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Posted by: Sharon Ballinger and Stacey Shrader on Apr 27, 2011

Journal Issue Date: Mar 2011

Journal Name: March 2011 - Vol. 47, No. 3

The Nashville Pro Bono Program presented two awards during the annual Nashville Bar Banquet on Dec. 8, 2010. Frank Grace, a lawyer at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, was named the Joseph G. Cummings Sr. Pro Bono Volunteer Attorney of the Year for organizing a monthly debt clinic. The group’s Pro Bono Leadership Award was given to the Nashville Bar Association for its Modest Means Initiative.

The Legal Aid Society recently expanded its staff with attorney placements in two of its offices. In Nashville, Lea Mullins joins the firm as a staff attorney. She earned her law degree in 2009 from the University of Memphis School of Law and previously worked at the firm of Dodson, Parker, Behm & Capparella. In the Clarksville office, Ashley Graham joins the firm after working as a law clerk in the Knoxville office of Legal Aid of East Tennessee. She earned her law degree in 2010 from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Winchester native Anne Marie Bradford retired from federal government service in December after 30 years of work. Over the years Bradford worked as a staff attorney at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Board of Appeals and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Board of Immigration Appeals. She earned her law degree in 1979 from the Duke University School of Law. She now lives in Alexandria, Va.

Miller & Martin has named Nashville lawyers Kevin C. Baltz and Stephanie S. Pierce as members in the firm. Baltz practices in areas of business litigation, transportation law and dispute resolution. He received his law degree in 2003 from the University of Tennessee. Pierce focuses on health care and compliance matters. She also is a member of the firm’s Health Care Reform Task Force and recently co-chaired the Nashville Bar Association’s Health Law Committee. She graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2003.

The YMCA of Middle Tennessee has promoted Peter Oldham to executive vice president and chief administrative officer. He will continue to serve as legal counsel. Oldham is a 1982 graduate of the Vanderbilt University Law School. Before joining the YMCA, he practiced contract and securities law for 20 years at Harwell, Howard, Hyne, Gabbert & Manner, where he was a partner.

Nashville lawyer Orville Almon has opened his own law firm, Almon Law PLLC, at 1222 16th Ave., South, Suite 26, Nashville 37212. Almon was a founding partner of Zumwalt, Almon & Hayes PLLC and practiced there for 27 years. His new firm will focus on business affairs for entertainment and corporate clientele. Joining Almon in his new venture will be attorney Noah McPike, who will focus on new media and intellectual property. The firm can be reached at (615) 730-2207 or oalmon@orvillealmonlaw.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or be found online at

Chad M. Jackson recently joined the Nashville law firm of Morgan & Akins where he will focus his practice on workers’ compensation, premises liability claims and Governmental Tort Liability Act claims. He earned his law degree in 2004 from the University of Memphis School of Law.

The Tennessee Supreme Court has appointed four new members to the Board of Professional Responsibility. They are: Michael E. Callaway with Bell and Associates in Cleveland; Wade V. Davies, managing partner of Ritchie, Dillard & Davies in Knoxville; Michael U. King, a solo practioner in Huntingdon; and J. Russell Parkes, founding partner of Hardin, Parkes, Kelley & Carter in Columbia. The court also named Lela M. Hollabaugh of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in Nashville as chair of the board.

Texas law firm Shackelford, Melton & McKinley — with offices in Austin and Dallas — has opened a Nashville office to be known as Shackelford, Zumwalt & Hayes. The firm joined forces with longtime Nashville entertainment lawyers Jim Zumwalt and Craig Hayes formerly of Zumwalt, Almon & Hayes. It will offer business, contract, licensing, tax and real estate services to clients in the entertainment and publishing industries.

The Nashville law firm of Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin recently announced the addition of attorney Catherine H. Gwyn to the firm. Gwyn will practice in the Real Estate & Commercial Transactions Section as an associate. She previously practiced with the law firm of Gibson, Gregory & Gwyn for 13 years.

Nashville attorney Donna Roberts has been elected to membership in the firm of Stites & Harbison. Roberts is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation Service Group and focuses her practice in the areas of business and commercial litigation. Her experience includes employment, commercial and tort law, as well as non-compete and trade secret cases. She is the current president of the Lawyers’ Association for Women Marion Griffin Chapter.

Attorney and arbitrator Mark Travis has been named to the Roster of Labor Arbitrators for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. Travis also serves on the employment arbitration and mediation panels for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the American Arbitration Association and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. He received his law degree in 1984 from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, and his master of law in dispute resolution from Pepperdine University School of Law in 2007.

Nashville lawyer Daniel H. Puryear, formerly of Smythe, Puryear & Robertson, has formed the Puryear Law Group with offices located at The Woodmont Centre in Nashville. Joining him are attorneys Janna Eaton Smith and Max Loosen, who previously were affiliated with Smythe, Puryear & Robertson. The new firm will focus on construction and commercial litigation, creditors’ rights in bankruptcy and collections, and judgment recovery.

Malcolm McCune, Perry Happell and Mathew Zenner recently announced the formation of the law firm McCune Zenner Happell PLLC. McCune and Zenner will head the litigation department, which will engage in complex civil litigation with an emphasis on personal injury, products liability and commercial disputes. Happell will head the firm’s personal bankruptcy and social security disability practice group. The new firm is located at 101 Lea Ave., Nashville 37210. It can be reached at (615) 425-3476 or online at

The firm of Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan has added eight new attorneys to its offices in the state. In Chattanooga, Blair Bennington Cannon joins the firm as of counsel. She will focus her practice in the areas of insurance defense, domestic law, construction law and workers’ compensation. Cannon previously worked for Patrick, Beard, Schulman & Jacoway. She earned her law degree in 2001 from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Matthew R. Jackson also joins the firm’s Chattanooga office after earning his law degree from the Mississippi College School of Law in 2010. In Memphis, four lawyers join the firm. They are: Ashleigh R. Gibson, a 2010 graduate of the University of Arkansas College of Law; Jared S. Renfroe, a 2010 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law; and Mary L. Wagner and Melisa T. Moore, both 2009 graduates of the University of Memphis School of Law. In Nashville, Luis A. Botero and David B. Weatherman join the firm. Botero earned his law degree in 2010 from St. Thomas University School of Law. Weatherman graduated from the University of Memphis School of Law in 2010. All of these new attorneys will focus on general civil litigation.

In addition, the firm announced that H. Case Embry has joined its Oxford, Miss., office where he will handle workers’ compensation and general insurance defense. Embry graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 2006.

Finally, the firm recently named four attorneys as new members. They are: Barret S. Albritton, J. Gregory Grisham, Desiree I. Hill and Joshua A. Wolfe. Albritton practices in the firm’s Chattanooga office and handles insurance defense litigation. He earned his law degree in 2003 from the Mercer University School of Law. Grisham is in the Memphis office, where he practices employment law. He earned his law degree in 1989 from the University of Memphis School of Law. Hill is located in the Nashville office and practices civil litigation with a focus on insurance defense. She graduated from the University of Memphis School of Law in 2002. Wolfe practices in the Knoxville office and focuses on product and premises liability, construction and workers’ compensation defense. He received his law degree from the Vanderbilt University Law School in 2003.

The Tullahoma law firm of Henry, McCord, Bean, Miller, Gabriel & LaBar has announced the addition of Bradley J. Eldridge-Smith as an associate in its office. He will focus his practice in the areas of civil litigation, criminal defense, domestic relations and personal injury. Eldridge-Smith graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2010. Eldridge-Smith also was recently elected as secretary of the Coffee County Bar Association.

The Clarksville law firm of Patton & Pittman has named Christopher G. Clark a partner in the firm. Clark joined the firm as an associate in 2009 after serving for six years as an assistant district attorney in the 19th Judicial District. Clark focuses on general civil litigation and criminal defense.

Nashville lawyer Elizabeth Tipping has been named a partner at Neal & Harwell. Tipping joined the firm in 2003 and practices in the area of civil litigation. She has experience in a wide range of litigation areas including business, product liability, personal injury and class action cases. Tipping earned her law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2003.

The Franklin law firm of Buerger, Moseley & Carson has named Kenneth J. Young a member of the firm. Young represents clients in government, business, and non-profit matters. He also represents several Emergency Communications Districts in Tennessee. Young earned his law degree from the Nashville School of Law in 2001.

Little Rock attorney Robert M. Wilson received the USFN Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of 32 years of practice and 22 years of excellence as a founding member of the organization, which serves the mortgage banking industry. Wilson is the managing attorney and chairman of the executive committee of Wilson & Associates with offices in Arkansas and Tennessee.

Chattanooga attorney James L. Catanzaro Jr. has joined Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel and will practice in the firm’s Health Care and Corporate Law sections. Licensed in both Tennessee and Georgia, Catanzaro has nearly 20 years of experience counseling health care providers. He also handles a wide range of business matters. He earned his law degree in 1989 from Ohio State University.

In other news from the firm, lawyers Rosemarie L. Bryan and John B. Critchfield have been named shareholders. Bryan is a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Law and Litigation Practice groups. She earned her law degree in 1984 from the University of Virginia. Critchfield is a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group and focuses on construction, insurance defense and general civil litigation. He earned his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.

Christine Dickerson de Galindo of Antioch recently announced the formation of the Galindo Law Office focusing primarily on immigration law. The office may be contacted at (615) 967-4049 or cdg@galindoimmigration.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or online at

Burr & Forman recently announced appointments for three of its lawyers. Partner John Chiles in the Birmingham, Ala., office has been elected to the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers. He maintains an active litigation practice focusing on consumer finance. He earned his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law. Nashville attorney Alisa C. Peters has been elected secretary of the Nashville Bar Association. She practices in the areas of creditors rights, bankruptcy and real estate. She graduated from the Vanderbilt University Law School in 2005.

Julie McPeak, who also practices in the Nashville office, has been named special counsel for the Self-Insurance Institute of America Inc. McPeak has more than 12 years of legal and administrative experience in state government and most recently served as executive director of the Kentucky Office of Insurance. She received her law degree in 1994 from the University of Louisville School of Law.