TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Sharon Ballinger and Stacey Shrader on Sep 24, 2010

Journal Issue Date: Oct 2010

Journal Name: October 2010 - Vol. 46, No. 10

Charles O. Galvin of Dallas was named Outstanding Texas Tax Lawyer of 2010 by the Taxation Section of the State Bar of Texas. Galvin earned a law degree in 1947 from Northwestern University Law School and a doctor of juridical science in 1961 from Harvard Law School. He went on to teach at the Vanderbilt University Law School and the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University. He holds the title of Centennial Professor of Law Emeritus from Vanderbilt, and Dean Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus from Dedman.

The Nashville law firm of Parker, Lawrence, Cantrell & Dean has announced that lawyer Richard K. Smith has been named a partner of the firm and that the firm has changed its name to Parker, Lawrence, Cantrell & Smith. The new name acknowledges the departure of George Dean and the addition of Smith, who joined the firm in 1987 and became managing partner in 2003. Smith maintains an estate planning and workers' compensation practice. He joins founding partners Robert E. Parker, Thomas W. Lawrence Jr., and recently retired partner Rose P. Cantrell.

Nashville lawyer George A. Dean has joined the firm of Tune, Entrekin & White as a member. He will focus his practice on land use and zoning law. Dean received his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1979. He previously worked for the Metro Nashville Department of Law and as a partner at Parker, Lawrence, Cantrell & Dean.

Blake W. Bourland and E. Gene Thornton III have been named shareholders in the Memphis firm of Evans Petree PC. Bourland practices in the firm's corporate and real estate/banking groups. He focuses his work in the areas of corporate reorganizations, business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, commercial leasing and qualified domestic relations orders. He earned his law degree in 2002 from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Thornton practices in the health care and corporate groups, where he focuses on health care regulations, technology, business, corporate litigation, electronic records compliance, federal and state statutory matters, and corporate and contractual relationships. He graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 2002. Both joined the firm in 2002.

Former ABA treasurer and past president of the Kentucky Bar Association, Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III was elected president-elect of the American Bar Association (ABA) at the group's annual meeting in August. He will serve one year in that position and then lead the organization from August 2011 to 2012. Robinson, the member-in-charge in the Cincinnati office of Frost Brown Todd, has been an ABA member for more than 35 years. During that time he has served as a member of the group's House of Delegates, chair of the Standing Committee on Governmental Affairs, and member of the board's Strategic Planning Committee. Robinson focuses his law practice on commercial and environmental litigation, class actions and product liability and medical malpractice defense. He is a 1971 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law.

Chancellor Howell N. Peoples has joined the Chattanooga office of Miller & Martin PLLC as of counsel in the litigation department. He will focus his practice on mediation and alternative dispute resolution. Peoples spent 32 years as a Tennessee chancery court judge. He earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Several Paine, Tarwater and Bickers attorneys were recognized for their pro bono contributions at the Legal Aid of East Tennessee's annual Pro Bono Celebration. The firm's pro bono coordinator, John Elder, received the Pro Bono Partner Award for his work with William Carver, an attorney with Kramer Rayson LP. The two established a Saturday Bar Clinic in Blount County that provides legal counseling to low-income persons. Scott Griswold received the Pro Bono Advocate Award for devoting nearly 250 hours to representing homeowners in a wrongful foreclosure case, as well as an indigent defendant in an appeal before the Tennessee Supreme Court. Firm partner Don Paine also was recognized for contributing at least 50 hours of service last year through the Pro Bono Project. Finally, the firm received the Law Firm of the Year Award for accepting more referrals and closing more cases than any other firm in the legal aid organization's service area.

Ian P. Hennessey, an attorney in the Knoxville office of London & Amburn PC, received Legal Aid of East Tennessee's annual Public Service Award at the organization's annual Pro Bono Celebration this summer. Hennessey practices in the areas of medical malpractice and long term care defense, health law, and general business and corporate law. He graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2007.

The Nashville law firm of Howard, Tate, Sowell, Wilson, Leathers & Johnson PLLC has announced the addition of Colin Turner to its litigation practice. Turner will practice in the areas of insurance defense and coverage, products liability and workers' compensation. Turner earned his law degree from the William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Prior to joining Howard Tate, 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 Putnam County Bar Association has named new officers for the year. TBA members among them are President Lindsay Gross and Treasurer Dale Bohannon. They both are solo practitioners in Cookeville.

Chattanooga lawyer and former TBA president Marcy Eason produced and moderated a panel on "Lawyers in Transition: Bar Associations Address Economic Impact on Members" at the National Conference of Bar Presidents (NCBP) meeting in August. Eason, a member at Miller & Martin PLLC, serves on the conference's Program and Sponsorship committees and is a sustaining fellow of the organization.

Tennessee Voices for Children (TVC) has honored Nashville lawyer Michele Johnson with its Lifetime Advocate Award. Johnson was recognized for her work with the Tennessee Justice Center and as an active member of the TVC Board of Directors. The TVC's award is given annually to an individual who spends his or her career advocating for the best interest of children and families, and supporting family-driven, youth-guided systems of care.

The University of Memphis School of Law has named Estelle Gaerig Winsett as its new assistant dean for career services. After graduating from the law school in 1997, Winsett clerked for Shelby County Probate Judge Leonard Pierotti. She then spent a number of years in private practice with several Memphis firms, including Shuttleworth, Smith, Williams, Sabbatini and Harper; Harris, Shelton, Dunlap & Cobb; and Allen, Scruggs, Sossaman, Thompson, Simpson & Lillie. Immediately prior to joining the law school administration, Winsett spent six years as client relations and placement director in the Memphis office of Counsel On Call.

Law Day Winners Illustrate Challenging Subject

The theme of this year's TBA Young Lawyers Division Law Day Art and Essay Contest was "Law in the 21st Century: Enduring Traditions, Emerging Challenges." It was designed to spark students' thinking about how society can honor long-standing traditions in the law while addressing new issues and situations that might challenge "old ways" of doing things. Students received cash prizes for their winning entries. Jackson lawyer Paul Whitt served as this year's state Law Day Art and Essay Contest coordinator.

At right is the First Place winner, by Chihye Kim, a 5th Grader at Cedar Bluff Elementary in Knoxville. See the other winning entries at ww.tba.org/ YLD/artessay_2010/


Retired banker, lawyer and judge WILLIAM G. BROWN of Chattanooga died Aug. 15 at the age of 100. Brown received his law degree from Emory University and relocated to Chattanooga to work for the firm of Thomas, Coffey and Folts, which later became Thomas, Folts and Brown. Later, he joined the firm of Chambliss, Chambliss and Brown as a member. Brown was active in the Chattanooga Bar Association, serving on its board of governors and as president. Brown's judicial experience included serving as municipal judge of Lookout Mountain and, on several occasions, as special chancellor of the Chancery Court of Hamilton County. He also was named to serve on the Eastern Division of the Court of Appeals during the illness of one of its members. In 1958, Brown left the practice of law to head the trust department at American National Bank and Trust Company. Following retirement, he continued to serve on the bank's board and as its counsel.

Memorials may be made to Alexian Grove, 100 Asbury Oak Lane, Chattanooga, TN 37419; First Centenary United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 208, Chattanooga, TN 37410; Hospice of Chattanooga, P.O. Box 19269, Chattanooga, TN 37416; or a favorite charity.

Memphis attorney CHARLES METCALF CRUMP of Apperson Crump PLC died Aug. 8 at the age of 96. He was the oldest and longest practicing attorney in Shelby County, having entered the practice of law in September 1937 following graduation from the University of Virginia School of Law. Crump was active in state and local bar work, including service as a board member, treasurer and secretary of the Memphis Bar Association. In 2004, he received the Judge Jerome Turner Lawyer's Lawyer Award from the association. Crump also served in the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1939 to 1943 as a representative from Shelby County.

Memorials may be sent to Church of the Holy Communion, Rhodes College or a charity of choice.

Jackson lawyer BUFF WAYNE HANDLEY died June 4 at the age of 62. Originally from Paducah, Ky., Handley earned her law degree from the Louisville School of Law and served as law clerk to two judges on the federal bankruptcy court. She went on to work for PSI-Child Support Services of Tennessee.

The family asks that contributions in her honor be made to Immanuel Baptist Church, 3465 Buckner Lane, Paducah, KY 42001.

JAMES BISHOP JOHNSON, 69, died Aug. 16 at his farm in Garland. Johnson was a 1965 graduate of the Vanderbilt University Law School and maintained a solo practice in Memphis.

The family requests that memorials be sent to Christian Brothers High School, St. Agnes Academy or a charity of the donor's choice.