TBA Law Blog


Posted by: TBA News on Jul 1, 2016

Journal Issue Date: Jul 2016

Journal Name: July 2016 - Vol. 52, No. 7

Jeremy M. Cothern has joined the Chattanooga firm of Patrick, Beard, Schulman & Jacoway PC as an associate attorney. He will practice civil and criminal litigation with a primary focus on business and tort litigation. Cothern previously worked for Berke, Berke & Berke.

Farrar | Wright PLLC announced that Steve Elkins has joined the Murfreesboro firm. Elkins concentrates his practice in the areas of general business and employment law, administrative and regulatory matters, and estate administration and probate.

The Public Risk Management Association, a national organization dedicated to public sector risk and safety management, recently named Knoxville attorney Joe Jarret as “Author of the Year” for his article on zoning risk management. The article was awarded “Article of the Year.”

Gabe Roberts will serve as the new deputy director for the Division of Health Care Finance and Administration, effective July 1. Roberts has served as the HCFA general counsel since April 2013.

Chattanooga attorney Bob Parsley has been appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court to a five-year term as a special assistant to the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners. Parsley, an attorney with Miller & Martin, practices primarily in civil litigation, with concentration in commercial and healthcare litigation and appellate practice.

Rice, Amundsen & Caperton PLLC announced that Joseph W. Smith has joined the Memphis firm as an associate attorney. Smith began as a runner with the firm in 2008 and clerked for the firm while he completed his undergraduate degree in 2012. He also participated in the extern program at the Memphis City Attorney’s Office. 

Meredith L. Eason has joined the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Service Team in the Nashville office of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP. Eason, who previously practiced with another Nashville civil litigation firm, concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial litigation and employment law.

Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin PLLC announced that Ginna Winfree joined the firm. She will practice in the Nashville firm’s Government Relations section, where her law practice will be primarily focused on alcoholic beverage licensing and regulation. Prior to joining GSRM, Winfree served as assistant director and most recently as the interim director of the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation announced that Jenny Howard will serve as general counsel for the department. Howard, who joined TDEC in 2012, previously served as deputy general counsel and legislative liaison.

Jerry Bridenbaugh has joined the Brentwood firm of Mackie Wolf Zientz & Mann PC as an associate attorney. He focuses his practice on the areas of residential foreclosure, eviction and creditor’s rights. Before transitioning to a new career in the law, Bridenbaugh worked in the automotive and IT industries, specializing in dealership operations and small business network consultation.

Christopher E. Thorsen has joined the Nashville office of Baker Donelson as a shareholder in the firm’s Business Litigation Group. He represents businesses, individual directors and officers in bet-the-company litigation and arbitration matters involving corporations, individuals and state securities law enforcement agencies across the country.

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC announced that Richard F. Mattern has joined as a member in the firm’s Memphis office. Mattern joined the firm’s Corporate Practice Group and focuses his practice on corporate matters related to mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and and private equity financing. He was previously a shareholder in the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

The Murfreesboro office of the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands recently celebrated its office reopening in its original location at 526 North Walnut Street following a devastating fire last year. “Thanks to members of the local bar, volunteers and local organizations like United Way and Legal Lunch and Learn, we didn’t have to miss even one day serving our clients, who may not have had anywhere else to turn for free legal help,” said Andrae Crismon, the office’s managing attorney.


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