Leadership Law Alumni

Leadership Law aims to serve the legal profession by equipping participants with the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to serve as leaders in the profession and in the community as a whole.

US Attorney's Office
110 9th Ave S. Ste A961
Nashville, TN 37203-3870
Communications Committee Chair
Ellis and Ellis Law PC
190 B Market Place Blvd
Knoxville, TN 37922
Immediate Past Chair
Eldridge & Blakney PC
PO Box 398
Knoxville, TN 37901
Phillips & Ingrum
117 E Main St
Gallatin, TN 37066

Alumni Happenings, October 2016

Alumni Happenings

Amanda Busby (2014) was nominated in August 2016 by Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and appointed by the Knoxville City Council to serve on the Civil Service Merit Board for the City of Knoxville.

Jeremy Cothern (2015) welcomed a new baby girl, McLean, in June 2016. Cothern also joined Patrick, Beard, Schulman & Jacoway, P.C. in May 2016.

Sherie Edwards (2010) is set to begin her year as Vice-Chairman of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Small Law Department committee in October 2016 and will become Chair in October 2017. The SLD committee is an international committee of approximately 6700 members, comprised of in-house counsel who work in law departments of 5 attorneys or less. Edwards is also in her last year of serving as the TBA’s Treasurer. Assistant Treasurer, Mary Dohner Smith (2009), will become Treasurer in June 2017.

Shannon Coleman Egle (2011), her husband Brian and daughter Ava are over the moon about their newest addition, Amelia Rose Egle, born on August 28, 2016.

Daniel Ellis (2016) and wife Beth G. Ellis are happy to announce that they are expecting their first child due Spring 2017.

Amy J. Everhart (2008) recently moved her law firm, Everhart Law Firm PLC, just off the square in downtown Franklin. She welcomes all TBALL’ers who happen to be visiting the Williamson County courthouse to stop by and check out her new digs. Everhart Law Firm handles trademark, copyright, entertainment and technology transactional and litigation matters in the Middle Tennessee area. Everhart has also been recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2017 Trademark Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Nashville.

Brian Faughnan (2005) received the Best Lawyers 2017 Appellate Practice “Lawyer of the Year” award in Memphis. He was also appointed to the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers for a two-year term ending in 2018.

Rob Frost (2009) has become the minority owner of the Forest City Owls baseball club. The Owls are a member of the 16-team Coastal Plain League in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. You can find more on the Owls here

Chasity Grice (2014) has been elected as a fellow by the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) for the 2016-17 bar year. This honor comes just as Grice is finishing her fellowship as ABA Real Property Trust and Estate Section fellow (2014-2016).

Mary Beth Hagan (2013) has expanded her firm to include a fourth attorney, Jared Lynd, who is a graduate of UT Law. Hagan Law Group, PLLC focuses on construction, business and probate issues and is based in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Jay Ingrum (2016) was selected as a member of the 2017 Leadership Middle Tennessee, a regional leadership program founded to engage community and business leaders in the 10 county region of Middle Tennessee. The program began in September 2016 and comes to a close with a commencement celebration in May 2017.

Angela B. Rauber (2013) and husband have welcomed a son, Mateo, into their family. Mateo was born in February 2016 and placed with Angela and her husband for adoption in late March. Angela adds that Mateo is an amazing teacher—mere months into his immersion training, Angela’s diaper changing and bottle preparing efficiency ratings have improved tremendously. Rauber also joined Strategic Property Partners (SPP) as Vice President, Planning & Zoning Counsel. SPP is a real estate development joint venture between Cascade Investment, LLC and Jeff Vinik. SPP.

Gabe Roberts (2016) and his wife Ashleigh Roberts (2014), along with their daughter Seeley, welcomed the birth of their quadruplets on Ashleigh’s birthday, September 6, 2016: Colette Carmen Roberts, Wade Gabriel Roberts, Helen Bird Roberts and Rivers Alexander Roberts. In addition to their new arrivals, Gabe was also promoted from TennCare General Counsel to Deputy Director & Chief Operating Officer in July 2016 and was the recipient of the 2016 Nashville Chamber of Commerce Nashville Emerging Leader Award in the Legal Services Industry.

Rachel Rosenblatt (2016) and her husband, Josh, are happy to announce that Rachel is expecting a baby girl due in January 2017.

Chay Sengkhounmany (2009) welcomed a new baby girl over the summer. Emilia Manivong Sengkhounmany was born in May 2016 and weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces and was 19 inches long. Her brother Eli and sister Elle are thrilled to have her join their family.

Caitlin Doty Smith (2013) gave birth to her first child in July 2016. Cory William Smith weighed 8 pounds and 4 ounces and measured 20.75 inches long.

Shea Sisk Wellford (2006) has had the pleasure of serving the attorneys of Shelby County as the President of the Memphis Bar Association this year.

TBALL Alumni Association Fall Receptions

The annual TBALL Fall Receptions saw a rise in attendance this year. Held during the month of September in Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville, the events brought out a total of 122 TBALL alumni and new nominees, an increase of 29 guests from 2015. Special thanks to the gracious reception hosts: 

• Memphis: Baker Donelson and alumnae Whitney Harmon (2016) 
• Nashville: Wiseman Ashworth Law Group and Gail Ashworth (Steering Committee) 
• Chattanooga: Chambliss Bahner & Stophel and alumnus Jeffrey Maddux (2016) 
• Knoxville: Robertson Overbey and alumnae Stephanie Coleman (2014)

TBALL Class of 2017

Nearly 200 attorneys from across the state were nominated for the upcoming TBALL Class of 2017. The new class will be chosen during the first week of November. 

The 2017 session dates and locaitons are as follows:

• January 5-7: Opening Retreat, Montgomery Bell State Park
• February 14: Issues in Politics & Policy, Nashville
• March 9-10: Issues in Community Leadership, Memphis
• April 5-6: Issues in the Courts, Chattanooga
• May 9: Leadership in Action
• June 15-17: TBA Annual Convention & Commencement Ceremony, Kingsport

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Memphis Lawyers Make 40 Under 40 Listing

The Memphis Business Journal has released its 2016 Top 40 under 40 awards. Among the 41 honorees are several attorneys, including Alena Allen, associate law professor at the University of Memphis School of Law, Annie Christoff with Bass, Berry & Sims, Tennessee Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris, Tanya Holmes in the legal department of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Paul Sciubba, litigation director at Autozone and Matthew White with Baker Donelson. An awards ceremony will take place Nov. 11 at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Memphis. For more information on the event, contact Sarah Butts, 901-259-1713.

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