TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Tba People on Apr 1, 2014

Journal Issue Date: Apr 2014

Journal Name: April 2014 - Vol. 50, No. 4

The Association for Women Attorneys (AWA) honored Linda Warren Seely at its 34th annual banquet in January with the 25th AWA Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award. In presenting it, Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Janice Holder called Seely “the fabric of pro bono in our community” and credited her for introducing the justice to pro bono. Seely is director of pro bono projects and Campaign for Equal Justice at Memphis Area Legal Services. Also at the banquet, scholarships were given to students at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Among them was TBA member Ariel Anthony, who received the Susan Clark Scholarship.

Knoxville lawyer and former TBA President Pamela Reeves received unanimous full Senate confirmation March 5 to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee. Reeves, who will be the first woman to hold the judicial post, was nominated by President Barack Obama to replace Judge Thomas W. Phillips, who retired in July.

Adams and Reese partner Jay Campbell has been named partner-in-charge of the firm’s Memphis office. Campbell, who joined the firm in 2006, focuses his practice on middle-market mergers, acquisitions and financing. He earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2006.

Frost Brown Todd has promoted Sarah Clark Hannah to member status in its Nashville office. Hannah, who has been with the firm since 2006, handles corporate and commercial transactions. She earned her law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2006.

Nashville lawyer Rachel Thomas has joined Riley Warnock & Jacobson as an associate. She will focus on business litigation. Thomas previously served for five years in the Nashville district attorney’s office. She graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2008.

Timothy L. Mickel, a partner with Evans Harrison Hackett PLLC, was installed as president of the Chattanooga Bar Association at its annual meeting Jan. 22. A number of awards were presented to local attorneys. Michael N. St. Charles with Chambliss Bahner Stophel received the Ralph M. Kelly Humanitarian Award. Lee Davis with Davis & Hoss received the President’s Award. B. Paul Hatcher with Duncan Hatcher Hixson & Fleenor received the Albert Hodge Volunteer Award. William P. Aiken Jr. of Chambliss Bahner Stophel received the Harry Weill Zealous Practice of Law Award. Paul R. Leitner of Leitner Williams Dooley & Napolitan was presented with the Jac Chambliss Lifetime Achievement Award. And H. Eric Burnette of Burnette Dobson & Pinchak and Kirby Yost of Chambliss Bahner & Stophel received the Young Lawyer Division Volunteer of the Year Award.
The law firm of Evans Petree has welcomed Julie J. Wells as a new associate in its East Memphis office. Wells will focus her practice in the areas of health care law and general business matters. She graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 2007.

Nashville lawyer Julian L. Bibb has been elected to a one-year term as president of the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners. Bibb is a member at Stites & Harbison where he serves as chair of the Banking and Real Estate Service Group. He earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1997.

Raanon Gal has joined the Atlanta-based law firm of Taylor English Duma. He will practice in the Employment, Labor & Immigration Group and assist employers facing discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination claims. He graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2004.

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC announces that Keith Frazier, a shareholder in its Nashville office, has been elected to the firm’s board of directors. He has practiced law nearly 30 years, 17 of them with Ogletree Deakins.

Chattanooga lawyer Max Bahner received the Kiwanis Club of Chattanooga’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding leadership at a ceremony in January. Bahner, who serves as senior counsel at the law firm of Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, is a past president of the Tennessee and Chattanooga bar associations. He also served nearly 17 years in the ABA House of Delegates and for three years on the ABA Board of Governors.

Ryan J. Moore was appointed city attorney for the town of Morrison in December 2013. In practice since April 2012, Moore’s primary legal focus is in all types of family and business law, handling a variety of cases from divorce and child custody to real estate and construction issues, and litigating criminal defense cases.

Pepper & Brothers PLLC announces the addition of two associates to its Nashville-based practice, whose focuses will include business litigation and employment law. Jeremy A. Oliver received his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2010. Mitchell P. Ronningen received his law degree from Vanderbilt in 2011.

Robert A. Peal has been named partner at Neal & Harwell PLC. Previously he served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University in 2006 where he was Order of the Coif and associate editor of the Law Review. At the firm, he will concentrate on criminal defense and civil litigation. Megan N. Deardorff has been named associate at the firm. Her practice will focus on civil and criminal litigation. She earned her law degree at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, where she was awarded the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence.

Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan PLLC announces four attorneys who have been named members of the firm. Memphis attorney Steven N. Snyder earned his law degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 2006. His practice focuses on general liability and workers’ compensation. Memphis attorney Frank L. Day earned his law degree from the University of Memphis, cum laude, in 2006. He focuses on labor and employment law, products liability and general civil litigation. Nashville attorney J. Paul Brewer earned his law degree from the University of Memphis in 2006, magna cum laude. He practices in the areas of liability, transportation law, workers’ comp and civil litigation. Oxford, Miss., lawyer H. Case Embry earned his law degree from the University of Memphis in 2006, magna cum laude. His areas of practice include construction law, liability and insurance coverage and defense.

Capella Healthcare has promoted Neil W. Kunkel to executive vice president, chief legal and administrative officer. Kunkel joined Capella in 2011 and previously was with LifePoint Hospitals and HCA. He earned his law degree from the University of Louisville Law School. Capella also awarded one of its 2013 Pillar Awards to John Bradford, vice president and associate general counsel, for the second year for outstanding service to the company’s hospitals and corporate office.

Baker Donelson’s Nashville office continues to grow with the addition of Matthew T. Harris, Richard L. Pensinger and Anne Marie Kempf, all joining as shareholders. Previously with Waller, they join Baker Donelson’s Real Estate Group.

Shareholder Christopher M. Caputo has moved from the firm’s Memphis office to its Nashville office. He leads the firm’s Tennessee construction practice. Samuel L. Felker has joined the firm as a shareholder and member of the firm’s Product Liability and Mass Tort Group in the Nashville office. He was previously with Bass, Berry & Sims. Michaela D. Poizner was named associate in the firm’s Nashville office. She is a member of the Health Law Group.

Morgan & Akins PLLC has added Shea Brakefield as an associate. She is a 2004 graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law, with eight years’ experience in civil litigation.

Adrienne Anderson, a founding member of Anderson Busby PLLC, has been certified as a Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator by the Tennessee Supreme Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission.

Burr & Forman LLP announce that Joshua A. Ehrenfeld has joined the firm as Nashville-based counsel. Ehrenfeld will assist clients on domestic and international taxation matters and corporate and business transactions.


Nashville lawyer Samuel Arthur Butts III, 63, died Feb. 4. For 38 years Butts worked as an ERISA and employee benefits lawyer. Among his many accomplishments, he served as president and member of the executive committee for the Middle Tennessee Employee Benefits Counsel. He earned his law degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1975. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be given to the South Cheatham Public Library, c/o Janet Walker, 358 N. Main St., Kingston Springs 37082 or Alive Hospice at St. Thomas, 4220 Harding Rd., Wing 3-B, Nashville 37205.

Retired Wilson County lawyer Jon Setzer, 74, died Feb. 10 when a package sent to his home exploded, killing him and injuring his wife Marion, who later died. He was a graduate of the Nashville School of Law. A memorial fund has been set up in their names at Nashville First Church of the Nazarene, 510 Woodland St., Nashville 37206.

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