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Posted by: Sharon Ballinger and Stacey Shrader on Jul 24, 2009

Journal Issue Date: Aug 2009

Journal Name: August 2009 - Vol. 45, No. 8

Lawyers and staff with the Nashville office of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis recently donated some "sweat equity" to the KIPP Academy, a free public charter school in East Nashville. In conjunction with the nonprofit group Hands On Nashville, the team which included: Bethany Kolenic, Scott Rayson, Jennifer McGugin, Charlie Robbins, Eileen Burkhalter Smith, Lesli Love, Shane Morris, Matt Burnstein, Kathleen Pearson, Kelly Caissie, Elin Henningsson, David Green, Josh RosenBlatt, Kieran Piller, David Clay, Mike Ewing, Josh Collins, Coe Peterman, Trenton Poynter, Reggie Hill, Heather Hubbard, John Claybrook, Jon Gaston, Paul Gontarek, Justin Leach and Keith Thompson gave the school a good cleaning and a fresh coat of paint.

The Nashville-based Marion Griffin Chapter of the Lawyers Association for Women recently named new officers. Candice Reed with Counsel on Call assumes the office of president. Donna L. Roberts with Stites & Harbison PLLC takes over as president-elect. Mary Dohner Smith with Constangy, Brooks & Smith is secretary, and Margaret R. T. Myers with Adams and Reese LLP is treasurer. All are from Nashville.

The Nashville-based Napier-Looby Bar Association has elected new officers. Among them are the following TBA members: Isaac T. Conner, president, Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop PC; William Stover, vice president, solo practitioner; and David Green, treasurer, Waller, Lansden, Dortch & Davis LLP. All are from Nashville.

Chattanooga-based SouthEast Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (SETLAW) recently named officers for the new bar year. Kathryn Russell with Campbell & Campbell is president. Amanda B. Rogers with Luther Anderson PLLP is president-elect. Heather Magnuson with Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan PLLC is treasurer, and Kathryn G. Smith with the EPB Legal Division is secretary. All are from Chattanooga.

The Twelfth Judicial District Bar Association has named officers for the coming year. TBA members among them are Rhea County General Sessions Judge James W. McKenzie of Dayton, who is the new president, and Marion County General Sessions Judge Marshall A. Raines of Jasper, who is president-elect.

The Bradley County Bar Association has elected new officers for the bar year. Michael Jenne, with Jenne, Scott & Jenne, is the new president. Robert Thompson, of Logan-Thompson, is president-elect. And Josh Jenne, with Jenne, Scott & Jenne, is treasurer. All are from Cleveland.

Matt Potempa recently announced the opening of a law office in downtown Nashville. A native Memphian, Potempa received his law degree from The University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2006 and previously served as assistant general counsel for the Tennessee Department of Human Services. His new practice will focus on civil litigation as well as criminal and domestic matters. Potempa is the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division's 2009-2011 District Representative for Tennessee and Kentucky, as well as the ABA YLD liaison to the ABA Judicial Division. His new office is located at 222 Second Ave. North, Washington Square, Suite 360, Nashville, TN 37201.

The Jackson law firm of Pentecost & Glenn PLLC recently added two new associates to its firm. Ryan K. Porter received his law degree from the Nashville School of Law in 2007 and worked at Jackson Energy Authority and the City of Jackson prior to joining the firm. Melissa K. Van Pelt received her law degree from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2008. Both will be focusing their work in the areas of civil rights and employment defense.

William B. Hicky and Matthew C. Pietsch have joined the Nashville law firm of Taylor, Pigue, Marchetti & Mink PLLC as associate attorneys. Pietsch will focus his practice on commercial and tort litigation. He has been a prosecutor for the past four years, serving as an assistant district attorney general in Nashville, as well as an assistant state attorney for Palm Beach County, Fla. Pietsch received his law degree in 2004 from the University of Miami School of Law. He previously was an attorney at Allen, Kopet & Associates. He earned his law degree in 2006 from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Mary Ellen Morris has joined the firm of Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, where she will focus her work on plaintiffs' personal injury, products liability and medical malpractice litigation. She previously worked for Miller & Martin PLLC and Trabue, Sturdivant & DeWitt. Morris is a 1988 graduate of the Vanderbilt University School of Law. She currently serves as co-archivist of the Marion Griffin Chapter of the Lawyers Association for Women. She formerly served as secretary and membership committee chair of the group.

Knoxville lawyer Chad Tindell recently was elected president of the Southern Region of the Commercial Law League of America. Tindell earned his law degree in 1991 from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. He is a shareholder and vice president at Stone & Hinds PC.

Jessica J. Uitto has joined the Nashville firm of Moses & Townsend PLLC as an associate. She previously was a pro bono attorney in the family law division of the Legal Aid Society. Uitto is a 2008 graduate of Pepperdine University School of Law and holds a Dispute Resolution Certificate from the law school's Straus Institute. While in law school, Uitto was a legal extern at the Union Rescue Mission Legal Aid Clinic. In 2007, she was a summer associate at O'Brien & Ryan LLP in Plymouth Meeting, Pa. While there, she co-authored a textbook chapter on the legal implications of medical malpractice for physicians. Uitto is licensed to practice law in Tennessee, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

The Chattanooga law firm of Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel PC recently announced that Robert M. "Mark" Addison and Bryson M. Kirksey have joined the firm. Addison, a 1998 graduate of the Wake Forest University School of Law, joins the firm of counsel and will focus his practice on estate planning and administration and elder law. Prior to joining the firm, he was a partner with a law firm in Winston-Salem, N.C. and a trust officer at Regions Morgan Keegan Trust. Kirksey joins the firm as an associate practicing in the areas of tax and estate planning. He earned his law degree from Samford University in 2008. In 2009, he completed a master of laws at the Georgetown University Law Center.

Nashville attorney Robert A. Peal has joined the law firm of Neal & Harwell PLC as a litigation associate. He previously served as a major in the U.S. Marine Corps for 13 years. During his time of service, Peal worked as an F/A-18 flight officer and as a senior prosecutor. While on active duty, he deployed three times and saw combat in Operation Southern Watch and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He earned his law degree in 2006 from Vanderbilt University Law School.

Nashville law firm Parker, Lawrence, Cantrell and Dean named Frank M. Gallina a partner in the firm. Gallina practices law in the areas of tort and personal injury; collections law; and insurance, products liability and workers' compensation defense. He has been with the firm for five years. He earned his law degree in 2004 from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

Whitney King Fogerty has joined the Memphis office of Jackson Lewis LLP as of counsel and will represent clients in a variety of industries in both federal and state courts and regulatory agencies. Her practice focuses on labor and employment litigation as well as advising in-house legal staff, management and human resources personnel with respect to employment issues. She is licensed to practice in jurisdictions in Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Florida, Michigan and Tennessee. She earned her law degree from Tulane University School of Law in 1999. Prior to joining the firm, Fogerty was a shareholder with Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart.


Former Blount County attorney and General Sessions Judge J. N. BADGETT JR. died May 31 at age 90. The Maryville native earned his law degree in 1942 from the University of Tennessee and served in the Army during World War II. He later returned to serve as an attorney in the judge advocate section. Between tours of duty, he opened his own law firm and served as the Maryville city recorder for two years. After leaving the military, he spent a decade as Blount County General Sessions Judge and served one term as president of the Tennessee General Sessions Judges Conference. In the community, Badgett served on the Maryville Housing Authority, Maryville-Alcoa Jaycees Board of Directors, First Federal Savings and Loan Association Board of Directors, Selective Service Board, Blount County Revenue Commission and Blount County Education Committee, which he also chaired.

Former Winchester attorney CHARLES EDWARD (ED) MURRAY died May 29 at the age of 80 in The Villages, Fla., where he had lived since retiring in 2004. Murray served in the Tennessee House of Representatives for 20 years " the last two of which he served as speaker of the House. He also served as Claims Commissioner for Middle Tennessee from 1990 to 1995 and as a partner in the law firm of Hickerson and Murray. Murray earned his law degree from the YMCA Night Law School and started practicing law in 1965. He was laid to rest at Mt. Garner Cemetery in Decherd, Tenn. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to a local charity of choice or the Cornerstone Hospice, 601 Casa Bella, The Villages, FL 32162.