Young Lawyer Receives TBA Award

At the annual Lawyer’s Lunch held during the convention, Nashville lawyer Marisa L. Combs received a President’s Award from outgoing TBA President Jacqueline Dixon for her work as co-chair of the Ethics & Professional Responsibility Committee’s Transition Subcommittee. The recently created subcommittee worked diligently this past year to present a comprehensive plan on how lawyers can plan for the transition of their law practice in the case of death, disability, retirement or incompetency. Together with Chattanooga lawyer Hugh Kendall, Combs drafted proposed changes to the rules governing this issue, as well as materials for lawyers to use. Combs and Kendall also produced a seminar on the topic. The transition issue arose after Combs assisted with the closing of former TBA President and Springfield lawyer Larry Wilks’ law office after his untimely death. Combs, who once worked for Wilks, now practices with Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop where she handles construction law and professional liability defense.