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Posted by: Tba People on Jun 1, 2013

Journal Issue Date: Jun 2013

Journal Name: June 2013 - Vol. 49, No. 6

Donald Eugene “Gene” Hayes Jr. has joined the Memphis office of Jackson Lewis as of counsel. He will serve in the Disability, Leave and Health Management Practice Group. Hayes previously worked for the UT Medical Group Inc., where he served as counsel and human resources manager. He earned his law degree from Emory University School of Law.

The National Association of Bar Executives (NABE) has announced that TBA Executive Director Allan F. Ramsaur has been chosen as the delegate to the ABA House of Delegates to represent NABE. Ramsaur, who succeeds Bill Weisenberg of Ohio, will assume the office following the conclusion of the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco in August.

Metropolitan Nashville public defender Dawn Deaner and the law firms of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz; Bell Tennent & Frogge; Bone McAllester Norton; Dodson, Parker, Behm & Capparella; and Frost Brown Todd hosted a Law Day event on May 1 with the nonprofit organization Gideon’s Promise, which partners with public defender offices throughout the south to build community and provide resources for the defense of indigent persons.

Bristol, Va., attorney Kurt J. Pomrenke has been elected as a judge on the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court by the Virginia General Assembly. He will serve a six-year term beginning July 1 serving the 28th Judicial District, which includes the counties of Smyth and Washington and the city of Bristol.

McNabb, Bragorgos & Burgess has named Courtney Schuyler Vest a member of the firm. Vest, a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, works in the firm’s Memphis office. Her civil litigation practice focuses on premises liability; medical, nursing home and pharmacy malpractice; motor vehicle and trucking accidents; and insurance disputes.

The Franklin law firm of Buerger, Moseley & Carson has hired Michelle Koehly as a new associate. Koehly received her law degree in 2012 from the University of Missouri, where she also earned a certificate in dispute resolution. She clerked for the firm in 2011, and now will begin a health care practice.

The Memphis law firm of Shuttleworth Williams recently formed an Alternative Dispute Resolution Section with Michael G. Derrick and R. Joseph Leibovich serving as mediators. Derrick will focus on insurance coverage and general civil matters. Leibovich will focus on general civil cases as well as employment related matters. Both are listed as Rule 31 mediators under the Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedures.

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings has hired Travis G. Lloyd as an associate in its Nashville office. Lloyd returns to the firm after serving with Bass, Berry & Sims. He will advise health care clients on regulatory matters and business transactions. Lloyd earned his law degree from Georgia State University College of Law and a master of public health from Harvard University.

Knox County Juvenile Court Judge Timothy Irwin has been appointed to the Judicial Ethics Committee. He will fill the remainder of former Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Suzanne Bailey’s term. Bailey retired from the court in April.

Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada attorney P. Ryan Beckett has been appointed chair of the Mississippi Tort Claims Board. Beckett works in the firm’s Jackson, Miss., office, where he focuses on energy, election, government, antitrust and more. He earned his law degree from the University of Mississippi.

The law firm of Hickman, Goza & Spragins has named Jason R. Hollingsworth as an associate in its Oxford, Miss., office. Hollingsworth earned his law degree from the University of Memphis in 2003. He will handle insurance defense and general litigation for clients in Tennessee and Mississippi.

The law firm of Hunter, Smith & Davis has named Jason A. Creech as a partner. Creech, who works in the Johnson City office, practices in the areas of family, criminal defense and personal injury law. He also is a Rule 31 certified mediator. He received his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2000.

Thomas T. Pennington has joined Frost Brown Todd’s Nashville office where he will focus on surety and construction law. Pennington began his practice in 1981 after graduating from Vanderbilt University Law School. Prior to joining Frost, he was a partner at another Nashville law firm where he focused on commercial finance and restructuring, and was outside counsel to a publicly traded, federally chartered depository initiation.

Wiseman Bray recently announced the addition of Will Patterson as an associate in its Memphis office. Patterson graduated from the University of Memphis School of Law and will practice in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice and business and commercial litigation.

Dickinson Wright recently announced that John E. Anderson Sr. was elected into membership of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel. Anderson is a member in the firm’s Nashville office where he focuses in the areas of automotive, banking, business, commercial, insurance and real estate litigation. He earned his law degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law.


Brentwood lawyer JERALD CHRISTIAN BANGERTER JR., 47, died May 3 after a long battle with cancer. A 1995 graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School and  an Army veteran with service in Desert Storm, Bangerter worked at Wagner, Watson & Pettit in Hawaii; and Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, HCA and Vanderbilt University in Nashville. For the last nine years, he worked as chief compliance officer at LifePoint Hospitals in Brentwood. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kidney Cancer Association, Wounded Warrior Project, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Missionary Fund or a charity of the donor’s choice.

THOMAS GRANVILLE COLEMAN JR. died Feb. 17 in Tempe, Ariz., at 91. Originally from Tennessee, Coleman practiced real estate and probate law for 39 years in Nashville. He retired in 1990 and relocated to Arizona. His son, David S. Coleman, practices law in Brentwood with Stephens, Tycer & Coleman. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gideon’s International.

Former Memphis Bar Association president JAMES E. LEARY died March 13. A graduate of the Southern University School of Law, Leary opened a law practice in 1954. From 1970 to 1971, he served simultaneously as president of the Memphis Shelby County Bar Association and the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association. He retired in 1981. A veteran of World War II, Leary was a member of the Military Order of the World Wars and served as commander of the Memphis chapter 1987-1988 and as commander of the Tennessee Department for one year.

McMinnville native OLIE HARMON PHILLIPS JR. died Feb. 19 at the age of 81. After serving in the U. S. Air Force in Korea and the Philippines, Phillips earned an accounting degree and began working for the Internal Revenue Service as an auditor. He was assigned to offices in Dyersburg, Nashville and Jacksonville, Fla. Phillips earned his law degree in 1972 from the YMCA Night Law School (now the Nashville School of Law) and began practicing in the area of estate and gift auditing. In 1979, he opened a tax law service in Jackson. He retired in 2006.

Former Memphis lawyer FRANK TAMBLE STEGBAUER died April 30 in Naples, Fla. He was 88. Stegbauer graduated from the University of Memphis School of Law. After serving in World War II, he returned to Memphis to begin a career in the maritime industry. He served as chair and board member of the Memphis Port Commission, chair of the board of the American Waterways Operators and first chairman of the Coast Guard Towing Safety Advisory Committee. He worked at Warner and Tamble, a family maritime business, and then became co-owner of Southern Towing Company. He retired in 2008 and relocated to Florida. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Avow Hospice, Office of Development, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL 34105, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Former Nashville Judge JAMES MAYES “JIMMY” SWIGGART died April 25 at the age of 91. Swiggart received his law degree from the University of Virginia. During World War II, he flew the F4U dive bomber for the U.S. Navy and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. After a career in private law practice, Swiggart was appointed to Nashville’s newly created Sixth Circuit Court where he served as a judge for 23 years. During his career, Swiggart also served as president of the Tennessee Judicial Conference and led numerous civic organizations. At the family’s request, donations may be made to the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly, P.O. Box 307, Monteagle, TN 37356, Winfield Fund or Capital Fund.

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