TBA Law Blog

Posted by: TBA News on Sep 1, 2018

Journal Issue Date: Sep 2018

Journal Name: September 2018 - Vol. 54, No. 9

Leadership Franklin has selected Stites & Harbison PLLC attorney B. Walker Entwistle to join its 2018-19 class. Participants are chosen based on their leadership skills and community involvement. Each class of 20 members receives leadership training during the eight-month program and completes a leadership project to improve the community. Entwistle is a partner based in Stites & Harbison’s Franklin office. He is a member of the firm’s Real Estate, Banking and Finance, and the Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy Service groups.

Ted RiceTed Rice was recently appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court as the new executive director of the Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program (TLAP). Rice first came to TLAP in 2006 as deputy director. For the past several months he has been serving as interim executive director. He fills the position formerly held by Laura McClendon, who worked with TLAP for 13 years and has more than 20 years’ experience in the alcohol and drug field as a counselor, trainer and educator. 

Stites & Harbison PLLC has added attorney Jonathan Wolf to its Nashville office. Wolf joins the Intellectual Property and Technology and Domestic Relations/ Family Law Service groups. He works with clients on a wide range of copyright, trademark and other intellectual property law litigation and transactional matters related to the media and entertainment industry. Before obtaining his law degree, he worked with high profile artists in the music industry, media companies and other rights holders. He earned his law degree from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

James E. Mackler has joined LeClairRyan as senior counsel on the firm’s aviation and corporate services teams. Mackler focuses his practice on advising businesses, governments and investors on the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). He works with clients on various regulatory, compliance and litigation elements of UAS usage (“drone law”) across a variety of applications. Previously, he served eight years of active duty in the U.S. Army.

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands has promoted Shaina Thompson to family law lead attorney of its Nashville office. She will help victims of domestic violence gain independence from abusive situations. Beyond orders of protection and divorces, this includes helping victims with issues like denial of benefits, food stamps and/or housing. Thompson will supervise a staff of six and facilitate community education activities on domestic violence in Davidson and Williamson counties. Thompson joined LAS in July 2016, working on several large cases involving domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Spicer Rudstrom PLLC announces the recent promotion of Jared S. Renfroe to partner. A 2010 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, Renfroe has been an associate with the firm for the past three years, primarily concentrating his practice in workers’ compensation and employment law. He is a 2017 graduate of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Leadership Law program. Spicer Rudstrom also recently announced the addition of Laney K. Cabrera to the Memphis office. Her primary practice areas include insurance defense and premises liability. Cabrera is a 2016 graduate of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. During law school, she worked as a law clerk for Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation and Memphis Immigration Advocates, a non-profit law firm that assists immigrants in obtaining proper documentation and legal status.

The Chattanooga Bar Foundation Fellows welcomed three new members during its 2018 Fellows Luncheon on June 27. Honored were attorneys Lee Ann Adams, Tonya Kennedy Cammon and Russell “Rusty” Gray. The CBA Fellows aim to promote and improve the legal profession; elevate the ethical standards of the bench and bar; improve relations between the members of the legal profession, the judiciary and the public; and provide scholarships and charitable giving.

Rebecca Adelman, a former founder of Hagwood Adelman Tipton, has resumed full operation of her firm, Adelman Law Firm, which was originally founded in 2001. Adelman Law Firm’s team of legal professionals will serve the public in the areas of medical malpractice, long-term care and aging services, professional liability, general litigation, insurance defense, government tort liability, public entity defense and risk reduction and loss avoidance. As a woman-owned business, Adelman Law Firm seeks to lead and mentor women in the business, insurance and health care sectors.

Joseph W. Smith, associate attorney at the law firm of Rice, Amundsen & Caperton PLLC, was selected to be an associate member in the Leo S. Bearman Sr. American Inn of Court. Smith began his legal career at Rice, Amundsen & Caperton as a runner during his undergraduate studies at the University of Memphis and continued as a law clerk while attending the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Smith was admitted to the bar in May 2016 and has been practicing as an attorney with the firm since then. His practice area includes all aspects of domestic relations, including divorce, custody, support and adoption.

The Erlanger Health System Foundations Board has announced that Chattanooga Bar Association Executive Director Lynda Minks Hood will serve as its chairwoman for the 2019 fiscal year. Also chosen to serve on Erlanger’s board was TBA member attorney Mark A. Ramsey with Spears, Moore, Rebman & Williams.

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has announced that a team led by William L. Norton III, a partner in the firm’s Nashville office, is the recipient of a 2018 Global M&A Network Turnaround Atlas Award for work on the Vanguard Healthcare LLC (VHC) Chapter 11 restructuring. Also on the Bradley team is partner Michael D. Brent. The case was among the winners for “best value-creating Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization” in the Middle Market Segments category. Bradley and other award winners were honored at the 10th Annual Gala Dinner July 19 in New York.

George D. Spanos was named partner of the firm Rogers, Kamm & Shea, effective July 1. Spanos worked at the firm as a clerk during his first year at Nashville School of Law, and continuing after graduating in 2013. He was admitted to the bar in 2013, after which he began practicing in the areas of family and probate law, including divorce, post-divorce, child custody and visitation, child support, juvenile, and wills and estates.

Derrick Dishner is the Tennessee Bar Association’s new director of finance. A certified public accountant, he most recently was director of accounting with HCTEC Partners Inc. in Nashville. He received his bachelor’s degree from David Lipscomb University.

Chelsea Bennett is the TBA’s new section and CLE coordinator. She brings the association eight years of diverse work experience in the education sector. Previously, she worked as the head studio teacher and welfare agent with the child actors starring on the television show “Nashville.” Bennett received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from The Ohio State University, and she received her master’s degree in teaching from Belmont University.

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