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Posted by: Tba People on Nov 27, 2008

Journal Issue Date: Dec 2008

Journal Name: December 2008 - Vol. 44, No. 12

Recently retired Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice William M. Barker has joined the Chattanooga firm of Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel PC, where he will serve in the litigation section and practice in the areas of mediation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. A native of Chattanooga, Barker entered the private practice of law there after graduating in 1967 from the University of Cincinnati School of Law. He was appointed to the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals in 1995 and to the Supreme Court in 1998. Barker was selected chief justice in 2005 by his colleagues. He retired from the court in September.

The Chattanooga law firm of Eric Buchanan and Associates, which represents disabled individuals who have been denied social security disability, long term disability or disability insurance benefits, recently announced that partner Seth Holliday has been certified as a Social Security Disability Specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization. Holliday joins managing partner Eric Buchanan and partner R. Scott Wilson as the third member of the firm who is certified in this specialty.

Maryville lawyer Stephen S. Ogle was sworn in as assistant district attorney general for the Fifth Judicial District on Sept. 15. He earned his law degree in 1992 from the University of Tennessee College of Law and was a solo practioner prior to joining the district attorney's office.

Melissa Bradford Muller has been named a member of Howard, Tate, Sowell, Wilson & Boyte PLLC in Nashville. Muller received her law degree from the University of Memphis in 2000. She practices in the areas of business and general civil litigation, insurance and professional liability.

Nashville-based Manier & Herod has announced the addition of two new associates: Neesha N. Shah Hetcher and Billy "Duane" Willis Jr. Hetcher will focus on bankruptcy and real estate law, as well as general civil litigation. She earned her law degree from American University's Washington College of Law in 2007. Willis will represent clients in all aspects of civil litigation, including black lung, governmental tort liability, general insurance defense and workers' compensation. He previously practiced with Allen, Kopet & Associates in Jackson, Memphis and Nashville. Willis received his law degree in 1998 from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

The International Municipal Lawyers Association recently honored Murfreesboro city attorney Susan Emery McGannon with the 2008 Joseph I. Mulligan Distinguished Public Service Award, which is given to honor a local government attorney for "significant and surpassing achievements in the field of local government law." McGannon was nominated for the award by attorneys from other Tennessee cities. She previously was designated by the association as a Local Government Fellow, the only Tennessean to be certified since the fellows program began in 1999.

Liston "Bo" Bishop III has been appointed executive vice president and general counsel for the Unum Group, having served as the interim general counsel since February 2008. Bishop joins the company after practicing corporate and securities law at Miller & Martin PLLC, where he served since 1979. Bishop also has held the position of vice president and deputy general counsel for Coca-Cola Enterprises, where his responsibilities included securities law compliance and corporate governance. Bishop received his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1972.

Stites & Harbison PLLC attorney Julian Bibb was awarded the Caroline J. Cross Community Leadership Award by alumni of Leadership Franklin, a non-profit community leadership organization serving the community and educating the leaders of the city of Franklin and Williamson County. The award is one of many Bibb has received over the past few years for his involvement in the Williamson County community. Bibb practices in the areas of banking and real estate.

Former Tennessee Bar Association president and Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop managing shareholder John R. Tarpley has been appointed vice chair of the American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section. He will serve for one year as vice chair and rise automatically to the position of chair during the ABA annual meeting in August 2009. Tarpley practices in the firm's Nashville office in the areas of tort, transportation, product liability and insurance-related matters.

Knoxville lawyer Donald J. Farinato recently joined the firm of Holbrook, Peterson & Smith PLC, where he will handle estate administration. He earned his law degree and a master in business administration from the University of Tennessee and joined the bar in 1999. Farinato is licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee and the U.S. Tax Court.

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC has announced that Nashville partner J. Andrew Goddard has been inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers " the first attorney in Tennessee to be invited to join the organization and one of only 50 attorneys nationwide honored this year. Goddard is head of Bass, Berry & Sims' environmental practice. He joined the firm in 1978 after graduating from Duke University School of Law.

Another partner at the firm, Mark Mamantov, was recently named vice chair of the National Association of Bond Lawyers' Tax and Securities Law Institute. Mamantov is a founding member of Bass, Berry & Sims' Knoxville office and serves as the administrator there. His practice focuses primarily on transactional work, with an emphasis on tax-exempt finance, commercial lending and real estate. He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1984.

Kevin C. Kennedy, senior attorney at The Kennedy Law Firm PLLC in Clarksville, recently received the William O. Beach Montgomery County Citizen of the Year Award. The honor is given each year to an outstanding citizen who has supported and made significant contributions to business, civic, educational and charitable organizations in the community. Kennedy is the first attorney to receive the award.

Four new associates have joined the Nashville office of Miller & Martin PLLC, while one, Kevin D. Hudson, has joined the firm's office in Chattanooga. Hudson received his law degree from the University of Memphis, where he graduated first in his class. Prior to law school, he spent nine years with the Memphis Police Department. He will practice in the firm's litigation department. In the Nashville office, Clint C. Cromwell joins the corporate department with a focus on mergers, acquisitions, business technology, securities and private equity and venture capital finance. He graduated from Emory University School of Law in 2008. Hart Knight joins the environmental law group and general litigation department after serving for two years as law clerk to Tennessee Court of Appeals Judge Frank G. Clement Jr. He earned his law degree from the Vermont Law School in 2006. Robyn L. Owens and Sarah Lodge Tally also join the firm's litigation department. Owens graduated in May from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. Tally, a 2008 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, worked in the Washington office of U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper before becoming a lawyer.

The Nashville law firm of Burr & Forman recently announced the appointment of several of its attorneys to leadership positions within other organizations. Kevin Doherty has been elected the 2008-2009 chairman of the Self-Insurance Institute of America's Alternative Risk Transfer Committee. The institute is dedicated to protecting and promoting the self-insurance and alternative risk transfer industry. Fellow attorney Julie McPeak will serve on the 15-member committee as well. In addition, Darlene T. Marsh has been elected secretary of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. She practices with the firm's environmental law group and focuses on commercial real estate law.

The Putnam County Bar Association has elected new officers for 2008-2009. They are President James Patrick Hayes, a solo practioner; Vice President Rachel Moses, with the Legal Aid Society; and Treasurer Dale Bohannon, a solo practioner. All are from Cookeville.

Lance Wray has been elected vice president of the Sumner County Bar Association for 2008-2009. He is a solo practioner in Gallatin.

Rachel E. Ralston has joined the law firm of Hunter, Smith and Davis LLP, where she will concentrate on general corporate transactional law and bankruptcy. A Johnson City native, Ralston received her law degree and MBA from the University of Tennessee. While in law school she served as managing editor of Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law. Prior to joining the firm, she served as a law clerk to Marcia Phillips Parsons, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee and Chief Judge of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals' Bankruptcy Appellate Panel.

The Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association has announced its new board, led by President C. Douglas Dooley with the Chattanooga firm of Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan. Other board members include President-elect Stephen P. Miller with McDonald Kuhn in Memphis and immediate past president Robert G. Norred Jr. with Logan-Thompson PC in Cleveland. Vice presidents are John W. Barringer Jr. with Manier & Herod in Nashville; David Scott Bennett with Leitner Williams Dooley & Napolitan in Chattanooga; and James H. Tucker Jr. with Manier & Herod in Nashville, who also serves as the DRI state representative. Directors are Robert A. Crawford with Kramer Rayson Leake Rodgers & Morgan in Knoxville; Sarah Reisner with Manier & Herod in Nashville; and Bradford D. Box with Rainey Kizer Reviere & Bell PLC in Jackson.

Brentwood attorney and mediator Leigh Ann Roberts has been appointed an adjunct professor at Belmont University's Jack Massey Graduate School of Business and will teach the first mediation course for that program. Roberts has been a trained mediator since 1998. Her firm, Forward Focus Mediation PLLC, provides mediation services as well as conflict management systems design. Roberts is president-elect of the Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators and a volunteer mediator for the Nashville Conflict Resolution Center.


Knoxville attorney RAYMOND H. MOSELEY, 87, died Oct. 12, after practicing law for more than half a century in Tennessee. A 1951 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, Moseley began his legal career working for the newly formed city of Oak Ridge and later practiced with Hodges & Doughty. He moved to Chattanooga in 1956 and practiced law there with the Charles A. Noone firm and with Humphreys, Hutcheson & Moseley (later Hutcheson, Moseley, Pinchak & Powers). In 1998, he returned to Knoxville to join his son's firm, Lacy & Moseley. Among his many accomplishments and honors, Moseley served on the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary and was a 1996 nominee for a seat on the Tennessee Supreme Court. A World War II Navy veteran, he was buried with full military honors at Chattanooga National Cemetery. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be directed to the American Heart Association or Alive Hospice of Nashville.

Retired Sevierville judge WILLIAM R. "BILL" HOLT JR. died Oct. 15 at the age of 70. A native of Sevier County, Holt served 21 years as circuit court judge for the Second Judicial District of Tennessee before retiring in 1997. Holt earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee in 1969 after working as a mechanic and musician. He continued to hone his skill on the guitar and will be remembered for entertaining fellow judges at judicial conferences. At his memorial service, Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade delivered the eulogy. Donations in his name may be made to: The Judge William R. Holt Jr. 4th Judicial District Scholarship Fund at any Sevier County Bank branch location; the First Baptist Church of Sevierville, 317 Parkway, Sevierville, TN 37862; or the American Lung Association of Tennessee, 1808 West End Ave., Suite 514, Nashville, TN 37203.

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