December, 2016

Cover Story

In April 2016, hundreds of media outlets published articles revealing the use of offshore corporations by public figures around the world. The reports derived from an anonymous source that acquired data from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. They exposed sensitive and confidential client information to the public. Already, this breach has affected...

President's Perspective

Recently, it was my privilege to attend the swearing-in ceremonies in Knoxville and Nashville for new admittees to the bar in Tennessee. I want to thank the Supreme Court for spending its valuable time touring the state and giving our new lawyers this special experience. The ceremony is meaningful and helps to cement the bond we all share within the...

Letters of the Law

Louisiana Andrew Jackson Exhibit Includes Tennessee Ties

The exhibit “Jackson’s Bodyguard: Lawyers Who Fought in the Battle of New Orleans” is now on display in two cases in the Louisiana Supreme Court Museum on the first floor of the Louisiana Supreme Court building, 400 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA.

The March 2015 Tennessee Bar Journal...

Where There's a Will

Serving as a fiduciary is not for the faint of heart. The recent Meyers case,[1] interpreting the statute of limitations for claims of breach of duty under the Tennessee trust code, shows how trustees can fulfill their obligations to beneficiaries and reduce the likelihood of a lawsuit.


In celebration of Dan White’s 60th birthday, The Immigration Group PC participated in the 6th Annual Viva la Diva 5K on Nov. 5 at Nissan North America in Franklin. This event benefits the services of FiftyForward, a local nonprofit that supports the aging experience and touches the lives of more than 20,000 individuals annually. From...



More than 450 people passed the July 2016 bar exam and hundreds of them chose to be sworn in to the practice of law by the Tennessee Supreme Court, according to the Administrative Office of the Court. Ceremonies were held in November in Jackson, Memphis, Knoxville and Nashville.


Jackson lawyer JERRY BOB CULLEN died Oct. 26 at the age of 89. Cullen served in the U.S. Navy from June 1945 to August 1946, obtaining the rank of Seaman First Class. After discharge, he attended Vanderbilt University Law School and earned his law degree in 1951. Cullen worked for United States Fidelity Company as a claims adjustor for...

Licensure & Discipline


Kennesaw, Georgia, attorney Ben A. Coleman was reinstated to the practice of law on Oct. 7. He had been placed on inactive status on Feb. 1, 2010.

Bank on It

The prevention of insider abuse of banks is one of the chief goals of state and federal banking agencies. In my more than 30 years of practice, both inside and outside of government, I have seen each of these types of insider fraud:

But Seriously, Folks

At the age of 64, I still believe.

I believe in Santa. I believe in him because I met him 60 years ago, and I have a long-standing business relationship with him. No, I am not his lawyer. His lawyer is Fred Gayley, who I believe ranks right up there with Perry Mason as one of the greatest lawyers of all time.