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Posted by: TBA News on Jan 1, 2018

Journal Issue Date: Jan 2018

Journal Name: January 2018 - Vol. 54, No. 1

Gov. Bill Haslam appointed Angelita Blackshear Dalton as Criminal Court Judge for the 20th District, replacing retiring Judge J. Randall Wyatt. Dalton has served as Davidson County General Sessions Judge for Division III since 2006. She was selected by her peers as presiding judge in 2010 and again in 2017. Dalton earned her law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law in 1997 and has served on the Tennessee Domestic Violence State Coordinating Council since 2008.

Two attorneys from Baker Donelson have been named fellows of the College of Law Practice Management: David A. Rueff Jr., a legal project management officer and shareholder in the firm’s Jackson office, and Meredith L. Williams, the firm’s chief knowledge management officer based out of the Memphis office. The College of Law Practice Management was formed in 1994 to honor and recognize distinguished law practice management professionals, to set standards of achievement for others in the profession, and to fund and assist projects that enhance the highest quality of law practice management.

Stone & Hinds PC announced that Jennifer A. Dobbins has become associated with the firm. Dobbins attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and was admitted to the Tennessee Bar in 2016. Dobbins is a member of the Knoxville and Tennessee bar associations and a member of the East Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women. Her practice areas include personal injury, employment law, family law, estate planning & administration, commercial transactions & real estate, construction law and civil litigation.

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP announced that former Assistant U.S. Attorney Scarlett Singleton Nokes has joined the firm’s Nashville office as counsel. A member of Bradley’s Government Enforcement and Investigations Practice Group, Nokes represents clients in a range of matters related to government investigations, white-collar criminal defense, regulatory and compliance issues, civil litigation and enforcement actions. Nokes served as a federal prosecutor for more than 12 years, working in Nashville; Birmingham, Alabama; and Savannah, Georgia. She earned her law degree from Harvard Law School.

Gov. Bill Haslam has named Randall D. Noel as the new chair of the Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments. The group interviews applicants and makes recommendations to the governor when there are vacancies on the appellate courts. He has served on the council for four years. Noel is a partner at Butler Snow LLP in Memphis engaged in civil practice, with a focus on commercial, banking, antitrust, data security and products liability matters. He is a former president of the TBA.

Noel also was selected to the “1,000 Leaders and Influencers in Legal Business” list by the Association of International Law Firm Networks (AILFN), a non-profit association.

Leitner, Williams, Dooley and Napolitan PLLC has announced the new managing member of the firm, attorney Bruce D. Gill. Gill is located in the firm’s Nashville office, and his practice concentrates on insurance coverage issues and litigation, as well as defense of various professional disciplines, including nursing homes and assisted living facilities, health care providers and facilities, pharmacists and attorneys.

Courtney L. Lutz joined the firm’s Nashville office as an associate. Lutz is a native of Madisonville, Kentucky. She earned her law degree magna cum laude from Belmont University College of Law in 2015. While in law school, she acted as the vice president of appellate advocacy of the Belmont University Board of Advocates and the executive articles editor of the Belmont Law Review. Lutz is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and Kentucky.

John R. Ingram, chair of the board of directors of Ingram Industries Inc., announced the election of William P. Morelli to Ingram’s board. Morelli formerly was the executive vice president, general counsel and secretary for Ingram Industries. He retired in 2014 after 23 years with the company, which included executive roles at Ingram Barge in addition to Ingram Industries. Since 2014, Morelli has been providing legal-related consulting and coaching services through Morelli Law PLLC, and recently began serving as an independent senior advisor to the legal recruiting firm of BarkerGilmore LLC.

Jessica Malloy-Thorpe has joined the firm Miller & Martin PLLC. Malloy-Thorpe practices in the area of business litigation with an emphasis on labor and employment litigation matters. She is experienced in employment dispute mediation. Malloy-Thorpe earned her law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, where she received the CALI Award for best exam in torts. She was also recognized for her commitment to pro bono service, providing legal assistance to indigent defendants in the District of Columbia Superior Court. Before joining Miller & Martin, Malloy-Thorpe clerked for the Hon. Susan K. Lee in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee and for the Hon. Susan L. Collins in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.

Evans Petree PC announced that William Allen Wooten has joined the firm as a shareholder, focusing his practice primarily in employment law, business transactions and contract negotiations, corporate and entrepreneurial law, sports and entertainment law, intellectual property, personal injury, estates and trusts, workers’ compensation, social security disability, criminal law and collections. He will be working in Evans Petree’s Memphis office as well as the firm’s new location at the current Wooten Law Firm, located at 120 Court Square East in Covington, Tennessee.


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