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Posted by: Sharon Ballinger and Stacey Shrader on May 29, 2009

Journal Issue Date: Jun 2009

Journal Name: June 2009 - Vol. 45, No. 6

The Jackson law firm of Teel, McCormack & Maroney PLC has acquired the practice of Utley & Latimer PC, following the death of attorney Timothy B. Latimer. Teel, McCormack & Maroney will maintain offices at its present location as well as the former offices of Utley & Latimer.

The Nashville law firm of Farris Mathews Bobango PLC has added Reen Locker to its roster of associate attorneys. Locker earned her law degree in 2008 from the Nashville School of Law where she was president of the Honor Council. She previously worked as the client relations manager at Gateway Title Services LLC in Murfreesboro.

Chattanooga lawyer Dana B. Perry has been named president and managing shareholder of Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel PC. She succeeds Michael N. St. Charles, who served in the position for a decade and now resumes the full-time practice of real estate law. In her new role, Perry, who has been with the firm since 1988, will be responsible for leading the management team and implementing policies and strategic initiatives. She has focused her practice to date on estate planning, elder law and special needs trust planning.

Jimmie C. Miller, a senior partner in the Kingsport law firm of Hunter, Smith & Davis LLP, has been named a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Miller has practiced law in Kingsport for more than 25 years, working in the areas of health care law, medical malpractice defense, antitrust and commercial litigation. She received her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1981.

The Nashville law firm of Riley Warnock & Jacobson PLC has named two new members. Tim Harvey focuses his practice on litigation. Prior to joining the firm, he clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Thomas A. Wiseman Jr. in the Middle District of Tennessee. Harvey graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 2000. Chris L. Vlahos focuses his practice on intellectual property, commercial and entertainment litigation. He earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1999.

The Loudon County Bar Association has selected new officers for the coming bar year. TBA members among them are: G. Keith Alley with Kizer & Black Attorneys, president; solo practioner A. Wayne Henry, president-elect; and Robert G. Hinton with Sproul & Hinton, treasurer. All are from Lenoir City.

The Maury County Bar Association has elected John Russell Parkes with Hardin, Parks, Kelley & Carter PLLC as its new president, and Dalton Mounger, a solo practioner, as vice president. Both are from Columbia.

Jenney G. Springer has joined the Nashville law firm of Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, where she will focus on plaintiffs' personal injury and medical malpractice litigation. Springer graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2008. While in law school she clerked with the U.S. Attorney's office and worked in the college's legal and mediation clinics.

Memphis firm Glankler Brown PLLC recently announced its practice group chairs for 2009:   Oscar C. Carr III continues as chair of the Litigation Practice Group. He focuses his practice in the areas of business, construction, environmental and other civil litigation. R. Hunter Humphreys remains chair of the Real Estate Practice Group where he focuses on real estate, secured lending and other business transactions. He also teaches a course on real estate transactions at the University of Memphis School of Law. The firm's chief manager George Nassar Jr. is the new chair of the Business Practice Group. He focuses his practice in the areas of estate planning, mergers and acquisitions, and sophisticated tax planning for clients with significant domestic and international holdings. He also represents clients in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service and state revenue agencies. Nassar is also a special judge in the Shelby County Probate Court.

Chattanooga lawyer Marcy Eason, a member of Miller & Martin PLLC, has been appointed to a four-year term on the Tennessee Judicial Council. Created by the state legislature, the council is an advisory body that considers recommendations for changes in rules and procedures related to the judicial system. While the General Assembly is in session, the council meets regularly in Nashville to discuss proposed legislation referred to it for comment. Eason, who is a former president of TBA, focuses her practice on civil litigation with an emphasis on commercial matters, lender liability and products liability. She earned her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center in 1979.

The Memphis law firm of Rice, Amundsen & Caperton PLLC welcomes Jennifer Bellott to its practice. Bellott earned her law degree in 2008 from the University of Memphis School of Law and has been named National Best Advocate in the American Bar Association's National Appellate Advocacy Competition.

National labor and employment law firm Constangy, Brooks & Smith LLP has added new associate Kate Summers to its Nashville office. Summers will focus her practice on employment litigation and defense. Prior to joining the firm, Summers completed a federal clerkship with Magistrate Judge Juliet Griffin in the Middle District of Tennessee. She earned her law degree in 2005 from the University of Georgia School of Law, where she served as executive editor for the Journal of Intellectual Property Law.

Sean Antone Hunt recently was named to the board of Memphis Area Legal Services as a representative from the Memphis Bar Association. A member of Spicer Rudstrom PLLC, he has practiced law for more than 15 years, the last eight of which have been in the Memphis area. Hunt earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1993. Memphis Area Legal Services provides free legal assistance to low-income and elderly residents in Shelby, Fayette, Lauderdale and Tipton counties.

The Memphis law firm of McNabb, Bragorgos & Burgess PLLC recently announced that Pam Warnock Green has been named a member of the firm. She practices in the areas of malpractice defense, commercial insurance defense, general trial practice, family law and appellate work. She earned her law degree from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 1983.

Brian S. Faughnan, a partner in the Memphis office of Adams and Reese, has accepted an invitation into the Litigation Counsel of America " an invitation-only trial lawyer society limited to 3,500 fellows. The counsel was created to provide an outlet for scholarly articles on trial and litigation practice, promote opportunities for professional development, and advance a superior judiciary through its work on judicial compensation and benefits. Faughnan practices in the areas of commercial litigation, professional responsibility, legal ethics and appellate procedure. He is chair of the firm's Pro Bono Committee, vice chair of the Tennessee Bar Association's Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, and co-chair of the ABA's Firm Counsel Project.

Nashville lawyer Amy J. Everhart has launched a new law practice focusing on trademark, copyright, entertainment and Internet law. She also has unveiled a new legal blog on these issues called Lightbulb Moments. For more than a decade, Everhart worked with the Nashville law firm of Riley Warnock & Jacobson, where she handled intellectual property issues. Everhart is chair of TBA's Entertainment and Sports Law Section and a graduate of the Leadership Law Class of 2008. She earned her law degree in 1998 from Vanderbilt University Law School.

Bass, Berry & Sims member Jim Cheek has been named co-chair of the Coordinating Task Force on Financial Markets and Institutions for the American Bar Association's Business Law Section. The newly formed committee is charged with developing policies on reform of regulations governing the financial industry. Cheek focuses his practice in the areas of corporation finance and governance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and securities offerings. Cheek is an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University Law School where he teaches a course in current trends in mergers and acquisitions. He earned his law degree in 1967 from Vanderbilt University and a master of law from Harvard University in 1968.

Bass, Berry & Sims also announced that member Leigh Walton has been appointed to a three-year term as chair of the Committee on Mergers and Acquisitions of the American Bar Association's Section of Business Law. The committee's work includes debating issues of current relevance to mergers and acquisitions (M&A) practitioners; sponsoring educational programs on M&A topics; and publishing resource material for M&A practioners. At Bass, Berry & Sims, Walton co-chairs the Healthcare Practice Group and focuses her work on corporate governance, securities law, joint ventures, financing and mergers and acquisitions. She is active in the American Health Lawyers Association and the ABA's Task Force on Acquisition of Public Companies.

James D. Anderson recently joined the Nashville office of Frost Brown Todd where he will serve as counsel with the Business/Corporate Department. For 18 years Anderson served as the sole tax attorney for the Supreme Court of Tennessee, assisting the court with state and local tax cases that came before it. He also responded to federal court requests for answers to unsettled issues of Tennessee law. Prior to serving with the court, Anderson was in private practice in Nashville for more than 11 years handling federal and state tax issues, including corporate and partnership taxation, estate planning, exempt organizations and charitable donations.

Memphis attorney Bob Flynn, formerly a partner with Spicer, Flynn and Rudstrom, has joined his wife, attorney Michele Howard-Flynn, at her firm The Howard-Flynn Law Group. A native Memphian, Flynn has more than 30 years' experience as a civil trial litigator in a range of practice areas. He is board certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Education and Specialization and is a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Mediator. He earned his law degree from Memphis State University in 1975. Howard-Flynn opened the city's first and only full-service entertainment law office in 2005 after practicing entertainment law in Nashville. She earned her law degree in 1998 from Tulane University. One of the first projects the couple will work on as business partners is the "Legal Life Line," a program designed to assist fellow attorneys with case overload, lack of resources and last-minute court dates.

Nashville law firm Cornelius & Collins LLP has named Brian W. Holmes and Ben M. Rose as partners in the firm. Holmes practices in general civil litigation with an emphasis on medical malpractice defense. Rose devotes his practice to general civil litigation.

The Knoxville law firm of Kennerly, Montgomery & Finley PC recently announced that William E. Mason and Michael S. Kelley have joined the firm as shareholders, and that Toby R. Carpenter has joined the firm as special counsel. Mason, a 1974 graduate of Harvard Law School, will continue to focus his practice in the areas of pension and employee benefits, technology transfer and economic development. Kelley will continue to focus his work in the areas of municipal law; employment law; and commercial litigation, including actions under the False Claims Act, construction disputes and employment matters. Prior to joining the firm he served as law director for the city of Knoxville. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1990. Carpenter is a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. His practice is in the area of civil litigation, primarily handling insurance defense, personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, transportation and construction cases.


Houston lawyer CHARLES EDWARD "CHUCK" CHEEK died April 17 at the age of 58. A graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, Cheek received his degree and was licensed in 1975. Following law school, he moved to Tulsa where he worked in the legal department of Gulf Oil Company. In 1985 he moved to Houston to join Enron and was chief litigation counsel for the company until 2005 when he retired. Cheek was a member of the state bar associations in Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. Funeral services were held in his hometown of Pittsfield, Ill. on April 23. Memorials may be made to the Pittsfield First Christian Church, Pike County Mounted Angels or Great Strides c/o Airsman-Hires Funeral Home, Box 513, Pittsfield, IL 62363.