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Class of 2016

Rachel Dix Bishop has joined the Nashville firm of Stites & Harbison, PLLC as an attorney. Bishop enjoys a diverse practice of both litigation and transactional work. As a creative and enthusiastic problem solver, she is committed to serving the needs of her clients while also facilitating a practical understanding of the law. Bishop focuses her practice on Employment Law, Intellectual Property, Business Services and Litigation.

William J. Kent has joined Bass, Berry & Sims PLC in Nashville, Tennessee as an associate in the Corporate & Securities Practice Group. Kent will counsel clients on corporate and securities issues including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, and securities matters and filings.

Chandler A. Lawson has joined the Chattanooga office of Leitner, Williams, PLLC

Class of 2015

W. Casey Dunlap was one of 18 new attorneys to join the Nashville firm of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP in 2015. Dunlap assists hospitals, health systems and other healthcare providers with compliance issues related to Medicare and Medicaid regulations and change of ownership filings, license applications required in healthcare mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures.

R. Kent Francis has joined the Memphis office of Wiseman Ashworth Law Group as an associate. Francis is involved in all phases of litigation and trial preparation and appears in all state courts of record in West and Middle Tennessee.

Alex J. Porter was one of 18 new attorneys to join the Nashville firm of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP in 2015. Porter assists publicly traded and privately held companies in the healthcare and financial services industries in transactional matters involving the acquisition and disposition of real estate assets. He also provides counsel to real estate developers and owners in the development of mixed-use and multi-tenant office properties.

Jeremy A. Poynter was one of 18 new attorneys to join the Nashville firm of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP in 2015. Poynter focuses his legal practice on healthcare regulatory compliance and operations, including federal and state anti-kickback regulations and self-referral prohibitions and other regulatory and operational issues. He also assists with change of ownership filings and license applications required in healthcare mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures.

Brandon K. Thompkins was one of 18 new attorneys to join the Nashville firm of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP in 2015. Thompkins assists employers in the healthcare, retail and manufacturing industries in employment law matters involving lawsuits and charges brought under a wide range of federal labor and employment laws.

Logan Threadgill recently joined the Chattanooga office of Carr Allison as an associate.

Class of 2014

Matt San Roman of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP has been selected for the Fall 2016 Class of the Nashville Young Leaders Council.

Willie Santana was recently awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. award for Service and Advocacy by the Morristown Task Force on Diversity during their annual MLK Day breakfast on January 18, 2016 for his work with HOLA Lakeway. Through Santana’s efforts, the Morristown Utility System now allows all persons living in Morristown to change their utility service to another address using a form of identification other than a driver’s license or passport. Previously, many people (particularly those of Hispanic descent) were living in substandard housing because they could not change the address of their utility service.

Class of 2011

Gadson William (Will) Perry, an attorney at Butler Snow’s Memphis office, was recently selected for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s Fellows Program. LCLD is an organization of more than 265 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who have dedicated themselves to creating a truly diverse U.S. legal profession. Perry is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Written & Appellate Advocacy Practice Groups. He has four years of experience resolving commercial legal disputes and spent one year clerking for the Honorable Bernice Bouie Donald, Circuit Judge, on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Class of 2010

Federico A. Flores has joined the Knoxville  firm of Spicer Rudstrom PLLC. He has a strong background in criminal litigation, with particular practice in DUI litigation. He is also experienced in immigration litigation against the federal government.

George Green has been promoted to member at the Atlanta, Georgia law firm of Weinberg, Wheeler, Hudgins, Gunn & Dial.

Jeremy A. Oliver was one of 18 new attorneys to join the Nashville firm of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP. Oliver assists clients in complex business and commercial litigation involving contract disputes, partnership disputes, business torts, claims of tortious interference, products liability matters and debtor-creditor disputes.

John K. “Jack” Shelton of Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh, PLLC, was recently named to the West Tennessee District Export Council by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce for his international trade leadership and influence in Memphis. In his new role, Shelton will serve as a valuable resource to U.S. exporters, especially small and medium-sized enterprises in the area. He will serve alongside representatives from FedEx, Drexel Chemical, Mueller Industries and several other Mid-South entities.

Brad Vaughan was recently named staff attorney to Judge Charles J. Bethel of the Court of Appeals of Georgia. Brad joins the Court of Appeals staff after spending time as a lobbyist for the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia and a legislative analyst for the Georgia Senate.

Class of 2009

Sarah Walters has recently joined the Dallas office of Winstead PC, a national business law firm with more than 325 attorneys. Walters is now a Corporate Commercial Transactions and Outsourcing Counsellor. She will advise companies on planning, structuring, implementing franchises, and distribution and licensing.

Class of 2008

Lillian Blackshear has been elected to membership at Bass, Berry & Sims. She represents an array of governmental entities, investment banks and commercial banks on public finance matters and debt issuances throughout Tennessee. Blackshear earned a J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law (2008) and a B.A. from Spelman College (2005).

Leslie (Morrow) Ford has been elected to membership at Bass, Berry & Sims. She represents public and private borrowers, institutional lenders and private equity investors in a wide range of complex financing transactions involving significant extensions of credit, including syndicated credit facilities, acquisition financings, first and second lien credit facilities, asset-based financings and loan workouts and restructurings. Ford received a J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law (2008) and a B.A. from Vanderbilt University (2004).

Burke Keaty has been named a shareholder in the Law Offices of John Day, P.C. in Nashville, TN. Burke focuses his practice on helping victims of negligent driving and other careless conduct resulting in personal injury and wrongful death. He is a 2008 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. He has earned an AV Preeminent 5.0 Martindale-Hubbell ranking and has been selected as a Super Lawyers Mid-South Rising Star from 2014 to 2016.

Tamara J. (Tilley) Lindsay will join the law firm of Holland & Hart in Denver, Colorado, in November 2016. For the past few years, Tamara has been the Senior Associate in the construction litigation practice group in the New Orleans office of Coats Rose, PC. In joining Holland & Hart, Tamara will continue her focus on construction-related matters as a member of the REConFB (real estate, construction, financial institutions and bankruptcy) team. Her practice entails representing owners, developers, and contractors throughout the entire lifecycle of the project, from acquisition and procurement to dispute resolution. Tamara is an active member of the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law and was that organization’s sole nominee for the 2016 National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award.

Tamara was also selected to serve as the U.S. Commercial and Contracts Director for MWH Constructors. MWH is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Stantec and is headquarted in Broomfield, Colorado. In this role, Tamara will direct the legal and commercial aspects of over a billion dollars a year of construction throughout the United States. She will also supplement renewable energy projects located in the UK.

Holly N. Mancl has joined the Charlotte office of labor and employment law firm Fisher Phillips as an associate. Before joining Fisher Phillips, a firm of 350 attorneys across 33 offices, Mancl served as an associate at PennStuart in Bristol, Tennessee. She graduated summa cum laude from Queens University of Charlotte with a Bachelor of Arts in both Political Science and Business Administration.

Class of 2007

Brockton B. Bosson has been elected partner at Cahill Gordon & Reindel in the New York office.  His practice focuses on internal investigations, compliance counseling, white-collar criminal defense, and securities litigation.

Amy Allen Hinson has been elected as a new member (partner) of Nexsen Pruet. Hinson strategizes with clients concerning intellectual property protection and portfolio management, prepares and prosecutes patent, trademark, and copyright applications in the U.S. and internationally, and enforces patent, trademark, and copyright rights for clients through litigation and proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Jennifer G. Rowlett has joined Adams and Reese as Special Counsel in the Litigation Practice Group in its Nashville office. Practicing law since 2007, Rowlett is an accomplished trial attorney with significant experience serving as first chair in insurance defense jury trials. She focuses her practice on complex litigation involving health care liability, motor carrier liability and labor and employment matters. She represents physicians, medical groups, hospitals and long-term care facilities throughout the state of Tennessee in medical malpractice and nursing home litigation.

Class of 2006

Matthew J. Lindsay has joined the Colorado Attorney General’s office as an Assistant Attorney General for the Public Utilities Commission. Before joining the Colorado Attorney General’s office, Matthew was the Chief of Staff for the New Orleans City Council. He also previously served as the Deputy Chief of Litigation for the New Orleans City Attorney’s office. Matthew is widely recognized as a leader in the public sector having been designated as Louisiana’s representative for the 2016 County Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C. and selected for admission to the prestigious Norman C. Francis Leadership Institute prior to his relocation to Denver. He recently presented at the National Association of Counties’ annual meeting in Long Beach, California, concerning effective policies and programs for eliminating homelessness for the veteran population.

Brad Morgan was named director of the Bettye B. Lewis Career Center at the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Charles R. Patrick was recently named a Member of Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, PLLC. Patrick is with the firm’s Memphis office and his practice focuses primarily on general civil litigation, personal injury defense and workers’ compensation.

Joshua Phillips was recently elevated to partner in the Nashville office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings. Phillips is a member of Bradley’s Litigation and Financial Services practice groups. His practice concentrates on complex business and commercial disputes, enforcement of non-competes, healthcare litigation, products liability defense, and representing financial institutions and mortgage companies in civil litigation matters.

Class of 2005

Candi Henry has been named a shareholder at Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella.

Class of 2003

Gerald Miller received the Alleghany County North Carolina Board of Education Principal of the Year Award.

Class of 2002

David P. Wright has been named partner at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP. Wright Real Estate represents commercial landlords, tenants, and real estate developers primarily in the healthcare industry. His experience involves a wide range of complex transaction including the leasing, acquisition, disposition, financing and developing of hospitals, medical office buildings and outpatient facilities. He also advises clients on the regulatory issues involved in healthcare real estate transactions. Wright graduated cum laude in 2002 from the University of Tennessee College of Law and earned his B.B.A., magna cum laude, in 1999 from the University of Mississippi.

 Class of 2000

Brad A. Lampley has been named Partner in Charge of Adams and Reese LLP’s Nashville office, which is home to nearly 50 attorneys and staff. Lampley is a well-known figure throughout Tennessee and the region thanks to his successful government relations practice as well as his business and philanthropic service. Lampley currently serves as Co-Chairman of the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, and also serves on the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees, the UT Athletics Board, and Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors.

John T. Winemiller, a partner with Merchant & Gould, has been inducted as a fellow to the American Bar Foundation. Winemiller is based in the Knoxville, Tennessee, office of the national intellectual property law firm. The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation are a select group of lawyers, judges and legal scholars recognized and elected by their peers for dedication to the community and legal profession. Membership is limited to less than 1 percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. 

Class of 1999

Phillip  P. Welty was recently made managing partner of Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin PLLC (GSRM). The managing partner chairs GSRM’s four member Firm Committee that provides leadership and strategic direction for the firm. Welty has been with GSRM since 1999 and practices in the firm’s Litigation section.

Heather White was named the CEO of Yellow Stone Forever, the non-profit that supports Yellow Stone National Park.  Yellow Stone Forever is represents the merger of what was previously two different organizations, and White is the first CEO of the combined entity. She oversees the $20-million organization with more than 65 year-round employees and 75 seasonal employees in two offices and 12 Park Stores, more than 50,000 supporters, and an online community of more than 300,000 worldwide. White received a B.A. in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia as an Echols Scholar and a J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law magna cum laude. Early in her academic career, she also studied conservation biology at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, and comparative natural resources law in Nairobi, Kenya.

Class of 1996

Michael Russell was recently elected chair of the Tennessee Bar Association Labor and Employment Section. He is a partner at Gilbert Russell McWherter Scott & Bobbitt in Nashville.

W. Kenneth Marlow was recently elected to serve on the Board of Directors at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, a leading provider 0f legal services in the healthcare, financial, technology, retail, and hospitality industries. Marlow works mainly  in the healthcare industry representing clients in complex transactional matters. He has guided clients through more than 35 acute care hospital transactions with an aggregate value of more than $5 billion. Additionally, he has served as counsel in more than 100 syndications of ambulatory surgery centers, dialysis centers and other outpatient facilities. Marlow chairs Waller’s Healthcare Department which comprises more than 125 attorneys who focus their practices on various aspects of healthcare law. He earned his J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law and earned his B.A., cum laude, from Vanderbilt University. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of Leadership Health.

Class of 1995

Michael Gallion has joined the Labor and Employment Practice Group at Kelley Drye as a partner. Mr. Gallion has previously been recognized as a leading practitioner in the field by Chambers & Partners, Legal 500 and Super Lawyer. Mr. Gallion is a recognized leader in the LGBT community, donating significant time and resources to community organizations. Most recently, he has served as outside general counsel to GLAAD, overseeing the organization’s legal affairs.

Kenyen Brown has recently joined Maynard Cooper & Gale’s White Collar Criminal Defense and Litigation Practice. Previously, Brown was a U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama for seven years. In his new position, Brown will work closely with members of the firm’s White Collar Criminal Defense practice groups where he will assist with developing defense strategies.

Class of 1994

Jonathan Cole was sworn in as president of the National Conference of Bar Presidents in early August. Cole is the former president of the Nashville Bar Association and a shareholder in the Nashville office of Baker Donelson where he concentrates his practice in the area of business litigation. He also serves as a director of the American Bar Endowment, was awarded the Young Leader of the Year Award by the Young Leaders Council and the 2008 NELA (Nashville Emerging Leader Award), and was selected to Leadership Nashville’s Class of 2010.

Derek Crownover has been named “Best of the Bar” by the Nashville Business Journal. As Dickinson Wright PLLC’s Entertainment Law Practice Group Leader, Derek represents songwriters, publishers and producers, as well as some of the most active entrepreneurs in the entertainment and intellectual property (IP) sectors in the South. 

Class of 1992

Gary Kellar recently topped the list for the “Most Prolific Trial Attorneys of 2015” as published in The Tennessee Jury Verdict Reporter Year in Review 2015 Edition. In 2015, Keller defended multiple litigations in the Nashville area, including trying cases in Sumner and Montgomery Counties. His 11-year total is 26 cases tried–ranking him fifth among trial attorneys from 2005 to 2015.

Class of 1991

Jeff Yates a professor of political science at Binghamton University recently released a new book, “These Estimable Courts: Understanding Public Perceptions of State Judicial Institutions and Legal Policy Making,” published by Oxford University Press.

Class of 1989

Mark A. Pinkston was recently recognized by the Best Lawyers directory as “Lawyer of the Year” for serving Asheville in the area of bankruptcy and creditor’s rights for 2016.

Class of 1987

M. Douglas Campbell, Jr. has joined Covenant Health as general counsel and executive leader.

Class of 1986

Richard A. Johnson, of Waller Tax Partners in Nashville, has been recognized in the 2017 edition of the Chambers High Net Worth guide. Waller is the only Tennessee law firm to receive a top ranking in the publication, and Johnson is one of only Tennessee practitioners honored with Band 1 rankings.

J. Steven Collins has recently joined the downtown office of Spicer Rudstrom, PLLC. Serving in an Of Counsel role, Steve’s practice involves representing parties in the grocery, financial, manufacturing, not-for-profit and trucking industries, as well as providing counsel on government compliance, hiring agreements and severance packages for employers. He has also handled numerous wills contests.

 Class of 1983

Randy Hafer has received the Best Lawyers 2018 Litigation – Construction “Lawyer of the Year” award in Atlanta.

Stephanie Webster has joined the Charlotte office of Cranfill, Sumner Hartzog LLP. Webster will serve as an attorney in the Employment Law and Municipal and Public Entities Practice Groups. Webster previously served as an assistant United States attorney and a police attorney for the city of Charlotte and the city of Gastonia.

Class of 1982

Todd J. Campbell retired in December 2016 as District Judge for the Middle District of TN after 21 years of service. He presided over 10,000 civil and criminal cases and was Chief Judge from 2005-2012. Previously, he was Counsel to the Vice-President of the United States and in private practice in Nashville, TN.

Mark L. Hayes has been installed as the 36th chair of the Tennessee Bar Foundation.

Class of 1979

Nathan Ridley was recently elected as the Nashville Bar Association’s president-elect by the NBA’s Board of Directors. Mr. Ridley will serve as president in 2017. An attorney at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, Ridley leads the firm’s Tennessee government relations and lobbying practice as part of the firm’s Government Affairs Practice Group, representing client interests in matters pending before the Tennessee General Assembly and executive branch agencies. He handles regulatory matters for the firm’s utilities, financial services, and healthcare clients and also serves as Secretary for the firm’s Tennessee political fund.

Class of 1977

Kathleen “Kathy” Hogan has been named managing partner at McGuane and Hogan, PC.

Class of 1976

Margaret L. Behm was named to the Nashville Business Journal’s 2017 Best of the Bar list in the field of Labor and Employment Law. She is a multiple-recipient of the honor, having been named to 2016’s list in the field of Government Law. She managing partner of Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella, PC in Nashville, Tennessee.

Class of 1974

Bill Killian has received an appointment to serve his alma mater as a member of Board of Directors of the UT Knoxville Alumni Association. Killian earned both his bachelor’s and JD from UT.

Class of 1973

Brent E. Zepke’s new book “One Heart-Two Lives: Managing Your Rehabilitation WELL” is now available on Amazon. This is his true story. On January 10, 2007, Brent’s heart stopped beating. For 97% that is the end. But he was recalled to life although being recalled was only the beginning of his journey to re-learn how to breathe, eat, digest food, sleep, think, walk, and even marital relations. Today he is convinced that thinking “like a lawyer” not only helped him get through the long days, and longer nights, but also provided a structure for creating a road map for others. This book is a valuable resource for heart patients, their care givers, and others trying to return to an independent lifestyle.

Class of 1967

Peter von Elten has joined the Transactional Practice Group at Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP. This will be Haight’s 15th practice group and falls on the heels of the firm’s one-year anniversary of opening its Sacramento, CA office.

Archived Class Notes

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