TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Sharon Ballinger and Stacey Shrader on Dec 30, 2009

Journal Issue Date: Jan 2010

Journal Name: January 2010 - Vol. 46, No. 1

The Knoxville law firm of Holbrook Peterson & Smith PLLC has added Heather K. Craig and William D. Edwards to the firm as associates. Craig earned her law degree in 2008 from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Edwards graduated from Mississippi College School of Law in 2008 and earned a master of laws from Washington University School of Law.

Chattanooga native and attorney Melvin J. Malone has been named the first African-American chair of Miller & Martin PLLC. Malone, who is a partner at the firm, succeeds Howard I. Levine who served as chairman from 2002 to 2009. Malone joined the firm seven years ago and has served in the Telecommunications & Utilities, Government Relations and Litigation practice groups. Prior to joining Miller & Martin, Malone was deputy legal counsel to Gov. Don Sundquist and commissioner of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority. Malone earned his law degree in 1989 from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Daniel B. Gilmore has joined the Chattanooga office of Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel PC, where he will practice labor and employment law. He previously practiced law in Chattanooga and Los Angeles, and in Nashville as a member of Miller & Martin PLLC. Gilmore is a former judge advocate and chief trial counsel with the U.S. Marine Corps. He earned his law degree from Baylor University in 1986.

Ross Booher and R. Dale Grimes, both members with Bass, Berry & Sims PLC, have assumed leadership roles in Lex Mundi, an association of independent law firms. Booher has been named North America regional vice-chair for the Business Crimes and Compliance Practice Group. Grimes, who leads the firm's Antitrust and Trade Practices Group, has been named North America regional vice-chair for the Antitrust, Competition and Trade Practice Group. They join firm colleagues Angela Humphreys, who is North America regional vice-chair for the Health Care Industries Practice Group and Keith Simmons, who is on the organization's executive committee.

Carol Owen, partner at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP in Nashville, was named a finalist for the 6th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business in the "Mentor of the Year" category this fall. Owen was recognized for her work developing the Women's Roundtable " a national organization providing career support and networking for female attorneys. Owen launched the roundtable with a three-day forum that brought together female lawyers from across the country.

Johnson City lawyer Jason M. Ensley recently announced the opening of the Ensley Law Firm, where he will represent clients in the areas of employment law, workers' compensation, premises liability and general civil litigation. Ensley previously practiced for seven years in the Labor & Employment Group at Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz. He is a Rule 31 General Civil Mediator and a member of the editorial advisory board for the Tennessee Workers' Comp Reporter.

Marlene Eskind Moses has been elected president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers " a national organization of divorce and family lawyers. She also holds the distinction of being the first Tennessee attorney to be named president of the group. She previously served as vice-president, parliamentarian and board of governors member for the academy. Moses is principal and manager at Moses & Townsend PLLC, a family and divorce law firm in Nashville. She is a family law trial specialist and currently serves as vice president for the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Memphis lawyer Miles Mason of Crone & Mason PLC and Knoxville lawyer Robert Vance of Lattimore
Black Morgan & Cain recently conducted a workshop at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants' National Business Valuation Conference. The topic of their presentation was "Mock Deposition for a Business Valuation Engagement."

Nashville attorney Phillip Miller has developed a program to help attorneys read involuntary facial microexpressions that can reveal a person's true emotions. He also served as course advisor for a leading expert on the topic, who presented the material to American lawyers for the first time at an American Association for Justice (AAJ) conference this fall. Miller is a member of the AAJ's National College of Advocacy Board of Trustees and a frequent speaker for the group. He also is a certified trial specialist of the National Board of Trial Advocacy and president-elect of the Tennessee Association for Justice. He holds a masters in public administration from Pennsylvania State University and a law degree from the Nashville School of Law.

Frost Brown Todd recently announced that Bobby Guy has joined the firm's Nashville office where he will focus on business bankruptcy, workouts and distressed acquisitions. Guy has served as debtors' counsel in numerous cases and buyers' counsel for multiple private equity fund purchases of bankrupt companies. He is board certified in business bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification and has numerous years of experience handling health care insolvencies. Guy earned his law degree in 1994 from the Vanderbilt University Law School.

The Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization has certified William D. Domico as a medical malpractice specialist. Domico, a founding partner of Domico Kyle PLLC in Memphis, practices in the areas of medical malpractice defense, medical product liability, nursing home defense and environmental law. He earned a master's degree from Tulane University in 1978, a doctorate from Florida State University in 1981 and a law degree from the University of Memphis in 1989.

Murfreesboro city attorney Susan Emery McGannon has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) and has been recertified by the organization as a Local Government Fellow in recognition of her continuing excellence in the practice of local government law. She was first certified in 1999 and is the only Tennessean to hold this distinction. IMLA consists of more than 2,500 local governments throughout the United States and Canada and provides educational programs, publications and legal advocacy in the appellate courts.