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Posted by: TBA News on Feb 1, 2018

Journal Issue Date: Feb 2018

Journal Name: February 2018 - Vol. 54, No. 2

Baker Donelson has added 13 new associates nationwide, including two Tennessee Bar Association members. Shayna Giles has joined the Memphis office. The Nashville office adds corporate finance and securities attorney Hunter Threet.

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A Step Ahead Foundation CEO Claudia Haltom, left, will be honored by the Memphis Chapter of the Association for Women Attorneys with its 2018 Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award for outstanding achievement in the legal profession. The award will be presented at the group’s 38th annual banquet in Memphis, which was rescheduled for Feb. 7 because of winter weather.

Eileen Kuo, right, is the group’s new president. Read more about the AWA below and at

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Butler Snow announced that Ashley J. Markham has been elected president of the Nashville Children’s Alliance Young Professionals’ Board. The Nashville Children's Alliance is a nonprofit agency that provides services at no cost to children in Davidson County who have experienced sexual or severe physical abuse. Markham’s practice is focused on defending pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in mass tort and individual cases pending in various state and federal venues throughout the country.

The Memphis Chapter of the Association for Women Attorneys (AWA) has announced its officers for the new year. TBA members among them are Eileen Kuo, president; Laura Deakins, president-elect; Megan E. Warden, vice president; and Anita Lotz, treasurer. Diana Comes is immediate past president. TBA members who are serving as committee chairs are Abbey Hall, Amy Strickland, Claudia Haltom, Holly Stanford, Keating Lowery and Elizabeth Rudolph.

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands announced that Robert C. Goodrich Jr. has joined the firm’s Nashville office as a staff attorney. Goodrich will represent low-income taxpayers and assist clients in insolvency and bankruptcy matters. Goodrich has practiced as a creditors’ rights lawyer for 33 years, most recently at Burr and Forman LLP, where he was a partner, representing financial institutions and other parties-in-interest in commercial bankruptcies and insolvencies.

Husch Blackwell’s Chattanooga office announces that Samantha Lunn has been elected to partner, and associates Ryan Burgett and Adam Buddenbohn have joined the firm. Lunn, a commercial litigator in the firm’s Financial Services & Capital Markets group, counsels national and international clients on complex financial matters. Burgett is with the firm’s Insolvency & Commercial Bankruptcy team, assisting clients in commercial bankruptcy and corporate reorganization. Buddenbohn joins the firm’s Business Litigation practice after serving as a summer associate in 2016. He focuses his practice on commercial litigation matters.

Four have been selected for inclusion into the National Black Lawyers’ Top 40 Under 40 Black Lawyers in Tennessee, an honor given to only a select group of lawyers for their superior skills and qualifications in the field. They are I’Ashea Myles-Dihigo of Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan PLLC in Nashville; Sherriff Richards of Richards Law in Nashville; Kortney Simmons with Casey, Simmons and Bryant, LLC in Jackson; and Nakeshia Walls of the Walls Law Firm in Memphis.

Patrick, Beard, Schulman & Jacoway PC announced that John H. Templeton and Jeremy M. Cothern have been elected to firm membership. Templeton graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2011 and from Centre College in 2008. He has been with the firm since 2012, and is licensed in Tennessee and Georgia. His practice focuses on corporate and business law, business transactions and estate planning. Cothern graduated cum laude from the University of Tennessee College of Law in May 2008 and cum laude from the University of the South (Sewanee) in May 2005. He focuses on civil and criminal litigation, including trial and appellate practice, for businesses, utilities, government entities, and individuals, and business governance issues. Cothern graduated from the Leadership Chattanooga and the Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law programs.

W. Lee Lackey, Attorney at Law, retired as of Dec. 31, 2017, and has closed his office in Savannah, Tennessee.

The members of Frost Brown Todd LLC have elected Nashville member Robert V. Sartin to serve as chair of the firm. Sartin’s initial three-year term began Jan. 1. Sartin has served on FBT’s nine-person Executive Committee since 2012. He moved to the firm’s Nashville office in late 2011, and previously served on the firm’s Strategic Planning, Finance and Advancement committees. Sartin also co-chairs the firm’s Automotive Industry team.

Todd Panther has joined Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison as a member. Panther was previously a partner at Tune Entrekin & White PC. A graduate of DePaul University Law School, Panther has more than 25 years of experience as a construction law attorney. He was appointed to the American Arbitration Association’s panel of construction arbitrators in 2009. He is listed as a general civil mediator by the Tennessee Supreme Court. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Nashville Bar Association, and served as chair of the special committee of the Tennessee Bar Association that proposed wholesale revisions to the Tennessee lien law.

J. Isaac Sanders and Charles Barrett have been named members at Neal & Harwell, PLC. Sanders has been with Neal & Harwell since 2010. Sanders graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School. He is a mentor with the Belmont Inns of Court program, a graduate of the Young Leaders Council program, and recently joined the Board of Directors for Youth Encouragement Services. Barrett has been of counsel at the firm since 2015. His practice focuses on personal injury, anti-trust and consumer class actions, and False Claims Act claims. Barrett is a 1998 graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Ryan Levy has been named managing shareholder at Patterson Intellectual Property Law. He also serves as the co-chair of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. Levy focuses on intellectual property litigation with an emphasis on patent litigation. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation, and previously served as president of the Young Lawyers Division of the Nashville Bar Association. Levy received his law degree from Duke University School of Law in 2005.

Adams and Reese has named Rocklan “Rocky” William King III a partner. King, of Nashville, is a litigator with a practice that focuses on complex litigation including business and tort disputes. He has successfully represented clients and corporate entities in a wide array of litigation matters and disputes ranging from product liability litigations, commercial contract disputes, labor and employment disputes to health care matters, including fraud investigations and health care liability litigations. In addition to his litigation practice.

Burr & Forman LLP announced the election of eight attorneys to partnership effective Jan. 1, including Nashville attorney Chris Suedekum. He practices in the Financial Services Litigation group where he focuses on defending class action lawsuits, complex business litigation and consumer financial services.

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP announces the elevation of four attorneys in the firm’s Nashville office to partner, effective Jan. 1. The new partners are Christopher A. Bowles, Scott Lenz Jr., Frankie N. Spero and Heather Howell Wright. Bowles is a member of Bradley’s Real Estate Practice Group. He practices primarily in the areas of economic development, energy and environmental regulation. Lenz is a member of the Healthcare Practice Group. He assists clients with a variety of transactional matters involving healthcare systems, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, clinics and physician groups. Spero is a member of Bradley’s Litigation Practice Group. He focuses his practice in the areas of complex business, real estate, transportation and banking litigation. Wright is a member of Bradley’s Litigation Practice Group. Her litigation practice involves a wide variety of commercial matters. Much of her practice is representing financial institutions and mortgage servicers in state and federal courts across the country.

Rainey, Kizer, Reviere and Bell PLC has opened a Chattanooga office, staffed by the attorneys of the Chattanooga firm of Baker, Kinsman, Hollis & Clelland PC. Founded in 1984, the entire firm joined Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell PLC Jan. 1.

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