TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Sharon Ballinger and Stacey Shrader on Mar 31, 2009

Journal Issue Date: Feb 2008

Journal Name: February 2008 - Vol. 44, No. 2

Whitney Harmon, an attorney at Glankler Brown in Memphis, received the firm's first annual Frank J. Glankler Jr. Pro Bono Award in December. The award was created in 2007 to honor an attorney who commits to pro bono work. The firm as a whole has committed to handle a minimum of 35 pro bono cases each year. Harmon focuses her practice in the area of civil litigation. Prior to joining Glankler Brown, she served as law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Karl S. Forester in the Eastern District of Kentucky. She earned her law degree in 2004 from the University of Kentucky College of Law.

The Knoxville law firm of Paine, Tarwater, Bickers and Tillman LLP announced that Daniel C. Headrick joined the firm on Nov. 1. Headrick earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2007.

Katy J.L. Duke recently passed the Louisiana bar exam and relocated to New Orleans to work for Deutsch, Kerrigan & Stiles, where she will practice in the firm's civil litigation department. She retains her license to practice in Tennessee as well as in Georgia. Prior to making the move, Duke practiced law in Chattanooga with the firm of Lewis & Oliver. She received her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2003.

Nashville attorney Timothy L. Meyer has been named counsel for Health Care REIT Inc., an equity real estate investment trust specializing in senior housing and health care real estate. He will work out of the company's Brentwood office. Meyer was most recently a member of Stites & Harbison's real estate and finance service group, where he focused on the acquisition, financing and development of medical properties. He earned his law degree and a master's of business administration from Vanderbilt University.

Mudter, Morgan & Patterson, a litigation and real estate law firm, has named Nicholas S. Akins a partner of the firm effective Jan. 1. As a result, the firm has changed its name to Mudter, Morgan, Patterson & Akins. Akins, who was serving as an associate with the firm, focuses his practice in the areas of workers' compensation, products liability, automobile accidents, premises liability, general negligence litigation and real estate. He earned his law degree in 2001 from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.
In other news from the firm, Timothy J. "Jay" Warner has been hired as an associate attorney.   He will focus in the areas of workers' compensation, employment law and other business and general litigation. He earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2007.

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC has announced the addition of Robert V. Cornish Jr. to its Memphis office. He joins the firm as of counsel and a member of the Securities/Corporate Governance practice group, where he will handle issues associated with the regulation of investment managers, broker/dealers, investment funds, securities and commodities. Cornish earned his law degree in 1993 from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.

Larry Hayes Jr. with the Nashville firm of Jackson, Kweller, McKinney, Warden & Hayes was recently honored as the fourth lawyer from Nashville and the 12th lawyer from Tennessee to be named a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. The academy was founded to improve the practice and advance the cause of matrimonial law. Hayes has been a family law practioner since 1992.

Nashville lawyer Tom Jurkovich, who recently served as director of the mayor's Office of Economic Development, has joined Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP as a partner.  Jurkovich will practice in the firm's Government Relations group, representing major development projects; businesses seeking to establish, expand or relocate to Nashville; and clients involved in local, state and federal governmental affairs. His past experience includes working in Washington, D.C. as Microsoft's government affairs manager, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Commerce and staff director of the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on House Administration. He also has extensive experience in political campaigns. A native of Nashville, Jurkovich earned his law degree in 1983 from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Lawrence R. Ahern III, managing partner of the Nashville office of Burr & Forman LLP, was elected president of the American Board of Certification in December. The board is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of the legal profession. Ahern, who focuses his practice on creditors' rights, bankruptcy and commercial law, has been involved with the certification of legal specialists for more than 15 years.  Here in Tennessee, he helped create the state's regulatory system governing attorney certification and served for six years as chair of the Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization.
The Knoxville law firm of Gentry, Tipton & McLemore PC recently announced the hiring of two attorneys " Joel D. Roettger and Michael P. Sayne " and the opening of its new Sevier County office.  Roettger, a 2000 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, will focus his practice on estate planning, estate administration, and taxation.  He previously served with Holbrook & Peterson PLLC. He also holds a Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Florida College of Law. Sayne joins the firm to practice in the areas of litigation, tort liability, personal injury, employment and construction law. He practiced with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC after receiving his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2000. In other news, the firm announced it is opening a new office at 2430 Teaster Lane, Suite 210 in Pigeon Forge.

Kramer Rayson attorney Adrienne L. Anderson recently assumed the office of president of the Knoxville Bar Association. Other new officers elected who are TBA members were Treasurer Samuel C. Doak with Arnett, Draper & Hagood and Secretary Michael J. King with Woolf McClane Bright Allen & Carpenter LLC. New board members included Tasha C. Blakney with Eldridge & Blakney PC, Gregory S. McMillan with Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop PC and Knox County Chancellor Daryl R. Fansler.  At its annual meeting in December, William D. Vines III and Howard Vogel were each awarded a Governor's Award for 2007 by the KBA. It is the highest honor bestowed upon a Knoxville lawyer. The 2007 President's Awards were presented to John W. Routh and John M. Smartt for their service to the KBA membership and the community. The family of Douglas M. Anderson was presented with the Courage in the Face of Adversity Award.


Nashville attorney DEVEREAUX CANNON died suddenly on Dec. 29 at the age of 53. A 1979 University of Tennessee College of Law graduate, Cannon was vice president and Tennessee state counsel for Old Republic Title, and an active historian and political activist. Services were held Jan. 1 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Gallatin.

LON BOYD, a force in local Kingsport politics for more than four decades, died Dec. 27. A former Sullivan County judge and member of the Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Boyd also served as president of the Kingsport Bar Association from 1998 to 1999. He earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1957. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Dobyns-Bennett High School Lon Boyd Scholarship Fund, Activities Office, 1800 Legion Drive, Kingsport, TN 37664; UDT-Seal, Naval Special Warfare Foundation Building Fund, P. O. Box 5965, Virginia Beach, VA 23471; or First Presbyterian Church, Music Ministry, 100 West Church Circle, Kingsport, TN 37660.