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Posted by: TBA News on Apr 24, 2019

Journal Issue Date: May 2019

Lewis Thomason lawyer Laura Deakins was recently honored with the Memphis Business Journal’s Best of the Bar Award for “Ace Associate.” She was joined by members of her firm at the award ceremony on March 5. Deakins focuses her practice on appellate, health care and transportation law. She is also the 2019 president of the Memphis Chapter of the Association for Women Attorneys.

The Tennessee Bar Foundation named its 2018 class of fellows at an event in January. Among the new inductees are TBA members Christie Kizer Burbank with Rainey Kizer Reviere & Bell and Russell W. Gray with Baker Donelson in Chattanooga; Jerry P. Spore with Spragins, Barnett & Cobb in Jackson; Knoxville lawyers Heather G. Anderson and Karen G. Crutchfield with Bernstein, Stair & McAdams and Stephen Ross Johnson with Ritchie, Dillard, Davies & Johnson; Memphis lawyers Stephen C. Barton with Lewis Thomason, Michael P. Coury with Glankler Brown and Sean Antone Hunt with The Hunt Law Firm; and Nashville lawyers Ivanetta Davis-Samuels with Meharry Medical College, Stanley E. Graham with Waller, Judge Kelvin D. Jones III with the Davidson County Circuit Court, Jim Murphy with Bradley, Erin Palmer Polly with Butler Snow, Ann Jarvis Pruitt with Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services and Nathan H. Ridley with Bradley.

Joseph Kwon has joined the DeSalvo Law Firm, a Nashville entertainment and intellectual property firm. A graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, Kwon first worked as a policy coordinator at the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition where he worked with state and local governments on immigration and civil rights. At the DeSalvo Law Firm he will focus on legal services for businesses, entrepreneurs and those in or related to the entertainment industry.

D. Bryan Thomas, a partner in the Nashville office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, has been selected as a fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America (CLSA), an invitation-only association of lawyers focusing on construction law and related fields. Thomas advises clients on a range of projects, including industrial and power plant construction; hydro, solar and wind energy projects; multifamily and commercial construction; and residential construction.

The Mid-South Commercial Law Institute has named its officers and directors for the year. TBA members among the group are Nashville lawyer Gulam R. Zade with LOGICFORCE, who will serve as president, and Chattanooga attorney Jeffrey W. Maddux with Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, who will serve as immediate past president. Board members include Memphis lawyer Doug Alrutz with Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs and Chattanooga lawyer Amanda Stofan with Farinash & Stofan. The TBA partners with the nonprofit institute to hold a two-day seminar on commercial and bankruptcy law in Nashville.

Laura Bailey was recently promoted to principal attorney and senior vice president of legal operations at The Crone Law Firm, an employment law firm in Memphis. Bailey earned her law degree from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2008 and worked for a number of firms in the Memphis and Jackson areas before joining The Crone Law Firm. She has extensive experience in employment, personal injury and worker’s compensation law.

Nashville lawyer Lisa Bashinsky has joined the law firm of Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin (GSRM Law) as an associate attorney. She will practice in the firm’s Business & Corporate Section with a focus on providing legal representation to businesses, entrepreneurs and professionals with business transactions and commercial needs. Prior to joining GSRM Law, Bashinsky was an attorney at Hall Booth Smith. She earned an undergraduate degree in  psychology, a master’s degree in education and a law degree from Vanderbilt University.

Frost Brown Todd recently announced its 2019 leadership appointments for its various offices. In Nashville, member Mekesha Montgomery will chair the Manufacturing Industry Team. Montgomery is a member of the Labor & Employment Practice Group, where she represents management in the areas of employment discrimination and wrongful discharge, union negotiations and arbitration. She also provides advice and counsel to management responding to union-initiated grievances, and has represented management in numerous labor arbitrations.

Whitney Horak, managing associate attorney at the Adelman Law Firm in Memphis, is now a certified professional in healthcare risk management. Administered by the American Hospital Association, the CPHRM designation is the health care industry’s premier certification for the risk management profession. In her current role at the firm, Horak focuses on medical malpractice, long-term care and aging services, representing health care providers in abuse and neglect, negligence, patient rights, wrongful death and breach of contract cases.

The Nashville law firm of Stites & Harbison recently elected Richard Myers Jr. to its six-member Management Committee for a two-year term. He replaces John Wingo, who completed two terms of service and rotated off the committee. Myers is a registered U.S. patent attorney and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property & Technology Service Group. His practice focuses on counseling clients on patent infringement, patent validity and patentability. With an academic background in chemistry, he primarily works with clients in the life sciences, including a wide variety of chemical and pharmaceutical arts.

Butler Snow has named Christopher R. Maddux as chair-elect of the firm. He will take office as chair on Jan. 1, 2020. Maddux currently serves as chair of the firm’s Business Department. He previously chaired the firm’s Equity Committee and served on the Executive Committee. He focuses his law practice on bankruptcies, business reorganizations and distressed transactions. Maddux earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Vanderbilt University. He is based in the firm’s Jackson, Mississippi, office.

Butler Snow attorney Joseph F. Welborn III has been named a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. The induction ceremony took place at the spring meeting of the college in California. Welborn has more than 27 years of trial experience in business and commercial litigation including shareholder, merger and acquisition, banking, contractual, real estate, intellectual property and business tort disputes. He also is experienced in representing individuals and businesses in civil rights litigation as well as catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases.

Jennifer M. Eberle has joined the Nashville law firm of Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge where she will represent plaintiffs in medical malpractice actions, products liability and other personal injury cases. Eberle previously was a partner with Hall Booth Smith where she handled medical malpractice and liability defense for health care providers. A native of Clarksville, she received her law degree from the University of Memphis School of Law.