TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Sharon Ballinger and Stacey Shrader on Aug 27, 2009

Journal Issue Date: Sep 2009

Journal Name: September 2009 - Vol. 45, No. 9

Memphis lawyer Robert M. "Miles" Mason Sr., a frequent speaker on forensic accounting and divorce, has accepted a teaching post at the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts' Forensic Accounting Academy. Presented seven times a year in various cities around the country, the academy is an intensive, five-day program that teaches forensic accounting techniques and methodology. Mason, who also is a certified public accountant, will speak on the laws relevant to expert witnesses and specific case matter applications. Mason chairs the Family Law Practice Group at Crone & Mason PLC.

Chief Deputy Knox County Law Director Joseph G. Jarret was recently presented with the Gordon Johnston Public Service Award by the Florida Association of County Attorneys. The award, given annually, recognizes local government attorneys who significantly contribute to the ethical and professional practice of local government law. Jarret previously served as county law director for Polk County, Fla.

Tennessee Bar Association Executive Director Allan F. Ramsaur has accepted an appointment by American Bar Association President Carolyn Lamm to serve on the newly created ABA Commission on the Impact of the Economic Crisis on the Legal Profession and Legal Needs. The group will pick up on work by an ad hoc working group that has already produced some programs within the ABA.

The Tennessee Association of Justice has named its new officers for the 2009-2010 bar year. TBA members among them include President Wayne A. Ritche with Ritchie, Dillard & Davies PC in Knoxville; President-Elect Phillip Miller, with Phillip Miller & Associates in Nashville; East Tennessee Vice President Leslie Muse with Butler, Vines & Babb in Knoxville; West Tennessee Vice President S. Drake Martin with Nix, Patterson & Roach LLP in Jackson; Secretary Kathryn Barnett with Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP in Nashville; and Parliamentarian Rebecca Blair with Day & Blair in Brentwood. Eric Buchanan with Eric Buchanan & Associates in Chattanooga is an at-large appointee also serving on the executive committee.

Todd D. Siroky with Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell PLC in Jackson is the new president of the Jackson-Madison County Bar Association. He replaces now immediate past president William F. Kendall with Waldrop & Hall PA.

The Memphis law firm of Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh PLLC announced in July that it launched a new Web site at www.harrisshelton.com. The firm said that the new site allows clients and fellow lawyers to learn more about its attorneys and the areas of law they practice, the services the firm offers, and its history and experience.

James R. Mulroy II, resident manager of the Memphis office of Jackson Lewis LLP, was recently named president of the board of directors of West Tennessee Family Solutions, a nonprofit dedicated to helping the developmentally disabled lead successful and satisfying lives. Mulroy has served on the board since 2005. Mulroy received his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1975. He practices in the areas of labor and employment, civil rights and public accommodation.

Crossville attorney Caroline Knight with the Law Offices of Caroline E. Knight is the new president of the Cumberland County Bar Association. Knight graduated from New York's Pace University School of Law 2006.
Maryville attorney Stephen S. Ogle was sworn in as clerk and master for Blount County on July 6. Ogle is the first attorney to serve in the position since John C. Crawford completed his service in 1909.

The Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women has elected its officers and board for 2009-2010. They are Judge Amy Hollars, president, 13th Judicial District Circuit Court judge, Livingston; Rebecca Blair, vice president/president-elect, Day & Blair PC, Nashville; Linda Knight, treasurer, Gullett, Sanford, Robinson & Martin, Nashville; Stephanie Deupree, corresponding secretary, Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel PC, Memphis; Beth Bates, West Tennessee director, West Tennessee Legal Services, Jackson; Debra House, East Tennessee director, Legal Aid of East Tennessee, Knoxville; Maria Salas, Middle Tennessee director, Salas Law Group PLLC, Nashville; and Barbara Zoccola, immediate past president, U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District, Memphis. Additional board members who also are TBA members are Ahsaki Baptist with Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP in Memphis and Pat Moskal with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP in Nashville. Baptist is the organization's representative to the TBA Young Lawyers Division Board. Moskal sits on the board as a representative from the Lawyers Association of Women, Marion Griffin Chapter.

The Memphis law firm of Glankler Brown PLLC has announced its practice group chairs for the coming year. Oscar C. Carr III will continue as chair of the Litigation Practice Group, Chief Manager George Nassar Jr. will chair the Business Practice Group and Hunter Humphreys will continue as chair of the Real Estate Practice Group. Carr focuses his practice in the areas of business, construction, environmental and civil litigation. Nassar's areas of expertise include estate planning, tax planning and business transactions. He also represents clients in disputes with state and federal revenue agencies, and serves as a special judge in the Probate Court of Shelby County. Humphreys works in the areas of real estate and secured lending. He also is an adjunct professor at the University of Memphis School of Law.

Nashville lawyer Lela M. Hollabaugh has been elected to the board of directors for the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC). Hollabaugh is a partner at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP. As a member of the firm's Trial and Appellate Litigation Practice Section, she primarily represents natural gas pipeline companies and pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers.

Nashville attorney Stacey A. Garrett has been appointed by Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen to a second term on the Tennessee Human Rights Commission, which works to prevent and eliminate discrimination in employment, public accommodations and housing. She was first appointed to the agency in 2003 and now will serve until 2015. Garrett is a founding member and chair of the board of directors at Bone McAllester Norton PLLC. She focuses her practice in the areas of higher education, corporate transactions, immigration, healthcare and government affairs.

Three Federal Bar Association chapters in Tennessee have named officers for the current bar year. TBA members among them are as follows:

For the Chattanooga chapter, Neil Brunetz with Miller & Martin PLLC is president-elect; Tonya Cammon with Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison PC is secretary; and Chris Varner with Gearhiser, Peters, Lockaby, Cavett & Elliott PLLC is treasurer.
For the Memphis chapter, William Ryan with the Donati Law Firm is president; Amy Pepke with Butler, Snow, O'Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC is president-elect; J. Gregory Grisham with Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan PLLC is secretary; and Thomas L. Henderson with Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC is treasurer.
For the northeast Tennessee chapter, F. Braxton Terry with Terry, Terry & Stapleton in Morristown is president-elect and H. Scott Reams with Taylor, Reams, Tilson & Harrison in Morristown is secretary/treasurer. The immediate past president is Margaret B. Fugate with Anderson, Fugate & Givens in Johnson City.


Former state Sen. JOHN RICHARDSON RUCKER, 93, of Murfreesboro died July 10. Rucker graduated from the Cumberland School of Law, passed the Tennessee Bar Exam and was admitted to practice in 1934 at the age of 18. He joined his grandfather's law practice and worked there until he enlisted in the Air Force. In 1948, he was elected Rutherford County General Sessions judge and held the position until 1962. From 1962 to 1968, he served as councilman on the Murfreesboro City Council. Rucker then served as state senator from 1977 to 1989, including time as speaker pro tempore. During that time he also practiced law with his two sons. He retired in 1990. Rucker was laid to rest in Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Rucker's name be made to a charity of choice.