TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Tba People on Apr 1, 2013

Journal Issue Date: Apr 2013

Journal Name: April 2013 - Vol. 49, No. 4

Adams and Reese has elected Memphis attorney Jay Campbell to partner. Campbell joined the firm in 2006 and practices in the Transactions and Corporate Advisory Services Group. He handles middle-market mergers, acquisitions and corporate financing. Campbell earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School. Prior to attending law school, he earned a master of science in Information Systems Technology from George Washington University. During his graduate studies he attended the Insitut des Etudes Politiques de Paris (Science Po) in Paris, France.

Frost Brown Todd has named J. Gray Sasser and Robin Bicket White as members of the firm. Both serve in the Nashville office. Sasser practices in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group, assisting companies expand their global presence and engage emerging markets. He also serves as chair of the firm’s China Desk. Prior to joining Frost Brown Todd, he served as senior vice president for congressional affairs at the Export-Import Bank of the United States. White practices in the Bankruptcy & Restructuring Group, representing debtors, creditors and committees in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases and out-of-court restructurings. She is a fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation and serves on the board of directors for the Tennessee Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association and the Mid-South Commercial Law Institute. White is certified as a Business Bankruptcy Specialist by the American Board of Certification and is approved as a Rule 31 Mediator by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission.

The firm also announced that Nashville lawyer Lynda Hill has been named chair of its Litigation Technology Advisory Committee, which facilitates efforts to provide advanced litigation and e-discovery services to clients. In her new capacity, Hill will be responsible for overseeing continued evaluation and improvement of e-discovery capabilities and for identifying educational programs to equip staff and attorneys to use new technology. Hill practices in the Products Liability and Business Litigation practice groups. She was appointed to the firm’s Women’s Initiative Steering Committee earlier this year.

The Knoxville law firm of Hodges, Doughty & Carson has named Oliver D. Adams a member of the firm. Adams practices in the areas of commercial law, bankruptcy, creditor’s rights, contracts, financial institutions and real estate. He earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2007.

Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada attorneys Kara E. Shea and Bill O’Bryan Jr. were recently named to leadership positions with the firm. Shea is now leader of the Labor and Employment Practice Group. She focuses her practice on employment training, counseling and litigation; intellectual property law; and class action cases. Shea earned her law degree from Vanderbilt University. O’Bryan is the new practice group leader of the Financial Services Litigation Subgroup of the Commercial Litigation Group. He focuses his practice on general litigation, banking law, business reorganization, creditors’ rights, professional liability defense, financial services and securities litigation. He also is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School. Both practice in the firm’s Nashville office.

Chris W. McCarty has been named a shareholder in the Knoxville office of Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop. A native of Sevier County and a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, McCarty began his career with the firm as a law clerk in 2004. He focuses his practice in the areas of employment law, education law and general civil litigation. A former middle school teacher, McCarty has advised and represented various school boards, including Sevier County, Bristol City and Bradley County. He also represents public and private entities before the Tennessee Human Rights Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. McCarty serves in the TBA House of Delegates and on the Knoxville Bar Association Board of Governors.

The Knoxville law firm of Woolf, McClane, Bright, Allen & Carpenter has named four lawyers as members of the firm. J. Eric Butler focuses his practice in the areas of federal and state tax, estate planning and general corporate and transactional law. He received his law degree from the University of Memphis School of Law and a master of laws in taxation from the University of Florida College of Law. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a law clerk to Tennessee Court of Appeals Judge Alan E. Highers. J. Keith Coates practices in the areas of employment, labor and general commercial litigation. He also has represented clients in civil rights litigation and in administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Board, U.S. Department of Labor, and various state administrative agencies. Coates earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Dean T. Howell assists clients in various litigation matters involving toxic torts, product liability, insurance defense and commercial landlord tenant disputes. He graduated from Washington and Lee University School of Law. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a clerk to Chief Judge W. Harold Albritton III of the Middle District of Alabama and to the late Hon. H. Emory Widener Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Daniel J. Moore practices in the areas of real estate, contracts, general business and corporate law. He received his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he served as a research editor of The Tennessee Law Review and on the winning team in the Advocate’s Prize Moot Court Competition.  

Memphis lawyers S. Louise Chandler and Estelle Gaerig Winsett were featured in a recent Memphis Business Journal profile of women in the legal profession. Chandler serves with HF Law Group where she practices in the areas of commercial litigation, personal injury, entertainment law, intellectual property and medical malpractice. She earned her law degree from the University of Memphis School of Law in 2009. Winsett is assistant dean for law career services at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. She joined the school in 2010 after working at several firms, as well as Counsel On Call. She graduated from the law school in 1997.

Memphis lawyer W. Bradley Gilmer has joined The Hardison Law Firm as a partner. He will practice in the areas of medical malpractice and nursing home defense. Gilmer is a graduate of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphries School of Law.

The Franklin law firm Thompson Burton recently hired J. Cole Dowsley Jr. as a partner. He will lead the firm’s business litigation practice. Dowsley’s experience includes serving business clients on a range of issues, including complex commercial litigation, contract disputes, employment matters, professional liability and entertainment litigation. He most recently was a partner at the Nashville law firm of Cornelius & Collins. Dowsley earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Molly Glover recently joined the Memphis law firm of Burch, Porter & Johnson, where she will focus on general litigation and mediation. Glover has successfully defended malpractice cases for nursing homes, dentists, pharmacists, nurses and attorneys. She also has experience litigating cases of all types, including complex matters involving automotive design, construction equipment design, sexual harassment, breach of contract and bad faith litigation. She recently was listed by the Tennessee Supreme Court as a Rule 31 Mediator.

Nashville attorney and trial consultant Phillip H. Miller recently served on the faculty of a national program on trial advocacy at Harvard Law School, sponsored by the American Association for Justice. Miller spoke on the use of focus groups and on storytelling as a persuasive tool in explaining the trial story to a jury. The only Tennessee attorney to serve on the faculty, this is the fifth time he has been invited to address the group.

The law firm of Riggs Davie has joined The HELO Group, a network of experienced Nashville corporate and business lawyers who offer high quality, reasonably priced legal services. The group is comprised of 12 Nashville lawyers in six firms. Riggs Davie founding members Casey W. Riggs and Alexander J. Davie focus their legal representation on a broad range of corporate, finance, securities, real estate and estate planning matters.


Collierville lawyer JOHN H. HARRIS JR. died Feb. 28 at the age of 74. Harris earned his law degree in 1961 from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he was editor in chief of the law review and graduated Order of the Coif. He was a trial lawyer for more than 20 years, practicing mainly in the areas of business, mergers and acquisitions and corporate matters.

Harris was a senior partner and long-time leader of Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh in Memphis, where he practiced for more than 50 years. He also partnered with his son Jeffrey in the ownership of Harris Thoroughbreds LLC. In lieu of flowers, the family recommends that memorial contributions be made to St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 480 S. Highland St., Memphis, TN 38111; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl., Memphis, TN 38105; or Church Health Center, 1196 Peabody Ave., Memphis, TN 38104.

Memphis attorney RALPH HOLT died Feb. 24 at the age of 91. A graduate of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Holt was licensed to practice in 1956. He joined the firm of Spicer Flynn Rudstrom (now Spicer Rudstrom) and practiced in the city for more than 40 years. The family requests any memorials be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl., Memphis, TN 38105.

Memphis lawyer CLINTON RAY PEARSON died Feb. 18 at the age of 96. A native of Mississippi, Pearson graduated from the University of Memphis School of Law in 1941 and became a certified public accountant in 1947. His career included serving as managing partner of Touche Ross & Co., as a financial consultant at the National Bank of Commerce Trust & Asset Management, and in private law practice from 2005 to 2012. Pearson served in a number of leadership roles in the community including with the Rotary Club, English Speaking Union, Economic Club of Memphis, Memphis & Shelby County Board of Adjustments, Memphis & Shelby County Board of Hospital Trustees and Tennessee State Board of Accountancy, among others. He also was a tireless fundraiser for Rhodes College, the American Cancer Society and the Salvation Army. The family requests that memorials be made to the Salvation Army or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Nashville lawyer MARTIN ERNEST SIMMONS died Feb. 13 at the age of 73 after a long battle with cancer. A Mississippi native, Simmons received his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1965 and served two years in the military before joining the legal department of Life & Casualty Insurance Company in Nashville. He later was a founding partner of the Dearborn & Ewing law firm, served as CEO for Rodgers International BV, served as general counsel at First American Corporation, and then in 2001, helped form the Nashville office of Frost Brown Todd (FBT). In 2011, Simmons moved to Stites & Harbison, where he was serving as of counsel to the firm’s Real Estate & Banking Group at the time of his death. He chaired the Lawyers Committee of the ABA Insurance Association where he helped craft the federal financial modernization law known as the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. The family has asked that memorials be made to Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson St., Nashville, TN 37203; Nashville Symphony Association, 1 Symphony Pl., Nashville, TN 37201; Sarah Cannon Research Institute, 3322 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37203; Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center, Medical Center East, South Tower, 1215 21st Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37232; Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center, 691 Preston Building, Nashville, TN 37232; or St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 510 W. Main St., Franklin, TN 37064.

Former judge and Bristol attorney FRANKLIN LEE SLAUGHTER SR. died Feb. 12 at the age of 78. A prominent criminal defense attorney, Slaughter was a graduate of the Stetson University School of Business and the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he was president of his class. Slaughter had a long career as a civil and criminal court attorney. He was appointed to the bench in the mid-1990s, serving briefly as criminal court judge. He was a senior counselor with the Tennessee Bar Association and a member of the American Judicature Society, American Bar Association, American Trial Lawyers Association and Bristol Bar Association (Tennessee). In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Former Nashville lawyer BILL STELTEMEIER died Feb. 15 at his home in Hanceville, Ala., after a long illness. He was 83. Steltemeier graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School and was co-founder of the firm Steltemeier & Westbrook, which specialized in bankruptcy and commercial law and still serves clients today. For more than 30 years, Steltemeier also worked to rehabilitate prisoners, co-founding a prison Junior Chamber of Commerce program, serving on the boards of several charities, and serving on a state board reviewing prison reform. After being ordained as a deacon, Steltemeier also served as the Catholic chaplain at the Tennessee State Prison for Men. He most recently was serving as chairman of the board of Eternal Word Television Network.

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