TBA Law Blog


Posted by: TBA News on Jun 1, 2018

Journal Issue Date: Jun 2018

Journal Name: June 2018 - Vol. 54, No. 6

Elizabeth Hickman has joined Pendleton Square Trust and Family Office as director of estate services/trust officer. In this role, she provides leadership for the estate team and serves families and their advisors in administering family trust relationships. She also works closely with the company’s chief fiduciary officer on legal and compliance matters. Prior to joining Pendleton Square, Hickman was in private practice as an estate and trust attorney with Goodman Callahan Blackstone PLLC in Nashville, where she led the firm’s probate and trust administration practice. Previously she worked at Cumberland Trust and Investment Company. Hickman earned her law degree at the Nashville School of Law. In addition to her professional responsibilities, she serves on the board of the Estate Planning Council of Middle Tennessee.

More than 20 members of Tennessee’s legal community attended the 2018 Equal Justice Conference in San Diego in May, including, from left, Liz Todaro, Buck Lewis, Sarah Sheppeard, Joycelyn Stevenson and Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Connie Clark. Lewis welcomed conference attendees at the opening plenary and led a panel discussion about new developments for the ABA’s Free Legal Answers, which grew out of Online Tennessee Justice.


Fisher Phillips announced that David S. Jones has been appointed as the new managing partner of the firm's Memphis office. Jones has been with Fisher Phillips since 2016, where he practices exclusively in the areas of immigration-related employment and compliance matters. Jones has extensive experience in assisting companies with hires or transfers of employees from outside the country. He has represented clients in matters relating to immigration benefits and enforcement, as well as in proceedings before the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Labor, the Department of Justice and the State Department. Prior to joining Fisher Phillips, Jones was a partner at Jackson Lewis PC.

Jackson lawyer Mary Jo Middlebrooks has been chosen as the recipient of the 2018 Sue Shelton White Award, presented by The Jackson Sun and the Jackson Area Business and Professional Women. The honor, which was announced at the Sterling Awards on April 11, is given annually to an outstanding attorney in West Tennessee who is a community activist working to create or change legislation to improve the lives of women and children across the state. Middlebrooks is a Certified Family Law Specialist, Rule 31 Mediator, Federal Mediator, and a commissioner on the Access to Justice Commission for Tennessee. She received her law degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law.

Burr and Forman, the Alabama-based regional firm, announced that C. Tucker Herndon has been named managing partner for its Nashville office. Herndon, a partner in the firm’s lending practice group, will continue his practice in addition to serving in this new role. Herndon replaces Stephen Price, who will remain with the firm in its labor and employment group. Herndon is a partner in the firm's Lending Practice group with a focus on commercial lending and creditors' rights, representing financial institutions and borrowers in loan documentation, foreclosures, and loan and real estate transactions. His practice also includes regulatory compliance and representing clients in the beverage industry on matters including licenses and permits.

Evans Petree PC announced that shareholder Elizabeth B. Stengel has been elected the first female president of the Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel. The Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel Inc. is a not-for-profit professional association that serves the needs of Tennessee attorneys with practices related to the construction industry. Stengel previously served on the board as a director (2010-2013), secretary (2013-2015) and vice president (2016-2017) before being elected president in November 2017. Stengel focuses her practice on construction and surety law, and she serves as the practice area leader for the litigation practice group at Evans Petree.

Baker Donelson has elected 11 new shareholders across the firm. TBA members among them are Melanie C. Walker of the firm's Chattanooga office and Matthew G. White and Drew Yonchak of the Memphis office. Walker is a member of the firm's Global Immigration Group, dedicating a large portion of her practice to business immigration, which includes counseling international and domestic employers on immigration compliance, strategies for hiring, transferring and retaining critical foreign national employees.

White is a member of the firm's Financial Services Litigation Group and focuses his practice on securities litigation, litigation involving financial institutions, broker-dealer and investment adviser law and regulation, and investigations and enforcement proceedings involving the SEC, FINRA and other government agencies and self-regulatory organizations.

Yonchak, a member of Baker Donelson's Corporate Finance and Securities Group, concentrates his practice on the representation of buyers and sellers in public and private mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures across a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, retail, food and technology.

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, Tennessee’s largest nonprofit law firm, announced the promotion of Zac Oswald to managing attorney of its Gallatin office. The Gallatin office provides free legal assistance to residents of Macon, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale and Wilson counties. Oswald joined Legal Aid Society in 2014 as a University of  Miami Legal Corps Fellow. Before this promotion, he served as a staff attorney at Legal Aid Society’s Nashville office, where he practiced housing and consumer  law. He also leads the  firm’s Housing Practice Group.

CarePayment, a leading patient financial engagement company, announced the appointment of Brian McCarthy as senior vice president and general counsel. Based in Nashville, McCarthy will oversee CarePayment’s legal, compliance and human resources departments and will report directly to CarePayment CEO Craig Hodges. Before joining CarePayment, McCarthy served as vice president and general counsel at OccuSystems, Inc., a private-equity backed healthcare company headquartered in Nashville. McCarthy began his career in the structured finance group at Guggenheim Partners in Chicago.

Nashville lawyer Chris Andaya has been named the new chief operating officer for Village, and oversees the daily operations of both the residential real estate brokerage and the newly created Village Commercial brokerage. Andaya joined the company in February 2017 as director of compliance/legal counsel and was promoted in September 2017 to senior counsel, Core Development Services, Village Property Management and Solve Marketing. Andaya moved to Nashville in 2016, after working for 19 years as an executive in business affairs for CBS News in New York and Los Angeles.

Butler Snow announced that William McDonald Plosser has joined the firm’s Memphis office. Plosser will practice with the firm’s pharmaceutical, medical device and health care litigation practice group. Plosser’s previous experience primarily focused on health care, transportation-related and premises liability litigation. He has represented clients against medical malpractice cases, trucking and automotive liability claims, and breach of contract cases. Plosser earned his law degree from the University of Memphis, where he served as the senior notes editor for the University of
Memphis Law Review.


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