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Posted by: Sharon Ballinger and Stacey Shrader on Apr 27, 2010

Journal Issue Date: May 2010

Journal Name: May 2010 - Vol. 46, No. 5

Memphis lawyer William R. Bradley Jr. has been named chief manager of Glankler Brown PLLC. His primary practice areas include intellectual property, antitrust, business and construction law. In addition to handling a wide range of commercial litigation, he has extensive experience in the procurement, maintenance and enforcement of trademarks and copyrights, and in the defense and prosecution of trade secrets and right-of-publicity claims. He also helps clients evaluate intellectual property rights in connection with corporate transactions.

The Memphis office of Jackson Lewis LLP recently announced that Whitney Fogerty and John Norris have been selected for partnership in the firm. Fogerty has extensive experience representing management in employment litigation and administration actions; advising clients on personnel practices and policies, employment contracts and non-compete agreements; and conducting mediation and alternative dispute resolution. She graduated from Tulane University Law School in 1999. Norris is an experienced litigator who handles discrimination and harassment claims and disability accommodation issues. He also devotes a portion of his practice to non-competition agreements, non-solicitation agreements, employee raiding issues, trade secrets misappropriation and garnishment issues. Norris earned his law degree from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 1995.

The Jackson law firm of Gilbert Russell McWherter PLC has announced that Clinton Hondo Scott has been named a partner in the firm and that Jessica Farris Salonus has joined the firm as an associate. Scott handles complex litigation with an emphasis on wage and hour and consumer class actions. He earned his law degree in 2003 from the University of Memphis Law School. Salonus is a 2009 graduate of the University of Memphis Law School. She will work primarily in the firm's civil litigation group.

Knoxville lawyer Mike Baisley has joined the firm of Hodges, Doughty & Carson PLLC where he will practice in the areas of  business and real estate transactions,  commercial law and construction law. Baisley formerly worked at Woolf, McClane, Bright, Allen & Carpenter PLLC.  He earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2005.

The Nashville firm of Blackburn & McCune PLLC recently announced it would become Blackburn, McCune, Happell & Zenner PLLC with the addition of named partners Perry R. Happell and Mathew R. Zenner.

Three Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell PLC attorneys recently were named partners in the firm: Geoffrey A. Lindley and Craig P. Sanders in the Jackson office and Amanda C. Waddell in the Memphis office. Lindley focuses his practice in the areas of employment law litigation defense, workers' compensation and personal injury litigation. He joined the firm in 2001 after graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Sanders maintains a civil defense practice representing professionals and health care clients in professional liability and medical malpractice suits. Prior to joining the firm in 2003, he practiced law in Knoxville. He earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2002. Waddell focuses on medical malpractice, auto liability and insurance coverage cases. Prior to joining the firm, she practiced law for eight years in Hattiesburg, Miss., defending against mass tort medical device/pharmaceutical and medical malpractice claims. She received a law degree from the University of Mississippi in 1999.

Bass Berry & Sims PLC recently announced that two lawyers in its Memphis office have been named members in the firm: T. Gaillard "Gil" Uhlhorn V and Kristen C. Wright. Uhlhorn focuses his practice in the areas of commercial real estate, financial transactions, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate representation. He earned his law degree in 2000 from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Wright focuses her practice on complex commercial and bankruptcy litigation, emphasizing banking, intellectual property, technology and business restructuring. She also serves on the firm's Law School Recruiting and Professional Development committees. Wright is licensed to practice in both Tennessee and Arkansas. She earned her law degree from the University of Arkansas in 2001. (An item in the March 2010 issue incorrectly identified Wright as an associate.)

John W. Elder has been named a partner in the Knoxville law office of Paine, Tarwater and Bickers LLP. He began working at the firm immediately after graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2003. Elder focuses his practice in the areas of products liability, medical malpractice and toxic torts litigation. He is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association's 2010 Leadership Law Class and volunteers with Legal Aid of East Tennessee in Maryville.

Barbara Marie Penland Giles has joined the Nashville law firm of Spicer Rudstrom PLLC, where she will focus her practice in the areas of insurance defense and subrogation, pharmacy malpractice, workers' compensation, and premises, products and automobile liability. Prior to joining the firm, Giles served as a law clerk to 16th Judicial District Chancellor Robert E. Corlew III. Giles earned her law degree from the Nashville School of Law 2008.

Lawrence R. Ahern III, partner in the Nashville office of Burr & Forman LLP, has been elected to serve on the board of directors of the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors " a nationwide nonprofit serving the needs of business turnaround, restructuring and bankruptcy lawyers. Ahern focuses his practice in the areas of creditors' rights, bankruptcy, commercial finance and banking. He is the former chair of the TBA Commercial, Banking and Bankruptcy Law Section, former director of the American Bankruptcy Institute, and former director of the Turnaround Management Association as well as president of its Tennessee chapter. He serves as Adjunct Professor for Secured Transactions at Vanderbilt University Law School. He earned his law degree from the school in 1972.

Nashville lawyer Kara Shea has been appointed vice chair of the Labor & Employment Department at Miller & Martin PLLC where she represents employers in discrimination, retaliatory discharge, whistleblower and wage and hour cases before administrative agencies and in litigation. Shea also speaks and provides training on employment-related topics, conducts workplace investigations and implements employee discipline. She is co-author of a comprehensive guide to wage and hour compliance and is co-editor of the Tennessee Employment Law Letter. She earned her law degree from the Vanderbilt University Law School in 1996.

Nashville lawyers Donald I. N. McKenzie and Robert H. Laird Jr. recently announced the formation of McKenzie Laird PLLC in Green Hills. The new firm combines McKenzie's corporate, securities, mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital practice with Laird's general counsel experience. The firm will offer advice on general corporate law and governance matters, business transactions, capital raising, securities advice, and mergers and acquisitions. Lisa Bashinsky, who served in the law office of Donald I. N. McKenzie, continues as an associate with the new firm. The office is located at 4015 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 210, Nashville, TN 37215. It can be reached at (615) 297-7001 or

The East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women has elected new officers and committee chairs. TBA members among them are: President Wynne du M. Caffey Hall with Paine, Tarwater & Bickers; President-elect Karen G. Crutchfield of Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan; Treasurer Betty James; TLAW Member at Large Donna Holt; Membership Chair Sharon G. Lee, Tennessee Supreme Court Justice; CLE Chair Leslie A. Muse with Butler, Vines and Babb; CLE Co-Chair Tasha C. Blakney with Eldridge & Blakney; and Community Outreach Chair Sharon D. Frankenberg. All are from Knoxville. In addition, Dawn Coppock of Strawberry Plains was named IOLTA chair.

Nashville lawyer W. W. Frank Wilbert has been named a member of Kay, Griffin, Enkema & Brothers PLLC, where he maintains a civil litigation practice with an emphasis on intellectual property and commercial litigation. He earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2003.

Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan PLLC has announced that Lynn V. Lawyer and Anthony M. Noel have been named members in the firm's Nashville office. Lawyer practices in the areas of general liability, labor and employment law, product liability and workers' compensation. She received her law degree from Southern Illinois University in 2002. Noel focuses his practice on labor and employment issues, workers' compensation, general liability and product liability. He has extensive experience counseling employers on compliance and litigation avoidance. He also helps clients draft personnel policies and employee handbooks. Noel graduated from the New England School of Law in 1997.

Memphis lawyer Louise Chandler has joined the law firm of HF Law Group PLLC.  She graduated from the University of Memphis School of Law in 2009. During her last year of law school, she clerked for Circuit Court Judge John R. McCarroll and completed an externship at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court with Judges David S. Kennedy and Paulette J. Delk. Chandler is a fourth-generation lawyer: her father John Wyeth Chandler Jr. is an attorney, her grandfather was former  Memphis mayor and judge John Wyeth Chandler Sr. and her great-grandfather was Walter Chandler, former mayor of Memphis and a U.S. congressman.

Local Bar Elections

The Cocke County Bar Association has elected officers for the new bar year. TBA members among them are President John Derreck Whitson with the Law Office of J. Derreck Whitson, Vice President Susan Joanne Sheldon and Treasurer Jeffrey S. Greene with McSween & McSween. All are from Newport.

The Dickson County Bar Association has elected new officers: Timothy V. Potter is the new president, while Hilary H. Duke is now secretary and treasurer. Both are with the Dickson law firm of Reynolds, Potter, Ragan & Vandivort.

The Loudon County Bar Association recently elected new officers. TBA members among them are President Arthur Wayne Henry of Loudon, Secretary Sherri Alley with Kizer & Black in Maryville and Treasurer Robert Hinton with Sproul & Hinton in Lenoir City.

New officers of the Rutherford Cannon County Bar Association were sworn in on Feb. 27. TBA members among them are President R. Timothy Hogan and Vice President Thomas S. Santel Jr. with Cope, Hudson, Scarlett, Reed & McCreary. Both practice law in Murfreesboro.

The Sevier County Bar Association has elected new officers for the year. Scott D. Hall of Sevierville is president, C. Dan Scott of Seymour is vice president and Jeff Stern of Sevierville is secretary/treasurer.

The Robertson County Bar Association has elected a new president and vice resident. Frederic Lee Borthick Jr. with the Law Office of Lee Borthick has been named president, while Jennifer Evans is now vice president. Both are from Springfield.


Former Memphis civil rights lawyer, author and union leader BETH SHULMAN died Feb. 5 in Washington D.C. of complications from brain cancer. She was 60. Shulman, a former vice president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), was a leading advocate for addressing low-wage workers' issues, including minimum wage, paid sick days and paid family leave. She earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1974 and then moved to Tennessee to clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Robert McRae Jr. in the Western District of Tennessee. She later joined a Memphis civil rights law firm where she worked on employment discrimination and school desegregation cases. Shulman became assistant general counsel at UFCW in 1976 and worked for the union until 2000. She served on multiple boards, including those of the National Employment Law Project and the Center for Economic and Policy Research and was a senior fellow at Demos, a nonpartisan public policy research and advocacy organization.

DOROTHY G. CONWAY, 84, died Feb. 17 in Irving, Texas, after having moved there just six months prior. A native of DeRidder, La., Conway earned her law degree from the Nashville School of Law and was licensed in Tennessee in 1981.