TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Tba People on Dec 1, 2012

Journal Issue Date: Dec 2012

Journal Name: December 2012 - Vol. 48, No. 12

Evans Petree PC has named L. Clayton Culpepper III as a shareholder in the firm. Culpepper, a 2004 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Law, serves in the firm’s Litigation and Intellectual Property Practice groups. He is licensed to practice in Tennessee and Mississippi.

Nashville attorney Lisa L. Collins has been named a 2012 Angel in Adoption™ by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute for her advocacy of adoption.  She was recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., in September. Collins, a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, handles a range of adoption matters, helping birth, adoptive and foster parents as well as adoption agencies. She has experience with international, interstate and contested adoptions, and termination actions in juvenile court.She was vice president of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys  in 2011-2012.
Heather G. Anderson has joined the newly named Knoxville law firm of Reeves, Herbert & Anderson PA. She will continue to practice in the areas of real estate, employment law, construction, entertainment law and commercial litigation. Prior to joining the firm, she was with Howard & Howard PC. She received her law degree from the University of Memphis in 1998.

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has named Nashville partner Brooks R. Smith as vice chair of its Real Estate Practice Group. Smith advises clients on matters related to commercial real estate, commercial financing and general business transactions. He also has significant experience with the workout and restructuring of loans. Smith earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

In other news, the firm announced that Nashville partner Patricia Head Moskal has been elected a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and Nashville partner Thor Y. Urness has been elected a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Moskal is a trial lawyer with more than 25 years of experience in business and commercial litigation. She maintains a focus on tax and appellate litigation and government contracts. She received her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Urness practices in the area of complex business litigation and led the initiative for Tennessee’s adoption of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act. He was the inaugural chair of the TBA’s Intellectual Property Section and chair of the Nashville Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Committee. He earned his law degree from Indiana University School of Law.

Jeff Williams recently joined the Nashville office of Shuttleworth Williams as an associate attorney. His practice will focus on general liability defense. Williams is a 2009 graduate of the Nashville School of Law. Before joining the firm, he was a law clerk to Davidson County Circuit Court Judge Thomas W. Brothers. He also worked as staff attorney at North, Pursell & Ramos.

The Nashville office of Siskind Susser recently announced that Bruce E. Buchanan has joined the firm, where he will represent employers and individuals in all aspects of immigration law, as well as assisting employers with employment and labor law matters. Buchanan is past chair of the TBA Immigration Law Section and current editor of the section’s newsletter. He also is editor of the Labor and Employment Law Section’s newsletter. Buchanan received his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1982. Before entering private practice nine years ago, he served as senior trial specialist for the National Labor Relations Board.

Martha L. Boyd and John M. Scannapieco have joined the Nashville office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz as shareholders. They both previously served with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP. Boyd focuses her practice in labor and employment law and employee benefits litigation. She also has experience with government contracting and defense work. Boyd served in the U.S. Army for six years as an intelligence officer, and continued her service in the Reserves with a tour of duty in Iraq. In 2010, she was appointed to the Governor’s Council on Service Members, Veterans & Their Families. Scannapieco, who previously chaired Bradley Arant’s China Practice Team, will co-lead Baker’s Global Practice Team. His focus on international law includes working with a variety of U.S.-based companies with business activities in China, Japan, Europe, the Americas and Africa. He also serves as counsel to the Tennessee Chinese Chamber of Commerce and as a board member of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s International Business Council.

N. Courtney Hollins has joined the Nashville office of Dickinson Wright PLLC. She will handle commercial real estate transactions and serves as corporate counsel to a variety of business entities. Hollins also has experience providing a wide range of services to small businesses and entrepreneurs, and helps individuals with estate planning, trusts and probate. She earned her law degree from the George C. Taylor School of Law.

On Sept. 20, the inaugural meeting of The Prometheus Project was held at the Nashville office of Baker Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz. More than 40 members of the local legal community, including outside counsel, in-house counsel, paralegals, litigation support professionals and vendors, legal project management professionals and records management professionals, were in attendance. The organization, which will offer opportunities for dialogue and networking, was created to help business and legal groups effectively address issues related to technology and the law. The group was founded by Marc Jenkins of Hubbard, Berry & Harris; Drew Lewis of Recommind (formerly of Baker Donelson); Hans Schmidt of Baker Donelson; and Russell Taber of Riley, Warnock & Jacobson. The group is affiliated with the Friends of E-Discovery.

Frost Brown Todd lawyer Gray Sasser spoke to the 59th Annual Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development in October on how to navigate federal export support programs. At Frost Brown Todd, Sasser advises foreign companies investing in the United States as well as American enterprises expanding their export markets or exploring international investment. In addition to practicing law, he is an adjunct professor at Nashville’s Belmont University, where he teachs on the political economy of China and other emerging Asian markets.

Mediator and arbitrator Mark Travis was named a distinguished fellow in the International Academy of Mediators in Ocober.  Earlier in the year, Travis was appointed to the Arbitration Panel of the National Mediation Board, the federal agency that administers labor-management relations in the airline and railroad industries. In addition to his independent neutral work, Travis is director of the Tennessee Center for Workforce Relations. He holds a master of laws in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University School of Law.

The Putnam County Bar Association recently elected new officers. They are President Rachel M. Moses, Vice President Jason F. Hicks, Secretary Kelsy Austin Miller and Treasurer Richard Dale Bohannon. All practice in Cookeville.

Benjamin Kraft Raybin has joined Hollins, Raybin & Weissman in Nashville as an associate attorney. He previously served as a law clerk for Judge Jane B. Stranch and Judge Gilbert S. Merritt, both of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Raybin earned his law degree in 2010 from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was articles editor for the Vanderbilt Law Review. His practice will focus on criminal, civil and appellate litigation.

Burr & Forman attorney Darlene T. Marsh has been inducted as chair of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys’ Executive Committee. Prior to the appointment, she served as president of the college during the 2011-2012 term. She was the first Nashville resident, as well as the first female president to serve the organization. Marsh, a partner at the firm, practices in the area of commercial real estate with an emphasis on finance and environmental compliance. As part of her banking practice, she represents banks and insurance companies in connection with loans, foreclosures, workouts and collection matters. She earned her law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School.

Phillip H. Miller, an attorney and trial consultant, served on the faculty of four programs for trial lawyers throughout the month of November. Groups he spoke to included the Indiana Trial Lawyers 48th Annual Institute in Indianapolis, the 360 Advocacy Institute’s Advanced Motor Vehicle Litigation program in Las Vegas, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association in New York City, and the South Carolina Association for Justice seminar in Atlanta. Miller is certified as a civil trial specialist of the National Board of Trial Advocacy for his experience handling personal injury cases. A graduate of the Nashville School of Law, he owns Phillip Miller & Associates in Nashville.

Two Bradley Arant Boult Cummings attorneys played prominent roles at the 2012 International Council of Shopping Centers U.S. Law Conference in Orlando at the end of October. Partner Ann Peldo Cargile chaired the conference and was involved in choosing program topics such as lease negotiation, financing, insurance and center-management. Johanna L. Jumper, an associate with the firm, was a featured speaker on the topic of medical leases in shopping centers. Her presentation was based on personal experience representing a growing number of medical services companies opting to locate in shopping centers. Both serve in the firm’s Nashville office.

Former Bass Berry & Sims partner Matthew Curley has returned to the firm following a two-year stint in the U.S Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee. A graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, Curley served as an assistant U.S. attorney and chief of the office’s civil division. At Bass, he will again be a partner in the firm’s Compliance and Government Investigations Practice Group.

The Knoxville law firm of Hodges, Doughty & Carson has named William D. Edwards as an associate. He previously practiced with another Knoxville law firm for three years. In his new role, Edwards will focus on taxation, estate planning, estate administration, business succession planning, charitable planning, business transactions and tax-exempt organizations. He earned his law degree in 2008 from Mississippi College School of Law and a master of laws in Taxation in 2009 from Washington University School of Law. Edwards is admitted to practice in Tennessee and Mississippi.

The Chattanooga-based law firm of Miller & Martin is celebrating its 145th anniversary this year. As part of the celebration, the firm is recognizing partner Burkett Miller’s commitment to higher education and the community. The firm held a reception on Sept. 27 to recognize and present awards to three educational programs founded by Miller and the Tonya Foundation, which he established. The recipients were the Miller Center for Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, the Tonya Public Affairs & Economics Internship Programs at the University of the South, and the Burkett Miller Distinguished Lecture Series at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.


Retired Memphis attorney ROSS BERT CLARK II died Nov. 8. He was 79. Mr. Clark was a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law and was active in the Tennessee legal community for many years, serving as a partner in the law firms of Laughlin Halle, Apperson Crump and Armstrong Allen. He also served as president of the Memphis & Shelby County Bar Association and was a co-founder of Memphis Area Legal Services and of the Memphis Bar Foundation. He served as an officer of the Tennessee Bar Association and was a founder and president of the Tennessee Bar Foundation. He was also a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. In lieu of flowers, Mr. Clark suggested gifts in his memory be sent to Calvary Church; Sewanee, the University of the South, 735 University Ave., Sewanee, TN 37383; The Baylor School, 171 Baylor School Road, Chattanooga, TN 37405; or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Kingsport lawyer BURKETT CALVIN MCINTURFF, whose legal career spanned more than 65 years, died peacefully in his sleep on June 29. The first in his family to graduate from college, McInturff went on to attend the Cumberland University School of Law, then in Lebanon. He earned his law degree in 1948. Shortly after graduation, McInturff joined the Army and was honored with the Bronze Medal for service in Korea. During his years practicing law, McInturff was said to have tried more capital cases than any other attorney in Tennessee or Southwest Virginia.

Longtime Knoxville attorney JOHN B. RAYSON died Oct. 31 at the age of 79. Rayson graduated in 1958 from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he was a member of The Tennessee Law Review. He joined the firm of Kramer Rayson in 1959 and focused his practice primarily in the area of employment and labor law. For many years he served as vice-chancellor (legal counsel) for the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee. He was a fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, served as president of the Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society, and was a past president of Legal Aid of East Tennessee. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 800 S Northshore Dr., Knoxville, TN 37919; or Legal Aid of East Tennessee, 502 S. Gay St., Suite 404, Knoxville, TN 37902.

Longtime Kingsport attorney JULIAN KENNETH WRIGHT died Oct. 22 in his home. He was 88. Known by his friends and colleagues as Ken and recognized by his  ever-present pipe, Mr. Wright was a native of Glen, Miss., graduated from Vanderbilt Law School and earned a Purple Heart in World War II, where he was injured in the Battle of the Bulge. His law practice spanned 61 years, which his family says brought him great pride and satisfaction.Military graveside services, conducted by the Tennessee Army National Guard, were held at Oak Hill Memorial Park in Kingsport.

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