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Happy Birthday, Mr. Donelson!

Memphis lawyer Lewis "Lewie" Donelson III turned 100 Oct. 9 and was celebrated by many. He is a co-founder and senior counselor at Baker Donelson, which honored him for “the influence and lifelong commitment he has had upon the firm, the city of Memphis, the state of Tennessee, and the legal profession.”

He earned his law degree in 1941 from Georgetown University Law Center. In 1954, he founded the Memphis law firm of Donelson & Adams.

Parker Brown has joined Fidelis Law in Brentwood as an associate. He focuses his practice work in estate planning, business planning and formation and business litigation. A Florida native, Brown graduated with honors from Belmont University College of Law in 2016. While at Belmont, he competed in the National Healthcare Moot Court Competition and was a submissions editor for Belmont's Law Review.

Members of the Lewis Thomason Construction Law Practice Group, spearheaded by R. Loy Waldrop Jr., recently co-authored a book, Tennessee State Construction Law. The book is a comprehensive summary guide of Tennessee construction law aimed at non-lawyers and industry participants, including construction industry management and insurance claims representatives. The book is available at the Construction Channel’s website, www.constructionchannel.net.

In August, Esther Roberts, CEO and founder of Global Intellectual Property Asset Management PLLC of Knoxville, represented Tennessee at the Third Annual North American Animal Law Summit, hosted by the Chicago Bar Association. Her presentation explored the current status of animal law in Tennessee, including soring of the Tennessee Walking Horse, Tennessee’s new “break a window” law, and Tennessee’s new animal abuse registry.

Matthew E. Wright has been elected to the Executive Board of the American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group for the 2017-2019 term. Wright will also serve as the chair of the Trucking Litigation Group’s journal publication. A founder of Wright Law PLC, Wright and the firm focus on representing plaintiffs in wrongful death and catastrophic trucking accidents.

Former TBA President Sam Elliott’s new book, John C. Brown of Tennessee: Rebel, Redeemer and Railroader, was released in September by the University of Tennessee Press. The book is the fifth Elliott has written or edited, all relating to aspects of Tennessee in the Civil War era.

Counsel in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP’s Nashville office Thallen Brassel, has been elected to the board of the Nashville Symphony, one of Tennessee’s largest and longest-running nonprofit performing arts organizations. Brassel concentrates her practice in mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters. She advises clients across various industries including health care, insurance, advertising, media/social media, real estate development and public utility. She earned her law degree from Duke University School of Law.

Shuttleworth Williams PLLC is moving its Memphis location from 22 North Front Street to 6077 Primacy Parkway, Suite 200. The firm is a specialty litigation law firm and was founded in 1974. The majority of Shuttleworth’s business clients come to them from outside the immediate Memphis area. The move will allow easy access to its offices for incoming clients, attorneys, and employees.

In addition, the firm has added a new associate, Clarence “Clay” Lutz, to its Nashville office. Lutz served as a Judicial Clerk for the Honorable William B. Cain before joining the Office of the Attorney General. Most recently, Lutz served as an attorney and administrative judge in the Department of Health Care Finance and Administration for the State of Tennessee. 

On Sept. 27, Gov. Bill Haslam named David M. Rudolph as Circuit Court judge for the 30th Judicial District, which serves Shelby County. The vacancy was created by the retirement of Judge Robert L. Childers on June 30. Rudolph has been at the Memphis law firm Bourland, Heflin, Alvarez, Minor and Matthews since 2009, where he practiced in the areas of complex commercial litigation, tort litigation and employment law. He is a Vanderbilt Law graduate who has also served on the board of directors for the Tennessee Employment Lawyers Association since 2014.

The firm of Dobbins Venick Kuhn & Byassee will change its name to Venick Kuhn Byassee Austin and Rosen, to reflect the retirement of Dot Dobbins and the addition of two new named partners, Kathy Austin and Pete Rosen. Austin and Rosen will continue to conduct a general civil practice, with Rosen concentrating on defense worker’s compensation.

Hagwood Adelman Tipton has named Michael T. Goodin as managing attorney of its Memphis office. In his role, Goodin will be involved with day-to-day litigation and firm management. He will also collaborate on continued development of inventive strategies for the firm’s clients. Goodin actively practices in the areas of general liability, professional liability, premises and employment law. He is charged with expanding HAT Memphis’ health care practice, an area in which he represents senior services providers along the continuum of care, including skilled nursing, assisted living, behavioral health, home health and hospice litigation.

Ann Peldo Cargile, a partner in Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP’s Nashville office, has received the 2017 Legacy Award from Women in Commercial Real Estate (WCRE) Nashville. The Legacy Award recognizes a WCRE member who exemplifies the highest standards of professional, social and cultural leadership and who has given freely of time and energy to the promotion of excellence in commercial real estate. Cargile was given the honor for serving as a role model for women who are striving to learn, move up in their companies, and be known as experts in the commercial real estate profession, according to WCRE.

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC has added two new attorneys to its Tennessee offices. Kristin C. Dunavant is a senior corporate attorney in the Memphis office who counsels public and private companies in a variety of corporate, transactional and securities law matters. Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Dunavant served as assistant general counsel at Pinnacle Agriculture Holdings LLC. She is a 2008 graduate of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Taylor M. Sample, an associate in the firm’s Nashville office, represents clients in government actions, investigations and related litigation, particularly involving the False Claims Act, Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute. Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Sample served as a law clerk to the Hon. Sarah Evans Barker of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Sample earned his law degree from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 2015.

The Southeast Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (SETLAW) recently recognized its 2017 recipient of the Lioness of the Bar award, Marcy Eason of Miller & Martin. Eason, a former TBA president, was honored at a reception on Sept. 28 in Chattanooga. One reason for Eason’s selection was her passion for promoting pro bono services and access to justice efforts, according to SETLAW president Sara McManus. Eason said the award was special to her because of the notable previous recipients, including Selma Cash Paty, Virginia Love and Judge Marie Williams.

Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands Gary Housepian is stepping down from the position he's held for 10 years. “It has been an honor to be part of this work for these past 10 years and to see our work expand to meet challenging situations – for youth, the elderly and persons who were formerly incarcerated – to fight barriers and shine the light of justice for all,” Housepian said. He will stay on with the organization until a new director is hired.

The U.S. Senate confirmed in September Belmont University College of Law professor Donald Cochran and District Attorney General for the 25th Judicial District Mike Dunavant as U.S. attorneys for Middle and West Tennessee, respectively. Cochran will cover Nashville and surrounding counties while Dunavant will serve the 22-county Western District, including Memphis and the surrounding area.


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