TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Tba People on Feb 1, 2015

Journal Issue Date: Feb 2015

Journal Name: February 2015 - Vol. 51, No. 2

The Oak Ridge law firm of Mostoller, Stulberg, Whitfield & Allen celebrated its 40th anniversary recently with clients and colleagues. The firm, founded by Ann Mostoller and Dorothy Stulberg, was one of the first all-female practices in the state. Since that time, it has expanded its practice to handle family law, special education, probate, criminal defense and personal injury cases in addition to bankruptcy matters.

The Franklin law firm of Buerger, Moseley & Carson recently announced the hiring of two new associates. Kelsey Boyle is a 2014 graduate of the Belmont College of Law, where he earned a certificate in health care law and served as president of the Student Health Lawyers Association. He clerked for the firm while in law school and now will focus on health care law. Andrew Preston graduated from Vanderbilt Law School in 2014. He also clerked for the firm while a law student. He will focus on civil litigation.

Brentwood lawyer John A. Day has been elected a fellow of the International Society of Barristers. The organization is dedicated to excellence in advocacy, preservation of the adversary system, the right to trial by jury and encouraging young lawyers to enter the field of trial practice.

In other news, the Law Offices of John Day recently announced that Caroline E. Sapp has joined the firm as an associate. She will practice in the area of civil litigation. Sapp earned her law degree from the University of Memphis School of Law and was designated as a “Law Student for Justice” by the Tennessee Supreme Court for completing 50 hours of pro bono work in 2014.

Miller & Martin attorney David Lewis has been named head of the firm’s health care practice. Lewis joined the firm’s Nashville office in May after serving as vice president and associate legal counsel at LifePoint Hospitals in Brentwood. In his new role, Lewis will be responsible for the firm’s three offices in Atlanta, Chattanooga and Nashville. Lewis is a past chair of the TBA’s Health Law Section.

R. Joseph Leibovich was recently elected treasurer of the Memphis Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section. He will serve for one year and then move to the position of secretary and vice chair in subsequent years. He will take over as chair of the section in 2018. Leibovich is a member in the Memphis office of Shuttleworth Williams where he chairs the firm’s Employment Law Section.

Hendersonville elder law attorney Timothy L. Takacs recently was inducted into the Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee President’s Cabinet, which is composed of leaders in business, health care, policy and government working together to identify factors that drive health costs in the state.

Nashville lawyer R. Brandon Bundren has been hired as a senior attorney at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings. He joins the firm’s litigation practice group where he will focus on commercial, intellectual property and employment litigation. In addition, Matthew Noggle has joined the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group as an associate. He will handle a range of commercial real estate matters.

The Murfreesboro law firm of McCarter, Catron and East recently announced that Aaron J. Conklin has joined its office. Conklin previously served nine years as assistant general counsel at the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) and practiced law in Middle Tennessee for six years. In his new position, he will focus on appellate, bankruptcy and other areas of civil practice.

Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs has announced that Kate Van Namen recently graduated from Leadership Memphis’s 2014 FastTrack Program. At the firm, Van Namen focuses on commercial litigation. She is licensed in both Mississippi and Tennessee.

The Tennessee Association of Drug Court Professionals (TADCP) has elected attorney Kevin Batts as president of the group. Batts is director of the 23rd Judicial District Drug Court, which serves five counties in Middle Tennessee. He also is an adjunct professor at Lipscomb University, where he teaches legal research, evidence and ethics.

The Knoxville law firm of Hodges, Doughty & Carson has named J. Scott Griswold an associate with the firm. He will continue handling trust and estate litigation, products liability claims, construction disputes and general corporate matters. Griswold serves on the Tennessee Bar Journal’s Editorial Board and the Publications Committee of the Knoxville Bar Association.

Miller Hunt has joined the Nashville law firm of Taylor, Pigue, Marchetti and Blair as an associate counsel. Hunt is a 2014 graduate of Belmont College of Law, where she served on the executive committee of the school’s legal aid chapter. A native Nashvillian, Hunt is active in the local community as a volunteer with the Junior League, Young Leaders Council, Best Buddies Junior Advisory Board and Alive Hospice Board of Directors.

Burr & Forman recently announced the addition of nine partners in its Nashville office. They are Kenneth M. Bryant, Matthew J. DeVries, Robert C. Goodrich Jr., Garry K. Grooms, Madison L. Martin, Brian C. Neal, William L. Penny, Stephen H. Price and M. Clark Spoden. All were previously with Stites & Harbison. They will practice in the areas of commercial litigation, construction, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy, labor and employment, and products liability. The firm also announced the hiring of associate J. Patrick Warfield, who will handle bankruptcy and commercial litigation matters.

The labor and employment law firm Littler Mendelson has appointed Tanja L. Thompson as managing shareholder of its Memphis office. Thompson succeeds Jay Kiesewetter, who is retiring. Thompson currently serves as co-chair of Littler’s Labor Management Relations Practice Group.

Nashville lawyer Lawrence A. Simons has authored Water, Wind, Spirit, Stone, a book of poems that explore the connections between the human spirit, divine spirit and elements of nature. Simons is in private practice with a focus on Social Security disability, SSI, personal injury, divorce and family law cases.

Nicole Bermel Dunlap has joined the Tampa office of FordHarrison as of counsel. Dunlap previously was serving with Littler Mendelson in Memphis. In her new role, she will continue representing clients in employment and labor litigation and advising clients on matters such as litigation avoidance, labor relations and compliance with federal employment statutes.

The Nashville office of Dickinson Wright has elected two new members: Kerry Masters Ewald and Kelly M. Telfeyan. Ewald represents business entities and counsels companies on civil litigation matters. She also defends governmental entities against alleged civil rights violations, tort claims and zoning challenges. Telfeyan focuses her practice in the areas of insurance, bankruptcy, lender litigation and labor and employment litigation. She also represents governmental entities.

Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel recently announced that Bradley Davis, who worked at the firm as an associate from 2004 to 2007, has returned to be of counsel, with a focus on complex business litigation and regulatory compliance. He spent seven years with Troutman Sanders in Atlanta, focused on utility and telecommunications litigation. The firm also announced that three attorneys have been named shareholders. Justin L. Furrow focuses on employment litigation and advises clients on how to minimize risk. Jeffrey G. Granillo focuses on personal injury, product liability and intellectual property infringement actions. Douglas S. Griswold focuses on health care and business law as well as real estate and mergers and acquisitions.

Spears, Moore, Rebman & Williams of Chattanooga has named three new shareholders. Cassie C. Rieder has been an associate with the firm since 2009 and practices in the areas of insurance defense and estate administration. Cara E. Weiner joined Spears, Moore in 2013 and works primarily in insurance and professional liability defense. And Barret S. Albritton joins the firm as a shareholder after working in Chattanooga for 11 years. He will continue handling insurance defense.

Waller recently announced that five lawyers from Waddey & Patterson — including its co-founder Jack Waddey — have joined the firm’s intellectual property practice. Waddey has worked in IP law for 40 years and helped build his former firm into one of the region’s top intellectual property boutiques. He joins Waller as a partner. Following his departure, the shareholders of Waddey & Patterson renamed the firm Patterson PC.

The other four moving from Patterson to Waller are Nate Bailey, who handles all aspects of patent, trademark and copyright work; Blake Bernard, who focuses on patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret law prosecution; Matthew Cox, who focuses on patent opinion work and due diligence for patents involved in corporate transactions; and Andy Pitchford, who focuses on patent filing strategies, managing patent portfolios and third-party licensing.

In other news from the firm, Waller recently announced the addition of former assistant U.S. attorney John David “J.D.” Thomas to its government investigations and white-collar practice. Thomas joins the firm as a partner. He most recently served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee, where he focused on prosecuting health care fraud.

Nashville lawyer Ed Lanquist, with Patterson PC, is the new president of the Nashville Bar Association. He replaces Charles Grant with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz. Joycelyn Stevenson with Littler Mendelson has been named president-elect. New board members for 2015 also have taken office. TBA members among them are: Robb Bigelow with Dickinson Wright; Marnie Huff with Margaret Huff Mediation; former Tennessee Supreme Court Justice and Nashville School of Law Dean Bill Koch; Erin Palmer Polly with Walker Tipps & Malone; and David Raybin with Hollins Raybin & Weissman. Also, the NBA awarded the John C. Tune Award posthumously to George Barrett, a founding partner of Barrett Johnston Martin & Garrison, who died in August 2014.

The Tennessee Supreme Court has appointed John Kitch to the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility for a three-year term. The board, comprised of nine lawyers and three non-lawyers, serves the public and the legal profession by supervising the ethical conduct of attorneys and helping the profession maintain high standards of skill and conduct.

Nashville-based law firm Bone McAllester Norton has joined TAGLaw International Alliance, an international alliance of independent law firms. With offices in Nashville as well as in Sumner and Williamson counties, the firm’s team of 40 lawyers serves clients with banking, financial, corporate, litigation and dispute resolution needs. TAGLaw boasts 155 independent member firms, which employ 9,400 lawyers throughout 87 countries — making it the fourth largest law firm alliance, according to the firm.


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