TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Tba People on Jan 25, 2012

Journal Issue Date: Feb 2012

Journal Name: February 2012 - Vol. 48, No. 2

The Law Offices of Woods & Woods has added two new attorneys to its Nashville office. Allison Harding joins the firm after earning her law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School recently. She will assist clients with employment and divorce matters. While in law school, Harding served as a student liaison for the Tennessee Bar Association as well as class representative to the Vanderbilt Bar Association. Michelle Reid graduated from the Nashville School of Law in 2010 and plans to handle workers’ compensation, criminal defense and family law matters.

Nashville lawyer Stephen Zralek has been appointed to chair the American Bar Association’s IP Law Copyright Litigation Committee. He previously served as vice president of the committee. Zralek, a member at Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, assists clients from the creative, technology and entrepreneurial fields avoid and resolve intellectual property disputes. He is an avid author and speaker on intellectual property and social media legal issues. He also is active in Nashville’s philanthropic community and co-founded a networking event for entrepreneurs called WaterCooler.

Joshua D. Hankins has joined the Goodlettsville firm of Haynes, Freeman & Bracey PLC, where he will focus on general litigation, banking, real estate, corporate law, estate and probate. Hankins graduated from the Nashville School of Law in 2010. While in law school, he served as a student liaison for the Tennessee Bar Association.

Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan recently welcomed five new associates to its offices across the state. James “Jay” S. Hildebrand Jr. and Martin D. Trimiew joined the firm’s Chattanooga office. Hildebrand, a Chattanooga native and coach at McCallie School, earned his law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law. While in law school, he served on the Moot Court Board and the National Trial Team. Trimiew graduated from Washington University School of Law. Prior to attending law school, he worked as a fifth grade teacher and basketball coach. J. Matthew Drake joined the firm’s Knoxville office. He graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law. While in law school, he served as an articles editor for the Tennessee Law Review and was a member of the Moot Court Board. Prior to that, he served in the U.S. Army. Garrett H. O’Brien and Janika N. White joined the Memphis office. O’Brien graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Law, where he was research editor for the Arkansas Law Review. White earned her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law. During law school, she was a member of the Frederick Douglas Moot Court Team and competed in the Ray H. Jenkins Mock Trial Competition. Prior to joining the firm, White clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Bernice B. Donald and Shelby County Chancellor Kenny Armstrong. All five graduated this past spring and will focus on general civil litigation.

John Willis, an attorney with Fox & Farley in Clinton, has been elected president of the Anderson County Bar Association for 2012. He replaces Janet Mynatt, an attorney with Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands in Oak Ridge.

The Knoxville law firm of Paine, Tarwater and Bickers has hired two new associates: Ryan Connor and Katherine Sanford Goodner. Connor, a Knoxville native, earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law. While in law school he was student materials editor of the Tennessee Law Review and was involved in moot court. During the summer and fall of 2009, Connor was a judicial intern for U.S. Magistrate Judges H. Bruce Guyton and C. Clifford Shirley Jr. Goodner is also a Knoxville native and recent graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. During law school, she served as president and philanthropy chair of Law Women, and was involved in the Business & Tax Law Association, UT Pro Bono and the Saturday Bar.

Knoxville lawyer Debra Poplin has been named clerk of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. She succeeds Patricia L. McNutt, who retired on Jan. 1. Poplin previously worked as law director for the city of Knoxville. She was appointed to that post in 2008 by then-Mayor Bill Haslam, becoming the first woman to hold the position. She had earlier served as deputy law director for 10 years. Poplin, a member of the Knoxville Bar Association Board of Governors, will be based in Knoxville but oversee offices in Chattanooga, Greeneville and Winchester.

Replacing Poplin as city law director is Knoxville attorney and former Tennessee Bar Association President Charles W. Swanson. A partner with Sheppeard Swanson & Mynatt, Swanson has many years of experience serving the local community: for more than 26 years, he served as special counsel to the Knoxville City Council; as assistant city attorney from 1982 to 1984; and as special judge and referee of the Knox County Juvenile Court from 1979 to 1982. Swanson was Tennessee Bar Association president from 2004 to 2005.

Springfield attorney Ben Dean has opened law offices in Springfield and Clarksville, where he will handle a general practice that includes litigation, family law, criminal defense and personal injury cases. In Clarksville, Dean is associating with attorney Herb Patrick. Prior to launching a solo practice, Dean was an associate with the Clarksville law firm of Batson Nolan. He joined the firm in 2005 and practiced in its litigation section. He earned his law degree in 2005 from the University of Memphis School of Law.

Bass, Berry & Sims attorneys Ross Booher, Wally Dietz and Taylor Phillips have authored Managing Foreign Subsidiaries, a guide for in-house counsel and business leaders that addresses legal and compliance issues that arise in international business. The guide, written for the Association of Corporate Counsel and Lex Mundi, also includes links to a number of online resources and forms.

The Blount County Bar Association has elected new officers for 2012. TBA members among them are Cathy H. Morton of Nicholson & Morton in Maryville, who will serve as president, and Blount County Clerk and Master Stephen S. Ogle, who will serve as vice-president.

New Bar Leaders

Memphis lawyer Gary Smith with Apperson Crump & Maxwell took office as president of the Memphis Bar Association in December. Linda Warren Seely of Memphis Area Legal Services automatically succeeded to the position of vice president. Other officers elected were Secretary Thomas Parker with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, and board members Lucie Brackin with The Landers Firm, Don Donati with the Donati Law Firm, Tim Hayes with The Hardison Law Firm and Lang Wiseman with Wiseman Bray.

Also during the meeting, the MBA presented the Sam A. Myar Jr. Memorial Award to Brackin and the Judge Jerome Turner Lawyer’s Lawyer Award to Elizabeth Collins with Thomason Hendrix Harvey Johnson & Mitchell.

In Knoxville, Bill Coley from the firm of Hodges, Doughty & Carson was sworn in as Knoxville Bar Association president during the KBA’s annual meeting in December. Also taking office were President-elect Heidi A. Barcus of London & Amburn, PC, Treasurer Wade V. Davies of Ritchie, Dillard, Davies & Johnson PC and Secretary Tasha C. Blakney of Eldridge, Blakney & Trant. The membership also elected four new members to its Board of Governors:  Leland L. Price, Adam M. Priest, Shelly L. Wilson and Douglas A. Blaze.

Solo practioner John D. Kitch succeeded Robert J. Mendes as president of the Nashville Bar Association (NBA) at the group’s annual meeting and banquet Dec. 8, 2011. Also at the meeting, NBA members chose Thomas J. Sherrard III, a founding member of Sherrard & Roe, as the new president-elect. Others taking office were First Vice President Marietta Shipley, Second Vice President Randy Kennedy, Secretary Rebekah Shulman and Treasurer M. Bernadette Welch. In addition, six new members of the NBA Board were announced. They are C. Dewey Branstetter, Edward D. Lanquist Jr., John C. McLemore, Jeffrey Mobley, Maria M. Salas and Overton Thompson III.

Finally, the association presented a number of awards: William “Bill” T. Ramsey received the John C. Tune Public Service Award; Charles Grant was awarded the Article of the Year Award for “The Freedom Rides: Making the Law Apply to All,” which ran in the September 2011 issue of the Nashville Bar Journal; the law firm of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davies won the Pro Bono Leadership Award; and Ed Yarbrough and the law firm of Sherrard & Roe were recognized for their role in the NBA’s Capital Campaign.

Two new attorneys have joined the Memphis office of Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada. Gadson William “Will” Perry joins the Commercial Litigation Group, where he will focus on general civil litigation — including product liability, business torts and unfair competition — and financial services litigation. He also will serve on the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Healthcare Industry Team. Perry earned his law degree this spring from the University of Tennessee. Prior to attending law school, he was an eighth grade teacher in Memphis. In addition, Rockney S. Taveau joins the firm as a member of the Product Liability Group and Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Healthcare Industry Team. He graduated from the Kansas City School of Law in 2004.

Memphis lawyers James H. Stock Jr., Robbin W. Hutton and Carrie L. Kinsella have left Weintraub Stock to join Jackson Lewis. Stock, who joins as a partner, practices in the area of labor and employment law. He earned his law degree from the University of Memphis School of Law in 1980. Hutton joins the firm as of counsel. She has more than 15 years’ experience in the areas of employment and labor law, insurance defense and civil litigation. She received her law degree from Mississippi College School of Law. Kinsella joins the firm as an associate. She represents employers on various employment-related issues. Prior to relocating to Tennessee, she served as an assistant attorney general for the State of Illinois. She graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2004.

Memphis lawyer Mason W. Wilson has been elected president of The Traffic Club of Memphis, which focuses on the successful growth and evolution of the logistics industry in Memphis and worldwide. Wilson, who is also president of the TBA’s Young Lawyers Division, is with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz’s Transportation Practice Group and its 24-Hour Motor Carrier Emergency Response Team. He is a 2004 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Law.

Burr & Forman recently announced that four of its lawyers have assumed leadership positions in state and national bankruptcy and reorganization associations. Partner Lawrence R. Ahern III has been elected emeritus director of the American Board of Certification, an organization that certifies attorney specialization in business bankruptcy and creditors’ rights. Partner David Houston IV has been elected to a one-year term on the board of directors of the Tennessee chapter of the Turnaround Management Association. Associate Faisal Delawalla has been appointed as a Middle Tennessee delegate to the Tennessee Bar Association Bankruptcy Law Section’s Executive Council. Finally, associate Alisa Peters has been selected as chair of the Nashville Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Court Committee. All four practice in the firm’s Nashville office. 

Nashville lawyer Chris Bowles has joined the law firm of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings as an associate in the Real Estate Practice Group. He will focus on matters involving energy, economic development, environmental issues, land use and commercial real estate. Prior to joining the firm, he was director of Nashville Mayor Karl Dean’s Office of Environment and Sustainability. He previously practiced environmental law and litigation with Bass, Berry & Sims in Nashville. Bowles graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2008.

The firm also recently announced that Brian S. Shelton has been named a partner. Based in the Nashville office, Shelton focuses his practice on estate planning and administration, business formation, mergers and acquisitions, corporate tax, and tax-exempt organizations. He earned a law degree in 2004 from the University of Memphis School of Law and a master of laws in taxation in 2005 from the University of Florida.

Matthew A. Grossman has been named a partner in the Knoxville law firm of Frantz, McConnell & Seymour. Grossman has served with the firm since 2004 and practices in all facets of property litigation, as well as serving clients in the areas of contracts, estates, trusts and taxation. He graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2002, and earned a master of laws in taxation from the University of Alabama College of Law in 2007.

Matthew C. Hardin has joined the Nashville office of Rudy, Wood, Winstead & Williams as a member, where he will handle personal injury, motor vehicle, wrongful death, medical malpractice, premises liability and civil cases for plaintiffs. Hardin obtained his law degree in 2001 from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Hodges, Doughty & Carson has named W. Michael Baisley a member of the firm. Baisley joined the firm in 2009 and practices in the areas of business transactions, commercial litigation and construction law. He graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2005 and first practiced with Woolf, McClane, Bright, Allen & Carpenter.

Nashville lawyer Mark Ison has been named a member in the firm of Sherrard & Roe. Ison joined the firm in 2004, practicing in the health care and corporate law groups. He handles a broad range of health care regulatory, transactional and operational issues, as well as corporate mergers and acquisitions, securities matters and operations. He graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2004.

Waller Lansden announced that it has elected seven lawyers to partnership in the firm. They are:
Brent Bowman, a 2004 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, who works with clients in the health care industry on mergers and acquisitions, securities and general corporate law; David R. Clay, a 2004 graduate of Emory University School of Law, who represents clients in the health care, real estate, banking and manufacturing industries; Hon-Vinh Duong, a graduate of American University’s Washington College of Law, who leads the firm’s immigration practice; Philip F. Head, a 2004 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, who practices in the areas of commercial real estate and land use planning and zoning; Heather J. Hubbard, a 2004 graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, who practices in the areas of intellectual property and trial and appellate litigation; Miranda K. Kelley, a 2002 graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, who represents clients in the financial, health care, real estate and manufacturing industries; and Justin W. Leach, a 2003 graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, who focuses in commercial real estate law and works with clients on the acquisition, development and disposition of real property.

In December, six Tennessee lawyers were admitted to the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court on the motion of Memphis lawyer and TBA President Daniel W. Van Horn. They are: Christopher Kim Thompson with the Thompson Law Group in Nashville; John Clinton Hayworth with Walker Tipps & Malone in Nashville; Francis Leon Lloyd Jr., a solo practioner in Knoxville; Thomas L. Kilday with Milligan & Coleman in Greeneville; and Iiya Ionelovich Berenshteyn and LeRoy Dudley Senter III with the Senter Law Firm in Bristol. The admission ceremony is part of the annual TBA Academy.

Stites & Harbison has elected four attorneys in its Nashville office to membership in the firm. They are: Erika R. Barnes, who handles bankruptcy cases and commercial litigation matters; Edward H. Burrell III, whose transactional practice includes working on entity formation and governance, mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, corporate finance, shareholder disputes and commercial contracts; James C. Cotey, who focuses on commercial lending, real estate, development and leasing, and commercial banking; and Alexander C. Waddey, who handles commercial lending and real estate transactions. 


Oak Ridge lawyer HAROLD WALLACE ADAMS died Dec. 30, 2011, at the age of 80. A native of Indiana, Adams earned his law degree at the George Washington University Law School and spent his career working as a patent counsel with Lockheed Martin Corp. in Oak Ridge. In 2010, he moved from Tennessee to a nursing home in Virginia, where he was living when he died. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Village Christian Fellowship, 3013 Bridge Road, Suffolk, VA 23435.

Memphis civil rights leader and former criminal court judge HOSEA “H.T.” LOCKARD, 91, died Dec. 12, 2011. A native of Henning, Lockard attended Lincoln University School of Law in Missouri after being denied admission to any law school in Tennessee. After graduating in 1950, he returned to Tennessee and was admitted to practice law in 1951. Lockard was elected to the old Shelby County Quarterly Court in 1964 and became the first black man to join a governor’s cabinet when he served as administrative assistant to Gov. Buford Ellington from 1967 to 1971. He took office as a criminal court judge in 1975 and served until 1994. Among his many civil rights activities, Lockard fought for the rights of African American students to attend the University of Memphis, served as president of the Memphis Branch of the NAACP, advised President Lyndon B. Johnson on civil rights issues, and sat as a board member of the National Civil Rights Museum. In 2010, the Memphis Bar Foundation honored him with the Benjamin L. Hooks Award, which recognizes an attorney or judge whose activities support public awareness of the legal profession, promote social justice and legal education, and recognize professionalism among members of the bar. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Metropolitan Baptist Church, 767 Walker Ave., Memphis 38126; Boys and Girls Clubs of Memphis, 44 S. Rembert, Memphis 38104; or LeMoyne Owen College, 807 Walker Ave., Memphis 38126.

REV. GLENWOOD P. ROANE SR., an attorney and pastor in Memphis, died Dec. 30, 2011, at the age of 81. A native Virginian, he earned his law degree from Howard University School of Law in 1957 and did graduate work at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and at Georgetown University. Roane spent his career as a diplomat with the U.S. State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development, serving in Kenya, Egypt, Liberia, Ghana, Vietnam and the Far East. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the building fund at Second Congregational United Church of Christ, 764 Walker Ave., Memphis 38126.

Memphis attorney WILLIAM E. WALSH JR., 89, died Dec. 17, 2011. A Memphis native and graduate of Christian Brothers High School. Walsh attended law school after serving in the Navy during World War II. He earned his law degree in 1949 from Vanderbilt University Law School and moved back to Memphis to begin his practice. He practiced law for many years in the city and larger Shelby County area.