TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Sharon Ballinger and Stacey Shrader on Jul 21, 2010

Journal Issue Date: Aug 2010

Journal Name: August 2010 - Vol. 46, No. 8

New officers have been elected at the Bradley County Bar Association. They are President Robert Thompson with Logan-Thompson PC, Vice President Barrett Painter with Chancey, Kanavoslove & Painter and Treasurer Joshua Jenne with Jenne, Scott & Jenne PLLC. They took office on July 1. All are from Cleveland.

Memphis-based Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc., a provider of claims and productivity management solutions, recently announced the appointment of Jason P. Hood as executive vice president and chief legal officer. In his new role, Hood will serve as the company's senior attorney and be responsible for all legal and compliance matters. Prior to joining Sedgwick, Hood was vice president, general counsel and secretary for Wright Medical Group Inc. He began his legal career with Glankler Brown PLLC in Memphis. Hood earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1994.

The Nashville School of Law honored Metro Nashville and Davidson County Law Director Sue Cain, a 1981 graduate of the school, at its 17th annual Recognition Dinner June 4. Hundreds of lawyers, judges, alumni and community leaders joined together to celebrate her contributions to the legal community. Cain was appointed to her post in 2007. Prior to that she served as executive director of the Tennessee Sentencing Commission. She also served as chief judicial planner for the Tennessee Supreme Court from 1984 to 1986.

The Lawyer's Association for Women Marion Griffin Chapter in Nashville has elected new officers. They are: President Donna Lee Roberts with Stites & Harbison PLLC; President-elect Joycelyn Stevenson with Bradley, Arant, Boult, Cummings LLP; Secretary Helena Yarbrough with Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC; and Treasurer Amber Roderer with Deloitte Tax LLP.

The Southeast Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (SETLAW) chapter in Chattanooga has elected new officers. They are: President Amanda Rogers with Luther-Anderson PLLP; President-elect Katie Smith with the Electric Power Board; and Secretary/Treasurer Katy Russell with Luther-Anderson PLLP.

Stacey Schlitz (formerly Middleton) has announced the opening of SchlitzLAW, where she will focuse on estate planning, intellectual property and controversies. Schlitz previously worked for the law firm of Drescher & Sharp PC and for Deloitte Tax LLP. She earned her law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2003 and a master of laws in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center in 2004.

Memphis attorney Michael P. Coury has been named director of the Tennessee Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association, an international nonprofit group dedicated to corporate renewal and turnaround management. Coury, an attorney with Butler, Snow, O'Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC, focuses his practice in bankruptcy and creditors' rights, business reorganizations, workouts and business and commercial litigation. He is a past chair of the Memphis Bar Association and Tennessee Bar Association bankruptcy sections.

Knoxville lawyer Christopher C. Field has joined the firm of London & Amburn PC, where he will maintain a general civil practice with a focus in medical malpractice, health, general business and corporate law. He previously worked as an intern for Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Robert B. King. Field earned his law degree in 2009 from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he served as an editor for the Tennessee Journal of Law & Policy.

Knoxville lawyer Joseph G. Jarret, who had been serving as interim Knox County law director, has been appointed director by the county commission. Jarret also recently received certification as a federal arbitrator. He earned his law degree from the Stetson University College of Law in 1989.

Phillip H. Miller, founding partner of Phillip Miller & Associates in Nashville, was elected and installed as president of the Tennessee Association for Justice during the organization's annual meeting in June. Miller focuses his practice on catastrophic personal injury cases. He is a certified trial specialist of the National Board of Trial Advocacy and the Tennessee Board for Specialization; co-chair of the Aletheia Institute's Trial Consultant Committee; and a member of the American Association for Justice's National College of Advocacy Board of Trustees. Miller earned his law degree from the Nashville School of Law in 1979 and a master degree in public administration from Pennsylvania State University.

The Nashville firm of Howard, Tate, Sowell, Wilson, Leathers & Johnson PLLC has announced the addition of Colin Turner to its litigation practice. Turner, who earned his law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, will focus his practice in the areas of insurance defense and coverage, products liability and workers' compensation. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a clerk for the Medicaid Fraud Division of the Arkansas Attorney General's Office and as a law clerk for several Little Rock law firms.

The Gibson County Bar Association met June 30 for its annual meeting and re-elected Terri Crider as its president. She practices with Flippin, Atkins & Crider PC in Humboldt.

The Law School Alumni Chapter of the University of Memphis has named new board members for the coming academic year. David S. Kennedy (1970), chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, will serve as president of the board. Other members are JoAnn Cutting (1984) with State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Co.; General Sessions Court Judge Louis Montesi (1976); Andre B. Mathis (2007) with Glankler Brown PLLC; Andy Raines (1980) with Evans Petree PC; and Kyle M. Wiggins (2004) with Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.


Murfreesboro lawyer WILLIAM THEODORE "TED" SELLERS JR. died June 21 at the age of 57. Sellers practiced criminal, bankruptcy and collection law at his family's Murfreesboro law firm of Smith & Sellers. He was an active member of the Rutherford and Cannon County bar associations and a 1979 graduate of the Memphis State University School of Law. The family requests that in lieu of flowers or gifts, donations be made to the donor's charity of choice.

Former Scott County public defender JOE RICHARD "RICK" SEXTON died March 11 at the age of 63. Sexton earned his law degree from the Nashville School of Law in 1992. As a private attorney, he maintained a general practice with an interest in the areas of dispute resolution, criminal defense and family law. Prior to becoming an attorney, Sexton managed several local cable companies and Halls Telephone.