TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Tba People on Jan 1, 2009

Journal Issue Date: Jan 2009

Journal Name: January 2009 - Vol. 45, No. 1

Nashville lawyer Pele I. Houk has joined the law firm of Cornelius & Collins LLP as an associate. Prior to joining the firm, Houk worked in private practice as a civil litigator and then with the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development as a supervising attorney and workers' compensation specialist. Houk is a Supreme Court certified Rule 31 Mediator and practices in the area of civil litigation. She received her law degree from Seattle University School of Law in 2003.

Samuel J. Bartholomew, a partner with the Nashville office of Adams and Reese LLP, has been selected as one of 11 inductees into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame for 2009. He will be recognized in February as the "Lifetime Achievement Inductee" for his leading role in bringing the Titans to Tennessee, and as a founding member and director of the Nashville Sports Council and Music City Bowl, president and board member of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, member of the Middle Tennessee Football Foundation and Tennessee NFL Committee, and chair of the 1996 Tennessee U.S. Olympic Committee. Bartholomew is a member with the firm's Transactions and Corporate Advisory Services Practice Group, where he focuses on corporate, health care and aviation law, as well as governmental relations and economic development. He was co-founder and chairman of Stokes Bartholomew Evans & Petree PA, which merged with Adams and Reese in 2005. Bartholomew earned his law degree in 1973 from the Vanderbilt University Law School.

The law firm of Buerger, Moseley & Carson PLC recently announced that Robert Cook has become a member of the firm. Cook, who focuses his practice on government and corporate law, joined the firm as an associate in August 2000. In addition to firm clients, he has served as Williamson County's attorney for the last eight years and as vice president for the Tennessee County Attorney's Association Board of Directors. Cook also has played an active role in the drafting of state and local legislation. Most recently, he represented the Tennessee County Services Association in negotiations over the Competitive Cable and Video Services Act.

Knoxville attorney Monica J. Franklin is one of the first Tennessee attorneys to receive accreditation from the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs. The department's approval is now required by law before an attorney represents a veteran claimant. Franklin is certified as an Elder Law Specialist by the National Elder Law Foundation and the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Certification. Her practice is focused exclusively on elder law, which includes life care planning, veterans' affairs, Medicaid advocacy, estate planning and special needs trusts and conservatorships. Franklin is a 1992 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Clarksville attorney M. Joel Wallace was recently elected to the Clarksville City Council. Wallace is a member of the board of the Montgomery County Bar Association and an associate in the Clarksville law firm of Cunningham, Mitchell & Rocconi. He took office Jan. 1 as a representative of the city's ninth ward.

Adams and Reese attorney Linda Edell Howard has been selected to serve on the Future of Music Coalition's advisory board. The coalition is a national nonprofit organization that examines the intersection of music, law, technology and policy. Howard has more than 20 years' experience in the areas of entertainment, new media and technology, and domestic and international intellectual property law. She opened the firm's Music Row office in Nashville in 2001 and currently heads the entertainment and new media team. She received her law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1985.
The Memphis law firm of Burch, Porter & Johnson recently announced that Charles S. Blatteis has become a member of the firm, and that Paula P. Daniel and C. Farris DeBoard have joined the firm as associate attorneys. The firm also announced that member R. Porter Field has been licensed to practice in Arkansas.

Miller & Martin PLLC has named Melvin Malone the new managing member of its Nashville office after Robert M. Holland Jr. decided to return to the full-time practice of real estate law. In his new role, Malone will direct all operations of the office and serve on the firm's policy committee. He is believed to be the first African American to serve as manager of a large Tennessee law firm. Malone has been a member of Miller & Martin since 2002. He chairs the Telecommunications & Utilities Practice Group and cochairs the Diversity Committee. Before joining Miller & Martin, he served as a commissioner, and then as chairman, of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority; deputy legal counsel to the governor; and law clerk to U.S. District Judge Julia S. Gibbons and Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Nathanial R. Jones. Malone earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1989.

U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger recently was presented with the Distinguished Achievement Award by her undergraduate alma mater, Cornell College, in Iowa. The award recognizes outstanding generosity and service to the college, outstanding participation in community and civic affairs, and unusual achievement in one's field of endeavor. Judge Trauger recently completed a nine-year term on the college's board of trustees.

Memphis divorce lawyer Larry Rice was the featured speaker at the State Bar of North Dakota's Family Law Conference in Bismark in November. He spoke on law office management, client retention and trial preparation. Rice is the senior partner at Rice, Amundsen and Caperton PLLC.

The Tullahoma law firm of Henry, McCord, Bean, Miller, Gabriel & Carter PLLC recently announced that attorney R. Kurt Hippel has joined the firm's litigation team, where he will focus on family, domestic and criminal law; personal injury; workers' compensation; and general trial practice. Hippel earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2008.

Nashville lawyer John Cobb Rochford is now certified as a General Civil Mediator by the Tennessee Supreme Court's Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission. Rochford is a principal in the Law Office of John C. Rochford. He graduated from the Vanderbilt University Law School in 1997.

Recent University of Memphis School of Law graduate Melissa Ann Downing has joined the Jackson law firm of Divorce Incorporated " a firm dedicated to the practice of family law. During law school Downing was the 2006 and 2007 recipient of the Rodney K. Smith Award, which recognizes the student who devotes the most hours to pro bono work.

The Knoxville law firm of Howard & Howard PC recently welcomed Liz Dodd to its office. A 2008 graduate of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Dodd will handle litigation for the firm.

The Memphis law firm of Glankler Brown PLLC has announced that two of its attorneys have been appointed to positions with local community organizations. R. Mathew Brinner has been named to the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis. Brinner focuses his practice in the areas of corporate and business transactions, real estate and secured lending. He earned his law degree from the University of Memphis in 2005. In addition, Amy Dudek has been named attorney for the Junior League of Memphis, as well as a founding board of trustees member for the Bluff City College Preparatory Charter School. She represents clients in state and federal court in all aspects of commercial, insurance and employment litigation. Dudek received her law degree in 2000 from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Musa L. Eubanks recently joined the Atlanta, Ga. firm of Insley and Race LLC, where he will handle civil litigation and labor and employment matters. Eubanks graduated from the George Washington University Law School in 1996.

Patent attorney David Winters recently served as guest judge at the British Inventors Show in London this past October. The annual international show attracts more than 100 participants from around the world. Winters owns a solo patent practice in Clarksville and is a member of the board of directors for a law firm in India. He is a law graduate of England's Oxford Brookes University as well as the Southern Illinois University School of Law.

The Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association recently elected new leadership for the 2008-2009 bar year. Among the new officers and board members are the following TBA members: Tiffany Johnson with The Cochran Firm, who takes over as president, and David McKinney with Burch Porter Johnson PLLC, who was elected treasurer. New board members include Christopher Campbell with Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh PLLC, Hon. H.T. Lockard (honorary), Bruce McMullen with Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, Andre Mathis with Glankler Brown PLLC, and Harrison McIver with Memphis Area Legal Services Inc. Immediate Past President is Van Turner Jr. with the Memphis City Schools Board of Education. �


Knoxville native DEXTER A. CHRISTENBERRY SR. died Nov. 13, 2008, at the age of 91. He was a graduate of the University of Tennessee, earning bachelor of arts and law degrees at the school. Following law school graduation he worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority, and in 1941 he joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a special agent serving in Washington, D.C.; Bowling Green, Ky.; and Charlotte, Greensboro and Durham, N.C. While at the Bowling Green office he captured the first German prisoner of war in the United States. Christenberry retired from the FBI in 1945 and returned to Knoxville to form the law firm of Andrews, Christenberry and Mann.

The funeral and interment were Nov. 16 with the eulogy given by Knoxville City Judge John Rosson. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Knoxville's Organ Restoration Fund, 510 W. Main Street, Knoxville, TN 37902.

Alamo lawyer THEOPHILUS ("THEO") JAMES EMISON, 93, died Dec. 11, 2008, following a recent surgery. His son, Jim Emison, served as Tennessee Bar Association president, 1987-1988. The senior Emison attended the Tennessee College of Law and graduated in 1937. He served for many years in the Alamo law firm of Emison & Emison PC.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

Retired Davidson County Chancellor C. ALLEN HIGH, 83, died Nov. 12, 2008, after a long battle with Alzheimer's. High graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1949 and worked as a lawyer in Nashville with the firm of Denney, Leftwich & Osborn. In 1967, he was elected to the state legislature, where he served a two-year term. High joined the Davidson County Chancery Court in 1974 and retired in 1995. Among his many accomplishments, he was president of the Tennessee Association for Justice, cofounder of the Harry Phillips American Inn of Court, founder of the Tennessee Judicial Academy and president of the Tennessee Judicial Conference. High is survived by two sons, David and Charlie, both of whom are lawyers in Nashville. His former law partner, Gary Gober, gave the eulogy at his service.

The family requests that any memorial contributions be given to St. James the Less Episcopal Church, 411 Due West Ave., Madison, TN 37115.