AutoZone and Bass, Berry & Sims PLC, in conjunction with Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS), hosted the ninth annual “Give a Little, Help a Lot” pro bono clinic at Orange Mound Senior Center on July 27. Throughout the morning, dozens of low-income seniors received free legal services from approximately 20 attorneys representing the three organizations.

Stites and Harbison PLLC welcomes attorney Herbert B. “Bert” Wolf Jr. to the firm as a member (partner) in the Business Services and Trusts and Estate Planning groups, serving clients from both the Nashville and Memphis offices. Wolf assists individuals and organizations at every stage of business, from formation and raising capital to tax structure and operations planning, and the development of all types of growth strategies, including acquisitions, mergers and reorganizations. Before joining Stites and Harbison, Wolf was a partner at Husch Blackwell LLP in Memphis.

Nashville attorneys Jonathan Cole and Nancy A. Vincent have become Rule 31-listed general civil mediators for Tennessee. They are members of Baker Donelson's Center for Dispute Resolution. Cole is a shareholder and a member of the firm’s Financial Services Litigation Group with significant experience representing national financial institutions, broker-dealer and businesses in a variety of cases.

Vincent is of counsel and a member of the firm's Commercial Transactions & Business Counseling Group where she concentrates her practice in the areas of government bid disputes, state and federal procurement transactions, and administrative law.

Cordell & Cordell recently hired associate attorney Amy R. Smith in its Knoxville office. Smith earned her law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law and is licensed to practice in Tennessee and Mississippi. Before joining Cordell & Cordell, Smith worked as a court administrator for the Mississippi Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, practiced family and civil law for Legal Aid of East Tennessee, and served as assistant general counsel in juvenile/child welfare and custody law for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services. She is also a designated child welfare law specialist by the National Association of Counsel for Children and Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education.

Brandon Bass was recently named Outstanding Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association.  Bass’s practice focuses on helping people who have been seriously injured or who have lost a loved one because of the negligence of another. As a shareholder at the Law Offices of John Day since 2010, Bass has extensive experience in medical malpractice, products liability and automotive and trucking accidents.

John D. Woods III has joined the Rice Divorce Team at Rice, Amundsen & Caperton PLLC as an associate. Woods graduated from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in May 2016 and began clerking for the firm in December 2016. While attending law school, he was elected to the law review. He interned in the Public Corruption and Economic Crimes division of the Shelby County Prosecutor’s office and clerked in Division IV of Shelby County Circuit Court.

Stites & Harbison PLLC attorney Julian Bibb received the 2017 Business Legacy Award at the 11th annual Franklin Tomorrow Exemplary Community Volunteer Awards and Volunteer Spirit Awards ceremony. This award recognizes an individual who has made a significant impact in the areas of business, quality of life and leadership. Bibb is a partner at Stites & Harbison based in Franklin and Nashville. He is a member of the Real Estate & Banking Service Group.

The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapter honored seven individuals at the 2017 Pillars of Excellence dinner. The TBA members among the honorees include Homer Boyd Branan III of Farris Bobango Branan, John I. Houseal Jr. of Glankler Brown, Jim N. Raines (retired from Glankler Brown) and James C. Warner of Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston. The Law Alumni Chapter also honored former university President Shirley C. Raines as Friend of the Law School.

David N. Garst has been selected as a fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America. Garst is a shareholder in Lewis Thomason’s Nashville office. He is chair of the firm’s Construction Law Practice Group and serves on the firm's board of directors. Garst practices principally in construction law, focusing on architects’ and engineers’ professional liability, construction defect litigation, construction contract law, professional discipline and commercial litigation.

Heather G. Anderson has joined Bernstein, Stair & McAdams LLP. Anderson’s practice is focused on employment, real estate litigation, construction and family law. She is also a listed Rule 31 general civil and family mediator.

The law firm of Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan PLLC has elected attorney Marc H. Harwell to the board of directors of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC). Federation members have been judged by their peers to have achieved the highest in professional distinction, and are committed to promoting “knowledge, justice and fellowship.” Harwell also serves as the appointed chair of the FDCC Construction Section.

Lauran Stimac will serve as sponsorship chair for the second annual Justice for All Ball benefiting Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS). The black-tie-optional Justice for All Ball is the largest annual fundraiser of the year for MALS, and this year will be Oct. 28 at the newly renovated Ballet Memphis. More than 300 people attended the inaugural event in 2016. Stimac is a Memphis-based trial attorney with the firm of Glassman, Wyatt, Tuttle & Cox PC, where she handles medical malpractice and legal malpractice matters for the firm.
Amber Floyd, a senior associate at Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP, has been named a recipient of the 2017 American Bar Association “On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers” award. Floyd is the only Tennessee attorney this year to receive the award. The honor is presented by the ABA’s Young Lawyers Division, which annually selects 40 young lawyers from throughout the United States who “exemplify a broad range of high achievement, innovation, vision, leadership and legal and community service.” Floyd is a member of Wyatt’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Service Team, and concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial litigation, construction and tort law. She is the Public Service Commitee chair for the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.

The Transportation Management Association Group has elected Stites & Harbison PLLC attorney John Wingo to its 2017-19 board of directors. The organization customizes alternative transportation, money-saving solutions for employers, property managers and commuters in 14 middle Tennessee counties. Wingo is a partner based in Stites & Harbison’s Nashville office. He is a member of the firm’s business litigation service group.

James H. Drescher, a sole practitioner in Brentwood, has published his debut novel, Glasby’s Fortune. The book is historical fiction and deals with pirates in the early 18th century. Real-life navigator Harry Glasby was kidnapped by Captain Bartholomew Roberts in July 1720 and forced to serve as first mate. Glasby, Roberts and pirate trials were recently discussed in the Tennessee Bar Journal (“Justice Under the Black Flag” by Russell Fowler, May, 2017 Vol. 53, No. 5).  Glasby’s Fortune is available on in kindle and print format.

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