TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Tba People on Aug 21, 2008

Journal Issue Date: Sep 2008

Journal Name: September 2008 - Vol. 44, No. 9

Davidson County Judge Dan Eisenstein recently honored representatives of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities in recognition of their assistance to the Davidson County Mental Health Court. Eisenstein presides over the Mental Health Court, which is part of the county's general sessions court. The presentation was made at a recent ceremony honoring graduates of the treatment and probation program. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean was among the public officials, court officials and social service agency representatives who were in attendance.

Nashville attorney Barbara Moss recently was awarded the Molly Todd Cup for her work in making Nashville a better place to live and work. The award was presented by the Nashville organization CABLE, which works to help women achieve professional and personal growth by providing networking forums and programs. Moss was the 2007 recipient of the group's Athena Award for outstanding commitment to leadership, professional excellence, community involvement and assistance to women and women's issues. She is counsel at Stites & Harbison PLLC and serves in the business litigation service group.

In other news from the firm, Stites & Harbison member Julian Bibb recently was awarded a certificate of merit from the Tennessee Historical Commission in recognition of his contributions to preservation efforts in Franklin and around the state. As director of Franklin's Charge, a coalition of Middle Tennessee organizations and individuals dedicated to the preservation of historic open space, Bibb was integral in efforts to create a battlefield park in commemoration of the 1864 Battle of Franklin. At Stites & Harbison, he focuses his practice on real estate, commercial finance, land use and zoning law, and nonprofit organizations.

Brian H. Trammell, Terrill L. Adkins and Kenneth W. Ward recently announced the formation of Trammell, Adkins & Ward PC. The firm, which is located at 1111 Northshore Drive, Suite P-100B in Knoxville, will focus its practice in the areas of insurance law, defense and professional liability litigation.

Franklin attorney Kim Helper has been elected secretary of the Williamson County Bar Association. She is an assistant district attorney with the 21st Judicial District Attorney General's office. She earned her law degree from the Stetson University College of Law in 1993.

The Jefferson County Bar Association has re-elected its president, solo practitioner Jason S. Randolph, to another year of office, and has elected Christopher D. Brown with P. Richard Talley & Associates as its new vice president. Both are from Dandridge.

The Loudon County Bar Association has elected new officers for the bar year. TBA members among them are Vice President G. Keith Alley with Kizer & Black in Lenoir City, Secretary Arthur Wayne Henry of Loudon and Treasurer Robert G. Hinton of Sproul & Hinton in Lenoir City.

The Nashville law firm of Boult, Cummings, Conners & Berry PLC recently announced that attorney Jeffrey L. Allen has joined the firm's litigation team. Allen earned his law degree from the University of Florida's Levin College of Law in 2007. Prior to attending law school, he worked as an Honors Paralegal at the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection in Washington, DC.

State Court of Appeals Judge J. Steven Stafford of Dyersburg has been named chair of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, a philanthropic organization that honors attorneys who distinguish themselves professionally. The foundation also administers the IOLTA fund, which provides resources for indigent legal services and law-related public projects. Stafford was appointed to the Court of Appeals in June. Prior to that he was chancellor of the 29th Judicial District for 15 years. He is a past president of the Tennessee Judicial Conference and former presiding judge of the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary. He currently serves as dean of the Tennessee Judicial Academy for newly elected and appointed judges. Stafford earned his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law in 1983.

Former U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert P. Murrian has joined Knoxville attorneys Pamela L. Reeves and Celeste Herbert in their practice of law. The firm will now be called Reeves, Herbert & Murrian PA. Murrian will focus his practice in the area of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration and special master work. He previously was associated with the firm of Kramer Rayson Leake Rodgers & Morgan LLP. He earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1974.

Lucian T. Pera, a partner with the Memphis office of Adams and Reese LLP, has been invited to serve on the advisory board of the Miller-Becker Institute for Professional Responsibility. The institute, which is associated with the University of Akron Law School, is dedicated to enhancing ethical awareness among those who practice, adjudicate, teach and study the law. Pera is a member of Adams and Reese's ethics and commercial dispute practice teams where he focuses his work on counseling and representing clients in the areas of lawyer ethics, professional responsibility, malpractice and loss prevention. He has served as chair of the Tennessee Bar Association's Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility since 2000. Pera earned his law degree in 1985 from Vanderbilt University School of Law.

The Bogatin Law Firm PLC, one of Memphis' oldest firms, and Evans & Petree PC merged in July to create one of the city's top five firms. The new firm will initially do business as Evans Petree Bogatin. Ten Bogatin attorneys made the move to the new practice. The combined firm blends practices in litigation, private equity transactions, real estate, tax and estate planning and corporate law.

The Kingsport Bar Association has elected new officers for the 2008-2009 bar year. Donald Mason with Shine & Mason takes over as president, while Jimmie Miller with Hunter, Smith & Davis LLP assumes the position of president-elect. Steven Huret with Wilson, Worley, Moore, Gamble & Stout PC is the new vice president. Secretary is Steven Rose with West & Rose, while Matthew Wimberley with Hunter, Smith & Davis LLP takes over as treasurer. All are from Kingsport.

Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP recently welcomed Katie Hall Giannasi to its Chattanooga office, where she will work in the corporate law division and focus on business law, commercial transactions and real estate. Giannasi previously worked for Chattanooga firm Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison where she represented civil litigation clients in court and before municipal boards. She also has experience in civil litigation working with breach of construction contracts, constitutionality of municipal zoning ordinances, and eminent domain disputes. Giannasi earned her law degree from Tulane University Law School in 2005.


Knoxville lawyer WILLIAM CONWAY GARLINGTON died July 9 at the age of 85. A University of Tennessee College of Law graduate, he served as associate attorney general and assistant city law director for the city of Knoxville and was a founding partner of the firm Carty, Garlington and Boswell. He later served as counsel for the firm of Justice, Noel and Burks. The family requests that memorial donations be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Knoxville, located at 620 State Street, Knoxville, TN 37902; the Sertoma Center at 1400 East 5th Ave., Knoxville, TN 37917; or a favorite charity.

Retired U.S. District Court Judge THOMAS G. HULL died July 29 at the age of 82. Hull's career included 23 years on the federal bench (seven of which as chief judge of the Eastern District of Tennessee), seven years as circuit court judge in the 20th Judicial District, 10 years as a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, a year as chief clerk of the state House and three years as legal counsel to then Gov. Lamar Alexander. A native of Greeneville, Hull also was active in business and banking and played a major role in securing the James H. Quillen U.S. District Courthouse in his hometown. He took senior status on the federal bench in 2002 and retired in 2006. Hull attended the University of Tennessee College of Law and received his law degree in 1951. The family asks that memorials be made to the Children's Tumor Foundation for Neurofibromatosis (95 Pine Street, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10005), the Amy Hull Ransdell Scholarship Fund (101 West Summer Street, Greeneville, TN 37743) or the Alzheimer's Association (4205 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 216, Nashville, TN 37215).

Former TBA president and Memphis lawyer JAMES McDONNELL MANIRE died July 27 at the age of 90. Manire began his law practice in 1948 with the Memphis firm of Burch, Porter and Johnson after graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law. During his career he served as president of the Memphis and Shelby County Bar associations, was a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, was a lifetime member of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference, worked as a professor of law at Memphis State, and served as city attorney for three years. He also helped organize Lawyers Helping Lawyers in Memphis and statewide. He was president of the TBA from 1966 to 1967. The family requests that donations be sent to Calvary Episcopal Church (102 N. 2nd, Memphis, TN 38103), the Church Health Center (1210 Peabody, Memphis, TN 38104) or the Memphis and Shelby County Family Safety Center (1085 Poplar, Memphis, TN 38105).

JOE A. TILSON of Morristown died May 27 at the age of 78. His career included service as chancellor for the 3rd Judicial District; member of the Morristown law firm now known as Taylor, Reams, Tilson & Harrison; and U.S. magistrate judge for the eastern district's northeastern division at Greeneville. Tilson earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1958. Gifts may be sent to the Opportunity Fund of the Boys and Girls Club of Morristown, P.O. Box 1461, Morristown, TN 37814.

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