TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Sharon Ballinger and Stacey Shrader on Feb 25, 2009

Journal Issue Date: Mar 2009

Lauren Brittain Patten and Emily B. Warth have joined the Nashville law firm of Walker, Tipps & Malone as associate attorneys. Patten earned her law degree in 2008 from the Vanderbilt University Law School, where she was senior notes editor of the Journal of Entertainment and Technology. Warth has been a practicing trial lawyer for several years, handling general business and tort litigation in state and federal courts. She graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2006.

The Knoxville law firm of Stone & Hinds PC recently announced that S. David Lipsey Jr. and Matthew T. Tuck have joined the firm as associates. Lipsey graduated from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2008. Tuck earned a masters in business administration and a law degree from the University of Memphis in 2006.

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP has elected four attorneys as partners in its Nashville office. Richard G. Sanders handles trial and appellate litigation and intellectual property law. He received a masters in business administration in 1992 from the University of Michigan and a law degree in 2000 from Vanderbilt University Law School. Prior to joining the firm, Sanders was an associate with Fenwick & West in California. Brandon M. Schirg, a 2001 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, focuses his practice on health care regulations. Prior to joining the firm he worked at Sherrard & Roe PLC. Eileen Burkhalter Smith also earned her law degree in 2001 from the University of Tennessee College of Law. She focuses her efforts on trial and appellate litigation at the firm. Brendan A. Thompson serves in the firm's corporate and commercial transactions practice. He graduated from the Vanderbilt University Law School in 2001.
Steve Townsdin has joined the Memphis firm of Domico Kyle PLLC as an associate attorney. He will focus his practice primarily in general civil defense, including auto liability, medical malpractice, workers' compensation and government law. He previously was a senior assistant attorney for the City of Memphis and co-counsel for the Memphis Charter Commission. Townsdin received his law degree in 1993 from the University of Memphis.

Brentwood law firm McCann Hubbard has merged with Stonegate Title and attorney Keith H. Solomon to form McCann, Hubbard, Solomon, Attorneys at Law. In addition to real estate, business, intellectual property, probate, estate planning and non-profit law, the firm now will handle general litigation and family law. Other members of the firm are Jon Curtis, Carlton Drumwright, Daniel Heard, Scott Hubbard and Jack McCann.

Attorneys Jeff H. Gibson and Leon Wolf have joined the law firm of Neal & Harwell PLC as associates. Gibson previously was a law clerk for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Susan H. Black in Jacksonville, Fla. He received his law degree in 2007 from the University of Georgia School of Law. Wolf was a faculty research assistant at Vanderbilt University Law School prior to joining the firm. He also served as the e-campaign coordinator for the presidential campaign of Sen. Sam Brownback. Wolf received his law degree in 2008 from the Vanderbilt University Law School.

Husch Blackwell Sanders welcomes Philip Byrum to the litigation practice of its Chattanooga office. As of counsel to the firm, Byrum will focus his practice in the areas of labor and employment. He previously practiced law as an associate at Miller & Martin PLLC. He earned his law degree in 1999 from the University of Georgia School of Law.

Spicer, Flynn & Rudstrom PLLC recently announced that Gary T. Dupler, Christian M. Garstin, B. Thomas Hickey Jr. and Shawn F. Kohl have been made partners of the firm.

Dupler, who works in the firm's Knoxville office, earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1995. Garstin and Kohl work in the Nashville office. Garstin received his law degree from the Thomas E. Cooley Law School in 2001. Kohl graduated from the Nashville School of Law in 2004. Hickey works out of the Chattanooga office. He received his law degree in 1977 from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.

Thomas R. Ramsey III recently became president of the Knoxville Bar Association. His name was omitted from the list of other officers, which was published in the February Journal. He is a partner at the firm of Ramsey Elmore PLLC, where he and his partner, Scott Elmore, focus on estate planning, probate, corporation planning and real estate.

Russell Fowler " associate director of Legal Aid of East Tennessee and adjunct professor of political science at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga " has contributed to more than 40 publications on law and legal history. His writings now will appear in a new book, Why Coolidge Matters, set to be published this summer. Other authors contributing to the work include U.S. Sen. John Kerry and former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis.

Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel PC has named three attorneys as new shareholders in the firm. They are: Thomas Greenholtz, William R. Hannah and H. Blake Sims. Greenholtz practices in the areas of business and commercial litigation, criminal law and arbitration. He earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee in 1999. Before entering private practice, he served as a law clerk to Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice William M. Barker. Hannah handles commercial and business disputes and product liability, employment, insurance, personal injury and transportation law. He received his law degree from the University of Tennessee in 1994. Sims focuses his work on consumer financial services, general business law and nonprofit organizations. He earned both his law degree and masters of business administration from the University of Tennessee in 1998. Prior to joining the firm, Sims clerked for Tennessee Court of Appeals Judge Houston M. Goddard.

Jimmie Lynn Ramsaur assumed the duties of criminal chief in Tennessee's Middle District U.S. Attorneys Office. She will serve as acting chief until final approval from the U.S. Department of Justice. The appointment by U.S. Attorney Ed Yarbrough comes as Criminal Chief Eli Richardson prepares to depart for an assignment in Eastern Europe.

Ashley S. Rudy has joined the Nashville law firm of Rudy, Wood & Winstead PLLC, where she will handle commercial and civil litigation, corporate law, contracts, estate planning, probate, real estate and commercial transactions. A Nashville native, Rudy received her law degree at the Nashville School of Law in 2008.


The Hon. JOHN WILEY ROLLINS, Circuit Court Judge in the 14th Judicial District of Tennessee, died Jan. 24, following an extended illness. He was 66. Rollins was elected circuit court judge for Coffee County in 1990 after serving as assistant district attorney in the 6th and 14th Judicial Districts. For 13 years he practiced with Gilliam, Rollins and Thormaehlen in Manchester and served as city judge, Coffey County attorney and counsel for the Duck River Utility Commission. He graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1972. Rollins was a member of the Tennessee Bar Association House of Delegates for nearly 20 years. He also served as chair of the TBA General Practice Section in 1983-84, and was a fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Nolan Fowler Constitution Day Endowment, c/o Department of History, Tennessee Technological University, Box 5064, 5 William L. Jones Drive, Cookeville, TN   38505; and to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), attn: Heather Duncan, Coffee County Circuit Court Clerk, 300 Hillsboro Blvd., Manchester TN 37355.

Retired Cleveland attorney ROBERT LEE WRIGHT, 89, died Jan. 6. A native of Putnam County, Wright earned a L.L.B. from Vanderbilt University College of Law after completing service in World War II. Following graduation, he worked for several federal agencies including the Corps of Engineers. In 1956, he joined the legal department at Bowater Southern Paper Corporation and was named general counsel and corporate secretary in 1970. After his retirement from Bowater in 1986 Wright established a limited law practice in Cleveland. Among his many volunteer activities, he was a former president of the Bradley County Bar Association.

Parsons attorney EDWIN CLAY TOWNSEND died Feb. 1 at his home. He was 84. A World War II veteran, Townsend earned his law degree from Cumberland University in Lebanon and later a doctorate in law from Samford University in Birmingham. He began practicing law in 1947 and retired in 2007 after serving many years with the firm of Townsend & Townsend. Throughout his career, Wright served in various professional, civic and community organizations, including the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee. He was also a member of the 1977 Limited Constitutional Convention.