Success! & Passages

Former TBA president and Sevierville attorney Cynthia Richardson Wyrick was sworn in as a U.S. magistrate judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee on Sept. 30. She was appointed to the post by Chief Judge Pamela L. Reeves, who is also a former TBA president, to replace former Magistrate Judge Clifton L. Corker, who was appointed a federal district judge in July. Wyrick will serve in the court’s Northeastern Division in Greeneville. Wyrick, a University of Tennessee College of Law graduate, has been a member of the law firm of Ogle, Wyrick & Associates in Sevierville since 1996. She has also served as the city attorney for Pigeon Forge.

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Bass, Berry & Sims recently announced new leadership for its private equity teams. Angela Humphreys and Ryan Thomas have been appointed co-chairs of the Healthcare Private Equity Team. Thomas also will serve as chair of the general industry Private Equity Team. The teams are designed to bring attorneys from numerous disciplines together to provide legal assistance throughout the lifecycle of an investment. Humphreys also serves as chair of the firm’s Health Care Practice and the Health Law and Life Sciences Committee of the ABA’s Business Law Section. Thomas is active in the Association for Corporate Growth and the ABA’s Mergers and Acquisitions Committee.

Former FedEx Express litigation chief Connie Lewis Lensing has joined the Nashville office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings. Lensing served as senior vice president at FedEx Express for almost 30 years. She also led the environmental, risk management and compliance groups. At Bradley, she will serve as counsel in the Litigation Practice Group. Lensing pioneered the “in-housing” of litigation for corporate legal departments. She has been active in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform, International Association of Defense Counsel, Lawyers for Civil Justice, Tennessee Trial Court Vacancy Commission and Leo Bearman Sr. American Inn of Court.

Frost Brown Todd, which has offices in Nashville, recently announced it will undergo a 12-month voluntary tracking process developed by Diversity Lab to gauge its commitment to diversity. The Mansfield Rule 3.0 measures whether the firm has affirmatively considered at least 30 percent women, lawyers of color, and LGBTQ+ lawyers for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, senior lateral positions and formal client pitch opportunities. New this year, Diversity Lab will look at the inclusion of lawyers with disabilities. The review will wrap up in July 2020.

Legal Aid of East Tennessee (LAET) held its Community Justice Pro Bono Night on Sept. 20 in Chattanooga. TBA members among those receiving awards included LAET attorney Cathy Allshouse, who received the Pro Bono Award; Chancellor Jeffrey Stewart, who received the Access to Justice Award; and William “Trey” Harris with the Harris Law Firm, who was inducted into the Pro Bono Hall of Fame. AT RIGHT: Robin Musumeci and Marcy Eason accept the Firm of the Year on behalf of Miller & Martin, presented by Lynda Hood.

The YWCA of Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley has named Joy Radice, associate professor and director of clinical programs at the University of Tennessee College of Law, as its 2019 Tribute to Women Award winner in the education category. Radice was selected for her dedication to the legal profession, pro bono work and extensive research on overcoming legal obstacles created by a criminal record. Joan Heminway, the Rick Rose Distinguished Professor of Law at the school, was a finalist for the award. Community Mediation Center Executive Director Jacqueline Kittrell was a finalist in the arts & culture category.

Media lawyer Paul R. McAdoo has joined the Nashville office of Adams and Reese as special counsel. A 2006 graduate of the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law, McAdoo has focused his career on First Amendment, open government, public records, copyright, trademark and complex litigation. He previously was a partner with Aaron Sanders PLLC and practiced in Michigan and Florida. McAdoo is chair of the TBA’s Communications Law Section and was instrumental in creating the section’s workshop for reporters.

Wilson County Schools has named an alternative learning facility in honor of Wilson County General Sessions and Juvenile Court Judge C. Barry Tatum. The school says Tatum worked with local students for many years, including those who appeared in his court. The “Barry Tatum Academy” is located on Stumpy Lane in Lebanon and houses the Modified Academic Program as well as the Tennessee Virtual Online Schools Program.

Gerard Stranch, managing partner of Nashville-based Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, has been named as counsel for the class in the pending multi-district national opioid litigation in Cleveland, Ohio. More than 1,500 cases involving states, counties, cities and other entities have been consolidated into the class with plaintiffs alleging manufacturers misrepresented the risks of the drug and distributors failed to monitor suspicious orders. Stranch is one of six attorneys advising the class.

The ABA Death Penalty Representation Project has recognized supervisory assistant federal defender Kelley J. Henry with the 2019 John Paul Stevens Guiding Hand of Counsel Award. The group honored Henry for leading a “groundbreaking challenge to the state’s execution protocol, developing new scientific evidence on the possibility of torturous executions that has shaped similar lawsuits across the country.” Henry works in Nashville representing men and women on death row.

The Nashville office of Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani has hired attorney Julie-Karel Elkin as senior counsel. She joins the firm’s Business Transaction and Commercial Litigation practice groups, where she will handle business transactions, commercial litigation, advertising and e-commerce. She previously worked at Spicer Rudstrom. The office also announced it has moved from downtown Nashville to Williamson County. The new address is 3401 Mallory Ln., Ste. 120, Franklin 37067. It can be reached at 615-772-9000.

New York-based law firm Barton LLP opened an office in Nashville with veteran Nashville attorney Marc Dedman as its new partner in charge. Dedman most recently served as managing partner for Spicer Rudstrom. With roughly 40 attorneys, Barton bills itself as a boutique, high-touch firm. It has signed a short-term lease inside Gulch Crossing at 1033 Demonbreun St., Nashville 37203. Dedman can be reached at or 615-340-6790.

Former magistrate and chancery court judge James McSween Jr. has received the 2019 Cocke County Citizenship Award, which recognizes and honors a deserving person who demonstrates care for the community and its citizens. It also encourages volunteerism, philanthropy and community involvement. McSween graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1953 and began practicing law in 1954. In 1962, he was appointed to serve as a part-time U.S. commissioner, later renamed magistrate judge. In 1967, he was named chancellor of the former 13th Chancery Division.

Bryan College in Dayton has named its new Stophel Center for long-time supporters Jackie and Glenn Stophel. The building, will house the admissions, advancement and marketing departments. Glenn Stophel served as a member of the college board for 16 years, as chair of the board for seven years and as legal counsel to the college. A graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, he later served as a member of the TBA House of Delegates and was appointed by President Gerald Ford to the first board of directors of the Legal Services Corporation. Stophel currently serves as president of several private family foundations.

The Tennessee Supreme Court has chosen Davidson County Chancellor Anne Martin to oversee the Business Court Docket Pilot Project. She succeeds Judge Joe Binkley and Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle. The pilot program was established in 2015 and 136 litigants have requested transfers to the specialized docket. Martin began hearing cases on Nov. 1. She has served as chancellor since 2018 and previously worked at Bone McAllester Norton and Dodson Parker & Behm.

Former TBA President and Alamo lawyer Jim Emison has launched Tennesseans for Historical Justice, a new organization dedicated to revealing historical truth regarding civil rights crimes in Tennessee and striving for restorative justice and healing. Emison was instrumental in bringing attention to the unsolved 1940 murder of civil rights activist Elbert Williams in Brownsville in his book Elbert Williams: First to Die.

Gary Wade, the dean of the Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law in Knoxville, will step down at the end of the school year. Wade gained recognition as the youngest mayor of Sevierville and later rose to become a chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court. He has also been a private attorney, alderman and city law director.

Nashville attorney Phillip Miller has been accepted into the Baylor University Executive LLM program and received the Baylor Law Dean’s Scholarship for his participation. He will pursue a degree in litigation management. The program, taught by top litigation management experts, is designed for working professionals. Miller will continue his personal injury law practice as well as his speaking and trial consultant work while working on his degree.

Allison Starnes-Anglea, director of career services at the Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law, recently hosted a successful orientation for second -year law students. The inaugural program, developed by Starnes-Anglea, covered resume drafting and networking skills. Attending law students also received a complimentary professional headshot to aid in their job searches. This announcement previously ran in the October issue of the Tennessee Bar Journal with the wrong photo. We apologize for the error.

Kate Prince, the TBA’s leadership development & innovations coordinator, is transitioning to the newly created position of digital media and leadership development coordinator. She will work in producing the daily TBA Today newsletter with Barry Kolar and Stacey Shrader Joslin, who has increased her duties to include writing for TBA Today. Prince also hosts the TBA Podcast network, which includes the BarBuzz, Sidebar and HealthyBar programs, and she will continue to coordinate the TBA Leadership Law Program (TBALL). She will also lead the TBA’s social media efforts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, which had been coordinated by Katharine Heriges, who recently left the TBA after four years to become a political consultant with Participant LLC.

Patricia E. Adrian and W. Bradley Gilmer have joined the Memphis office of Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh as members. Adrian’s practice focuses on residential and commercial real estate, economic development, business and commercial transactions. She previously
was a partner at Farris Bobango. Gilmer has 18 years of experience in representing doctors, hospitals, nursing homes and other health care providers in medical malpractice cases and investigations. He previously worked with Baker Donelson’s health care liability group.

Amber Griffin Shaw, longtime law partner of J. Houston Gordon at the Gordon Shaw Law Group, and Carly Mills, a former associate with Gordon Shaw, have joined Harris Shelton. Shaw joins as a member and will continue to focus on personal injury, fraud, class action, products liability and business litigation cases. Mills joins as an associate and will handle criminal defense, personal injury, probate and wills. Both will serve in the firm’s new Covington office, located at 114 West Liberty Ave., Ste. 202, Covington 38019. The office can be reached at 901-476-7100.

Stites & Harbison has welcomed Mary Lu Noah to its Nashville office. She will serve in the firm’s Real Estate & Banking Service Group where she will handle real estate and environmental issues. Prior to joining Stites & Harbison, Noah was assistant district counsel for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Nashville District where she was the primary real estate and natural resource attorney for three years. During law school, Noah focused on environmental and international law, completing internships with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of State and the United Nations.


Former Memphis judge MORGAN CARRINGTON FOWLER died July 20 at age 96. A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, Fowler served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Following the war, he practiced law in Memphis, and in 1963, was appointed to the Shelby County General Sessions Court. He subsequently won two elections to the post and was elected president of the Tennessee General Sessions Judges’ Association. Though not deaf himself, Fowler was active in the deaf community, coaching deaf recreational basketball and softball teams, teaching sign language and serving as chair of the Interpreting Service for the Deaf.

Johnson City lawyer SAMUEL BURKHEAD MILLER died Aug. 25 at the age of 93. Miller earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1951. He practiced law for more than 55 years, first with the law firm of Cox, Epps, Taylor, Miller & Weller and then with its successor firms, now Weller Miller Carrier & Hickie. After retirement, he continued providing legal services to select clients as a sole practitioner. Among his many contributions, Miller served on the Tri-City Airport Commission, was instrumental in development of Johnson City as a regional medical hub, served on the board of several health care companies, and was a member of the city’s Health & Education Facilities Board for many years. He also was a key advisor to the city on the structuring of bond issues that were critical in the creation of and continuing operation of the Mountain States Health Alliance. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to church’s youth ministry.

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