TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Sharon Ballinger and Stacey Shrader on Aug 25, 2010

Journal Issue Date: Sep 2010

Journal Name: September 2010 - Vol. 46, No. 9

The Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women inducted new officers and board members at its annual meeting in June. Among the new leaders are the following TBA members: President Rebecca C. Blair with Day & Blair in Brentwood; President-elect Wynne Hall with Paine, Tarwater & Bickers LLP in Knoxville; Treasurer Linda W. Knight with Gullett, Sanford, Robinson & Martin PLLC in Nashville; Recording Secretary Debra L. House with Legal Aid of East Tennessee in Knoxville; Corresponding Secretaries Christina Duncan with Rogers & Duncan in Manchester and Amy J. Everhart, a solo practioner in Nashville; and Immediate Past President and Circuit Court Judge Amy T. Hollars of Livingston. Board members include West Tennessee Director at Large Mary E. "Beth" Bates with West Tennessee Legal Services in Jackson and Middle Tennessee Director at Large Maria M. Salas with the Salas Law Group PLLC in Nashville.

Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel attorney Frederick L. Hitchcock has been named chair of the Environmental Impact Assessment Committee of the American Bar Association's Section on Environment, Energy and Resources. An attorney in the firm's Chattanooga office, Hitchcock focuses his practice on environmental matters, business planning, technology issues, transactions, and trial and appellate litigation. He also helps businesses and utilities with strategic planning and regulatory compliance, and advises local governments on contract, franchise and constitutional issues. He earned his law degree in 1977 from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

The Chattanooga Bar Foundation recently inducted seven new fellows. TBA members among them are: John M. Higgason Jr. with Arbitration and Mediation Services Inc.; Phillip C. Lawrence with Lawrence & Lawrence PLLC; H. Richard Marcus with Franklin, Cooper & Marcus PLLC; Allen L. McCallie with Miller & Martin PLLC; David W. Noblit with Leitner, Williams, Dooley and Napolitan PLLC; and Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Barry A. Steelman.

The Williamson County Bar Association has elected new officers. TBA members among them are President Kim Helper, District Attorney General, and Secretary Craig Brent, a solo practitioner. Helper takes over from past president Jack Welch Jr. with Sidwell Barrett & Welch PC. All are from Franklin.

Nashville lawyer J. David Wicker has been named a fellow of the American Bar Association's Business Law Section. Wicker is an attorney at the Nashville firm of Corbett Crockett where he handles business litigation and corporate and commercial transactions. He earned his law degree from the Southern Methodist University School of Law in 2003.

The Tennessee Justice Center Board of Directors has elected new officers for 2010-2011. TBA members among them are: Chair Cynthia R. Wyrick, a shareholder with Ogle, Gass & Richardson PC in Sevierville, and Vice Chair David P. Cañas, a shareholder with Harwell, Howard, Hyne, Gabbert & Manner PC in Nashville.

The Tennessee Association for Justice has named new officers for the 2010-2011 bar year. TBA members among them include: President Phillip Miller with Phillip Miller & Associates in Nashville; President-elect Leslie A. Muse with Butler, Vines & Babb PLLC in Knoxville; Vice President (West) S. Drake Martin with Nix, Patterson & Roach LLP in Jackson; Secretary Eric L. Buchanan with Eric L. Buchanan & Associates PLLC in Chattanooga; Treasurer Kathryn E. Barnett with Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein LLP in Nashville; and Parliamentarian Rebecca C. Blair with Day & Blair in Brentwood.

The Nashville law firm of Parker, Lawrence, Cantrell & Dean has announced that effective Aug. 1 the firm will be known as Parker, Lawrence, Cantrell & Smith. The new name acknowledges the departure of George Dean and the addition of Richard K. Smith as a named partner. Smith joined the firm in 1987 and became managing partner in 2003. He maintains an estate planning and workers' compensation practice.

Nashville lawyers Thomas A. Wiseman III, Gail Vaughn Ashworth and Kimberly G. Silvus have announced the formation of a new law firm: the Wiseman Ashworth Law Group PLC. The firm, which opened on Aug. 1, is located in the Nashville City Center at 511 Union Street. The three will focus their practice on medical malpractice defense, health care law, personal injury, product liability, insurance coverage, labor and employment, and mediation. Wiseman earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1982 and later co-founded the firm of Gideon & Wiseman. Ashworth graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1983 and was an original member of the firm. Both Wiseman and Ashworth are past presidents of the Nashville Bar Association, and Ashworth is immediate past president of the Tennessee Bar Association. Silvus, a former clerk to Tennessee Court of Appeals Judge Frank G. Clement Jr. and associate attorney at Gideon & Wiseman, earned her law degree from the Georgia School of Law in 2005.


JESS D. CAMPBELL of Farragut died July 2 after a battle with lymphoma. He was 66. Campbell was a founder and partner in the law firm of Campbell, Dawson, Walsh and Brown, the predecessor firm to Campbell & Dawson. For 41 years he practiced in the area of personal injury law. Campbell was a former member of the Tennessee Bar Association Board of Governors and president of the association's young lawyers conference in 1974. He earned his law degree in 1968 from the University of Tennessee College of Law. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Thompson Cancer Center in Knoxville.

WALLACE FRANCIS ESTILL died July 27 at the age of 92. A 1939 graduate of the Cumberland School of Law, Estill worked briefly for the Works Progress Administration as a claims adjustor and in his uncle's Chattanooga law firm before joining the FBI as a special agent. Estill served the bureau at posts in Alaska, Arizona, New York, Pennsylvania, Texa, and Washington, D.C., as well as overseas in Ecuador, Nicaragua, Uruguay and Puerto Rico. Estill returned to Knoxville in 1966 to serve as special agent in charge of the local FBI office,where he stayed until his retirement in 1974. Memorial donations may be made to the Paul Harris Foundation, Rotary Club of Knoxville, 625 Market St., Knoxville, TN 37920.

Attorney JAMES T. "JIM" HAVRON died Aug. 5. He was 78. Havron was the longest serving public defender in Davidson County and was responsible for greatly increasing and expanding services for indigent criminal defendants, according to the Nashville Bar Association. He was a graduate of Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. Havron is survived by his father, Nashville lawyer James C. Havron, who is 102.

Nashville lawyer RACHEL LOVE STEELE died Aug. 7 at the age of 58. Steele earned her law degree from the Duke University School of Law in 1977 and was a longtime member of the Lawyers Association for Women's Marion Griffin Chapter. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the William Cain Revolving Loan Fund for the benefit of the Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program, 200 4th Ave., North, Nashville 37219, or to the charity of one's choice.

Nashville lawyer WILLIAM R. (BILL) WILLIS died July 30 at the age of 79 after being hospitalized with cancer. A 1954 graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, Willis served three years in the Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps before entering private practice. As a partner in the firm of Willis & Knight, Willis developed a reputation as a leader in the law and the health care field. Among his clients, he represented The Tennessean on First Amendment issues and represented the Metro Board of Education during desegregation of local schools in 1978. He also was the Nashville School of Law's chief negotiator in its proposed merger with Tennessee State University. Willis was a former president of the Nashville Bar Association. He also was a former chair of the state Board of Professional Responsibility.

Tullahoma lawyer JOANNE THORSON YODER died May 14 after a battle with kidney cancer. She was 43 years old. Yoder earned her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1997 and began her career working as a legislative assistant for former U.S. Sen. Jim Sasser, D-Tenn., in Washington, D.C. In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be given to the Action to Cure Kidney Cancer, the Building Fund of First United Methodist Church of Tullahoma or the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center.