Honorees of the Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award in attendance at the 2019 Association of Women Attorneys banquet are shown below, from left: Ellen B. Vergos (1998); Linda L. Holmes (2002); Hon. Janice M. Holder (1999); Jocelyn Wurzburg (2019); Amy J. Amundsen (2007); Barbara Zoccola (2006); Hon. Claudia Haltom (2018); and Blanchard E. Tual (1995), the only male honored in AWA history. Frances Loring, who died in 2009, was the first recipient of the award (in 1989) now named after her.

Fisher Phillips recently named new partners across its offices, including Memphis attorney Courtney Leyes who represents employers throughout Mississippi and the greater Memphis-metropolitan area. Leyes focuses her practice on litigation related to discrimination and harassment in the workplace, wage and hour issues and Fair Labor Standards Act actions. She also is a frequent speaker on LGBT issues in the workplace.


Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan recently added four attorneys to its offices. Evan Vineyard joined the Chattanooga office where he will focus on general civil litigation. Larry Cheng and Darren Smith joined the Nashville office where they will focus on general civil litigation. Chris Sherman joined the Knoxville office and will split his practice between civil litigation and estate planning. He holds a master of laws in estate planning and has eight years of experience handling probate and fiduciary litigation, insurance defense
and workers’ compensation.



The Nashville lobbying firm Smith Harris & Carr is now Harris Frazier Government Relations. The name change reflects the addition of Meagan Frazier as a named partner. Frazier joined the firm in 2003 and became a partner in 2008. She has extensive experience with hospital, health care, business and transportation law. Lou Alsobrooks, the other attorney on staff, joined the office in 2013. He serves as the firm’s lead researcher, helping clients find answers to complex legislative and regulatory questions as well as helping them navigate the government procurement process.


Waller has elected five new partners. Caitlyn W. Page assists physicians, hospitals and health systems in mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. Jonah L. Price handles domestic and cross-border acquisition financing, asset-based lending, working capital financing, corporate restructuring and bankruptcy proceedings. Stephen Quinn assists clients across the health care industry in complex mergers and acquisitions and securities and corporate governance matters. Wells Trompeter represents corporate clients in government investigations and civil and criminal enforcement actions. Joseph L. Watson is a commercial litigator with experience representing financial services institutions, real estate owners, developers and contractors.

Former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam appointed several members to the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Reform Implementation Council before leaving office. The group will monitor reforms recently enacted by the state legislature and continue working on new initiatives. TBA members among the council are state Sen. Raumesh Akbari, Stewart County General Sessions & Juvenile Judge Andy Brigham, Nashville attorney Cindy Chappell, Senior Advisor to the Governor Brandon Gibson, AOC General Counsel Rachel Harmon, Shelby County Deputy District Attorney General Ray Lepone, Deputy Counsel to the Governor Clark Milner and Right on Crime Director Julie Warren.

Nashville attorney Lauren Curry has been named a member at Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison. Curry has been with the firm since 2012 and focuses her practice on business litigation and insurance coverage disputes. Prior to graduating from Vanderbilt University Law School, she was a patrol officer and mounted horse patrol officer with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.


The Nashville Metro Council recently named 11 members to a citizen-led board that will review the actions of Nashville police. TBA members among the group are Bob Cooper and Matthew Sweeney. Cooper worked as legal counsel under former Gov. Phil Bredesen before serving as state attorney general from 2006 to 2014. He is currently a member of the compliance and government investigations practice group at Bass Berry & Sims. Sweeney is an attorney at Baker Donelson and has a background in white-collar criminal defense and class action and shareholder derivative litigation. He previously served as a Davidson County Circuit Court judge.

The 2019 Unity in Diversity Scholarship Banquet was held Feb. 7 in Memphis with a keynote address by former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater. Awards were presented to firms demonstrating a commitment to diversity and inclusion. Butler Snow was recognized in the large firm category, Spence Law Firm was recognized in the small firm category and International Paper was recognized in the corporate category. The event raised more than $90,000 to fund diversity scholarships and diversity initiatives.

Nashville lawyer Patricia Head Moskal, a partner with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, was appointed to the 20th Judicial District Chancery Court in January. She replaces retiring Part I Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman. Moskal has more than 30 years of experience as a trial and appellate lawyer handling business and commercial disputes.
Colleagues, friends and family recently celebrated the judicial service of Chancellor Bonnyman at a reception in Nashville. Bonnyman served on the chancery court for 15 years, winning election three times. Prior to taking the bench, she served as an assistant district attorney and as clerk and master for the court starting in 1989. She was the first president of the Lawyers’ Association for Women, an organization she helped found.

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings has elevated six attorneys in its Nashville office to partners. Kristi Wilcox Arth handles a wide variety of litigation and intellectual property matters. Marc Bussone advises clients on a broad range of employee benefit and executive compensation matters. Alexandra Dugan represents financial services and mortgage company clients with compliance matters. Lauren B. Jacques focuses her practice on assisting clients in the health care industry in a wide range of regulatory, operational and transactional matters. Fritz Spainhour represents national and global life sciences and health care companies in litigation matters. In addition, Lauren P. Schick was named of counsel. She represents developers, landlords and tenants in a variety of commercial real estate and leasing-related matters.

Jenna Fullerton has joined the Chattanooga office of Miller & Martin. She previously served as law clerk for Judge Travis R. McDonough on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. At the firm, she will focus her practice on general civil litigation, commercial litigation, insurance litigation, intellectual property and white collar/corporate investigations. The firm also has named three attorneys in its Chattanooga office to membership. Lynzi Archibald practices in the Litigation Department with a focus on health care fraud and abuse and whistleblower protections. Michael Dumitru practices in the Litigation Department with a focus on complex commercial cases, contract disputes and construction disputes. Alan Madison practices in the Corporate Department where he focuses his practice on debt financing and mergers and acquisitions.

Gov. Bill Lee recently named members of his cabinet. TBA members among the group are Tennessee Court of Appeals Judge Brandon Gibson and Gabe Roberts. Gibson was named a senior advisor in the Office of the Governor. Her portfolio will include criminal justice reform and prioritizing the needs of rural communities. Roberts was appointed deputy director and chief operating officer of TennCare. He previously served as general counsel of
the agency.

Nashville-based law firm Ortale Kelley recently opened a new office in Memphis at 2670 Union Ave., Suite 1122, Memphis 38112. Charles M. Weirich Jr. has joined the firm and will head the office. With 27 years of trial experience, he focuses his practice on personal injury, business, and probate and estate cases.

The Nashville law firm of Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella has added two new associates to its office. Covington Dismukes joins the firm’s Business Services Team while Kimberly Macdonald joins the Trial & Appellate Litigation Team. Dismukes will focus her practice on corporate law, business transactions, taxation, securities regulation and nonprofit law. Macdonald will handle civil litigation, including personal injury matters, contract disputes and family law.


Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin attorney Will Smith has been elected a member in the firm. Smith practices in the firm’s Real Estate Section with a focus in the areas of finance, real estate, commercial transactions, commercial leasing and general business planning.


Adams and Reese has elected two Nashville attorneys to partnership in the firm. Rob Breunig handles executive compensation and compensatory benefit plans and represents companies in mergers and acquisitions. Kristina Montanaro Schrader serves as the Anti-Counterfeiting Team Leader. Her global intellectual property practice focuses on cybersecurity, entertainment and new media.



Nashville lawyer Michael S. Goode has joined Lewis Thomason as special counsel. He will focus his work on tax, business and estate planning matters. He also has extensive experience preparing estate and business succession plans and working with clients to find solutions to their wealth preservation needs.

Knoxville Bar Association presented its President’s Award to Sixth Judicial District Circuit Court Judge Deborah C. Stevens in recognition of her longtime service on the KBA’s Diversity in Profession Committee. Judge Stevens was appointed to the Knoxville circuit court in 2013 and won election to a full term in 2014. She previously practiced law as a shareholder, and for many years as president, of the Knoxville office of Lewis King.

Burr & Forman named three attorneys to partnership in the firm. Lindsey Arnold and Patrick Warfield practice in the Nashville office. Arnold is a member of the Lending Practice Group, representing financial institutions, private equity groups, specialty lenders and borrowers. Warfield is a member of the Creditor Rights & Bankruptcy Practice Group, where he focuses on complex commercial litigation, bankruptcy, landlord-tenant disputes and creditors’ rights matters. Taylor Johnson works in the Mobile, Alabama, office as a member of the Commercial Litigation Practice Group. She focuses her practice on complex business and insurance litigation and financial services litigation.


Burch, Porter & Johnson recently named two attorneys as members of the firm. Charles “Chas” Silvestri Higgins focuses his practice on commercial and business litigation, personal injury and medical malpractice litigation and white collar investigations. Gary S. Peeples focuses his practice on labor and employment law and commercial litigation.


The national law firm Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani has opened an office in Nashville as part of an expansion push. The office is located at 222 Second Ave. South, Suite 1700, Nashville 37201 and can be reached at 615-772-9000. Partners from the firm’s Denver and Houston offices will manage and staff the office. Robert Blanchfield, formerly in private practice in the Nashville area, also has joined the office.

Long, Ragsdale & Waters has named four attorneys as shareholders in the firm. W. Michael Baisley has been with the firm since 2018. He focuses in the areas of business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, corporate law, real estate transactions and private securities. Kyle A. Baisley has been with the firm since 2016. He focuses on commercial business and real estate transactions, entrepreneurial law, securities law, estate planning and firearms law. Taylor D. Forrester has been with the firm since 2016. He focuses on zoning and land use, real estate development and finance, business transactions, and government relations and regulatory affairs. Alexander Oaks Waters has been with the firm since 2013. He focuses on commercial real estate development, conservation easements, entrepreneurial law, franchise law and business transactions.

Franklin attorney Matthew Wright with Wright Law has been certified as a truck accident law advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Wright has served as lead counsel in numerous truck accident cases and as a frequent speaker to national trucking groups. He is a member of The Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys and chair of the American
Association for Justice’s Trucking Litigation Group.

Lauren Poole, an associate attorney at Taylor, Pigue, Marchetti and Blair received the 2018 Nashville Bar Journal Contributor of the Year Award at the association’s annual meeting in December. Poole, who was recently named co-chair of the publication’s Editorial Committee, practices civil litigation, including bankruptcy and creditors’ rights at her firm.


Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, the nation’s largest minority and women owned law firm, has opened offices in Memphis and Nashville. The new offices will be co-managed by partners Howard B. Hayden and Minton P. Mayer, who were previously partners at Wiseman Ashworth Law Group in Nashville. Also joining the Nashville office is Pamela Bagley Webb, who previously served as litigation counsel to GuideOne Insurance Company, and associate Kimberly Sterling, formerly of Wiseman Ashworth.

A number of Tennessee lawyers have been named new fellows of the American Bar Association. These inductees include Sheri A. Fox and Don W. Poole of Chattanooga; Amy Everhart and James G. Martin III of Franklin; Katherine Sanford Goodner of Knoxville; David T. Black of Maryville; William D. Massey and Henry C. Shelton III of Memphis; and Reynolds Davies Jr., Angela Humphreys and Randall L. Kinnard of Nashville.

Bass, Berry & Sims has added Cheyne Harris to its Memphis office as an associate and Ryan A. Lee to its Nashville office as of counsel. Harris will practice in the area of real estate, construction, financial services and debt financing transactions. Lee will advise clients on various construction-related litigation matters. The firm also recently elected new members. TBA members among the group are James Polk Moneyhun Jr. in the Knoxville office, Jonathan E. Nelson and Shannon Wiley in the Memphis office, and Timothy J. Browne and Katie Day in the Nashville office. Moneyhun focuses his practice in public finance matters and property tax abatement, tax increment financing and other governmental incentives to promote economic development. Nelson represents companies in business disputes including cases breach of contract, shareholder derivative actions, breach of fiduciary duty and commercial torts. Wiley focuses her practice on health care regulatory and transactional matters with a specific emphasis on the pharmaceutical industry. Browne counsels clients in the areas of professional sports, media, entertainment, technology, marketing and advertising. Day handles a variety of financing transactions, including construction and acquisition financings.



The Washington County Bar Association recently elected new officers for 2019. TBA members among them are President Brandy Balding with Hancock, Daniel & Johnson; President-Elect Lindsay Daniel with East Tennessee State University; Vice President Jesse Campbell with the Law Offices of Seaton & Bates; and Secretary Darcee Kubisiak, attorney at law. Board members include Andrew Cunnyngham, Laurel Farrell, Solange McDaniel, Richard Phillips, Tom Smith and Morgan Taylor.

Nashville lawyer Michelle Poss was elected president of the Conservatorship Association of Tennessee Board of Directors. She focuses her practice on conservatorships, wills and estates, elder law issues and Social Security disability claims.

Stuart A. Burkhalter has been named a member of the law firm of Riley Warnock & Jacobson, where he will focus his practice on complex commercial litigation, employment issues, commercial real estate and intellectual property litigation. He also frequently represents health care providers in managed care disputes and other litigation.


Leah A. Greene and Kendra A. Lyons have joined the Memphis office of Butler Snow. Both will practice in the firm’s Business Services Group. Greene will focus on health care transactions and regulatory matters. Lyons will work in the areas of health care, medical malpractice defense, labor and employment, and professional liability defense. The firm also recently announced the addition of eight attorneys in its Nashville office. Tara L. Blake, Katelyn E. Marshall and Matthew P. Smith have joined the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Healthcare Litigation Group. Hannah Kay Hunt, Terrence M. McKelvey and Elizabeth W. Moreton have joined the Commercial Litigation Group. Remington A. Shepard has joined the Business Services Group where he will handle corporate finance, securities and mergers and acquisitions. Former Tennessee Department of Commerce Assistant Attorney General Benjamin A. Whitehouse has joined the Regulatory and Government Relations Practice Group where he will focus on general insurance and captive insurance matters. The firm also announced that the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands has named Erin Palmer Polly as chair of its 2019 Campaign for Equal Justice. Polly focuses her practice on commercial litigation, civil rights, professional liability and general litigation in the Nashville office. She is a longtime participant in the Legal Aid Society’s Volunteer Lawyers Program and received the Pro Bono Leadership Award in 2014 for her work with the organization.

Hudson Cook has promoted Erica Kramer to an equity partner of the firm. Kramer, who works in the Ooltewah office, focuses her practice on consumer financial services and regulatory compliance matters including the Military Lending Act, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Gearhiser, Peters, Elliott & Cannon has promoted Justin B. Faith to be a member of the firm. Faith practices in the areas of commercial litigation, estate administration, construction matters, employment law, personal injury cases and municipality law. He is active in the TBA Young Lawyers Division and is a 2018 graduate of the TBA Leadership Law program.



Stites & Harbison has promoted Brenton Lankford and Sean Ritchie to member in the firm’s Nashville office. Lankford practices in the field of domestic relations. Ritchie is a registered patent attorney with a focus on chemical, life sciences and materials science technologies. The firm also announced that Nashville attorney John Wingo has been named a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. This peer-selected and invitation-only society recognizes attorneys for their accomplishments in litigation as well as their ethical reputation. Wingo focuses on business transactions and commercial litigation defense work. 




HENRY MARTIN “MARK” HARTZOG died Jan. 15. He was 78 years old. A TBA Senior Counselor, he also was the senior member of Hartzog & Silva PLC in Franklin. Hartzog graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology and entered the U.S. Marines. After the Vietman war, he attended and graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Following graduation, he moved to Franklin and joined the firm of Dave Alexander. He served for 17 years as legal counsel for the Williamson County Board of Realtors, was a partner with Heritage Title & Escrow Company and was active on the boards of various banks and civic clubs. Memorial donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity, Friends of Radnor Lake, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, First Presbyterian Church Franklin or First Presbyterian Church Nashville.

Longtime Cookeville attorney L. DEAN MOORE died Jan. 13 at the age of 77. After graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Law, Dean entered the U.S. Army and served in the JAG Corps. He was stationed in Washington, D.C., for three years and then returned to Tennessee. He joined the firm of Moore, Rader, Fitzpatrick and York, where he practiced until his death. Moore was active in the Jaycees and Rotary as well as the Bryan Symphony Orchestra. Memorial donations may be made to the Cookeville First United Methodist Church, 165 East Broad St., Cookeville 38501.

ROY PATRICK NEUENSCHWANDER died Jan. 13. He was 70 years of age. Neuenschwander grew up in Knoxville and graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1973. He practiced law for four decades as a solo practioner, focusing on general litigation and disability issues.

Longtime Knoxville lawyer GARY W. WRIGHT died Jan. 21 at the age of 66. A 1977 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, Wright started his legal career as a prosecutor for the National Labor Relations Board. In 1983, he joined Wimberly Lawson Wright Daves & Jones in its Morristown office. He later joined the firm’s Knoxville office and served for several years as the firm manager. Wright practiced labor and employment law for decades before retiring to Taos, New Mexico. Memorial donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Taos, 215 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos 87571.

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