TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Sharon Ballinger and Stacey Shrader on Nov 23, 2009

Journal Issue Date: Dec 2009

Journal Name: December 2009 - Vol. 45, No. 12

C. Timothy Gary, former senior vice president and chief operating officer of Gordian Health Solutions Inc. " a subsidiary of BlueCross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Tennessee "has been named a partner in the Nashville office, Adams and Reese. He will focus on health care, business strategies and government relations. Gary served with BCBS for 10 years in a variety of positions including senior counsel for government relations, director of legal and regulatory affairs, and chief compliance and risk officer. Prior to joining BCBS, Gary was assistant commissioner and general counsel for the Tennessee Department of Personnel, counsel to the State Civil Service Commission, general counsel for the Tennessee Department of Transportation, and assistant attorney general for the Tennessee Attorney General. Gary earned his law degree in 1992 from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and a masters in business administration in 2006 from Vanderbilt University.

Davidson County General Sessions Judge Daniel B. Eisenstein was the featured speaker at the national conference of the American Judges Association in Las Vegas this fall. He presented a session on managing criminal cases involving persons disabled by mental illness or behavioral disorders and spoke about the use of mental health courts. Eisenstein presides over the Davidson County Mental Health Court, which was the first court of its kind in Tennessee and one of the first such courts in the nation. Eisenstein was elected to the court in 2004 and 2006. Prior to his service as a judge, he was a general practice attorney in Nashville for more than 27 years.
Carey S. Rosemarin has been installed as president of the North Suburban Bar Association for the greater Chicago area. A 1978 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, Rosemarin is the principal of the Law Offices of Carey S. Rosemarin, located in Northbrook, Ill. The firm handles all facets of environmental law.

Nashville immigration attorney Mario Ramos has received the American Immigration Lawyers Association's 2009 Advocacy Award for his efforts in support of the group's legislative agenda, the promotion of positive immigration reform and voter education " both on the national and state levels. Ramos earned his law degree in 1986 from California Western School of Law and a LLM from the London School of Economics in 1987.

Nashville lawyer Charles Wray has been named a fellow of the American College of Bond Counsel, a professional association for attorneys in the practice of bond law. Wray is a member of the law firm of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC, where he has spent 25 years working in the areas of tax-exempt finance, real estate and commercial transactions. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1969.

The Tennessee Asian Pacific American Bar Association has named new officers and board members for the 2009-2010 bar year. TBA members among the officers are: President Kaz Kikkawa with HCA in Nashville; Vice President Kyong Choi with Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis in Nashville; and Secretary Robert Tom with Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz in Memphis. TBA members on the association's board are Ling Guan with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, and Chay Senkhounmany with the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands. Both are from Nashville.

Samuel King, a partner with the Orlando law firm Dellecker, Wilson, King, McKenna & Ruffier, was a speaker at The Probate Team 2009 seminar for attorneys, paralegals, court officials and corporate fiduciaries held in Tampa on Oct. 2-3. The seminar addressed the latest trends in probate; King's session covered wrongful death and related actions.

Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell PLC welcomed V. Latosha Dexter back to its Memphis office after she completed an assignment as program management advisor with Federal Express Corporation. While at FedEx, Dexter was responsible for advising human resources management and for developing and monitoring employee relations' processes. At the firm, her practice will focus in the areas of employment law, municipal law and federal civil rights litigation.

The Anderson County Bar Association has elected new officers for the bar year. TBA members among them are: Vice President Janet E. Erb Mynatt with the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands and Secretary/Treasurer John A. Willis. Both are from Oak Ridge.
Lawyers with the Kingsport Bar Association have elected new leaders for the bar year, including President Steven C. Huret with Wilson, Worley, Moore, Gamble & Stout PC; President-elect Steven C. Rose with West & Rose; Vice President Matthew H. Wimberley with Hunter, Smith & Davis LLP; and Secretary Andrew T. Wampler with Wilson, Worley, Moore, Gamble & Stout PC.

Earl W. Houston II, an attorney with the Memphis-based firm Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston PC and William C. "Bill" Killian, a solo practioner in Chattanooga, have been appointed to the Tennessee Board of Court Reporting by Gov. Phil Bredesen. The board was established by law earlier this year to establish qualifications for licensing court reporters and to maintain a standard of competency for them. The agency also will issue professional licenses as needed.

Memphis lawyer Cynthia A. Pensoneau, with the firm of Shea Moskovitz & McGhee PLC, has been named a Rule 31 Family Law Mediator. Pensoneau focuses her practice in family law, domestic relations, probate conservatorship matters, mediation and collaborative law.

Chattanooga attorney Chantelle Roberson has been chosen as a German Marshall Fund Fellow for 2010 and will use the appointment to foster trans-Atlantic relations between the United States and Europe. The program matches policy-practitioners, journalists, businesspeople and academics in North America with their counterparts in Europe. Over the next year, the 2010 Fellows will work on questions of foreign policy, international security, trade and economic development and immigration. An attorney at Miller & Martin, Roberson handles civil litigation matters including personal injury, workers' compensation, domestic relations, contracts and commercial disputes.

Michael R. Parham was recently named a fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, a nonprofit association of lawyers working as trust and estate counselors. Parham practices with Parham Estate Planning in Memphis.

The American Bar Foundation has approved the election of nine new fellows from Tennessee. TBA members among them are Douglas A. Blaze, dean of the University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville; William L. Harbison with Sherrard & Row PLC in Nashville; Jimmie C. Miller with Hunter Smith & Davis LLP in Kingsport; Sarah Y. Sheppeard with Sheppeard, Swanson & Mynatt PLC in Knoxville; Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary R. Wade of Knoxville; Leigh Walton with Bass Berry & Sims PLC in Nashville; and Larry D. Wilks with the Law Offices of Larry D. Wilks in Springfield.

Nashville attorney Barbara Moss has joined the law firm of Norris & Norris PLC, where she will serve as counsel and practice in the areas of personal injury and business litigation, probate, and employment mediation. Moss previously worked for Stites & Harbison PLLC and was an adjunct professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Law.

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC managing partner Keith Simmons has been elected to the executive committee of Lex Mundi, a network of more than 160 law firms and 21,000 lawyers worldwide who share global legal resources to enhance services to clients. Simmons has served as the firm's managing partner and chair of the management committee for 14 years. Prior to taking on that role, he practiced in the area of public finance. He graduated from the Vanderbilt University Law School in 1976.

Marlene Eskind Moses, founder of and partner with the law firm of Moses & Townsend PLLC in Nashville, was recently installed as president of the Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society. The society is dedicated to honoring justices who have served on the court and preserving the history and records of the court. Other officers who are TBA members include President-Elect William M. Barker, former chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court and now with Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel in Chattanooga; and Secretary Joy Day with Sutter, O' Connell & Farchione in Franklin. Members of the group's board of directors are: E. Riley Anderson, Oak Ridge; Andy D. Bennett, Nashville; Barri E. Bernstein, Nashville; A. A. Birch Jr., Nashville; Martha S. L. Black, Maryville; Andrée S. Blumstein, Nashville; Gilbert S. Campbell Jr., Nashville; Immediate Past President Ben Cantrell, Nashville; H. Franklin Chancey, Cleveland; Robert E. Cooper Jr., Nashville; Frank Drowota III, Nashville; James Glasgow Jr., Union City; Lee Greer III, Paris; William L. Harbison, Nashville; Linda W. Knight, Nashville; Jeffrey L. Lay, Dyersburg; George "Buck" Lewis, Memphis; Marcia M. McMurray, Cleveland; Randall D. Noel, Memphis; Dana B. Perry, Chattanooga; Lyle Reid, Brownsville; Jack W. Robinson Sr., Nashville; Guilford F. Thornton, Nashville; and Charles Warfield, Nashville.