TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Tba People on Nov 1, 2013

Journal Issue Date: Nov 2013

Journal Name: November 2013 - Vol. 49, No. 11

Memphis lawyer Robert D. Meyers has joined Glankler Brown as a member. A civil trial specialist certified by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization and the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Meyers handles a wide range of employment litigation. He also has experience representing public employers in discrimination and liability claims.

Michael A. Johnson has joined the Nashville office of Loeb & Loeb as an associate in the Music Industry Practice. He will focus on business and intellectual property transactions, entertainment contractual disputes, and copyright and trademark litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Johnson worked at Kay, Griffin, Enkema & Colbert where he handled a variety of litigation and transactional matters. He earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School. Prior to law school, he worked at Creative Artists Agency booking concerts and tours.

Waller partner W. Kenneth “Ken” Marlow has been appointed chair of the firm’s health care department, a multi-disciplinary team of more than 100 attorneys. Marlow has spent his entire legal career with Waller where his practice centers on health care mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, regulatory issues and development of innovative business models. He previously served as head of the firm’s Home Health and Hospice Initiative. Marlow earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Clarksville lawyer Beverly Fisher is the author of Grace Among the Leavings, a new book about the Civil War written from the perspective of a young girl. The book is published by Thorncraft Publishing. Fisher graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1979. She worked as a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society before entering private practice. She now focuses on Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income cases.

The Memphis law firm of Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston has opened an office in Lawrenceburg to serve the firm’s growing commercial and transportation client base in Middle Tennessee. Director and shareholder Lee Piovarcy, who has practiced at the firm for more than 40 years, will be the office’s resident partner. He also will continue to maintain an office in Memphis. Piovarcy practices in the areas of transportation, products liability and commercial litigation. He is the immediate past president of the Trucking Industry Defense Association and a graduate of the Vanderbilt University Law School. The office is located at 200 Mahr Ave., P.O. Box 158, Lawrenceburg, TN 38464.

Memphis lawyer Ari Sauer has been re-elected to serve a second term as chair of the Mid South Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). The AILA Mid South Chapter includes immigration attorneys from Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi. In this position, Sauer also serves on the AILA Board of Governors. Sauer is with Siskind Susser. He earned his law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University.

Kingston attorney Terry L. Stevens II has joined the staff of District Attorney General Russell Johnson as an assistant district attorney in the Ninth Judicial District, which covers Roane, Loudon, Morgan and a portion of Meigs counties. He previously was in the private practice of law with attorney Jack “Sandy” McPherson.

J.K. Simms and Alexandria Scarbrough have joined the Franklin-based law firm of Thompson Burton. Simms joins the firm as a partner and will lead the Employment Law Practice. He previously chaired the Labor and Employment Practice Group at the Nashville law firm of Cornelius & Collins. He earned his law degree from the UT College of Law in 2001. Scarbrough joins the firm as an associate and will help lead the Administrative Law Practice. She previously served as a clerk with federal district judge William J. Haynes Jr., chief judge of the Middle District of Tennessee. Scarbrough earned her law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2012.

Nashville Criminal Court Judge Mark Fishburn has joined the faculty of the Nashville School of Law and will teach his first group of fourth-year students starting in February 2014. Fishburn, a 1979 graduate of the school, has been a criminal court judge since 2003. Prior to that, he served as a general sessions judge for three years and worked in private practice for 18 years.

Nashville mediator Marnie Huff was appointed by the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution to serve as its representative on the Joint Committee on Ethics and Professionalism. The committee — a joint effort of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility and the Section Officers Conference (CPR/SOC) — coordinates professionalism initiatives, identifies ethics issues and makes recommendations to four standing ABA committees: Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Client Protection, Professionalism and Professional Discipline. Huff also is an elected member of the section’s council and co-chair of the section’s Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Institute.

Knoxville attorney James A. H. Bell recently received the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ (TACDL) highest award, the Joseph B. Jones Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is presented periodically to a defense attorney who best exemplifies the criminal defense bar in Tennessee and exhibits a strong commitment to TACDL. Bell operates offices in Knoxville and Sevier County, where he focuses on legal crisis management and trial work. Bell earned his law degree from UT College of Law in 1973.

Vanderbilt Law School student Caitlin Heaton recently was selected as one of 10 law students from across the country to attend the 2013 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. As part of the 4th Annual Law Student Reporters Program, Heaton and the other students provided live reporting via social networks and blogs at each conference event for the ABA Law Student Action Group. Heaton will graduate in 2015.

Timothy R. W. Kappel has joined the Nashville law firm of Lassiter Tidwell & Davis where he will serve as “of counsel” and will continue to focus in the areas of entertainment and intellectual property law. Kappel has a diverse entertainment practice, including representing technology startups and other small businesses with intellectual property issues and branding needs. Kappel will split his time between the firm’s Nashville office and New Orleans where he is an adjunct professor of entertainment law at Loyola University College of Law. He graduated from the law school in 2009.

M. Andrew Wohlfarth and Brian L. Yoakum have joined the Memphis law firm of Evans Petree as shareholders. Wohlfarth practices in the areas of estate planning, probate administration and tax. He earned his law degree from the University of Memphis in 2003 and a master of law from the University of Alabama in 2011. Yoakum primarily focuses on commercial litigation and corporate law, representing clients ranging from public corporations to local entrepreneurs in a variety of industries.

Nashville lawyer Thallen Brassel has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough as an associate. She will focus her practice in the areas of business formation and planning, tax, estate planning, securities offerings, bankruptcy restructurings and insurance regulation. She previously worked with Burr & Forman in Nashville and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCoy in New York City. Nelson Mullins also recently announced that it moved to One Nashville Place, 150 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 1100, Nashville, TN 37219.

Belmont University College of Law student Franklin Graves has been nominated to chair the Communications Subcommittee of the ABA Intellectual Property Section’s Law Student Action Group. Graves will be responsible for the group’s communications and social media campaigns. He will graduate from Belmont in 2014.

Blount County Clerk and Master Stephen S. Ogle has been elected to serve a second term as Eastern Division vice president of the State Court Clerks’ Association of Tennessee. The association promotes legislation of interest to court clerks, conducts seminars on office procedures and issues of common concern to its members, and promotes collegiality among clerks.

Monice Hagler, a former Memphis city attorney and operator of the Law Office of Monice Hagler, has joined with two other lawyers to form Hagler Bruce Turner Law. The firm’s office is located at 6465 Quail Hollow Rd., Suite 103, Memphis, TN 38120. It can be reached at (901) 271-3790.

The Tennessee General Sessions Judges Conference has named Jefferson County Judge A. Ben Strand Jr. the recipient of its inaugural Judge Leon Ruben Award. The award, named in honor of former Davidson County General Sessions Judge Leon Ruben, recognizes outstanding service and accomplishment by a sessions judge. Strand, who has served on the bench since 1998, has announced that he will step down from the bench in 2014.

Memphis lawyer and former TBA President George T. “Buck” Lewis has been selected to receive the University of Tennessee’s Alumni Service Award, which recognizes extraordinary service to the school. Lewis, a shareholder with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, earned his undergraduate, business and law degrees from the university, and has remained engaged with alumni and development activities.

Tennessee state Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, was elected chair of the Council of State Governments at the group’s annual meeting in Kansas City. Norris, the Senate Republican majority leader, is the first Tennessean to chair the group. The council is a national bipartisan professional association composed of members of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of state governments. Norris works at Adams and Reese in Memphis.


Retired Knoxville area lawyer WILLARD N. ALBERT died at his home Sept. 14. He was 91. Albert practiced law in the Fountain City area for more than 60 years after graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1945 as a part of the first class to use the G.I. Bill to advance their education. After spending the first part of his career working in Knoxville with two other lawyers, Albert moved to the Fountain City area to set up a solo practice. In 1959, he built his office on North Broadway St. where he continued to practice until his retirement. Memorials may be made to the Dutch Valley Church of God, 1416 Breda Dr., Knoxville, TN 37918 to support the church’s mission work.

Hardin County Chancellor RON E. HARMON died Sept. 14 at the age of 65 following a long battle with cancer. A native of Savannah, Tenn., Harmon earned his law degree from Memphis State University and worked in private practice in Savannah for 25 years. In 1998, he was elected to the 24th Judicial District Chancery Court, where he continued to serve at the time of his death. Colleagues praised Harmon as a fine jurist and a kind and gracious man. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the Hardin County Children’s Fund at SunTrust Bank, 275 Main St., Savannah, TN 38372.

Former Nashville lawyer DONALD WILLIAM JACKSON died Aug. 23 at the age of 92 in Seattle. A graduate of the Nashville School of Law, Jackson led the Tennessee Taxpayers Association, a pro-business lobbying organization, from 1959 to 1983. He also served as state commissioner of revenue and then as commissioner of finance and administration under then-Gov. Lamar Alexander. Following his wife’s death in 2009, Jackson moved to Seattle to be closer to family. Donations in honor of his life may be made to Friends of Radnor Lake, 1160 Otter Creek Rd., Nashville, TN 37220.

Compiled by Linda Murphy and Stacey Shrader Joslin. Tennessee Bar Association members may send information about job changes, awards and work-related news. Send it to PEOPLE, c/o The Journal at 221 Fourth Ave. N., Suite 400, Nashville, TN 37219-2198, or email to lmurphy@tnbar.org. Submissions are subject to editing. Pictures are used on a space-available basis and cannot be returned. Electronic photos must be saved as a tiff or jpeg (with no compression), minimum resolution 200 dpi, and at least 1"x1.5" or they will not be used.