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Posted by: TBA News on Aug 1, 2018

Journal Issue Date: Aug 2018

Journal Name: August 2018 - Vol. 54, No. 8

Lawrence “Larry” J. Laurenzi, a former U.S. attorney, has joined Baker Donelson's Government Enforcement and Investigations Group. Laurenzi, who joins as of counsel, brings more than 35 years of experience with the U.S. Department of Justice for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Tennessee, including an appointment as U.S. attorney from 2008 to 2010. After beginning his career serving as a trial attorney, Laurenzi went on to serve as criminal chief, before becoming first assistant U.S. attorney. He actively engaged in both civil and criminal litigation, concentrating on a variety of cases that include white collar fraud, tax fraud, public corruption, civil rights, affirmative civil enforcement and defensive torts.

Lipsey, Morrison, Waller & Lipsey PC recently moved from downtown Knoxville to the South Knoxville Riverfront address of 1430 Island Home Ave. The firm changed its name from Stone & Hinds PC on May 1. Steven Lipsey, Eric Morrison, Charles Waller and David Lipsey are the shareholders of Lipsey Morrison Attorneys. Back row, from left: Waller, Steven Lipsey, Morrison and Maurice Gerard. Front: Jennifer Dobbins and David Lipsey.

Waller recently welcomed veteran IP attorney A. J. Bahou to the firm’s Nashville office. Bahou brings more than 15 years of patent litigation experience to the firm as well as a deep understanding of emerging technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence utilized in distributed ledger and machine learning applications. A registered patent attorney, trial lawyer, mediator and arbitrator, Bahou has extensive experience in the areas of electrical and computer engineering technologies. Bahou handles the full spectrum of intellectual property litigation from pre-complaint investigation through trial and appeal in matters involving patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in IP litigation in jurisdictions across the United States. Bahou earned his law degree in 2003 from the Franklin Pierce Law Center at the University of New Hampshire where he simultaneously earned an LL.M. in Intellectual Property.

Evans Petree PC announced recently that C. Michael Adams Jr. has joined the firm as a shareholder, focusing his practice primarily in the areas of estate planning, taxation, wills and trusts, and probate administration. He previously worked as a partner at Williams McDaniel PLLC.

Adams began providing tax and accounting advice to clients in 1990 as a tax accountant and has practiced law since 1998. The firm reports that he is one of only eight attorneys in Memphis who are certified as an estate planning specialist under the rules established by the Tennessee Supreme Court. He routinely advises clients on matters of estate tax and income tax planning, asset protection, special needs trusts, probate avoidance, and probate and trust administration.

Bass, Berry & Sims has welcomed two new attorneys to the firm — Kaitlyn L. Dunn to the firm’s Nashville office and Jessica R. Reeves to the Memphis office. Dunn counsels healthcare clients in matters related to regulatory compliance, fraud and abuse, and government investigations. Prior to joining the firm, Dunn was an associate with Waller in Nashville. Dunn earned her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law in 2013. Reeves counsels clients in the acquisition, disposition and leasing of commercial real estate and advises on a variety of debt financing transactions. Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Reeves was an associate in the Nashville and Memphis offices of Waller. Reeves earned her law degree from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2013.

Hannah Tippett, an attorney at the office of Mostoller, Stulberg, Whitfield & Allen in Oak Ridge, has successfully completed the requirements for national certification in consumer bankruptcy law. Besides bankruptcy, Tippett practices law in the areas of social security disability and conservatorships. She is a 2009 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Three Tennessee attorneys were named to the American Bar Association’s Top 40 Young Lawyers On the Rise list for 2018. Caldwell G. Collins of Baker Donelson, Daniel Horwitz of the Law Office of Daniel Horwitz, and John Spragens, of Lieff Cabraser Heimann and Bernstein LLP, made this year’s list of honorees. All three are based in Nashville.The annual award, presented by the ABA's Young Lawyers Division, recognizes 40 young lawyers nationally who “exemplify a broad range of high achievement, innovation, vision, leadership, and legal and community service.”

Collins concentrates her practice on the defense of health care providers in personal injury, wrongful death and government investigation matters. She serves as the chair of Baker Donelson’s Nashville Women's Initiative and is the author of the firm’s innovative parental leave policy.

Horwitz’s law practice focuses on constitutional litigation, election law and amicus curiae representation. He is a member of the Tennessee Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and holds a leadership position in the American Constitution Society. In 2018, the Tennessee Bar Association awarded Horwitz the Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Volunteer Award for his dedication to the development and delivery of legal services to the poor.

Spragens represents plaintiffs in large consumer class action and whistleblower cases in federal courts across the country. Currently, he represents a coalition of counties and cities in multidistrict litigation against pharmaceutical industry participants alleging that they knowingly caused the nationwide opioid epidemic.

TCV Trust and Wealth Management (TCV), an asset management firm providing trust administration, estate services and investment management to individuals, families, endowments and foundations, announced a growth and expansion strategy that includes the opening of its first Tennessee office in Knoxville. John L. Billings has joined TCV as vice president of client administration and managing officer for its newest office. Prior to joining TCV, Billings practiced law representing the financial and real estate industries and subsequently served as associate general counsel for an insurance holding conglomerate in Tennessee.

Adams and Reese LLP recently announced the addition of Jacob “Jake” L. Perry to the firm’s litigation practice and Nashville office as an associate. Perry’s practice focuses on civil litigation, with an emphasis on business litigation, and he assists with all stages of litigation matters. He also has experience representing clients in intellectual property matters. From 2015 to 2016, Perry served as a law clerk for the Hon. Jeffrey M. Atherton and the Hon. Pamela A. Fleenor of the Chancery Court of Hamilton County. Perry received his law degree magna cum laude from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2015.

Hudson, Reed & McCreary PLLC of Murfreesboro recently announced that Nicholas C. Christiansen has been named its newest partner. Christiansen will continue to focus his practice on civil litigation, governmental law, and business matters. Christiansen joined the firm in 2012 following his graduation from the University of Memphis Law School where he served as research editor for the University of Memphis Law Review.

John Griffith has been honored by the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA) for his achievement in civil justice. His firm, GriffithLaw, is based in Franklin and serves clients throughout all of Middle Tennessee. The firm focuses on auto accidents, bicycle accidents, motorcycle accidents, personal injury, wrongful death and more.

Eric Buchanan & Associates PLLC announced the addition of attorney Audrey Dolmovich to its team. The firm’s disability team helps individuals who have been denied disability benefits provided by individual or group policies. They also help individuals who have been denied life insurance, health insurance, and similar insurance benefits. Dolmovich is a graduate from Faulkner Law School in Montgomery, Alabama. While in law school she was an executive member of the Board of Advocates, witness coordinator for the Mockingbird National Trial Competition, and the treasurer of the Young Lawyers Association.

McAngus Goudelock & Courie, a regional insurance defense firm, announced the addition of Jordan Puryear to the firm’s Nashville office. Puryear focuses his practice on workers’ compensation. Puryear earned his law degree from Belmont University College of Law and his Bachelor of Arts from Samford University. He is a member of the Nashville Bar Association and the Tennessee Bar Association. Prior to joining MGC, he practiced construction, litigation, premises liability, products liability and workers’ compensation.

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP recently announced that Katherine H. Blankenship has joined the firm’s Nashville office as an associate in the Construction and Government Contracts Practice Group. Blankenship represents real estate owners and developers in construction disputes involving design errors, defects, delays, inefficiency, unforeseen site conditions and cost overruns. Her practice primarily focuses on alternative dispute resolution, including multi-party arbitrations and mediations. Prior to joining Bradley, Blankenship was a litigation attorney at Waller. She received her law degree magna cum laude from Belmont University College of Law.

The Williamson County Bar Association recently elected its officers for the 2018-2019 membership year. The organization's new president is Katie Zipper, vice president is David Veile and Kristen Corn remains on the board as the immediate past president.

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP announced that Amy S. Leopard, a partner in the firm’s Nashville office, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA). She has chaired the AHLA Health Information and Technology Practice Group for the past three years and took office in July. A member of Bradley’s Healthcare Practice Group, Leopard serves as regulatory counsel and legal adviser to a diverse array of clients in the health care and technology industries on licensing, payment, regulatory compliance, privacy and technology issues.

Nashville attorney Paul Ney was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in July as the new general counsel for the Department of Defense. President Donald Trump nominated him for the job in January. Ney’s new position will give him a key role in the Defense Department, where he will weigh in on issues involving personnel, conduct and other matters.

The International Academy of Family Lawyers has chosen Marlene Eskind Moses as president-elect. Formed in 1986, the IAFL is a worldwide association of lawyers seeking to improve the practice of law and administration of justice in matters of divorce and family, according to a release. Moses is the founding manager of MTR Family Law in Nashville, and previously served as president of IAFL’s U.S. chapter. She is a regular columnist for the Tennessee Bar Journal, writing the “Family Matters” column.

John Partin has been elected president of the Tennessee District Public Defenders Conference for 2018-2019. Partin is the elected public defender for Tennessee’s 31st Judicial District, which includes Warren and Van Buren counties. He succeeds outgoing president Donna Hargrove, the current elected public defender for the 17th District. The conference represents public defenders in all of Tennessee’s 31 judicial districts.

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