Nashville law firms hit six-figures for starting lawyers

Nashville's largest law firms have cracked the six-figure barrier on the amount they'll pay new associates, the Nashville Business Journal reports today. The city's four largest firms -- Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, Bass Berry & Sims, Boult Cummings Conners & Berry and Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz -- all have increased their starting salaries by $15,000 to $100,000 the paper reports. Figures are based on reports by the National Association for Legal Career Professionals and interviews with firm members.
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Leslie A. Cory, Chattanooga, Tennessee, (on appeal); Stuart Brown, Chattanooga, Tennessee, (at trial), for the appellant, Kevin Hunter Biggs.

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Blind Akrawi, Assistant Attorney General; William H. Cox, III, District Attorney General; Mary Sullivan Moore and Yolanda Mitchell, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, the State of Tennessee.


A Hamilton County Criminal Court jury convicted the defendant, Kevin Hunter Biggs, of one count of aggravated sexual battery, a Class B felony. The trial court sentenced the defendant to eight years in the Department of Correction to be served at one hundred percent as a child rapist. The defendant1 appeals, claiming (1) that the successor trial judge was not qualified to act as thirteenth juror; (2) that the trial court erred in failing to include attempted aggravated sexual battery as a lesser included offense; (3) that the state withheld exculpatory information from the defendant in violation of Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83, 83 S. Ct. 1194 (1963) and Rule 16 of the Tennessee Rules of Criminal Procedure; (4) that the designated trial judge erred in concluding the defendant's newly discovered evidence was not likely to change the result of the trial; and (5) that the trial court erred in admitting irrelevant and highly prejudicial character and hearsay testimony. Concluding that the successor trial judge could not act as the thirteenth juror, we reverse the judgment of the trial court and remand the case for a new trial.



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