TBA Law Blog


Posted by: TBA News on Apr 1, 2018

Journal Issue Date: Apr 2018

Journal Name: April 2018 - Vol. 54, No. 4

DarKenya Waller, was named in March as executive director of the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands. She replaces Gary Housepian, who served in that role for more than a decade. Waller joined Legal Aid Society in 2008 and has been the managing attorney of the Nashville office since 2010.

Louis P. Britt III has been elected to FordHarrison’s Executive Committee, the firm’s highest governing body. Britt is the regional managing partner for the firm’s Memphis, Nashville and Dallas offices. He concentrates his practice on employment litigation and advice, representing private and public employers in a broad range of employment matters. Britt handles employment discrimination and harassment cases (Title VII, ADA, ADEA and FMLA), wage/hour matters, enforcement and defense of restrictive covenants contained in employment agreements, and employment-related torts.

Lewis Thomason announced that it has elected seven new shareholders across the firm. The new shareholders and their primary areas of practice are: Susan West Carey (employment, health care and workers’ compensation), Mark Castleberry (health care, insurance, product liability and professional liability), Ryan N. Clark (business, commercial, real estate and product liability), William A. Mynatt Jr. (family law, estate planning, personal injury litigation and workers’ compensation), Casey Shannon (appellate, business, commercial, construction, health care, intellectual property, municipal and administrative), Brad Telfeyan (insurance and transportation) and Peter B. Winterburn (alternative dispute resolution, appellate, health care, personal injury litigation and professional liability).

Lewis Thomason also announced that Andrea C. “Andi” Anderson has joined the firm’s Knoxville office. Anderson’s primary focus is estate planning, probate and trust administration. Her practice routinely includes federal and state taxation, business formation, and charitable organizations ranging from formation and operations to dissolution.

Gene F. Guerre joined the family law firm of Rogers, Kamm & Shea in January as  an associate attorney. Guerre was formerly the law clerk for Judge Philip E. Smith of the 20th Judicial District for almost four years. He is a graduate of the Nashville School of Law. Upon graduation, Guerre received the school’s Founder’s Inn Award for graduating as the school’s valedictorian. Guerre was also named a member of the school’s prestigious Cooper’s Inn Society. Guerre will be working in the firm’s domestic law and appellate law section.

Tennessee Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally recently appointed Stites & Harbison PLLC attorney Rebecca McKelvey Castañeda to the Tennessee Post-Conviction Defender Oversight Commission. She will serve a one-year term. Castañeda is a member (partner) of Stites & Harbison based in the Nashville and Franklin offices. She works exclusively in family law with an emphasis in international family law, especially parental child abductions from country to country. Castañeda is a member of the Tennessee Justice Center’s Board of Directors, Belmont University’s Board of Trustees and the Tennessee Bar Association’s Alimony Benchbook Committee.

Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings (BS&J), PLLC of Nashville has announced the expansion of the firm. The expansion also includes one new member and four additional attorneys, all formerly of Kircher, Suetholz & Associates. With the opening of offices in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Louisville, Kentucky, the new BS&J attorneys will specialize in union representation, employment litigation and workers’ compensation.

Mike Baisley has joined the Knoxville law firm of Long, Ragsdale & Waters PC. He was previously a partner at Hodges, Doughty & Carson PLLC in Knoxville. Baisley is a 2005 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. He has served as president of the Knoxville Barristers and as a member of the Knoxville Bar Association Board of Governors. He also served on the board of the TBA Young Lawyers Division and on the TBA CLE Committee. His practice focuses in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, limited liability companies and partnerships, real estate transactions and Reg. D. exempt securities offerings.  

Memphis-based law firm Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh PLLC, has expanded to Nashville and announces that Chancellor Bill Young will join the firm as of counsel upon the expiration of his term in September 2018. Young’s expertise is in practicing insurance law, representing corporate clients and the State of Tennessee. Prior to becoming chancellor for Part II of the Davidson County Chancery Court of the 20th Judicial District, Young served in the office of the Tennessee Attorney General in multiple capacities, including Solicitor General.

Baker Donelson has named Cameron S. Hill the firm’s new professional development shareholder.  As professional development shareholder, he will focus on implementing measures to help the firm's attorneys succeed in their practices and their communities. He served for more than 10 years as the new litigator advisor for the Chattanooga office. Hill will maintain his full-time practice in Chattanooga, focusing on construction, employment, ERISA and general commercial litigation matters, trying cases to conclusion or decision through alternative dispute resolution.

The attorneys of Kennerly, Montgomery & Finley PC announced the addition of Marshall H. Peterson as of counsel, effective March 1.  His practice concentrates in estate planning and administration, business planning, charitable giving and litigation.

Rachel Schaffer Lawson, a Nashville attorney known for representing restaurants and breweries, recently celebrated the launch of her new book, Marriage Without the Sex: An Unconventional Approach to Business Relationships. Lawson’s book aims to prevent “business divorces” and strengthen business relationships. The founder of Schaffer Law Firm PLLC, Lawson also teaches digital media law at Middle Tennessee State University and serves on the advisory board of Pathway’s Women’s Business Center.

With the addition of Baker, Kinsman, Hollis & Clelland PC to its firm, Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell PLC have added four new attorneys to staff the firm’s new office in Chattanooga. N. Mark Kinsman focuses his insurance defense practice on handling insurance fraud, arson and insurance coverage cases. Joe Hollis has a diverse insurance defense practice and handles cases involving personal injury, wrongful death, common carrier and general liability. Wilfred Clelland defends insurance companies and other corporate entities in personal injury, business litigation and other cases. Stephany Pedigo maintains a diverse practice, including handling insurance and personal injury defense cases, estate planning, and handling conservatorship matters for people who can no longer manage their own affairs.

Miller & Martin PLLC recently welcomed attorney Alex Lewis as a corporate associate in the firm’s Nashville office. Lewis will focus his practice on government relations, economic development and corporate matters. He will advise businesses, utility providers and local governments on a variety of matters before the Tennessee General Assembly. Prior to joining Miller & Martin, Lewis served for five years as the executive assistant for policy and research for Tennessee’s Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris.

Hodges Doughty & Carson PLLC announced that J. Scott Griswold and Donald J. Farinato have joined the firm. Griswold’s practice includes trust and estate administration and litigation, utilities litigation and regulatory matters. Farinato’s practice focuses on all types of estates and trusts administration. Farinato recently became a fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Council. Griswold is a former member of the Tennessee Bar Journal’s editorial board.

The National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations (NCWBA) in March awarded the Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (TLAW) with the NCWBA’s 2018 Outstanding Member Program Award for TLAW’s groundbreaking work on its Empowerment Conferences. The award recognizes innovative projects, programs, and services for organization members or the bar. It will be presented to TLAW at the NCWBA’s national Women’s Bar Leadership Summit on Aug. 3 in Chicago.

Kathy Prescott retired from Tennessee Bar Association as membership director in March. Prescott served in this role since 2015, providing leadership and direction on all issues affecting TBA members including the membership renewal campaign, member benefits and law school outreach.


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