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Posted by: Tba People on Mar 1, 2013

Journal Issue Date: Mar 2013

Journal Name: March 2013 - Vol. 49, No. 3

Shuttleworth Williams is now located in the First Tennessee Plaza at 800 South Gay St., Suite 2031 in Knoxville. The new space puts the office closer to the Knox County Courthouse, state Supreme Court Building and U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

The Montgomery County Bar Association recently elected new officers for 2013. They are President Stanley Ross with Harvill Ross Hogan Ragland, Vice President Nathan Hunt with Patton & Pittman, and Secretary/Treasurer Bradley M. Carter with Runyon & Runyon. All practice in Clarksville.

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings has named Matthew B. Mattingly and David W. Stempel to partnership in the firm. Both practice in Nashville. Mattingly focuses his practice on commercial real estate, leasing transactions and general business issues. He earned his law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law. Stempel advises clients on complex business transactions. He received his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

The Middle Tennessee firm of Batson Nolan has named Christina McKinney Bartee and Kathryn Wall Olita as members/ owners of the firm. Both previously were associate attorneys. Bartee is a 2001 graduate of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis. She practices in the firm’s Springfield office in the areas of real estate, probate, estate planning, social security disability, corporate and banking law. Olita is a 2003 graduate of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. She focuses her practice on civil litigation with an emphasis on municipal liability, employment law, insurance defense and personal injury law. She practices in the Clarksville office.

The Ashland City law firm of Balthrop, Perry & Noe has named two new partners — Lynn Newcomb and Crystal Morgan — and expanded its services to include mediation. Newcomb joined the firm in 2011 after graduating from the Nashville School of Law. She practices in the areas of family and property law. Newcomb recently was elected president of the Cheatham County Bar Association. Morgan joined the firm last May after graduating from the Nashville School of Law. She previously worked at the Office of the Public Defender. Her practice includes family and criminal law. With the new additions, the firm name has been changed to The Law Office of Balthrop, Perry, Noe, Newcomb & Morgan. The firm also announced that Jennifer Noe has been licensed as a Rule 31 mediator. In addition to private practice, Noe is the city attorney for both Ashland City and Pleasant View.

The Tennessee Bar Foundation has named new fellows, who were inducted during the annual Fellows’ Dinner Jan. 18 in Nashville. TBA members among this year’s class are Roy L. Aaron, C. Dale Allen, Adrienne L. Anderson, Kyle C. Atkins, John T. Bobo, Jacqueline E. Bolton, Edward T. Brading, Douglas M. Campbell Sr., Angelita Blackshear Dalton, David R. Esquivel, Patrick A. Flynn, Stephen D. Goodwin, W. Stanworth Harris, William L. Jenkins, Jon E. Jones, W. Morris Kizer, Linda R. Koon, Patricia Head Moskal, Roger A. Page, Ernest A. Petroff, Timothy A. Priest, J. Mark Stewart, Shea Sisk Wellford, John Everett Williams, Marianna Williams and Joseph A. Woodruff.

The law firm of Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop PC has added two lawyers to its offices in the state. In Nashville, Emily Harper Mack, joins the firm after spending two summers as a summer associate. A 2012 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, she will focus her work in the area of education. In Knoxville, Brad W. Craig joins the firm after serving as a judicial intern for Knox County Criminal Court Judge Mary Beth Leibowitz and spending two summers in the firm’s summer associate program. He earned his law degree in 2012 from the University of Tennessee. He will focus his practice in the area of civil litigation.

The Nashville office of Dickinson Wright PLLC has named former associates Robert C. Bigelow and Darrell L. West as new members. Bigelow maintains a litigation practice in the areas of labor and employment, commercial, business, music, sports and entertainment law. He currently is president of the Nashville Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. He earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2002. West focuses his practice in the areas of commercial, business, real estate, and labor and employment litigation; class actions; and appellate proceedings. He graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1977.

The firm also announced that M. Reid Estes Jr. has been appointed manager of its Labor & Employment Department. Estes has experience with employment litigation; class action suits; and consumer suits. He graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1980.

Finally, the firm announced that Kelly Frey has released an eBook titled Ethics & Compliance Issues as part of the Execsense Digital Thought Leadership series. The book focuses on the importance of integrity to a modern leader’s success and the success of the leader’s company. The book joins his previous publication Frey on Intellectual Property and Technology Transactions. Frey focuses his practice on corporate transactions and compliance. He earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1982.

Nashville lawyer James A. Rose has been awarded the 2012 Outstanding Leadership Award from the Society of Leaders in Development, an organization of music industry professionals dedicated to service, education and professional development. The award is presented annually in memory of the late Miller Harris, who lived a life of service to singers and songwriters. Rose practices entertainment and family law on Music Row.

Karen Parker Casey of Agee & Agee in Lebanon has been elected secretary of the 15th Judicial District Bar Association. She earned her law degree in 2008 from the Nashville School of Law.

The Knoxville law firm of Pitts & Lake PC has named Jacob G. Horton a partner in the firm. Horton earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2006. He practices in all areas of intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and trade dress. He is licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, state courts of Tennessee, and federal courts in the Eastern District of Tennessee.

The Association for Women Attorneys held its 33rd Annual Banquet and Silent Auction Jan. 17 in Memphis. The event featured a silent auction to raise scholarship funds for University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law students, presentation of the group’s Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award, and introduction of new board members and committee chairs. TBA members among those recognized were outgoing president Emily C. Taube, a partner with Adams and Reese LLP, who passed the gavel to the new president and assumed the position of immediate past president; Husch Blackwell lawyer Jennifer Himes, who was named president-elect and will take office in 2014; Lisa Gill, an attorney with Dinkelspiel Rasmussen & Mink PLLC, who was elected secretary of the association; and Tracy Bradshaw, an attorney with Evans Petree PC, who was named historian.

Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan PLLC recently announced news about several of its attorneys. First, the firm has hired four new associates in its offices around the state. Andrew J. Godbold, a graduate of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, has joined the Chattanooga office; Jonathan T. Mosley, also a graduate of the University of Memphis School of Law, has joined the Memphis office; and N. Adam Dietrich II and Leighann D. Ness have joined the Nashville office. Dietrich graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Ness earned her law degree from the University of Memphis. All four graduated in 2012 and will focus on general civil litigation.

The firm also announced that Barret S. Albritton was named Young Attorney of the Year by the Chattanooga Bar Association (CBA). The annual award is given to an outstanding young attorney who has shown exemplary service and commitment to the CBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) and to the community. Albritton is a former president of the CBA YLD. He focuses his practice in the areas of insurance, construction, transportation, product and tort liability, workers’ compensation and subrogation. He earned his law degree from Mercer University School of Law in 2003.

Finally, the firm announced that C. Douglas Dooley, an attorney in its Chattanooga office, has been elected southern region director of the Defense Research Institute. In this role, he will represent Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky. Dooley, a 1987 graduate of the Cumberland Law School at Samford University, practices in the area of civil litigation. He has experience with workers’ compensation, trucking accidents, personal injury law, insurance coverage disputes, premises liability, food-borne illness cases and dram shop liability.

The Chattanooga law firm of Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison PC has hired Brittany Lace Thomas as an associate. She will focus her practice in the areas of immigration and general litigation. Thomas earned her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2012. During her third year of law school, she was recognized by the Tennessee Bar Association as the 2012 Student Volunteer of the Year.

William L. Harbison, a member of Sherrard & Roe PLC in Nashville, has been appointed to the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners by the Supreme Court of Tennessee. He will serve a three-year term. Harbison is a past president of the Nashville Bar Association and the Nashville Estate Planning Council. He currently serves as a hearing panel member for the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility. Harbison graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School. Harbison was recognized by the TBA with its Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Award this past January for his work on the legal team that defended Juana Villegas, a jailed immigrant who was shackled to a bed while in labor. The team’s work won Villegas a visa to stay in the country.

Nashville attorney and trial consultant Phillip H. Miller served on the faculty of the Advanced Deposition College sponsored by the American Association for Justice in January. He was also scheduled to deliver a special presentation on deposition technique via TrialSmith webinar. Miller, a graduate of the Nashville School of Law and owner of Phillip Miller & Associates, is a certified civil trial specialist with the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Divorce Incorporated, a family law firm based in Jackson, has opened a new office in Clarksville and moved its Collierville office to Memphis. The Clarksville office is staffed by Daniel P. Bryant and located at 318 Franklin St., Clarksville 37040. It can be reached at (931) 896-2400. The firm’s new office in Memphis is located in the Forum I Building at 6750 Poplar Ave., Memphis 38138. It can be reached at (901) 672-7745. Divorce Incorporated is a boutique family law firm, focusing on, but not limited to, the areas of divorce, child custody, child support and other family law matters. Attorneys based in the firm’s Jackson office are Carl E. Seely, G. Michael Casey, Matthew R. Macaw and Kortney D. Simmons.

Nashville attorney Edward Playfair has been elected a partner with Adams and Reese. He joined the firm in 2009 as a member of the Intellectual Property and Technology Team. Playfair has experience in the areas of domestic and international trademarks, brand protection, e-commerce, entertainment, new media and general commercial contracts. A citizen of the United Kingdom and Australia, and now a permanent resident of the United States, Playfair earned his academic degrees from the University of the West of England and the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP has elected three new partners: Byron N. Brown IV, Kacey L. Faughnan and Kristen Mistretta Wilson. Brown, a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law, practices in the areas of general and commercial civil litigation and white-collar criminal defense. Faughnan, a graduate of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, focuses her legal practice on commercial litigation. Wilson graduated from Southern Methodist University School of Law. She also practices in the area of commercial litigation. All three practice in the firm’s Memphis office.

The Memphis law firm of McNabb, Bragorgos & Burgess PLLC has named Marc A. Sorin a member of the firm. A graduate of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Sorin focuses his practices on the representation of hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other health care providers. He also handles general liability defense and appellate work. He is licensed to practice in Tennessee and Mississippi.

The Memphis-based firm formerly known as Adelman Law Firm PLLC has formalized a merger with Jackson, Miss.-based Wilkins Tipton PA to form Hagwood Adelman Tipton PC. The firm now has offices in Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee. Rebecca Adelman, founder of the Adelman Law Firm, is shareholder and president of the new firm. Former Adelman lawyer Peter B. Winterburn joins her in the Memphis office. Former Adelman lawyers David M. Eaton and Elizabeth Risner will practice in the firm’s Brentwood office. Carl Hagwood, formerly with Wilkins Tipton, practices in the firm’s Greenville, Miss., office.

Lawyers formerly with Wilkins Tipton who are working in the firm’s Jackson, Miss., office are J. Michael Coleman, Michael E. Phillips and Michael M. Taylor Jr.

Charles S. Michels recently joined the Nashville firm of Taylor, Pigue, Marchetti & Blair PLLC. His practice focuses on civil litigation and corporate representation. Michels graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2012. Prior to joining the firm, he worked for Nissan North America, Tennessee Department of Health and Johnson County Circuit Court Judge K. Mark Loyd.

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC has named former associate Wendee M. Hilderbrand to membership in the firm. Hilderbrand, who works in the firm’s Nashville office, focuses her practice on complex civil litigation and appeals, including corporate, securities, data security and intellectual property cases. In 2011, she was named the Harris A. Gilbert Pro Bono Attorney of the Year by the TBA for her pro bono representation of former death row inmate E.J. Harbison. Hilderbrand graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2004.

Knoxville attorney J. Eric Butler, with the law firm Woolf, McClane, Bright, Allen & Carpenter PLLC, recently was selected to serve a three-year term on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel — a federal advisory panel established in 2002 to hear concerns from taxpayers, identify problems and make suggestions for improving Internal Revenue Service processes, procedures and customer satisfaction. Butler is one of 77 volunteers serving on the panel.


Former Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge SAM E. BOAZ died Feb. 8. He was 95. A graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, Boaz practiced law in Knoxville; worked in the legal department of Aluminum Co. of America; was appointed to the U.S. Foreign Service and served in the American embassy in London; practiced law in Clarksville with then state Sen. Austin Peay. Later he founded Boaz and Beach with William O. Beach. From 1963 to 1967, Boaz represented Montgomery and Cheatham counties in the state House of Representatives. And for 16 years, he served as a judge on the Montgomery County Criminal Court. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Austin Peay State University Professors Scholarship of Excellence in the Arts; the Boaz Scholarship at Bethel University in McKenzie; or the charity of choice.

Memphis lawyer SAM L. CRAIN JR. died Feb. 9 after a long battle with cancer. He was 61. Cain earned his law degree from the University of Memphis in 1983 and had served as an adjunct professor there since 1999. He joined the law firm of Burch, Porter & Johnson in 1984 and was named a member in 1991. He focused his practice primarily on products liability and personal injury defense as well as a range of transportation and employment law. The family asks that memorials be sent to Overton Park Conservancy or M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney and long-time Memphis lawyer KEMPER BARTLETT DURAND died Feb. 2 at the age of 73. As a partner at Thomason Hendrix Harvey Johnson & Mitchell PLLC, Durand focused his practice in the areas of criminal defense and litigation. He earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee and was admitted to the Tennessee bar in 1964. In addition to his work at the firm, Durand was extensively involved in The Innocence Project, where his efforts led to the freeing of an individual who had served more than 22 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Durand also was a founding member of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, a member of the board of directors of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, a hearing officer for the Board of Professional Responsibility and a member of the American Bar Association Grand Jury Procedures and Practice Committee.  Durand donated his body to the Genesis Donor Program for the benefit of medical research.

Memphis attorney ALEX MIGLIARA died Jan. 31 at the age of 81. Migliara graduated from the Southern University Law Center in 1953 and practiced law for more than 50 years. The family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl., Memphis, TN 38105.

DON W. OWNBY, age 82 of Powell, died Feb. 3. Ownby was a UT College of Law graduate and spent most of his career at the Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) at the university. He retired in 1991 after serving more than 34 years as a municipal law consultant. During his career he developed and refined the codification process still in use at the service. In 1990 he was awarded the MTAS Cornerstone Award for his long and dedicated service to the office. Ownby was laid to rest with full military honors at East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cumberland Baptist Church, 5600 Western Ave., Knoxville, TN 37921.

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