for Judge Thomas A. Varlan of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

The American College of Bankruptcy has inducted Michael P. Coury, a member of the law firm of Farris Bobango & Branan PLC, as a fellow of the college. Coury is one of 29 nominees from the U.S. and abroad, and the first practicing attorney from Memphis, to be inducted. Coury is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, a past chairman of the bankruptcy section of the Tennessee Bar Association and past chair of the Memphis Bar Association's bankruptcy section. His practice is focused on bankruptcy reorganizations and related litigation, business restructuring and out-of-court workouts and commercial litigation.

The firm of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP has been recognized by the Legal Marketing Association for its 2006 annual report, which featured firm clients and the legal issues they face. The firm placed third in a contest that judged creativity, execution, achievement and overall excellence in legal marketing.

David A. Prather, senior counsel with Ford & Harrison LLP, has accepted the position of senior policy advisor for the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor. The appointment will last through the end of the current presidential term. Prather's practice centers on employment discrimination litigation, including Fair Labor Standards Act litigation and collective/class actions. Prather is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Memphis Bar Association's Leadership Forum and chairs the MBA's personnel committee.

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC in Nashville has hired Robert D. Pinson to practice in the areas of business law, tax law and alcoholic beverage law. Pinson previously practiced law with Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP in Louisville, Ky. He received his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2003, and his master of laws in taxation from the University of Florida's Levin College of Law in 2005.

The Napier-Looby Bar Association has held elections for the new bar year. Newly elected officers for 2008-2009 include TBA members President Jonathan E. Richardson with Smith & Hirsch PLC, Vice President/President-Elect Isaac T. Conner with Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop PC, and Treasurer William H. Stover " all of Nashville.

Riley Warnock & Jacobson PLC recently announced that Amy J. Everhart, Salvador M. Hernandez and John W. Peterson have become members of the firm. Everhart joined the firm after graduating from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1998. She focuses her practice on commercial litigation, entertainment, copyright, trademark and other intellectual property matters. She also is a current member of the Tennessee Bar Association's Leadership Law class. Hernandez joined the firm in 2000 after completing a clerkship with Judge Gilbert S. Merritt of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a 1999 graduate of the Vanderbilt University Law School. Hernandez has extensive experience in general and complex civil litigation and has represented clients in a range of business disputes. Peterson joined the firm in 2007 after relocating to Nashville from California. After completing law school at the University of Southern California, he began his law practice at the Los Angeles firm of White & Case. He went on to co-found the litigation firm of Bate, Peterson, Deacon, Zinn & Young LLP. His experience includes a broad range of complex commercial and general business litigation matters and work with real estate, construction, securities, insurance, labor, employment, copyright and trademark clients.

Nashville attorneys Jonathan Cole, with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz PC, and James Crumlin Jr., with Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, were recently named members of the board of the Young Leaders Council, a Nashville-based nonprofit that has trained more than 1,400 men and women to participate on the boards of nonprofit agencies.

Charles F. Aiken has joined the Chattanooga firm of Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel PC, where he will practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate and securities law, and business organizations. Aiken earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Prior to joining the firm, he practiced with Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Knoxville lawyer WILLIAM C. SKAGGS JR. died March 16 at the age of 85. A native of Knoxville, he earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Tennessee and spent his entire legal career with the firm of Ayres & Parkey. An active member of the bar and the community, he served as president of the Knoxville Bar Association, the Cherokee Country Club and The Cotillion Club. The family requests that memorials be made to Catholic Charities or the donor's charity of choice.

Chattanooga lawyer WILLIAM KIRK SNOUFFER died March 25 at the age of 59. A 1973 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, he began his legal career as a law clerk to Chief Judge Virgil Pittman of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama. In 1975, he began private practice with the firm of Chambliss, Bahner, Crutchfield, Gaston & Irvine " now Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel in Chattanooga " where he practiced in the areas of estate and retirement planning, taxation, executive compensation, real estate and business planning. Snouffer served for many years as the firm's managing partner and as the unofficial firm historian. At the family's request, memorial donations be made to The American Cancer Society, The American Diabetes Association, McKamey Animal Care and Adoption Center, The Tennessee River Gorge Trust or the donor's favorite charity.