April, 2017

Cover Story

Violence in the American workplace is not a new phenomenon. In the age of 24-hour cable news and social media, it is sometimes difficult to assess whether workplace violence is on the rise to the point of being an epidemic, or whether we simply hear more about it these days. Fear of terrorism further heightens our awareness of such incidents. Statistics...

President's Perspective

In March, I attended the TBA’s Young Lawyers Division (YLD) 2017 State High School Mock Trial Championship in Nashville. Thirty years ago, I tried out for my high school mock trial team. After four years of competition, I knew that I was going to be a lawyer.

Letters of the Law

The following letter was written to Tennessee Bar Association President Jason Long.

Dear Mr. Long,
Thank you for your “President’s Perspective” column in the March Tennessee Bar Journal (“Support for Our Judiciary”). I completely agree with you, deplore the irresponsible cheap shots which are aimed at the judiciary, and...

Where There's a Will

Estate planning in Tennessee has changed significantly since the beginning of the millennium. Federal estate and gift tax exemptions have grown dramatically, and Tennessee has repealed its inheritance and gift taxes. At the same time, fewer clients today are confident that their wealth will multiply several times throughout their lives. These two factors...


Deana Seymour has been appointed trial judge on the Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims in Memphis by the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. She will be sworn in April 5. The Hon. Jim Umsted, who serves on this court, will retire the first week of April. Seymour is a partner at Rainey, Kizer, Reviere and Bell PLC in its...



Tennessee lawyers helped raise nearly $50,000 to help legal aid programs in the state at the Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative Gala March 4 in Nashville. Over the past 11 years, the event has raised more than half a million dollars in support of pro bono efforts that engage in-house and corporate...


JAMES HARRISON BOSTICK JR. died Feb. 15. He was 89. He graduated from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and had a more than 50-year career in legal practice. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Licensure & Discipline

Disability Inactive
The Tennessee Supreme Court ordered the law license of Nashville lawyer Jason Nahon transferred to disability inactive status on Feb. 28. The order was pursuant to Section 27.3 of Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 9.

Bank on It

Speculation always abounds when a different political party pulls up to the gates of the White House with a moving van — especially when Congress is dominated by the same party. Will the Trump Administration gut the Democrats’ efforts to place tighter reins on the pre-Great Recession abuses committed by some providers of financial services?


But Seriously, Folks

All my life, lawyers have been my heroes.

My first legal hero was Perry Mason, the great trial lawyer. Perry was the first lawyer I ever met, and I met him when I was only six years old.