TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Brittany Sims on Oct 29, 2012

Curtis Bowe (2012) was chosen by his Leadership Law class as the first recipient of the Larry Dean Wilks Leadership Award.  This award, created in honor of the late former TBA president and Leadership Law chair, recognizes the person who ‘exhibited exceptional leadership qualities that enhanced the Leadership Law experience for all class members.”  Curtis is the head of Bowe & Associates PLLC in Chattanooga.

Martha Boyd (2006) recently joined the Baker, Donelson firm where she focuses on employment law, with a particular emphasis on government contracting and ERISA litigation.  She can be contacted at mboyd@bakerdonelson.com

Mark Chalos (2007) has co-authored a book, Litigating International Torts in U.S. Courts, recently published by Thomson Reuters West.  The book is a practical resource for lawyers and judges handling civil litigation involving international parties.  It is available through Westlaw.

Sherie Edwards (2010) received her M.B.A. from the Owen Graduate School of Business at Vanderbilt University on August 3.  She was also recently named to the Leadership Committee of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Small Law Department section.

Amy Farrar (TBALL 2011) started her own law firm with Mary Beth Hagan in June of 2012.  Hagan & Farrar, PLLC is the first woman-owned law firm in Murfreesboro, and is located on the Square in Historic Downtown.  Farrar continues to concentrate on appellate advocacy, working with attorneys from across the State on civil, criminal and domestic appeals.  She remains Of Counsel at her former firm, Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella, PC, in Nashville, consulting with them on appellate litigation.

Tricia Herzfeld (2010) has joined Ozment Law as Senior Counsel, where she provides civil rights and criminal law representation to Nashville’s legal community.  She can be contacted at tricia@ozmentlaw.com.

Rhonda Scott Kinslow (2010) and Tracey Kinslow (2004) have partnered to create the Kinslow Law Group, PLLC, where they specialize in commercial litigation, contract disputes, family law and probate.  They can be contacted at Rhonda@kinslowlawgroup.com or tracey@kinslowlawgroup.com

Jack (Nick) McCall (2005) recently edited a book entitled Pacific Time on Target,  which is “the gritty combat memoir of a Marine Corps artilleryman and forward observer”.  Information regarding this book can be found at http://www.kentstateuniversitypress.com/2011/pacific-time-on-target/.

Tim Mickel (TBALL 2010) joined the firm of Evans Harrison Hackett PLLC in September.  He focuses his practice in the areas of general business litigation, appellate, construction & design, healthcare litigation, insurance litigation, and labor/employment.  Tim serves as Secretary of the Board of Governors of the Chattanooga Bar Association, and is President-Elect of the Justices Ray L. Brock and Robert E. Cooper American Inn of Court.  Evans Harrison Hackett is also ‘home’ to TBALL alum Chris Varner (2005) and Maury Nicely (2011) and Philip Byrum (2012).  

Emily Ogden (2010) has opened her own firm, Grassroots Strategy LLC.  She will be focusing on government relations, political campaign management, and grassroots strategy and support.  She can be reached at Emily@grassrootsstrategy.com

Julie Bhattacharya Peak (2004) was named Resident Staff Attorney for Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, Inc., in September.  In this new role, Julie will handle complex litigation on behalf of Liberty Mutual’s insured and will be managing the field legal operations.  Julie has also been appointed to chair the newly formed Staff Counsel Subcommittee within the TBA’s Torts and Insurance Practice Group.  Julie’s new email address is Julie.Peak@LibertyMutual.com.

Andrea Perry (2008) was named one of Nashville Lifestyles 25 Most Beautiful People in the October, 2012 edition.  She also won the 2012 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award in January, which honors women between the ages of 25 and 40 who excel in their chosen field, devote time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and serve as a role model for young women. 

Leigh Ann Roberts (2011) will begin teaching at the Belmont College of Law in January of 2013.  Her courses will include Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution.  She continues to teach “Mediation Proficiency for Business Professionals” at the Massey School of Business at Belmont.  Her firm, Papa and Roberts, also recently added a new partner.