TBA Law Blog


Posted by: TBA News on Dec 1, 2015

Journal Issue Date: Dec 2015

Journal Name: December 2015 - Vol. 51, No. 12

The Tennessee legal community welcomed about 500 new attorneys to the practice of law in November, with admissions ceremonies in four?cities. Elizabeth Goldstein and Ann Ralls Niewold were admitted in the Nashville ceremony and attended the open house and lunch hosted by the the Tennessee Bar Association for new lawyers and their families. Niewold’s mother is Gallatin attorney Laura Goodall Niewold. Laura Niewold is an attorney with Stites &?Harbison. See pictures and a video at www.tba.org/node/79329 and search Twitter with #newTNattorney.

Tidwell, Izell and Richardson, a new law firm in Chattanooga, will specialize in civil and criminal litigation representing individuals, businesses, and municipalities. Partners W. Gerald “Jerry” Tidwell and W. Adam Izell are formally associated with attorney Michael E. Richardson. Retired Circuit Court Judge Jackie Schulten Bolton will serve as of counsel and Bart Mathews joined the firm as an associate.

The Tennessee Supreme Court has appointed William C. Koch Jr., Lela Hollabaugh, Judge Deanna Bell Johnson, Susan L. Kay, Judge Loyce Lambert Ryan, Judge Vicki S. Snyder, Judge Barry A. Steelman, Dwight Tarwater and Sen. John Stevens (R-Huntingdon) to the Indigent Representation Task Force to review practices regarding how attorneys are compensated for work with defendants who are unable to afford legal counsel. Koch, Dean of Nashville School of Law and retired Tennessee Supreme Court Justice, will chair the task force.

Paul McAdoo has joined Aaron Sanders PLLC to practice media law and business litigation with the Nashville firm. McAdoo previously had his own law firm, McAdoo Law PLLC in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where he worked with institutional and individual clients on matters ranging from open government to trademark matters.

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP announced that Brooke L. Baird and Jeffrey W. Sheehan have joined the firm’s Nashville office as associates. Baird joined the Real Estate Practice Group, where she represents banks, insurance companies, real estate developers, and corporate clients. Sheehan joined the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, where he will focus on appellate issues and work with attorneys across the litigation team during the appeals process.

John B. Phillips has written his first non-legal book, A TIME TO BE BORN: Meditations on the Birth of a Child, inspired by the births of his first two grandchildren. Phillips, who lives in Chattanooga, has been an attorney for more than 40 years and has previously written on employment law and human resources practices.

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP announced that attorney Richard T. Hills will lead the Nashville law firm’s Financial Services department, a multidisciplinary team of more than 65 attorneys providing legal services to commercial and investment banks, trust companies and credit unions. Prior to joining Waller in 2014, Hills was a partner with Womble Carlyle’s Financial Institutions team in Atlanta.

The law firm of Baker Donelson has been named one of Fortune’s 100 Best Workplaces for Women and is one of only two law firms to be included in the list. The inaugural list — determined by employee surveys and the representation of women within their organizations — ranked the firm 66th.

Shellie Handelsman has joined the Nashville office of Shuttleworth Williams PLLC as an associate. She will practice in the areas of civil litigation and estate planning. Handelsman previously worked as an associate attorney with the law office of John Cobb Rochford.

The Chattanooga office of Miller and Martin PLLC announced Laura F. Ketcham has joined the firm’s Commercial Department, focusing her practice in areas of bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, commercial finance and providing general business counsel. Prior to joining the firm, Ketcham was a partner with Husch Blackwell LLP.

Nashville firm Sims Funk PLC hired David Gilbert “Gil” Schuette as an associate attorney. Schuette, who was formerly an associate at Butler Snow, will represent the firm’s clients in a broad range of complex business disputes.

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP attorney Mark P. Chalos, managing partner of the firm’s Nashville office, co-authored Litigating International Torts in United States Courts, 2015 ed. The book is a resource for practitioners and judges involved in lawsuits that involve international parties or arise from international conduct. Initially published in 2012, the book has been updated and re-released annually.

The firm also announced that Andrew R. Kaufman joined the firm’s Nashville office. Kaufman will work on financial fraud, mass tort and whistleblower cases. Prior to joining Lieff Cabraser, Kaufman was a law clerk for Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey in Nashville and also worked on litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court as a fellow at Public Citizen.

Nashville attorney Anna Gernert has joined Latitude as director of attorney development and placement. Gernert will assist attorneys seeking insourced, permanent, or consulting roles with Latitude’s corporate law firm and company legal department clients throughout Tennessee. Prior to joining Latitude, Gernert was a commercial finance attorney with Bass, Berry & Sims.

Keane Barger joined the firm of Riley Warnock & Jacobson PLC to focus his practice on business litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Barger served as a law clerk for the Hon. Susan H. Black on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.


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