2012 Leadership Law Class Completes Program

35 graduate, one honored with service award at TBA convention

NASHVILLE, June 12, 2012 -- Thirty-five attorneys from across the state graduated from the Tennessee Bar Association's Leadership Law program during the association's annual convention in Memphis last week.

In addition, class member Curtis Bowe with Bowe & Associates PLLC in Chattanooga was named the first recipient of the Larry D. Wilks Leadership Award. Created to honor the former Springfield lawyer and TBA president who died this past August, the award recognizes a Leadership Law participant who exhibits "exceptional leadership qualities that enhance the Leadership Law experience for all class members." Wilks was instrumental in creating the program and served as its chair for a number of years. Bowe was selected by his fellow classmates and was presented the award at the class graduation dinner on June 8.

Now in its ninth year, Leadership Law is designed to equip Tennessee lawyers with the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to serve as leaders in their profession and local communities. A new class is selected each year and spends six months learning about leadership in the legal profession, issues in the courts, policymaking in state government and the importance of community service.

Graduating class members are:

  • Michael G. Abelow, Sherrard & Roe PLC, Nashville
  • Megan Arthur, Shea Moskovitz & McGhee PLC, Memphis
  • Laurel C. Ball, Leitner Williams Dooley & Napolitan PLLC, Knoxville
  • Spencer R. Barnes, Morrison & Barnes, Jackson
  • Leslie Beale, The Beale Firm PLLC, Knoxville
  • Curtis L. Bowe III, Bowe & Associates, Chattanooga
  • Philip B. Byrum, Evans Harrison Hackett PLLC, Chattanooga
  • Mark A. Castleberry, London & Amburn PC, Knoxville
  • Kimberly L. Cooper, Office of the District Attorney, Spring Hill
  • Loretta G. Cravens, Eldridge, Blakney & Trant PC, Knoxville
  • Jason D. Demastus, Office of the District Attorney, Chattanooga
  • Kacey L. Faughnan, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs LLP, Memphis
  • Lora D. Fowler, District Attorney's Office, Memphis
  • Mary Taylor Gallagher, Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin PLLC, Nashville
  • Brandon O. Gibson, Pentecost & Glenn PLLC, Jackson
  • Mary Beth Haltom, Lewis King Krieg & Waldrop PC, Nashville
  • Gary L. Henry, Gearhiser Peters Cavett Elliott & Cannon PLLC, Chattanooga
  • Iyona Hilliard Houston, City of Memphis, Memphis
  • Heather J. Hubbard, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP, Nashville
  • Jeremy A. Ireland, Fed Ex Corporation, Memphis
  • Lynn V. Lawyer, Law Office of Gary R. Wilkinson, Nashville
  • Chris W. McCarty, Lewis King Krieg & Waldrop PC, Knoxville
  • J. Brandon McWherter, Gilbert Russell & McWherter PLC, Jackson
  • Megan J. Moore, Tennessee General Assembly, Nashville
  • Robert D. Pinson, Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, Nashville
  • Kevin G. Ritz, U.S. Attorney's Office, Memphis
  • Thomas S. Santel Jr., Cope Hudson Reed & McCreary PLLC, Murfreesboro
  • M. Casey Shannon, Thomason Hendrix Harvey Johnson & Mitchell PLLC, Memphis
  • Katherine A. Summers, Constangy Brooks & Smith LLP, Nashville
  • David H. Veile, Schell Binkley & Davies LLC, Franklin
  • Phillip E. Walker, Waddey & Patterson PC, Nashville
  • Wendy M. Warren, Bass Berry & Sims PLC, Nashville
  • Kyle M. Wiggins, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, Memphis
  • Brian C. Winfrey, The Winfrey Firm, Nashville
  • Tyler C. Yarbro, Dodson Parker & Behm PC, Nashville

Photographs or additional biographical information is available for any these individuals on request.


The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) is the largest professional association in Tennessee with more than 13,000 members. Founded in 1881, the TBA provides opportunities for continuing legal education, professional development and public service. The TBA’s dedication to serving the state’s legal community is evidenced by its membership roll, which represents the entire spectrum of legal practice: plaintiff and defense lawyers, corporate counsel, judges, prosecutors, public defenders, government lawyers and legal services attorneys.