TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Tba People on Jul 1, 2012

Journal Issue Date: Jul 2012

Journal Name: July 2012 - Vol. 48, No. 7

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP recently announced that partner Miranda K. Kelley has been named chair of “Women of Waller,” an internal initiative that provides female attorneys with opportunities for mentoring, community service, work-life balance and leadership development, and that MaryEllen Sullivan Pickrell has been named professional development partner. In this new position, she will oversee a firm-wide leadership training program. Kelley focuses her practice on mergers and acquisitions and securities law. She earned her law degree from Vanderbilt University. Pickrell, the previous leader of the Corporate Group, focuses her practice on mergers and acquisitions. She also earned her law degree from Vanderbilt University.

Memphis lawyer James D. “Jimmy” Lawson has opened a local office for the Little Rock, Ark., firm of Hamlin Dispute Resolution LLC, which provides mediation and arbitration services. The office is located at 35 Union Ave., Suite 300. A native of Arkansas, Lawson began his legal career with the North Little Rock firm of Hilburn, Calhoon, Harper, Pruniski & Calhoun Ltd. He moved to Memphis in 2005 and continued working with the firm until in 2008 he associated with the Law Offices of William M. Jeter PLLC, where he practiced construction law and tort litigation. In this new role, he will provide mediation services in Memphis and throughout Arkansas.

Hannah R. Tippett has joined the Oak Ridge firm of Mostoller, Stulberg, Whitfield & Allen as an associate attorney. She will practice in the areas of bankruptcy, conservatorship and criminal defense. Originally from Malawi, Africa, Tippett moved to the United States in 1995. She earned her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2009.

Senior Counselors 2011-2012

Senior Counselors were recognized at the recent Tennessee Bar Association convention in Memphis. Senior Counselors are members who will reach 75 years of age or be admitted to practice for 50 years in the coming year. They are entitled to full privileges of membership but are exempt from further payment of dues. The TBA salutes these members for attaining this status and for their contributions to the association and the legal profession.

Louis Ferree Allen
Gerald Patrick Arnoult
Frank Edward Barker
William C. Bateman
Andrew Franklin Bennett
John David Blaylock
Edgar R. Bowers
Bowlman Tarleton Bowles
William Charles Boyers
Harry Michael Boyko
Randall Wood Brooks
Francis A. Cain
Thomas Fite Cone
Elbert M. Cooper
Kemper Bartlett Durand
William Edward Farmer
Frederick Bolton Fields
Richard A. Fisher
Joseph V. W. Gaston
Walter Edwin Grantham
Susan Reeves Gregory
Morris Hadden
Kenneth Elliott Hall
Jonathan McKelvey Harwell
Barbara N. Haynes
Berry Schreve Hedrick
Richard Lampton Hollow
Arlie C. Hooper
Ben Walter Hooper
Edward Bernard Hopper
Fletcher Lahugh Hudson
Norman B. Jackson
Paul E. Jennings
Joseph Dykes Johnson
Thomas Swain Kale
Edward M. Kaplan
Lewis Lee Kull
Bernie M. Kustoff
Fred Moorman Leonard
Albert Patch Marks
Charles Edward McCallum
Robert A. Metry
John G. Mitchell
John Lee Mitchell
Rufus Franklin Norton
James R. Omer
William Lawson Osteen
David Edward Patterson
Richard Wesley Pectol
James David Petersen
Joel H. Porter
Robert M. Poteat
John Bradbury Reed
Wilson Stewart Ritchie
John Stanley Rogers
Richard Randolph Ruth
Harry Daniel Sabine
Charles Bruce Sexton
M. Shelton
David Bruce Shine
James Lawrence Smith
J. L. Thompson
John Frederick Thomsen
Clark Hickman Tidwell
Thomas Haynes Torbett
Thomas Michael Tweel
C. Wilson Viar
Wilfred Gorman Waddell
Walter Ray Webb
Kent M. Weeks
Jon Anthony Wells
David J. White
Thomas Ashurst Williams
Edward Eugene Wilson

Women from a diverse cross-section of the Nashville business community gathered on May 2 for the city’s third networking event “50 Women You Need to Meet,” which is hosted by Miller & Martin PLLC. The event, created by Miller & Martin member Lynda Hill, is designed to help women develop a network and share information and resources. The firm plans to expand the concept to other cities where it has offices, including Chattanooga and Atlanta.

Nashville lawyer Marnie Huff is featured on the cover of the Spring 2012 issue of the ABA’s Dispute Resolution Magazine. The issue focuses on women in the field of alternative dispute resolution. Huff serves as an elected member of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Council and is a past chair of the TBA’s Dispute Resolution Section.

The Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee (BPR) has named Eileen Burkhalter Smith as a new disciplinary counsel in its investigation section. Smith previously was a partner at the Nashville law firm of Waller, Lansden, Dortch & Davis in the Trial and Appellate Practice Group. She has served as a BPR hearing committee member since 2009.

The University of Memphis School of Law has named Jacqueline O’Bryant as its new coordinator of diversity programs. Among her responsibilities, O’Bryant will oversee the Tennessee Institute for Prelaw, actively recruit and support diverse law students, and develop additional outreach initiatives for the school. She previously was deputy prosecuting attorney for Pulaski County, Ark., and taught as an adjunct professor at Philander Smith College in Little Rock. Earlier in her career she served as in-house counsel for Alltel Communications and worked at the Arkansas Public Defender Commission. O’Bryant earned her law degree from the Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock.

The school also announced that it has named Jamie B. Kidd as assistant director for law school administration. Her responsibilities will include matters concerning human resources, accreditation, budgeting, academic regulations and other administration-related tasks. A native of Huntsville, Ala., Kidd graduated from the law school in 2011. While a student, she served as chief justice of the Moot Court Board and as a member of the Law Review.     

Chattanooga attorney Tonya Kennedy Cammon has been selected to fill an unexpired term as one of two Sixth Circuit vice presidents of the Federal Bar Association (FBA). She will serve in the position until October 2013. Cammon has been a member of the FBA for many years, currently serving as immediate past president of the Chattanooga Chapter. She formerly served as secretary, president-elect and president of the chapter. Cammon is a director in the firm of Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison PC.

The East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (ETLAW) has honored Heidi Barcus of Knoxville’s London Amburn law firm with its 2012 Spirit of Justice Award. The award is given in recognition of outstanding service to the legal profession. Barcus, who is the Knoxville Bar Association’s president-elect, is also a past historian and board member of ETLAW, and was one of the first female attorneys in the state to achieve certification as a medical malpractice specialist. The award was presented at the Tennessee Supreme Court Law Day Luncheon in Knoxville on May 9. Also of note, federal Judge Robert Leon Jordan recently selected Barcus as his delegate to the 72nd Judicial Conference for the Sixth Circuit. Barcus is a 1993 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law and a former assistant general counsel at the university. She also has served as an adjunct professor at the law school since 2002, teaching trial practice, legal writing and pre-trial litigation.

Mary Margaret Petrinjak recently joined the Memphis law firm of Burch, Porter & Johnson, where she will focus in the areas of regulatory health care, transactional healthcare and business and commercial law. Petrinjak also will represent providers and suppliers in merger and acquisition transactions. Prior to joining the firm, Petrinjak practiced law in Jackson.
Paine, Tarwater and Bickers LLP managing partner Matthew Evans has been invited to join the Claims and Litigation Management (CLM) Alliance — a nonpartisan group of insurance companies, corporations, corporate counsel, litigation and risk managers, claims professionals and attorneys. Evans, who is co-chair of the Knoxville Bar Association’s Pro Bono Committee, is a past chair of the TBA’s Solo and Small Practitioner’s Section. He also is an editor of the American Bar Association’s Tort and Insurance Practice publication TortSource.

The Greene County Bar Association elected new officers at its May 11 meeting. TBA members among them is Secretary/Treasurer Brandy M. Burnette, who works at Milligan & Coleman in Greeneville.

Mary Beth Haltom and Daniel W. Olivas have been named shareholders in the Nashville office of Lewis, King, Krieg and Waldrop PC. Haltom, who currently serves as Middle Tennessee Governor on the TBA Young Lawyers Division Board, focuses her practice in the areas of commercial and business litigation, with an emphasis on transportation and franchise matters. She also serves as assistant legal counsel for the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. Olivas focuses on the areas of product liability, insurance coverage analysis and litigation, ERISA defense and professional malpractice. Olivas is a member of the Defense Research Institute and former vice chair of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section. They both graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law and have been with the firm since 2005.     

The Jefferson County Bar Association recently elected new officers. TBA members among them are President Jeremy Ball, assistant district attorney for the Fourth Judicial District, and Vice President N. Craig Strand with O’Neil, Parker & Williamson.

David A. Bates has opened the Law Office of David A. Bates in Spring Hill. Bates is a 2000 graduate of University of Tennessee College of Law. He previously practiced in Columbia. In his new position he will focus on defending businesses and professionals involved in a wide variety of civil litigation.

Frost Brown Todd LLC merged with the Nashville law firm MGLAW PLLC on June 1. MGLAW’s seven attorneys and staff joined Frost Brown Todd’s 16-member Nashville office in its space on the 18th and 19th floors of the Pinnacle at Symphony Place in downtown Nashville. Frost Brown Todd has nearly 450 attorneys in nine offices throughout Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia.

The Jackson law firm of Spragins, Barnett & Cobb PLC has added two new partners to the firm. Sara E. Barnett began her practice with the firm after her graduation from the University of Memphis School of Law in 2001. Her practice focuses on civil litigation primarily in the areas of personal injury, worker’s compensation, employment law and premises liability. Teresa A. Luna earned her law degree from the Nashville School of Law in 2007. She specializes in civil litigation, particularly complex litigation such as civil rights and employment law.

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC recently recognized its Pro Bono Attorneys of the Year in each of its offices. In the Chattanooga office, the award went to Marlene J. Bidelman for her work helping a colleague adopt a stepson with special needs.

In Johnson City, Jennifer P. Keller was recognized for review and revision of corporate documents for the Coalition for Kids, a nonprofit organization devoted to supporting the advancement of area low-income children through tutoring, mentoring, recreation and educational activities. She also provided counsel on a variety of legal matters to the Central Baptist Church in Johnson City.

In Knoxville, the honor went to LeAnn Mynatt for her services to the Foothills Land Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the environment in Eastern Tennessee, and the Ijams Nature Center, a park and environmental learning center in Knoxville. Mynatt serves on the boards of both organizations and provides legal counsel on environmental and other issues.

In Nashville, John B. Burns was recognized for providing tax and corporate assistance to dozens of nonprofit organizations. He also handled the legal work to establish BakerCares Inc., a nonprofit that will provide temporary financial assistance to Baker Donelson employees in times of emergency need.

Finally, in the Memphis office, five lawyers were recognized for their work helping a group of Memphis voters involved in ongoing voting rights litigation arising from the proposed consolidation of the Memphis and Shelby County governments. TBA members among the group are Leo Bearman, Kate Bogard and Lori Patterson.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam recently appointed Oneida lawyer Lori Phillips-Jones as district attorney general for the Eighth Judicial District. She will replace current DA W. Paul Phillips when he retires Sept. 1. Phillips-Jones graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1999 and has been with the DA’s office since 1997. She has served as a criminal investigator and a violent crimes prosecutor. The eighth district covers Campbell, Claiborne, Fentress, Scott and Union counties.


Former Oak Ridge lawyer LAURENCE REVELLE DRY JR. died May 17 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was 72. Originally from Minnesota, Dry earned his medical degree in 1966 from Northwestern University in Chicago. He took a job as a general/vascular surgeon in Oak Ridge but later decided to attend law school at the University of Tennessee. He earned his law degree in 1988 and practiced law in Oak Ridge until his death. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Carleton College, Gift Accounting, One N. College St., Northfield, MN 55057 or to the Cemetery Fund, in care of Nina McClure, Bank of Jamestown, P.O. Box 6, Jamestown, KY 42629.

Memphis attorney and former Germantown City Judge CECIL G. KELTNER died May 30 at the age of 92. A graduate of the Southern Law School (now the University of Memphis School of Law), Judge Keltner practiced law for 53 years in Tennessee, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi and was a co-founder of Gatti & Keltner Law Firm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to Union Avenue Baptist Church, 2181 Union Ave., Memphis 38104.

Former Jefferson County General Sessions Judge MAX MARK MOORE died May 3. A 1951 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, Moore spent the first 10 years of his career in the banking and insurance industry, founding the Moore Insurance Agency during that time. In 1965, he opened a law office in White Pine and practiced there until 1982. He subsequently was appointed general sessions judge with juvenile and probate jurisdiction, and served on the bench for 16 years. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church of White Pine, Building Fund, P.O. Box 146, White Pine 37890.

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