The Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law (TBALL) Class of 2017 members took part in media training during the group’s “Leadership in Action” session in Franklin in May. From left, Patricia Jones, Tony Orlandi, Lesley Tate-Farmer and Kay Caudle.

The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands has announced the addition of Kerry Dietz, who most recently worked as interim counsel for Congressman Jim Cooper. She will practice in the areas of mortgage foreclosure, housing and consumer law in the Legal Aid Society’s Gallatin office.

Also, the Gallatin office has relocated to 106 Public Square, Suite 109. Three staff attorneys and two staff members work at the new location in Macon, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale and Wilson counties. All phone numbers to the Gallatin location remain unchanged.

Butler Snow has added Robert L. Crawford, Michael I. Less and Clifton M. Lipman to its commercial litigation group practicing in the Memphis office. Crawford concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, including financial institutions and general business disputes.

Less concentrates his practice in all aspects of construction law. His experience includes serving as counsel for owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, design professionals, financial institutions, insurance companies and sureties.Lipman concentrates his practice in all aspects of construction law and will practice in an of counsel role at Butler Snow. He has served as counsel, mediator and/or arbitrator on numerous multiparty and multimillion dollar claims.

Shane G. Ramsey, partner in Nelson Mullins’ Nashville office, was named vice chair of the firm’s national bankruptcy and financial restructuring practice group. Ramsey will lead more than 30 bankruptcy lawyers in the firm’s 17 offices around the country. Ramsey joined the Nashville office last year.

Knoxville firm Pryor, Priest, Harber, Floyd and Coffey has added H. Stephen Gillman as a partner in the firm. He is a 2005 cum laude graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, joining the firm as an associate that same year. Gillman’s areas of practice include representing individuals in damages cases involving personal injury, family law and domestic relations, preparation of wills, and probate and estate litigation.

Former Frost Brown Todd managing associates Tonya Austin and Jason Bergeron in Nashville were named members of the firm on April 1. Austin practices in the firm’s Business Litigation and Employment practice groups. Her business litigation practice focuses on complex commercial disputes, and in her employment practice, she regularly counsels employers and management.

Bergeron is a member of the firm’s Bankruptcy and Restructuring and Business Litigation practice groups and advises lenders, companies and creditors. His commercial litigation practice includes work on business sale disputes, securities fraud litigation, non-compete disputes, and corporate director and officer liability claims.

Former judge Joe G. Riley has published a new thriller novel, Reelfoot Killins’, the story of two capital-case murders set on northwest Tennessee’s Reelfoot Lake. Riley, who served on the bench for 26 years, wrote the novel from the perspective of a judge. During his tenure, he tried several capital cases and, as an appellate court judge for almost eight years, wrote and participated in numerous death penalty opinions. The book is published by Dog Ear Publishing and available at, Amazon and at bookstores.

Leitner, Williams, Dooley and Napolitan has added attorney N. Craig Holloway to its Knoxville office. Originally from Blount County, Holloway represents clients in the Knoxville metropolitan area and surrounding counties in cases involving divorce, child custody, child support and orders of protection. He also focuses his practice on insurance defense litigation involving automobile and trucking accidents, general liability defense, workers’ compensation and construction law.

Kay Anderson, W. Bradley Gilmer and Hugh Francis IV have joined the Health Care advocacy team at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz’s Memphis office. All three formerly practiced at the Hardison Law Firm in Memphis.

Stites and Harbison attorney Julian Bibb was awarded the 2017 Elizabeth Collins Award for Distinguished Service by the Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program (TLAP). Supported by the Tennessee Supreme Court and the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners, the award is named for the late Memphis attorney Elizabeth Collins, who served as a TLAP commissioner and volunteer.

Beth Bates was inducted into the American Bar Foundation Fellows for 2017. She is managing attorney for the benefits unit at West Tennessee Legal Services in Jackson, is 2017-2018 chair of the TBA’s Disability Law Section, and is a former president of the Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women.

Adams and Reese Government Relations Team Leader Brad Lampley has been named partner in charge of the firm’s Nashville office. Lampley previously served as partner in charge from 2008 to 2015. Current partner in charge Kolin Holladay is departing for the Kansas City-based firm Polsinelli.

Frost Brown Todd has added member James P. Catalano and senior associate Alexandria S. Fisher to the firm’s Nashville office. Catalano is a member of FBT’s Business Litigation Practice Group, where he handles a variety of business and commercial litigation, and product liability cases.

Fisher is a senior associate in FBT’s Regulated Business Practice Group and serves on the firm’s Health Care Service Team. Her law practice focuses on representing individual health care providers before regulatory boards, including the Board of Medical Examiners and the Board of Nursing.

Nashville firm Branstetter, Stranch and Jennings has elected J. Gerard Stranch IV as managing partner. Stranch, son to senior partner James G. Stranch III, is the youngest attorney in the firm’s history to hold the position. He is among the attorneys appointed to serve on the nationwide plaintiffs’ steering committee in litigation against Volkswagen in the diesel vehicles emissions cheating case, and also serves as general counsel to the Tennessee Democratic Party.

F. Dulin Kelly of the Kelly Law Firm in Hendersonville, was installed earlier this year as national president of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) at the organization’s National Board Meeting in San Diego. Kelly is the first person from Tennessee to serve as the group’s president.

Compiled by Linda Murphy and Katharine Heriges.
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