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Posted by: Tba People on May 1, 2013

Journal Issue Date: May 2013

Journal Name: May 2013 - Vol. 49, No. 5

The Knoxville law firm of Holbrook Peterson Smith PLLC recently announced that J. Scott Griswold has joined the firm as an associate attorney. He will help the firm’s expansion of its estate and trust litigation practice.  Griswold also will practice in the areas of trust and estate planning and administration along with business succession planning and advising nonprofit entities. Griswold earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee and served as a law clerk to Chief Justice William M. Barker of the Tennessee Supreme Court. He is a member of the Tennessee Bar Journal’s Editorial Board, the Tennessee Bar Association’s Access to Justice Committee, and the Knoxville Estate Planning Council. He is the past recipient of the TBA’s Harris A. Gilbert Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year Award and the Justice Joseph W. Henry Award for Outstanding Legal Writing. He also teaches legal writing at UT College of Law.

Dickinson Wright lawyer Joseph K. McKinney was recently elected president of the Napier-Looby Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Napier-Looby Bar Association. McKinney, an associate in the firm’s Nashville office, focuses his practice in the areas of commercial and business litigation, civil litigation, labor and employment litigation, and minority business enterprises. He earned his law degree from the University of Memphis.

In other news from the foundation, Nashville lawyers Stacey A. Garrett with Bone McAllester Norton and Charles Grant with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz recently were honored at the group’s annual banquet and awards program.

Barbara E. Futter has been named Rutherford & Cannon Counties Pro Bono Attorney of the Year for outstanding service to the community during 2012. Prior to entering private practice in 2011, Futter served for 10 years as managing attorney of the Legal Aid Society’s Murfreesboro office. She now practices law with an association of private attorneys. In 2005, Futter was named Public Service Attorney of the Year by the TBA. That award recognized her work at Legal Aid.

Seth McInteer and Howell O’Rear have opened the law office of McInteer & O’Rear in Nashville. The firm will focus on general business and civil litigation, including copyright, entertainment, real estate and health care issues. McInteer, a Nashville native, earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2007. His practice has included commercial contracts, real estate and construction financing, parent company liability, non-competition agreements, employment law, bankruptcy and corporate dissolutions. O’Rear, an Alabama native, earned his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2007. His practice has focused on copyright, trademark and music-industry matters, including issues specific to digital music rights and karaoke copyright infringement.  

Nashville lawyer Jason M. Pannu has been named a shareholder in the law firm of Lewis, King, Krieg and Waldrop. Pannu, a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, joined the firm in 2005. He practices in the areas of business and commercial litigation with an emphasis on the construction industry. He regularly represents owners, contractors, subcontractors and design professionals in breach of contract, professional negligence and lien and bond claims. He also handles toxic tort and environmental law disputes. Pannu serves as secretary for the TBA Board of Governors and for the Tennessee Legal Community Foundation.

Nashville attorneys Ernest B. Williams IV and Michael B. Schwegler have authored the Tennessee section of The Law of Guaranties: A Jurisdiction-by-Jurisdiction Guide to U.S. and Canadian Law, which sets forth a comprehensive summary of Tennessee’s guaranty law. The treatise is published by the Commercial Finance and Uniform Commercial Code Committees of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section and is available from the American Bar Association.

The American Lung Association of Tennessee has named Lookout Mountain Mayor Carol Mutter a 2013 Woman of Distinction. A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Mutter clerked at the U.S. Court of Appeals and then practiced law in the nation’s capital for four years. After moving to Tennessee, she began what would become a 30-year stretch as a professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law. The author of a seminal work on comparative fault, Mutter also has lectured extensively across the state and has made several presentations to the Tennessee legislature. She previously served as chair of the TBA Health Law Section and the Insurance Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools.

The Birmingham, Ala., law firm of Carr Allison recently opened its first office in Tennessee, choosing to establish a presence in Chattanooga. The office will be headed by long-time Chattanooga attorney Sean W. Martin. A graduate of the University of Memphis School of Law, Martin has 13 years’ experience handling product liability, professional liability, commercial litigation and workers’ compensation cases for the construction, insurance, retail/hospitality and transportation industries. Carr Allison employs more than 90 attorneys in seven offices across the southeast. Locations include Birmingham, Dothan, Florence and Mobile, Ala.; Tallahassee, Fla.: Gulfport, Miss.; and Chattanooga.

Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel recently announced that John Lawrence and Leah McElmoyl have joined the firm as associate attorneys. Lawrence, a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law, will work in the Litigation & Risk Management Practice Group. McElmoyl joins the firm’s Business and Taxation & Estate Planning groups. She graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law where she served as a senior editor of the Alabama Law Review.

The firm also announced that Robert M. “Mark” Addison and James L. Catanzaro Jr. have been named shareholders. Addison joined Chambliss in 2009 and works in the areas of estate planning, taxation, elder law and conservatorships. He also advises clients on long-term care, Medicaid and special and supplemental needs trusts. He earned his law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law. Catanzaro, a member of the firm’s Health Care and Business Law sections since 2011, represents physician groups, mental health facilities, hospitals and other health care providers on a wide range of business matters, including contract negotiations, transactional matters and regulatory issues. In addition, he leads the firm’s Nonprofit Section. He received a law degree from Ohio State University College of Law.

FordHarrison LLP has named Atlanta-based attorney Raanon Gal as a partner in the firm. Gal focuses his practice on defending employers in employment discrimination, FMLA, wage and hour, harassment and wrongful termination litigation. He also has experience handling non-compete agreements, misappropriation of trade secrets, employment/business torts and wage and hour litigation. Raanon graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2004.

The Nashville law firm of Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin (GSRM) has named attorney Matt Scanlan as a member of the firm. Scanlan has extensive experience lobbying on behalf of clients before the Tennessee General Assembly. He also assists clients with Alcoholic Beverage Regulations and corporate transactions. He joined GSRM in 2009 after serving as deputy general counsel for the Tennessee Department of Health. Scanlan received his law degree from University of Dayton School of Law in 2003.

Michael P. Coury has joined the Memphis law firm of Glankler Brown as a member, where he will continue to focus his practice on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights law, business reorganizations, workouts and business and commercial litigation. Coury is specialist in business bankruptcy law, a frequent speaker on bankruptcy and litigation, and a fellow with the American College of Bankruptcy. He is a former director of the Mid-South Commercial Law Institute and current director of the Tennessee Chapter of Turnaround Management Association.

Belmont University College of Law second-year student Franklin Graves is one of 12 law students from across the country who attended the 28th Annual ABA Intellectual Property Law Conference in Washington, D.C. to report on activities for the American Bar Association’s Law Student Action Group. As part of the third Annual Law Student Reporters Program, Graves reported via social networks and blogs at each conference event. He was joined in D.C. by fellow Nashvillian Rick Sanders of Aaron Sanders PLLC, who served as a moderator at the conference.

Justin T. Campbell is the newest addition to Garfinkle, McLemore & Young with offices in Nashville and Columbia. A graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law, Campbell was founding editor-in-chief of the Mississippi Sports Law Review and coordinator of two on-campus symposia in the field of sports law. As an undergraduate at the University of Tennessee, Campbell interned in the U.S. District Attorney’s office.  

William Sherman Morris and Tony D. Alexander have joined the Memphis office of Husch Blackwell. Morris, who previously served as senior counsel for FedEx Express, has experience in all aspects of aircraft transactions, including acquisition, disposition, leasing, maintenance, conversion, modification and repairs. Morris also was an associate at Bass, Berry & Sims in Memphis, an attorney for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in New Orleans, and an associate at Burr & Forman in Birmingham, Ala. Alexander, a registered patent attorney, handles intellectual property, university technology transfer and venture capital and regulatory compliance, with a specific emphasis on the life sciences and medical devices. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law since 2012. Before joining Husch Blackwell, he worked for Foley & Lardner and McGuireWoods and served as chief legal officer at OptimumPath LLC and Alveolus Inc. 

Waller partner Heather Hubbard recently was named to the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s 2013 Fellows Program. Her main role will be to train and advance the next generation of legal professionals. At Waller, Hubbard practices in the areas of media, entertainment, manufacturing and information technology. She also is leader of the firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group.


Longtime Nashville attorney W. OVID COLLINS JR. died March 11 at the age of 94. Collins earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University in 1942. Following service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he returned to Nashville and founded the firm of Cornelius & Collins with Charles L. Cornelius Sr. and Charles L. Cornelius Jr. Collins retired from the full-time practice of law in 2000, but continued to practice part-time until 2008. During his career, he practiced before various courts in the state of Tennessee, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1959, he was named a delegate to the Tennessee Constitutional Convention. Collins was a founding member of the Nashville Symphony and played viola with the orchestra for more than 40 years. Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home in Corydon is handling the arrangements.

Retired lawyer ANDREW M. “MAC” GANT JR. died Feb. 20 at the age of 86. A native of Nashville, Gant graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Law, and served in the U.S. Navy. Gant practiced law in Nashville, served as an assistant U.S. attorney, and served as legal counsel for two insurance companies. In 1964, he moved to Birmingham, Ala., to work in the legal department at Liberty National Life Insurance Co. He retired in 1985 and moved back to the Nashville area. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Independent Presbyterian Church, 3100 Highland Ave., Birmingham, AL 35205 or to the Greater Alabama Council, Boy Scouts of America, 516 Liberty Pkwy., Birmingham, AL 35242.

WILLIAM GRIFFITH MCPHEETERS of Dayton died Feb. 12 at the age of 78. A graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, he joined the practice in 1965 and established his own firm in Dayton. He was named a TBA Senior Counselor in 2009. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Post 100, c/o Don Mathis, 5824 Back Valley Rd., Evensville, TN 37332.

Retired Memphis lawyer MARVIN POSNER died March 12 after a prolonged illness. He was 81 years old. A native of Nashville, Posner earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Vanderbilt University and relocated to Memphis after graduating from the law school in 1956. He handled many adoptions, always donating the legal fees to charity. Posner also volunteered with the Memphis City Public Schools as a reading tutor and served as a Wings volunteer for 12 years, helping those going through cancer treatment. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be sent to the Baron Hirsch Synagogue, 400 S. Yates Rd., Memphis, TN 38120; Margolin Hebrew Academy, 390 S. White Station Rd., Memphis, TN 38117; Anshei Sphard Bethel Emeth Synagogue, 120 E. Yates Rd. N., Memphis, TN 38120; or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Knoxville lawyer JUSTIN MICHAEL SCHWAMM SR. died Nov. 16, 2012, at the age of 73. A 1967 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, he was licensed to practice in Tennessee and Illinois. Early in his career, Schwamm served as assistant general counsel to the Tennessee Valley Authority.

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