Maureen T. Holland was awarded the Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award for outstanding achievement in the legal profession by The Association for Women Attorneys in January. Her daughter Yvette Holland helped celebrate during the 36th annual Banquet and Silent Auction in Memphis. At the event, the group also honored two women close to the AWA who died recently: attorney Mary Wolff and University of Memphis law professor Janet Richards. The 2016 AWA board officers and committee chairs were also inducted.

The Chattanooga Firm of Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel PC announced Jeffrey Maddux, an attorney in the firm’s creditor’s rights, litigation, risk management and education law groups, is now a shareholder. Maddux represents creditors, businesses and individuals in the banking and finance industry. He is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association’s 2016 Leadership Law program class.

The Nashville Bar Association named Joycelyn Stevenson the 2016 president of its board of directors. She is a shareholder in the Nashville office of Littler, where she focuses her practice on employment and business immigration law. Nathan Ridley, of the Nashville firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, was elected president-elect of the NBA. Ridley leads the firm’s Tennessee government relations and lobbying practice as part of the firm’s Government Affairs Practice Group.

Candi Henry and Tyler Chance Yarbro were named shareholders at the Nashville law firm of Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella PC. Henry, whose litigation practice focuses on appeals, provides advice to businesses and municipal agencies and serves on the firm’s transactional practice team. Yarbro focuses her practice on litigation, serving clients in employment, personal injury, criminal and probate matters.

The Memphis firm of Glankler Brown PLLC announced B. Douglas Earthman was elected to become a fellow of the American College of Bond Counsel, which recognizes lawyers with at least 10 years of substantial experience and high standards of professional and ethical conduct. Earthman concentrates his practice in the areas of transactional work and real estate law.

Zachary L. Talbot joined the Clarksville firm of Patton & Pittman. He will be practicing primarily in the firm’s criminal defense, domestic relations and general civil litigation divisions.

Hodges, Doughty & Carson PLLC, in Knoxville, announced William D. Edwards became a member of the firm, which he joined in 2012 as an associate. His practice focuses primarily in the areas of taxation, estate planning and estate administration. The firm also announced Thomas H. Dickenson became managing partner. Dickenson has held various leadership positions with the firm since 1987.

J. Eric Butler joined Lewis Thomason in Knoxville as special counsel. His practice will focus on white collar criminal defense and estate planning and probate. Butler has handled cases throughout Tennessee that involve the Internal Revenue Service and state taxing authorities.

Nashville attorneys Joshua J. Phillips, R. Calloway Renegar and D. Bryan Thomas are now partners at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings. Phillips is a member of Bradley’s Litigation and Financial Services practice groups. Renegar is a member of the firm’s Banking and Financial Services and Real Estate practice groups. Thomas focuses his litigation practice on construction and property-related litigation where he represents owners, EPC contractors and general contractors.

Laura McKinney joined the business practice at the Chattanooga firm of Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel PC. McKinney, who previously worked at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York City, will focus on corporate and commercial matters including acquisitions, joint ventures and commercial contracts.

Nashville attorney Phillip Miller will teach at the American Association for Justice Ultimate Trial Advocacy College: Art of Persuasion in March at Harvard Law School. Miller, of Phillip Miller & Associates, is certified as a civil trial specialist of the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Registered patent attorney Gary Montle was named shareholder at Patterson Intellectual Property Law PC. Montle, who has been with Patterson since 2008, is a leader in the firm’s electronic and software practice.  

Hall Booth Smith PC partners Jennifer Harrison and Charles Moody will lead the firm’s new Memphis office. Harrison focuses her practice on the defense of professional liability, medical malpractice and general liability cases. Moody, previously a partner in the firm’s Nashville office, focuses his practice on the defense of long-term care facilities, hospitals and other health care providers. Lauren Callins joined the Memphis office as an associate; she focuses her practice on the representation of health care providers.

Wiseman Bray PLLC announced Lindsay Jones was named a member of the Memphis firm. Jones concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning, post-death administration and charitable planned giving.

Chandra N. T. Flint and Stephen M. Montgomery joined the Nashville firm of Neal & Harwell PLC. Flint, who has been a member of the firm since 2004, focuses her practice on family law and criminal and civil litigation. She has been selected as a member of the 2016 class of fellows, participating in a landmark program created by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) to identify, train, and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession.

Montgomery’s practice focuses in the areas of commercial law, bankruptcy and corporate transactions. He has been with the firm since 2008.

The Nashville firm of Cummings Manookian PLC opened an office in Honolulu, Hawaii. This is the firm’s second office.

Brandy M. Burnette joined the Johnson City office of Hancock, Daniel, Johnson & Nagle PC. Burnette, who is licensed in Tennessee and Alabama, brings extensive malpractice defense experience to the firm.

McKenzie Laird announced attorneys Justin Leach and Whitney Haley joined the Nashville firm. Leach, who was previously a partner in the Real Estate practice group at Waller, will focus his practice on commercial real estate transactions. Haley’s practice will focus on business and commercial transactions including corporate, securities, real estate and secured transactions.  Prior to McKenzie Laird, Whitney was an associate at Lewis, Thomason, King, Krieg & Waldrop PC.

Baker Donelson announced Richard G. Cowart and Kristine L. Roberts have been elected to the firm’s board of directors.  Cowart is a shareholder in the firm’s Nashville office and is chair of the Health Law and Public Policy Department. Roberts, a shareholder n the firm’s Memphis office, is a commercial litigator and chair of the firm’s Financial Services Litigation Group.

Hendersonville attorney Barbara Boone McGinnis was named partner at Elder Law Practice of Timothy L. Takacs. McGinnis joined the firm as an associate attorney in 2011 and has helped clients with issues including medical appeals, veteran benefits and probate matters.

Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan PLLC announced nine attorneys joined its firm in its offices across Tennessee. Mary C. DeCamp, a member in the Chattanooga office, will focus on civil litigation in areas including employment law, education law and general insurance defense. David W. Keyt is a new associate in the firm’s Chattanooga office and focuses his practice on professional liability.

Dennis G. Sadler, W. David Darnell and Sarah M. Turner joined the firm’s Memphis office. Sadler joined as a member and will represent businesses, employers and insurers in areas including construction law, products liability and workers’ compensation. Darnell joined as of counsel and will defend clients in general liability, product liability and workers’ compensation. Turner is a new associate and will focus her practice primarily in the area of domestic litigation.

Adam F. Rust, a member in the firm’s Knoxville office, will focus his practice primarily on civil litigation. His cases include premises liability, automobile accidents and trucking accidents. Jess E. Maples is a new associate in the Knoxville office and will handle cases in the areas of premises liability, trucking accidents and workers’ compensation.

Christen C. Blackburn joined the Nashville office as a member and will represent Fortune 500 companies, small business and governmental entities. Jordan T. Puryear joined the firm’s Nashville office as an associate. His practice will focus on the areas of workers’ compensation, premises liability and general liability.

Compiled by Linda Murphy and Amelia Ferrell Knisely. Tennessee Bar Association members may send information about job changes, awards and work-related news. Send it to SUCCESS! c/o The Journal at 221 Fourth Ave. N., Suite 400, Nashville, TN 37219-2198, or email to

Submissions are subject to editing. Pictures are used on a space-available basis and cannot be returned. Electronic photos must be saved as a tiff or jpeg (with no compression), minimum resolution 200 dpi, and at least 1”x1.5” or they will not be used.

For information on paid Professional Announcements, contact Jennie Russell at 800-647-1511.

          | TBA Law Blog