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Posted by: TBA News on Mar 1, 2018

Journal Issue Date: Mar 2018

Journal Name: March 2018 - Vol. 54, No. 3

Joshua Burgener has been elected as a new member attorney to Dickinson Wright PLLC’s Nashville office. He focuses his practice on the areas of commercial and business litigation, labor and employment litigation, class action, internal investigations and white-collar crime, and general civil litigation. He represents clients in business disputes in state and federal court and provides legal counsel on a range of topics. He received his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School.

Pro Bono ervice Awards
Pro Bono Service Awards were presented at a reception in Nashville on Jan. 22, held in conjunction with a Legal Services Corporation (LSC) board meeting, for work with LSC-funded programs. Those honored were Karen Boyd, Legal Aid of East Tennessee; Angela Snider, West Tennessee Legal Services; Ben Sissman, Memphis Area Legal Services; and the Waller firm, Legal Aid of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands. LSC Board Chair John G. Levi, far left, and LSC President?Jim Sandman, far right, presented the awards. Read more about the event in News.

Chattanooga law firm Grant, Konvalinka and Harrison PC has announced the addition of a new associate to its practice: Lee Mangum. After serving in the United States Army, including a tour overseas, he attended the University of Georgia School of Law on a merit scholarship, where he served on the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, and clerked for a judge in the Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta. He interned for Grant, Konvalinka and Harrison PC prior to joining the firm. Mangum’s practice areas are business and corporate law, real estate, personal injury and wrongful death, and immigration.

Ronna Kinsella, attorney with Glassman, Wyatt, Tuttle & Cox PC, was recently selected to serve as membership chair for the Commercial Litigation Committee’s Pretrial Practice & Procedure Special Litigation Group of the Defense Research Institute (DRI). Kinsella practices in the areas of trucking defense, business litigation, personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, premises liability, professional malpractice and appellate work. DRI is a leading organization of defense attorneys, in-house counsel, insurers and corporations comprising more than 22,000 members.

The U.S. Senate voted on Jan. 8 to unanimously confirm Nashville attorney William “Chip” Campbell Jr. to become a U.S. District Court judge for the Middle District of Tennessee. He will replace Chief U.S. District Judge Kevin H. Sharp, who resigned in January. Campbell was selected in a round of 11 judicial nominations by President Donald Trump in July 2017 and is the first to be passed by the Senate in 2018. Campbell has been an attorney in private practice in Alabama and Tennessee, and has been a member of Frost Brown Todd’s business litigation practice since joining the firm in 2011. Prior to his career in law, Campbell was an active duty U.S. Marine Corps officer for seven years, serving as a member of an electronic attack squadron and as a forward air controller with an infantry battalion.

Earl W. Houston II, a director with the Memphis-based law firm of Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston PC, was awarded the Sam A. Myar Jr. Memorial Award, by the Memphis Bar Association. The award, named for the late Sam Myar who died in 1959 at the age of 39, is given each year to an attorney who is 40 years old or younger and who has rendered outstanding personal service to the legal profession and the Memphis community. A native of Pontotoc, Mississippi, Houston began his legal practice in 2005 after graduating from Mississippi College School of Law. His practice focuses on the defense of transportation, insurance companies, and private businesses in lawsuits including, but not limited to, wrongful death, catastrophic injury, property damage, premises liability, and employment law matters.

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC has elected new members in the firm, including Sehrish Siddiqui and Erica Bell Vick. Siddiqui counsels a wide variety of public companies primarily in the areas of corporate finance, compliance and governance. She has served as counsel to underwriters, agents and issuers for more than 100 initial public offerings, follow-on offerings and at-the-market programs of various NYSE- and Nasdaq-traded entities. Siddiqui earned a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 2009. Vick serves as legislative counsel to a number of businesses and trade associations and is a registered lobbyist with extensive experience representing the interests of clients before the Tennessee General Assembly and the state executive branch. Throughout her career, Vick has worked on multiple landmark public policy initiatives and represented clients in matters where government and business intersect. Vick earned her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2003.

The Nashville-based law firm Kay Griffin PLLC has elected two new members, Michael A. Johnson and Joseph Hubbard. Michael Johnson joined Kay Griffin in 2011, and his practice focuses on civil litigation, as well as entertainment, intellectual property and corporate law. Johnson has extensive experience in a wide variety of civil litigation matters at both the trial and appellate levels in state and federal courts across the country. Before graduating from Vanderbilt University Law School, Johnson worked in various capacities in the entertainment industry, including at Creative Artists Agency. Hubbard is a civil litigator who has successfully tried numerous cases to verdict in jury and bench trials across the state of Tennessee.  He represents individual and corporate clients in both state and federal courts with an emphasis on commercial litigation, transportation litigation, tort litigation, and real estate and construction litigation. Hubbard graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law.
 
Nashville attorney Steve Groom has joined Neal & Harwell PLC. Groom served for 27 years in executive leadership and general counsel roles with two large public companies, as well as spending a decade in private law practice. Groom was formerly executive vice president and general counsel for Corrections Corporation of America (now CoreCivic), senior vice president and general counsel for SunTrust Bank and with Butler Snow LLP. Groom graduated from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

Stephen L. Shields, of Jackson, Shields, Yeiser & Holt, was appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court to the Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission on Jan. 10. Celeste Herbert, of Herbert, Meadows and Wall, and Richard Ladd Jr., of Penn Stuart, were appointed to the commission in September.

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP announced that 11 attorneys have joined the firm’s Nashville office as associates, bringing the total number of Bradley attorneys in Nashville to 137. Alicia Adlerz is a member of the Healthcare Practice Group. She earned her law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School, where she was an articles editor for the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law. Kayleigh Butterfield is a member of the Litigation Practice Group. She earned her law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the Wake Forest Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Board. Kyle M. Doiron is a member of the Litigation Practice Group. He received his law degree, magna cum laude, from Duke University School of Law. While in law school, he was actively involved in the Wrongful Convictions Clinic at Duke. William T. Farmer is a member of the Real Estate Practice Group. He earned his law degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he was senior staff editor of the Kentucky Law Journal. Ricky A. Hernandez is a member of the Corporate and Securities Practice Group. He counsels clients on a variety of business formation, transactional and operational matters. He also has experience in intellectual property matters such as trademarks and copyrights. Formerly a certified public accountant at a Big Four accounting firm, Hernandez received his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he completed the Business Law Certificate and was senior development editor for the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law. Brittany S. Macon is a member of the Real Estate Practice Group. She earned her law degree from Vanderbilt Law School, where she participated in the Vanderbilt Legal Clinic, working with the Family Law group. Erin Malone-Smolla is a member of the Litigation and Bankruptcy practice groups. She was a judicial clerk for Judge Sherry R. Fallon of the U.S. District Court, District of Delaware, assisting with intellectual property and asbestos litigation. She received her law degree from Duke University School of Law, where she was managing editor of the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy. Mike Moore is a member of the Corporate and Securities Practice Group. He earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was a Chancellor’s Law Scholar and completed the Law and Business Certificate Concentration. Emily L. Morrison is a member of the Healthcare Practice Group. She was an intern with the U.S. District Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee. She received her law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School. Prior to law school, she worked in marketing and sales for a health care technology and consulting firm in Washington, D.C. Jason C. Palmer is a member of the Intellectual Property Practice Group. He earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was senior managing editor of the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law. Elise K. Reecer is a member of the Litigation Practice Group. She received her law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School, where she was notes editor for the Vanderbilt Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Board.

Stephanie Vonnahme is the TBA’s new Young Lawyers Division and Public Education Coordinator. She has more than eight years of program management within the non-profit sector. She has provided executive director services for a variety of organizations of different sizes around the country and internationally. From this work Vonnahme has developed exceptional skills in communications, project planning, staff and volunteer management and program development. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Murray State University.

Berkley Schwarz, the TBA’s new director of public policy and government affairs, comes from the Tennessee Secretary of State’s Division of Business Services where she was the attorney for the division and athlete agent registrar. A graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law, she has worked in private practice as a litigator, as a legislative assistant in Washington D.C., and at the U.S. Department of Justice as attorney advisor in the Office of Legislative Affairs.

While in D.C., she helped launch the D.C. Office of the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) and was senior vice president and counsel for the group. She has also served as a principal at Pier Strategies, a specialized government relations, business development, and consulting firm, and as a legal recruiter for the firm Young Mayden.

She is licensed to practice law in Tennessee, Mississippi and Georgia.