TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Sharon Ballinger and Stacey Shrader on Aug 19, 2011

Journal Issue Date: Jun 2011

Journal Name: June 2011 - Vol. 47, No. 6

Memphis Area Legal Services Inc. recently elected new board officers. TBA members among them are President Sean A. Hunt and Vice President Jonathan Hancock. Hunt, who founded The Hunt Law Firm, is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School. He previously was a member of Spicer, Flynn & Rudstrom. Hancock is a shareholder with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC. He graduated from the Mississippi School of Law.

Nashville lawyer David W. Houston IV has been selected co-chair of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Ethics and Professional Compensation Committee. He has been a member of the institute since 2002 and currently chairs the planning committee for its Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop. Houston is a partner at the firm of Burr & Forman LLP, where he represents commercial bankruptcy clients, secured and unsecured parties in preference actions, corporate debtors, and parties undergoing out-of-court restructurings.

Brian Faughnan has joined the Memphis firm of Thomason, Hendrix, Harvey, Johnson & Mitchell PLLC. He previously served with the firms of Adams and Reese, and Armstrong Allen. Faughnan is known for his expertise in legal ethics and his growing practice representing lawyers and law firms, but also has experience in appellate law and commercial and mass tort litigation. He is chair of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility and was recently re-elected to a third term as West Tennessee governor on the TBA Board of Governors.

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP recently announced that Brett R. Carter has joined its Nashville office as a partner. Carter previously served as a partner with Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP. His practice focuses primarily on state and local tax issues, including controversy, resolution, planning and compliance. He also handles multistate tax issues for mergers and acquisitions, leases and financing transactions. Carter earned his law degree from the University of Memphis School of Law and a master of laws in taxation from Georgetown University.

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC has announced that Adam S. Baldridge has been reappointed to serve a two-year term on the editorial board of Landslide, the flagship publication of the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Law Section. Baldridge serves in the firm’s Memphis office, where he focuses on patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, unfair competition and right-of-publicity matters. He is a 2004 graduate of Columbia University School of Law.

Gina Helou has joined the Nashville law firm of King & Ballow as a member of its Litigation Section. Helou received her law degree in 2009 from the Appalachian School of Law, where she was honored with the school’s Trial Advocacy Award, Public International Law Award, Sam Waddington Outstanding Achievement in Community Service Award and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Trial Advocacy Award.

Nashville law firm Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP recently announced the election of two attorneys to partnership in the firm. Christopher M. Phillips joined the firm in 2003 as an associate. He practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, payment processing and financial technology. He earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2003. Tonya W. Scharf joined the firm in 2006 as an associate after working for Manier & Herod and serving as a judicial clerk at the Tennessee Court of Appeals and Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals. Scharf represents clients in the commercial real estate industry, handling acquisition, management, leasing, financing and disposition of commercial properties. She earned her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1998.

Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee PC recently announced that four lawyers have joined its East Memphis office. Courtney Clothier and Brice Timmons, both 2010 graduates of University of Memphis School of Law, joined the firm as associate attorneys. Clothier will practice in the areas of environmental law, general civil litigation and bankruptcy. Timmons will handle family law and general civil and criminal defense litigation. Also joining the firm is Andrew Johnston, a founding member of Minor, Johnston & Douglas PLLC in Somerville. He brings 17 years of experience in family law, civil and criminal defense litigation, and residential real estate closings to the firm. Lloyd Kirkland, a veteran real estate, probate, and estate planning attorney has joined the firm.

Ian K. Leavy recently was named corporate counsel for human resources with Volkswagen Group of America in Chattanooga. He previously was a member with Miller & Martin PLLC in the firm’s Labor & Employment Department.

Jennifer P. Himes has joined the Memphis office of Husch Blackwell after previously practicing with Husch & Eppenberger LLC, a predecessor to the firm. In her new position she will serve as senior counsel in the area of insolvency. Immediately prior to joining the firm, she worked in the areas of commercial litigation, bankruptcy and appellate law. Himes earned her law degree from the University of Memphis School of Law in 1997.

Evans Petree PC has named M. E. Buck Dougherty III as a shareholder in the firm. Dougherty practices in the Memphis office where he focuses on commercial litigation, insolvency and commercial bankruptcy.

Memphis lawyer S. Joshua Kahane has joined the law firm of Glankler Brown PLLC as a member. He will focus his practice in the areas of general business litigation, commercial disputes and complex litigation. He also has experience in the areas of landlord-tenant, personal injury, property disputes, bankruptcy, probate and estate planning. Kahane previously served with Harkavy Shawberg Kaplan & Dunstan PLC. He is licensed to practice in Tennessee, Mississippi and New York.

Knoxville lawyer P. Newman Bankston has been named a shareholder of the law firm Egerton, McAfee, Armistead & Davis PC. He practices in the areas of estate and business succession planning, probate and general business law. He earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2004.  

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Chattanooga lawyer and longtime Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel partner WILLIAM CRUTCHFIELD JR. died April 30 after a lengthy illness. He was 73. A 1963 graduate of the Vanderbilt University Law School, Crutchfield began his law practice with Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel but took a leave of absence to serve as a judge advocate for the U.S. Army. He returned to the firm in 1968 and became a leading partner in the areas of bankruptcy and debtor-creditor relationships. Crutchfield served on the board of the Chattanooga Bar Association and received its distinguished service award in 1995. He also served for several years on the board of the Mid-South Commercial Law Institute and was its president in 1996. For 20 years he was a member of the Tennessee Bar Association House of Delegates and was the TBA’s representative on the IOLTA Grant Review Committee. He also served for several years as the city judge of Lookout Mountain, Ga. Memorial contributions may be made to Reflection Riding Arboretum Botanical Garden, 400 Garden Road, Chattanooga 37419; the American Red Cross; or a charity of choice.

Elizabethton lawyer GEORGE F. DUGGER died Feb. 13 at the age of 82. Following service in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, Dugger attended the University of Tennessee College of Law. After graduating in 1955, he began his legal career as an attorney in Elizabethton. In 1962, he established the law practice of Dugger and Cole. From 1958 to 1962, and again from 1982 to 2006, Dugger served as the Carter County attorney. According to his family, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Northeast, 207 North Boone Street, Johnson City 37601 or the First United Methodist Church, 325 East E Street, Elizabethton 37643.

JERRE GEORGE  “PAPOU” DUZANE died April 19 at the age of 93. He earned his law degree from the University of Memphis in 1939 and then served in the U.S. Army as a special agent. In 1955, he became a partner in the law firm of Apperson, Crump, Duzane and Maxwell. He retired from the firm at the age of 80. During his practice he was active in the Memphis Bar Association, Memphis Trial Lawyers Association, Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association and Trial Lawyers of America. In Tennessee, he was influential in efforts to pass organ donor legislation and establish the Memphis law library. Memorial donations may be made to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 573 N. Highland, Memphis 38122; the Memphis Lions Club; or the Ric Nuber YMCA, 5885 Quince Road, Memphis 38119.

Former Knoxville Bar Association president SAM F. FOWLER JR. died May 5 from prostate cancer. He was 82. A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, Fowler practiced law for nearly 60 years. He was a partner in the law firms of Fowler Rowntree and Fowler; Wagner Myers & Sanger; and Holbrook Peterson & Smith. He served as president of the Knoxville Bar Association in 1980. He also was a founding fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, past president of the East Tennessee Foundation and past president of the Knox County Community Mediation Center. An active runner, Fowler incorporated the Knoxville Track Club and served as its legal adviser. Fowler came from a long tradition of legal service. He was the son of Knoxville lawyer S. Frank Fowler and the grandson of James A. Fowler, who, as an U.S. assistant attorney general in the early 1900s, established the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division.

Nashville lawyer JAMES MICHAEL FRANKS died Dec. 14, 2010, at the age of 61. Franks attended the Vanderbilt University Law School and earned his law degree in 1974. He joined the law firm of Manier & Herod and worked there for over 35 years. He held various positions at the firm, including managing partner. Franks was an active volunteer, serving as director of the Surety Claims Institute, the Southern Surety & Fidelity Claims Association and the Mid-South Commercial Law Institute. He was an author or co-author of numerous publications on surety and construction law. Memorial contributions may be made to The McCallie School Memorial Fund, 500 Dodds Avenue, Chattanooga 37404; Vanderbilt University, Gift Processing PMB 407727, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville 37240-7727; or the donor’s charity of choice.

Sevierville attorney JERRY GALYON died May 5, a week after suffering an apparent stroke while at the Sevier County Courthouse. He was 72.  He was a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law and had been a practicing attorney in Sevier County since 1969. Local attorneys served as honorary pallbearers. Interment is in Zion Hill Cemetery. 

Johnson City lawyer GARY LEE GOLDSTEIN, 54, died Feb. 18 after battling pancreatic cancer. Goldstein practiced law with Sherrod, Goldstein & Lee. In addition to his law practice, for several years in the 1990s he was general manager of Hampton Print Works, a local textile printing business. Goldstein graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1982. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that friends make memorial gifts to a charity of their choice.

Nashville lawyer DUBRIN HAROLD “D.H.” HIRSBERG died March 4. A native of Mississippi, Hirsberg was a retired certified public accountant and attorney. He was associated with the firm of Hirsberg & Byrd for over 50 years. He graduated from the YMCA Night Law School in 1950.

Hohenwald lawyer DONALD W. SCHWENDIMANN, 65, died at his home Feb. 28. Schwendimann worked as a high school teacher and basketball coach for four years before attending law school at the University of Memphis. He gradated from the school in 1974 in the top 10 percent of his class. Following graduation, he worked in both private and public law in Memphis and Nashville until 1982 when he returned to Hohenwald. He spent the next 28 years serving his community as an assistant district attorney, municipal judge in Linden and private lawyer. His family requests that memorials be made to the Lewis County Education Foundation, 106 North Court Street, P.O. Box 10, Hohenwald 38462.