TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Tba People on Jul 1, 2015

Journal Issue Date: Jul 2015

Journal Name: July 2015 - Vol. 51, No. 7

The Tennessee Justice Center (TJC) has named Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Holly Kirby as a “Community Mother of the Year” for her dedication to her family and families across Tennessee. The recognition honors Kirby’s efforts on behalf of her son, Scott, who has Asperger’s syndrome but has earned an undergraduate and master’s degree, lived and worked abroad, and participated in autism research and advocacy.

Litigation attorney John Peterson has joined the Nashville office of Polsinelli as a shareholder in the firm’s commercial litigation practice. Polsinelli opened a Nashville office this past spring with healthcare attorneys Robert Dempsey and Bobby Guy, both previously with Frost Brown Todd, leading the office. Peterson previously was with Riley Warnock Jacobson.

Ken Young, a partner with Buerger, Moseley & Carson in Franklin, has been appointed to the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations by Gov. Bill Haslam. The commission serves as a forum for resolving intergovernmental problems such as infrastructure needs, tax issues, government liability, emergency communications and population growth. Young’s term will expire January 2018.
Nicholas Whittenburg was sworn in as federal bankruptcy judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee during a private ceremony in Chattanooga. Whittenburg is from Crossville and has practiced law in Tennessee and Georgia for 25 years. He has been with Miller & Martin since 2004.

Thomas R. “Trey” Frazer III has joined the Nashville law firm of Bone McAllester Norton, where he will focus on commercial litigation, product liability, antitrust violations and intellectual property law. Frazer earned his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law and studied law abroad at Cambridge University.

The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee has announced that Barbara D. Holmes has been selected to replace Magistrate Judge Juliet Griffin, who is retiring July 31. Holmes is currently head of h3gm’s Commercial Bankruptcy and Reorganization Practice Group. She has more than 25 years of experience with restructuring and insolvency matters and commercial litigation in state and federal courts.

The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands has named Jeanne Thomas and her husband, Steve,  as co-chairs of its 2015 Community Campaign, which helps raise money from non-legal donors. Thomas is managing counsel for labor and employment at HCA. She previously was an assistant attorney general for the state and counsel to the Davidson County Chancery Court.

The agency also recently awarded its first ever Gallatin Community Award to Charles W. Bone, founder and chairman of Bone McAllester Norton. Members of Legal Aid’s Gallatin office selected Bone because he has championed the non-profit law firm in the community and his firm has been a financial and pro bono supporter of the Gallatin and Nashville offices.

The East Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women awarded Mary Miller the Spirit of Justice Award during its annual Tennessee Supreme Court Luncheon in Knoxville. The honor recognizes Miller’s continued support and advancement of women in the bar and dedication to pro bono clients.

Johnson City attorney Clifton L. Corker was sworn in as U.S. magistrate judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee in a private ceremony in Greenville. A graduate of the College of William & Mary’s School of Law, Corker will serve an eight-year term before becoming eligible for reappointment.

Federal District Judge Aleta Trauger received the inaugural Martha Craig Daughtrey Award from the Lawyers’ Association for Women (LAW) Marion Griffin Chapter in Nashville. The group also presented the Rising Star Award to Elizabeth Sitgreaves for her work supporting the Coalition for Fair Courts during last summer’s judicial elections. Sitgreaves is with the Nashville law firm of Dodson, Parker, Behm & Capparella.

The Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program recently announced that Michael G. Derrick, Mark Westlake and Cynthia Wyrick have been appointed to its board. Those being reappointed for the 2015-2016 bar year include Nancy Corley and Drew McElroy. In addition, Circuit Court Judge Rhynette Hurd is being appointed to fill a vacancy. Three members are ineligible for reappointment and are stepping down. They are Andrew Branham, Cynthia Cheatham and James Cornelius.

Nashville lawyer Cynthia Gardner recently joined area organizations at the 13th Annual Tennessee Disability MegaConference. During the conference, Gardner presented the inaugural Family Support Award to Lloyd and Lillian Finney of Hermitage for supporting their special needs son. The award was given on behalf of her law firm, Maurer & Gardner, and the firm’s Special Needs Law Center.

Three Nashville attorneys have launched the online trademark company Trust Tree Legal. The founders — Bill Ferrell, Randy Michels and Kevin Hartley — have a combined 30 years of experience in trademark law and patent litigation. The company provides assistance with trademark searches, filing and maintenance; foreign filing; and foreign counterfeits. The trio also offers guidance through a new blog, The Root.

Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and YP Nashville have announced the finalists for the 2015 Nashville Emerging Leader Awards. TBA members among the group include Christopher W. Hayes with Waller, who was named in the Environment & Sustainability category, and five lawyers in the Legal Services category: Sarah Hannah, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings; Gabe Roberts, Tennessee Division of Health Care Finance and Administration; Joycelyn Stevenson, Littler Mendelson; Casey Gill Summar, Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville; and Todd A. Tressler II, Tressler & Associates.

Nashville lawyer Anthony C. Bills has joined Wiseman Ashworth Law Group as an associate. He previously worked at Manier & Herod. Bills focuses his practice on personal injury, products and premises liability, nursing home litigation, health care law, and fidelity and surety law.

Trajan Carney, Steve Elkins and Leslie Curry have announced the new Nashville law firm of Carney | Elkins | Curry. The firm will focus on general civil litigation and appellate work, including construction, business, administrative, regulatory, labor and employment, estate planning and probate matters.

Baker Donelson’s Memphis office recently named two new shareholders. Emily T. Brackstone is a member of the firm’s corporate finance and securities group with experience in corporate law, health law and mergers and acquisitions. Whitney M. Harmon is a member of the firm’s labor and employment group and chair of Baker Donelson’s Women’s Initiative in Memphis.

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