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Posted by: Tba People on Jul 1, 2014

Journal Issue Date: Jul 2014

Journal Name: July 2014 - Vol. 50, No. 7

Lynn Pointer retired from the Tennessee Bar Association in June after nearly 15 years with the organization. She began in the continuing legal education department, then served most of her tenure as sections & committees coordinator. Before the TBA she was the office administrator for the Metro Public Defender's Office for 15 years.

“I've always worked with lawyers and judges during my 41-year career,” she says, “but am retiring from my most favorite job. I've loved the work and the people at TBA and will treasure the memories and friendships made, always.”

Nashville lawyer Marlene Eskind Moses has been named to the board of directors for the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, U.S.A. Chapter. She will serve a two-year term. Moses is founder of MTR Family Law.

Ken Young, a partner with Buerger, Moseley & Carson in Franklin, has been appointed to serve as secretary to the Nonprofit Organizations Committee of the ABA Business Law Section. At the firm, Young provides advice to nonprofit organizations regarding entity formation, taxes, governance, grants and compensation.

Former Nashville Bar Association (NBA) President Scott Sims, previously with Walker Tipps & Malone, and former Sherrard & Roe litigation practice head Sam Funk have formed the firm of Sims | Funk. Funk had been with Sherrard since 1998, and head of its litigation practice since 2012. Sims served as the president of the NBA in 2008, is a past president of the NBA Young Lawyers Division, and Middle Tennessee governor for the TBA YLD. Both Funk and Sims were members of the TBA’s inaugural Leadership Law class. The firm is located at 3310 West End Ave., #410, Nashville 37203. It can be reached at (615) 292-9335 or at

Joseph B. Walker has joined the Memphis office of Butler Snow as a member in the Business Services Group. He will focus his practice on asset protection, trusts and probate, as well as software and network agreements for information technology businesses. He is a past chair of the TBA Tax Section.

Brent Siler also recently joined the Memphis office of the firm. He will serve in the Labor and Employment Group and will focus on labor and employment, business litigation, premises liability, professional liability and employment compliance.

The Brentwood law firm of Fidelis Law recently announced the addition of Thomas K. “Tommy” White, who will expand the firm’s practice areas into the field of family law. White also will handle criminal law, civil litigation, estate planning and personal injury cases. Prior to joining the firm White worked as an associate at Batson Nolan in Clarksville.

Burr & Forman attorney Zachary Miller has relocated to the firm’s Nashville office to serve the growing needs of financial services clients. He previously worked in the Birmingham office.

Maryville attorney Michael T. Bates has joined North American Title Insurance Co. as its new southeast region underwriting counsel. He will handle the states of Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina. Bates has spent 18 years as an underwriting counsel.

Brigitte Tubbs-Jones, an attorney with the Tennessee Department of Human Resources, has been promoted to director of legal services. She previously worked as employment law counsel. In her new position Tubbs-Jones will oversee all legal staff responsible for statewide employee mediation program and records management.

Stites & Harbison lawyer Rebecca Barnett has been named vice president of the Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association’s Board of Directors. Barnett is a registered patent attorney with a focus on the biological, chemical and mechanical arts work. She works out of the firm’s Memphis and Nashville offices.

Portraits of more than 60 prominent women — including Memphis lawyer Lynn Susser — were displayed at Harvard Law School for its inaugural International Women's Day Exhibition. Susser, who is managing partner at the Siskind Susser law firm and practices in immigration and nationality law, was nominated for the honor by members of the Harvard community. Learn more at

Legal Aid Society attorney Theresa Vay-Smith was honored with a 2014 Dove Awards from the ARC of Anderson County, a United Way agency serving children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Smith, an attorney in the Oak Ridge office of the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, also received the award in 2011.

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge John Everett Williams of Huntingdon has been appointed chair of the Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program (TLAP). He will serve through June 1, 2016.

Harrison D. McIver III, executive director/CEO of Memphis Area Legal Services, will receive the 2014 Dorsey Award from the American Bar Association in recognition of exceptional work by a legal aid adviser. The award, which is named for the late Charles H. Dorsey Jr., long-time executive director of Maryland's Legal Aid Bureau, will be presented at the ABA Annual Meeting in August.

Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel shareholder Dana Perry has been appointed to the Board of Directors for Meritas, a global alliance of independent business law firms. The board is comprised of 21 lawyers from member firms around the world. Perry will serve a three-year term, during which time she will also serve on the group’s Finance Committee.

John D. Kitch has joined the law firm of Cornelius & Collins as of counsel. Prior to joining the firm, Kitch was a solo practitioner for more than 38 years. His practice focuses on the representation of public school systems, probate matters, civil cases and appellate practice in state and federal courts.

Miller & Martin has added two new members to its Nashville office. They are Catie Lane Bailey and David Lewis. Bailey will serve in the firm’s government relations practice group as senior policy advisor. She previously was director of government affairs at the Tennessee Apartment Association. Lewis previously was vice president and associate legal counsel at LifePoint Hospitals in Brentwood. He has worked in health care for 25 years and is a former chair of the TBA Health Law Section.

Matt Hardin of Nashville has opened his own firm, Matt Hardin Law PLLC, focusing on plaintiff auto wrecks, medical malpractice, personal injury and wrongful death matters.  A second generation attorney from Cookeville, he obtained master’s and law degrees from the University of Tennessee. The new firm has offices in Nashville, Lebanon and Cookeville. Learn more at Hardin previously was a partner at Rudy, Wood, Winstead, Williams and Hardin PLLC.

Husch Blackwell welcomes  K. Chris Collins back to the firm’s Chattanooga office. A business litigation associate, Collins represents corporations and privately held companies and lenders. He practiced with Husch Blackwell at the start of his career as a litigator. Last year he worked at another full-service firm  before returning to Husch Blackwell. In 2010, Collins received his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he was inducted into the Order of the Barristers and was a member of Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law.

Tracey Vought Williams joined the law firm of Mostoller, Stulberg, Whitfield & Allen in January 2001, where she was employed as trustee assistant, assisting Ann Mostoller in her Bankruptcy Trustee practice. The firm is pleased to announce that Williams earned her law degree from Nashville School of Law in December 2013, and was admitted to the Tennessee bar on May 2, after passing the bar in February 2014. She is currently practicing in the areas of bankruptcy and criminal defense.


Mississippi lawyer and TBA senior counselor DRUE D. BIRMINGHAM JR. died May 26 at the age of 82. After a tour in Korea with the 1st Marine Division, Birmingham attended the University of Memphis School of Law and earned a master of laws from the University of Mississippi. He practiced in Olive Branch, Mississippi. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to American Center for Law and Justice, P.O. Box 90555,Washington, D.C., 20090-0555.

Memphis lawyer and TBA senior counselor HENRY H. HANCOCK died May 16 at the age of 85. Hancock earned his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1957 and then moved to Memphis to join the law firm of Burch Porter & Johnson. In 1965, he partnered with William Farris to create the Farris Hancock law firm, now Farris Bobango. Hancock also spent 18 years teaching trial procedure at the then-Memphis State Law School. During his career, Hancock held a number of leadership positions, including serving as vice chairman of the Board of Professional Responsibility and sitting on various committees and boards with the Memphis, Tennessee and American bar associations. The family requests that memorials be made to the Church Health Center, 1210 Peabody Ave., Memphis, TN 38104.

Lebanon lawyer and TBA senior counselor JAMES HAGGARD KINNARD died unexpectedly May 15. He was 80 years old. A native of Sparta, Kinnard served in the U.S. Army after high school. Following discharge, he earned a law degree from the Nashville School of Law and began practicing in 1966. Among his professional achievements, Kinnard was the organizing attorney for Cracker Barrel, where he copyrighted the menu and registered the building design. He recently was honored by the Wilson County Bar Association with a lifetime achievement award. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the William R. Pease Jr. Memorial Scholarship at Tennessee Technological University, School of Agriculture, 1 William L. Jones Dr., Cookeville, TN 38505; or the Castle Heights National Alumni Association, c/o Rob Hoosier, 1045 Woodmont Dr., Gallatin, TN 37066.

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