TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Tba People on Nov 1, 2011

Journal Issue Date: Nov 2011

Journal Name: November 2011 - Vol. 47, No. 11

Davidson County General Sessions Judge Daniel B. Eisenstein was honored with the 2011 Friend of NAMI Tennessee award by the National Alliance on Mental Illness during the organization’s recent conference in Nashville. The award recognizes Eisenstein for his long career helping people with mental illness and providing diversion, treatment and rehabilitation programs. Eisenstein has presided over Davidson County’s Mental Health Court since 2004 as part of his duties as General Sessions judge. Pictured at the award ceremony from left are: NAMI Tennessee Executive Director Jack Stewart; Judge Eisenstein; NAMI States Presidents Council Chair T. Henry Jablonski; and NAMI Tennessee Board of Directors President Richard Baxter.

Brentwood lawyer John Hollins Jr. recently published Surviving Divorce: A Lawyer’s Common Sense Guide to What You Should Know Before, During and After a Divorce. (See a review of his book in this issue.) Hollins is president and managing partner of Hollins, Raybin & Weissman PC in Nashville.

The University of Tennessee College of Law was well represented at this summer’s Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Association of American Law Schools (SEALS) with more than one-third of the faculty giving presentations at the conference. Presenters included the following TBA members: Judy Cornett, who spoke on “Contemporary Issues in Law and Literature,” Joan Heminway, who spoke on “Current Issues in Corporate Finance Law,” and Karla McKanders, who spoke on “Junior Faculty Challenges.” Also at the meeting, Heminway took office as president of the association.

Chattanooga-based law firm Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. The firm, which also has offices in Nashville and Cleveland, has revamped its logo and brand to celebrate the milestone.

Nashville attorney Stephanie R. Reevers has been tapped as the new attorney for Austin Peay State University in Clarksville. She previously served as middle Tennessee commissioner on the Tennessee Claims Commission. Prior to that she was an associate deputy attorney general in the Civil and Claims Division of the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office. A 1983 graduate of the Vanderbilt University Law School, Reevers also is a member of the new Belmont University College of Law American Inn of Court.

Memphis attorney Miles Mason Sr. has authored The Forensic Accounting Deskbook: A Practical Guide to Financial Investigation and Analysis for Family Lawyers. The book, which is published by the American Bar Association, provides an easy-to-follow introduction to the world of forensic accounting and managing divorce litigation involving complex assets.

Stites & Harbison PLLC associate Rebecca McKelvey was recognized as one of Nashville’s Top 30 Under 30 by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The designation is awarded to young professionals and philanthropists who exhibit leadership, excel in their industry and dedicate time to Nashville’s nonprofit community. McKelvey practices in the area of domestic relations. She was selected for her work with the American Bar Association’s Family Law Section on a proposed uniform law governing child relocations.

Albert J. Bart has rejoined the Nashville firm of Sherrard & Roe PLC as a member, returning to the firm’s corporate practice group after serving as senior vice president and associate general counsel for Ceridian Corporation for the past three years. He previously served as a member of Sherrard & Roe from 2005 to 2008. For more than 15 years, Bart’s law practice has focused on corporate law and securities regulation, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings and general commercial transactions. He earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1996.

The Nashville law firm of Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin PLLC recently named Matt Haskell as an associate in the firm. He will practice in the litigation section. Haskell joins the firm after practicing for three years in the Tennessee Attorney General and Reporter’s Office as an assistant attorney general in the criminal justice division. He received his law degree from Mercer University in 2005.

Former Maryville city attorney Roy D. Crawford Sr. was honored by the city for his long and distinguished service from 1966 until retiring in 2000. Crawford earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1948.

Scott C. Gardner has joined the Nashville law firm of Buerger, Moseley & Carson PLC as an associate. He previously served for two years as an associate attorney at Kay, Griffin, Enkema & Colbert, also in Nashville. In his new position, he will focus on health care operations law. Gardner earned his law degree in 2009 from Vanderbilt University Law School.

The Georgia-based firm of Weissman, Nowack, Curry & Wilco PC has expanded its litigation practice with the addition of Tennessee-licensed attorney W. Reese Willis III, who joins the firm as of counsel. He will focus on creditor’s rights and regulatory compliance litigation, but also will handle real estate litigation, mortgage fraud, banking litigation and general commercial litigation. Willis previously was managing partner of the Litigation & Trial Practice Group at McCalla Raymer LLC in Atlanta. He earned his law degree from Mercer University School of Law in 1991.

Robert F. Chapski has been named a shareholder in the Nashville office of Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop PC. Chapski, who joined the firm in 2010, has a wide range of experience as a litigator in the areas of product liability, tort and commercial litigation. He also has worked in the automotive, transportation, construction equipment and consumer product industries. He earned his law degree in 2002 from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

The Nashville law firm of Parker, Lawrence, Cantrell & Smith recently announced that partner Brad Gilmore has returned to the office after spending a year working remotely in Sydney, Australia, and that J. Spencer Fair has joined the firm. Fair previously practiced in Kingsport with Gilly & Associates. The firm also announced that it has moved to the Fourth & Church Building, formerly known as the SunTrust Bank Building. Its new address is 201 Fourth Ave. N., Suite 1700, Nashville 37219.

André “A.J.” Bahou has been appointed to serve a four-year term on the Tennessee Technology Development Corporation’s Board of Directors by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey. Bahou is vice president and chief intellectual property officer at Prism Technologies LLC, a firm dedicated to the acquisition, development, management and licensing of technology for Internet security and e-commerce. He holds a master of laws in intellectual property law from the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce Law Center and is a registered patent attorney.

Capella Healthcare has appointed Neil W. Kunkel as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary. Kunkel joins the company after working with LifePoint Hospitals, where he was vice president and associate general counsel. Prior to that, he was affiliated with HCA, where he served as group operations counsel and managing counsel. Kunkel began his career as a law clerk to Mississippi Supreme Court justices W. Joel Blass and C. H. McRae. He graduated from the University of Louisville Law School in 1990.

Cracker Barrel’s top lawyer has been named to a new commission overseeing the budget for the defense of death-row inmates. Nathan B. “Forrest” Shoaf, the Lebanon-based restaurant chain’s chief legal officer and senior vice president, was appointed recently to the Post-Conviction Defender Oversight Commission. The commission was set up earlier this year to review spending by the office that provides counsel to indigent inmates facing the death penalty. Shoaf earned his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1987.

The International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) awarded the William I. Thornton Jr. Faculty Award to Karen Beyke of Franklin at a ceremony in September. The award recognizes an attorney dedicated to the association, the practice of local government law, service to the public and the mentoring of young lawyers. Beyke is a consultant for the University of Tennessee’s Municipal Technical Advisory Service and is the main force behind IMLA’s newly invigorated Code Enforcement Section. She earned her law degree in 1996 from the Golden Gate University School of Law.

Laura Steel Woods has been named the new vice president of legal affairs for Care Centers Management Consulting in Johnson City. She formerly was a partner with Hunter, Smith & Davis in Kingsport where she focused her practice on representing management in labor and employment issues. A 1999 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, she is a member of the Tennessee Bar Journal Editorial Board.

Susan Joanne Sheldon was sworn in as the newest assistant district attorney in the Fourth Judicial District in September. She will work out of an office in Newport but will cover all four counties in the district. Sheldon earned her law degree in 2000 from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

The Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC recently announced the addition of Charles E. Pierce as an associate in its tax department. Pierce will handle tax matters for a wide variety of clients, including nonprofit and exempt organizations. He earned his law degree in 2009 from the University of Memphis School of Law and a master of laws from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Brooke Marie Orgain has been named a new assistant district attorney in the office of the 23rd Judicial District Attorney General. Her duties will include prosecution of criminal cases in general sessions court, cases in juvenile court and cases in the municipal courts of Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys and Stewart counties. Orgain is a 2009 graduate of Mississippi College School of Law.  


Nashville lawyer ROBERT LEE “BOB” SULLIVAN, 59, died Sept.15, after a 14-month battle with acute myeloid leukemia. Sullivan graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1977 and was a partner at Loeb & Loeb LLP, where his practice focused on entertainment transactions primarily in the music field, as well as litigation and mediation in entertainment and intellectual property cases. He represented major recording artists, songwriters, publishing companies and record companies including Johnny Cash, The Carter Family, B.B. King, Thompson Square, The Fray, Sean Penn, Peter Frampton, Lynyrd Skynnard, EMI Publishing, John Prine, Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter. Sullivan also taught intellectual property and copyright law at the Nashville School of Law and Belmont University. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Vanderbilt University Law School, Development & Alumni Relations, 131 21st Ave., South, Nashville 37203; the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville, 211 Commerce St., Suite 100, Nashville 37201; West End United Methodist Church, 2200 West End Ave., Nashville 37203; or the charity of one’s choice.

Nashville lawyer HUGH C. HOWSER died Sept. 15 at the age of 92. He attended Vanderbilt University Law School (where he played on the varsity baseball team) for two years and moved to New York City after the school closed for World War II. He graduated from New York University Law School and returned to Tennessee, where he practiced for more than 50 years. Initially he was general counsel for Life & Casualty Insurance Company, but later joined the firm of Williams, Cummings & West. He was a law partner of the former Nashville mayor, Ben West, for several years. That firm became Howser, Thomas, Summers & Binkley. Howser ended his legal career as a partner of Trabue, Sturdivant & DeWitt. An active member of the bar and Nashville community, he served on the Tennessee Bar Association Board of Governors. In 2004, he was inducted into the Macon County Sports Hall of Fame. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Vanderbilt University Athletic Department (Baseball), 2601 Jess Neely Dr., Nashville 37212.

Retired Oak Ridge lawyer DOROTHY STULBERG died Sept. 3 at the age of 86. Stulberg earned her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1974 and at the age of 80, earned a doctorate in Collaborative Learning from the University of Tennessee. She practiced law with the firm of Mostoller, Stulberg, Whitfield & Allen — the first female-owned law firm in the state. Stulberg retired at the age of 84 and began volunteering with the University of Tennessee’s Teaching and Learning Center. She was committed to pro bono, serving for more than 25 years as the chair of Rural Legal Services. She was recognized for that work in 1999 when the Tennessee Bar Association named her Pro Bono Attorney of the Year. She also served as director of Neighborhood Youth Corps and director and chairperson of Anderson County Community Action. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to any of the following charities: Tennessee Justice Center, 301 Charlotte Ave., Nashville 37201; Second Harvest Food Bank, 331 Great Circle Rd., Nashville 37228; Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104; or the national organizations Planned Parenthood, ACLU and League of Women Voters.