TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Sharon Ballinger and Stacey Shrader on Apr 28, 2011

Journal Issue Date: May 2011

Journal Name: May 2011 - Vol. 47, No. 5

The Nashville law firm of Howard & Mobley recently announced the addition of two partners to its practice. Paul A. Gontarek will practice in the area of trust and estate litigation, conservatorships and guardianships. For the past three years, Gontarek has served as chair of the Nashville Bar Association’s Probate Court Committee. He also serves on the editorial board of the Tennessee Bar Journal. Paul C. Hayes also joins the firm, where he will practice in the areas of estate planning, trust and estate administration, business succession planning, charitable planning and asset protection planning. He is a certified public accountant and a certified financial planner. Prior to joining Howard & Mobley, both Gontarek and Hayes were partners at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP.

Knoxville lawyers George Arrants and Nick McCall, University of Tennessee College of Law Professor Joan Heminway, and law student Michelle Consiglio presented the program “Doing Global Business from Tennessee: Traps for the Unwary” on March 8 for the local chapter of the American Inns of Court. The presentation included issues such as cross-border contracting, international trade, international intellectual property, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and immigrant labor.

Chattanooga lawyer Michael A. Anderson has joined the law firm of Patrick, Beard, Schulman & Jacoway PC as a shareholder. Anderson has practiced law in Chattanooga for 25 years, most recently at Maddox & Anderson PLLC. At the new firm, he will focus his litigation practice in the areas of product liability, personal injury, medical malpractice, professional negligence and family law. He earned his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 1985.

Nashville lawyer John Park, an attorney with Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP, has been inducted into the inaugural class of fellows for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity — a year-long professional development program seeking to advance diversity in the legal field by providing opportunities for emerging attorneys to connect with general counsels and managing partners from participating organizations. Formed in 2009, the council brings together leaders from 65 major corporations and 100 law firms from across the country.

The Nashville law firm of Riley Warnock & Jacobson PLC has named three new members. Jim Bowen focuses his practice on complex business and commercial litigation, as well as cases involving mergers and acquisitions, securities, health care and banking. Prior to joining the firm he was an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York. He earned his law degree from Columbia Law School in 2002. Trey McGee also focuses his practice on complex business and commercial litigation, and was an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. He previously handled corporate transactional work. McGee graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 2002. William M. Outhier practices in the areas of commercial litigation, health care and election law. Prior to joining the firm, he was managing director of the Carmen Group Inc., a government relations firm in Washington, D.C., and spent six years working in the U.S. Congress, most recently serving as Republican chief counsel for the U. S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs. Outhier earned his law degree in 1992 from the Vanderbilt University Law School.

The Napier-Looby Bar Foundation has elected officers and board members for 2011. TBA members among them are: President William Stover, attorney at law; Secretary Kinika Young, Bass, Berry & Sims; Treasurer Patrick W. Norton, Adams and Reese; and Immediate Past President Isaac Conner, Allegiant Athletic Agency. New board members include Nicole James with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz.
The Memphis law firm of Rice Amundsen & Caperton PLLC recently announced that Mary L. Wagner has joined the firm as an associate. She previously served as a judicial clerk to Judge J. Steven Stafford of the Tennessee Court of Appeals and Judge Robert L. Childers of the Shelby County Circuit Court. Wagner, who is licensed in Tennessee and Mississippi, will practice in the areas of family law and general civil litigation. She graduated from the University of Memphis School of Law in 2009.

The Nashville law firm of Drescher & Sharp PC has hired Peter Robison as an associate attorney. Robison recently completed a two-year judicial clerkship with Davidson County Circuit Court Judge Thomas W. Brothers. He earned his law degree in 2008 from Vanderbilt University Law School. Robison is fluent in Spanish, having lived in Venezuela for two years. He practices in the areas of employment law, probate and general civil litigation and represents several Spanish-speaking clients.

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC recently announced that firm shareholder Matt Sweeney has been named a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, a professional association for attorneys using alternative dispute resolution in civil and commercial litigation. Sweeney, who practices in the firm’s Nashville office, is a business trial and appellate attorney, mediator and arbitrator. Formerly a circuit court judge in Nashville, he has mediated or arbitrated hundreds of cases. He is a regular speaker on the topics of trial practice, alternative dispute resolution, and ethics and professionalism, and has taught civil procedure at the Nashville School of Law. He earned his law degree from the Vanderbilt University Law School in 1976.

John F. Bradley of the Bradley Legal Group PA in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. recently presented the topic “The Legal Lowdown” at the 2011 Winter Music Conference in Miami Beach. Bradley is licensed to practice in Tennessee and Florida. He earned his law degree from Stetson University College of Law in 1988.
The Sarah Cannon Research Institute has named Rachel L. Goodrich as a staff attorney in its Nashville office. In this new role, Goodrich will negotiate corporate legal agreements, counsel clients on structure and potential transactions, advise clients in the management and resolution of disputes, and manage the contracting process. Goodrich most recently held a position at Athens-Clarke County Magistrate Court in Athens, Ga., as a civil mediator. She previously interned with the American Cancer Society, the law firm of Stites & Harbison and the Tennessee Supreme Court. She earned her law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2010.

Leslie Stophel Maclellan has joined Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel PC and will practice in the firm’s Nashville office. As a member of the firm’s Business Practice Group, Maclellan will focus her work on business and health care law. Her past experience includes advising corporate health care and small business clients on general employment and business contract issues, compliance, corporate structuring, and principal capital funding negotiations. She received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1993.

Blount County Clerk and Master Stephen S. Ogle has completed 60 hours of course work and passed an exit examination as part of the County Officials Certificate Program. The program is designed to provide specialized, office-specific, technical, administrative, managerial and leadership training for county executives. Ogle will attend a three-day Capstone program featuring 20 more hours of course work later this spring to complete his training to become a Certified Public Administrator.

The Key Alliance — a nonprofit organization working to end homelessness in Nashville — has elected Nashville attorney Barry J. Gammons as chair of its board of directors. Gammons is owner of The Law Office of Barry J. Gammons, where he focuses on creditor’s rights. He earned his law degree in 1993 from the Nashville School of Law. He has been a member of the organization’s board of directors since April 2010. He replaces Metro Councilman and Tennessee Alliance of Legal Services Executive Director Erik Cole as chair of board.

The Nashville office of Hall Booth Smith & Slover PC hosted a St. Patrick’s Day celebration for the local legal community on March 17 at Rooster’s Texas Style BBQ & Steakhouse. The event raised money for three nonprofits — Hands On Nashville, Hospital Hospitality House and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee.


Knoxville lawyer MATTHEW W. BOGGAN died March 24 at age 43. Boggan graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2005 and opened a solo practice where he handled domestic and juvenile court cases. A service to celebrate his life was held April 5 at the First Broad Street United Methodist Church in Kingsport.

University of Memphis political science instructor RAY MICHAEL COLLINS died March 13 after battling a long illness. He was 57. In addition to teaching at the university and coaching the undergraduate mock trial team, Collins was a practicing attorney — often fighting for fair housing and other social causes. He earned his law degree from the university’s Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 1979 and joined the undergraduate faculty in 1999. His service was conducted at the Higgins Cedar Hills Memorial Gardens in Fayetteville.