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Class of 2015

Ashley Goins has joined the firm of Stites & Harbison, PLLC in Nashville, Tennessee, as an attorney. Goins will be working in the Domestic Relations and Business Litigation Service Groups.


Class of 2014

Bridget Brodbeck Parkes has joined law firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP as a first-year associate. Parkes joins the Construction and Procurement Practice Group. She received her J.D. (magna cum laude) from the University of Tennessee College of Law and her B.S. from the University of Cincinnati.

Michael Crum has joined law firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP as a first-year associate. Crum will serve as a member of the Corporate and Securities Practice Group. He holds a J.D. (magna cum laude) from the University of Tennessee College of Law and a B.S. (magna cum laude) from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Anne Tipps has joined the Business Litigation and Torts & Insurance Practice service groups at Stites & Harbison, PLLC. A Nashville native, Tipps earned her J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she was executive editor of the Tennessee Law Review. She joined Stites & Harbison after serving as a summer associate for the firm in 2013. Prior to that, she was a legal intern for the Honorable U.S. Magistrate Judge John S. Bryant and also interned in the legal department at a large telecommunications corporation. She is admitted to practice in Tennessee.


Class of 2013

Zackarij Gardner joined Kennerly, Montgomery & Finley as an associate, in March 2014. He primarily is in their technology transfers and employment benefits practice group, but also perform a substantial amount of work involving general intellectual property issues, corporate and partnership tax issues, state and federal tax credit issues, real estate transactions, trust estate issues, and contractual disputes.

William L. Gibbons Jr. has joined the Memphis office of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP, as a member of the law firm’s Intellectual Property Protection and Litigation Service Team. He concentrates his practice in the areas of litigation, counseling, and solutions in the areas of intellectual property and complex commercial disputes.

Andrew M. Hodgson joins Husch Blackwell’s Corporate group. He received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Tennessee College of Law (2013), with a concentration in business transactions.

Jessica Jernigan-Johnson has joined the law firm of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP as an associate in the Litigation Practice Group. She holds a J.D., with high honors, from the University of Tennessee College of Law.
Elizabeth Sitgreaves is the newest associate at Nashville-based law firm Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella, PC. Sitgreaves attended the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude and served on the Tennessee Journal of Law and Policy.


Class of 2012

Mark T. Jobe has joined Glankler Brown, PLLC as an associate in Memphis, TN. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law where he successfully completed the Concentration in Business Transactions and served as the Senior Commentaries Editor for Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law.

Brandon Morrow is an associate at Kramer Rayson LLP in Knoxville. His primary areas of practice litigation and labor and employment. He also maintains a vibrant appellate practice, handling cases before the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Tennessee Supreme Court, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. He co-authors a regular employment law column for the Tennessee Bar Journal. He and his wife, Jenny, reside in Knoxville.

Mili Shah was recently named an honoree for the Hot List 2014 by Lawyers of Color. Learn more here.

Brittany Thomas, an attorney with the Chattanooga firm Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison, P.C., was recently honored as a “Pro Bono Hero” by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) for the second quarter of 2014. Ms. Thomas was one of only four attorneys chosen from throughout the United States for this honor.

Jamie Leigh Morton has joined the Chattanooga office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC . She is an associate in the Advocacy Department, where she works on a wide variety of business-related litigation matters. She is a 2012 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law where she was editor-in-chief of the Tennessee Law Review and editor of Transactions: Tennessee Journal of Business Law.


Class of 2011

TJ Hatter is part of the NY Rising Sandy Help Team, aiding residents on Long Island who’ve been impacted by Super Storm Sandy and it’s aftermath. He is also a contributing writer to the sports/life website outkickthecoverage.com.

Mari Aoyagi has joined the international law firm of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, as an Associate with the Japanese Business Group in the firm’s New York office. She assists both U.S.-based Japanese companies and multinational corporate clients with respect to U.S. immigration matters. Mari has worked with clients of various sizes and industries, including manufacturing, technology, research and development, education and nonprofit to provide guidance on both immigrant and nonimmigrant options. When she was a student at UT Law, Mari was Research Editor of the Tennessee Journal of Law and Policy (2010 and 2011). 

David Gilbert “Gil” Schuette has joined the law firm of Sims Funk, PLC as an associate attorney. Schuette will represent the firm’s clients in a broad range of complex business disputes. Schuette was recently recognized as a “Rising Star” by Mid-South Super Lawyers.


Class of 2010

K. Chris Collins returns to Husch Blackwell Chattanooga, Tennessee office as a business litigation associate. He represents corporations, privately held companies and lenders, and his broad range of experience includes government investigation, breach of contract, real estate and product liability disputes.

George Green recently joined Atlanta’s Carlock, Copeland & Stair in the general liability, employment litigation and insurance coverage and bad faith practice groups. George’s practice focuses on premises liability, products liability, sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful discharge.

Morgan L. Manning has joined Spotts Fain law firm in Richmond, VA as an associate.  Morgan received her B.A. in History from the University of Virginia in 2007.  She received her J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law and was admitted to practice in Virginia in 2010.

Tom Whitworth recently joined the Nashville office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., where his practice is concentrated on the representation of employers and management in labor and employment matters. Tom graduated magna cum laude from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2007 and cum laude from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2010. He began his career as a judicial clerk for the Honorable J. Daniel Breen in the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.


Class of 2009

David N. Draper was recently promoted to Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he practices patent litigation, intellectual property, and other litigation and client counseling matters at the Firm’s New York office.

Nicole Jumper has joined the law firm of Sherrard & Roe, PLC as an associate in the Corporate practice group.  Prior to joining Sherrard & Roe, Jumper was an associate at Baker Donelson in the securities and corporate governance practice group.  Before entering law school, she worked as a paralegal in the intellectual property department at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago. Jumper earned her Juris Doctor at the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2009.  She served as second year editor and student materials editor of the Tennessee Law Review and was on the Dean’s List with high honors.  She graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and art history. Jumper is a member of the Nashville Bar Association, where she is a Board Member of the Young Lawyers Division.  She is also a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and the American Bar Association.  In her free time, she enjoys volunteering with the Nashville Humane Association and serving as a running guide for Achilles Nashville.

Jatrean Sanders was named to the Lawyers of Color Hot List. She is an Associate at Leitner, Williams, Dooley, and Napolitan, PLLC, where she primarily focuses on general civil litigation and workers’ compensation matters. Ms. Sanders is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and Georgia, and represents clients in both geographic locations. Ms. Sanders is the Assistant Secretary for the Gate City Bar Association, and is a recent graduate of the 2013 Class of the State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division Leadership Academy.  She is also a member of the Atlanta Bar Association Law School Outreach Committee, Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, and the DRI Women in the Law Committee.  Additionally, Ms. Sanders serves as a mentor in the Spelman College Alumnae-Student Mentoring Program.


Class of 2008

Leah Walker McClanahan was recently featured in a profile piece by the Knoxville News Sentinel. In the article she discusses her career as a law clerk for U.S. Magistrate Judges Clifford Shirley and Bruce Guyton, her experience as an adjunct professor at UT Law, and more. 

Whitney Frazier Earnest recently joined HealthTrust Purchasing Group, an HCA company, in their Brentwood, TN office, as Corporate Counsel. Earnest graduated from the University of Georgia in 2005 with high honors, and is a 2008 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Jill Shotzberger has recently relocated to San Francisco, California to join Genentech, Inc., a member of the Roche Group, as corporate counsel in the Healthcare Law Group.

Whitney (Frazier) Earnest recently joined HealthTrust Purchasing Group, an HCA company, in their Brentwood, TN office, as Corporate Counsel. Earnest graduated from the University of Georgia in 2005 with high honors, and is a 2008 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law.Tamara J. Lindsay joined the New Orleans office of Coats Rose. Lindsay is an associate in the construction and surety litigation group.


Class of 2007

David Chapman has joined the Knoxville office of Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, PLLC as a member. His practice focuses primarily on the defense of local and national transportation companies and commercial motor vehicle drivers, including medical and liability expert retention and discovery, accident investigation and evaluation, and pre-trial, trial, and appellate litigation. Mr. Chapman has also taught courses at UT Law designed to emphasize and develop legal research, presentation, and advocacy in the context of trial and appellate brief writing, as well as discovery and motion practice development.

Henry “Chip” Howes, Jr. (J.D., M.B.A. ’07) was awarded with honors recognizing his commitment to serving low-income families, individuals and children with pro bono legal work by Charlotte nonprofits Council for Children’s Rights, Legal Aid of North Carolina and Legal Services of Southern September 17 at their second annual Pro Bono Awards.


Class of 2006

Laura Baker of The Law Offices of John Day, P.C. has been selected as a winner of the Nashville Business Journal’s 2015 40 Under 40 Awards. In its seventh year, the annual 40 Under 40 publication and awards luncheon celebrates 40 professionals under the age of 40 for excellence in business and contributions to the communities of Middle Tennessee. Baker is an attorney in personal injury and wrongful death litigation, and is a frequently invited speaker at legal continuing education programs and community education events. She currently serves as President of the Marion Griffin Chapter of Lawyers’ Association for Women and is a Barrister of the Harry Phillips American Inn of Court. She has served as Co-Chair and is a Co-Founder of “Lawyers for Littles,” an annual bowling fundraising event benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee.

Aaron Pennington has recently been tenured and promoted to Associate Professor of Business Law at the Graham School of Business of York College of Pennsylvania.

*Miranda Christy of Stites & Harbison, PLLC has been selected as a winner of the Nashville Business Journal’s 2015 40 Under 40 Awards. In its seventh year, the annual 40 Under 40 publication and awards luncheon celebrates 40 professionals under the age of 40 for excellence in business and contributions to the communities of Middle Tennessee. Christy is an attorney based in the firm’s Nashville office, where she is a member of the Real Estate and Banking Service Group. Her practice focuses largely on conservation-related transactions and banking, including documentation of syndicated credit facilities, agent-administered loans, the sale and trade of loans, asset-based loans, real estate financing, non-profit and charitable credit facilities, and credit facilities extended to a wide array of businesses.

Matthew Lindsay is Of Counsel at Jones, Swanson, Huddell and Garrison. He previously served as the Deputy Chief of Litigation for the City of New Orleans. Mr. Lindsay also serves as Commissioner-at-Large for the New Orleans Historic District Landmarks Commission and is scheduled to being teaching courses at Tulane Law School on civil and criminal RICO, beginning January 2015.


Class of 2005

Jeremy Deese has joined Winstead PC in their Charlotte office as an associate in real estate finance.

Walt Burton ’05 and Melissa Martin Burton ’07 welcomed their second son, James Edward Burton (“Jeb”), on June 18, 2014.

Reagan Taylor recently joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee in Memphis. She will work in the Criminal Division, concentrating on violent crime, firearm, narcotic and gang cases.

Betty Thurber Rhoades has been selected as the Chief of Specially Adapted Housing within the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, DC. As Chief, Betty has direct responsibility for a major benefit program for severely disabled Veterans and is responsible for the planning, organization, oversight, and execution of all aspects of the Specially Adapted Housing grant program on a nation-wide basis, including policies and procedures, methodologies, training resources, and costs.

Jon Mize, a Womble Carlyle attorney, is being recognized as a leader in his profession, his firm and his community. Mize has been named to this year’s prestigious listing for the Triangle Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Leadership Award. Mize was selected from a group of nearly 200 nominations submitted by business and civic leaders throughout the Triangle.

Class of 2004


Class of 2004

Jeremy Jones , Miles Thomas, and John Ireland traveled together to to Peru and hiked the four day, 26 mile Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The group finished their hike on October 17, 2014, which just happened to coincide with their 10 year reunion.

Allison Bussell has joined The Klein Law Office, PLLC as a member. The Klein Law Office is a Nashville litigation firm, with a primary focus on labor and employment, civil rights, and personal injury defense. After graduating from UT Law, Bussell spent one year clerking for the Hon. Joseph M. Hood in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky and more than nine years with the Metropolitan Nashville Department of Law as a federal litigator.

Amanda Hathcock Sammons made history on August 7, 2014 when she became one of the first women ever elected to judicial office anywhere within the Eighth Judicial District of Tennessee (which includes Campbell, Claiborne, Scott, Fentress, and Union counties). A Caryville, Tennessee native, Sammons was elected in a contested race for Campbell County General Sessions Judge and will take the oath of office in a ceremony on Friday, August 29, 2014.

Dana Dalton is now associated with Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, PLLC  as Of Counsel in their Knoxville office. Ms. Dalton defends cases in many areas of general civil litigation, with concentrations in defense of personal injury and workers’ compensation claims.

April Sawhill has been recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as one of the 2013 Women in the Law. The honor is awarded to those who exhibit excellence in the practice of law, are inspiring and accomplished leaders in the profession, serve as a mentor to other women, and contribute significant time and effort to volunteerism or pro bono work.


Class of 2003

Keri D. (White) Callocchia was appointed Administrative Law Judge for the City of Buffalo, New York.

Erica Vick, a Bass, Berry & Sims attorney in Nashville, TN,was recently promoted to Senior Public Policy Advisor. In her new role, Erica will co-lead the Tennessee State Public Policy section of the firm’s Government Advocacy Group.

Courtney Schuyler Vest has joined McNabb, Bragorgos, & Burgess, PPLC.

Jonathan D. Edwards has joined the Atlanta office of Miller & Maretin PLCC as an associate in the Corporate Department. Edwards came to Miller & Martin from Deloitte Tax LLP where he was a Senior Consultant in Real Estate Services. Edwards practices in the areas of corporate and securities, tax, and mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures.

Matt Thomson has been appointed Counsel at the law firm of Hogan Lovells US LLP in Washington, DC. Matt practices in the ares of capital markets, mergers & acquisitions and corporate finance.


Class of 2002

Stephen Ross Johnson was sworn in as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) at the Association’s 56th annual meeting in San Francisco, California, on July 27. Johnson has been a dedicated member of NACDL for many years and has served as a member of NACDL’s White Collar Crime and Federal Sentencing Committees. Johnson has also participated in the researching and drafting of amicus briefs on behalf of NACDL.

Amy (Jones) Urban joined AIG as Workers’ Compensation Claims Counsel in November 2012. Amy was formerly a partner at Carlock, Copeland and Stair, LLP in Atlanta, Ga., where she practiced workers’ compensation defense. In her new role, Amy is providing workers’ compensation claims counsel advice for several jurisdictions including Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama and Illinois.


Class of 2001

Stephen A. Hester recently became the newest addition to litigation and business law firm Spicer Rudstrom, PLLC’s Little Rock office, where he will serve in an Of Counsel role. An award-winning attorney, his focus is on civil litigation. He concentrates his practice in insurance defense litigation, business and commercial litigation and business transactions.

Damon Griffin was named Assistant US Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee in July 2014.

Matt Hardin has opened his own firm, Matt Hardin Law, PLLC in Nashville. The focus of Matt’s practice is plaintiff car wrecks, truck wrecks, medical malpractice, personal injury and wrongful death matters. Matt practices law throughout all three grand divisions of the state of Tennessee. Matt Hardin Law has offices in Nashville, Lebanon and Cookeville, Tennessee. Matt was previously a partner at Rudy, Wood, Winstead, Williams and Hardin, PLLC.

Nora Koffman has recently joined Green Chestnut & Hughes PLLC in Lexington, Kentucky. She practices in the areas of general civil litigation, insurance defense, employment law and family law.


Class of 2000

Angela C. Evans was elected the 6th District Council Member of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council. She will been sworn in on January 4, 2015 and represent over 16,000 voters in the district during her two-year term. Evans is the second African-American woman to serve on the Council and the first African-American to represent the 6th District. Prior to her election, Evans served as as an Assistant Attorney General of Kentucky for six years, providing legal services to various state agencies. During her service, she participated in two Expert Meetings hosted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, Austria, where she contributed to two handbooks: The Prevention of Recidivism and the Social Reintegration of Offenders (2012) and State Regulation Concerning Civilian Private Security Services (April 2014).

Tiffany Dunn, a Nashville-based music attorney, was elected to partner at Loeb & Loeb on November 12, 2014. Dunn’s practice focuses on transactions in the entertainment business and intellectual property protection and enforcement, particularly within the music industry. She has a depth of knowledge in copyright, trademark and intellectual property law, counseling clients on their consumer branding and marketing efforts. She also practices general corporate and transactional law. Dunn has also been a key member of the team representing Vince Gill, B.B. King, Old Crow Medicine Show and Casting Crowns.

Bradley Cleveland was appointed to the bench, in July 2013, as a Military Trial Judge presiding over Air Force criminal cases.

Charles Wayne Hancock has been promoted to Executive Vice President/Senior Staff Attorney for Community Trust Bancorp, Inc. Mr. Hancock joined Community Trust in 2008 and previously held the position of Senior Vice President.  Prior to joining Community Trust, Mr. Hancock was in private practice for six years and also worked as a public defender for the Department of Public Advocacy.

Russell Jones has joined Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton as a partner. He will be part of the firm’s Labor & Employment Team in Atlanta.

John R. LaBar recently received the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating in Corporate Law, Business Law and General Practice.

John R. LaBar has earned a Master of Laws (L.L.M.) from the University of Miami School of Law in Real Property and Development Requirements for receiving the post-Doctoral degree included the completion of 30 hours of additional coursework in subjects such as Real Estate Taxation, Real Estate Transactions, Title Insurance, Securitization of Real Estate, Construction Law, Financial Analysis of Real Estate Transactions, Wetlands Regulation, Green Buildings, Commercial Real Estate Leasing, Environmental Regulations of Real Property, and Condominiums, Cooperatives and Planned Developments, among other classes.

A paper authored by John Raymond LeBar of Tullahoma, Tenn., has been included (with minor edits) as Section 12.07 (Issues in the LEED Appeal Process) of the treatise, “Green Buildings: Law, Contract and Regulation,” authored by Peter S. Britell and published by the Law Journal Press.

Brad Lampley, an Adams and Reese attorneyhas been appointed by Governor Bill Haslam to The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees, the governing body of the University of Tennessee, overseeing the educational and operational activities of the statewide University system. Lampley will serve the Board appointment through May 2018.

Jill Schmidtke, the chief deputy public defender in Newport News, will take the top spot at the Hampton Public Defender’s Office beginning early next month. She’ll be replaced in Newport News by Robert Moody, now one of three deputy public defenders in the office. Moody will ascend to the chief deputy post, reporting to Newport News Public Defender Ed Webb.


Class of 1999

Jason Havens has joined the Holland & Knight’s Private Wealth Services Group as a senior counsel in the Jacksonville and Tallahassee offices. Mr. Havens was formerly a managing attorney with Havens & Miller P.L.L.C. Mr. Havens is licensed in both Florida and Tennessee and will continue his business and tax law practice representing clients in complex planning and administration matters, sophisticated charitable planning, exempt organizations and asset protection law. Mr. Havens is active in the American Bar Association (ABA) and is currently the co-chair of the Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section’s Charitable Organizations Committee. He is also an editor and frequent contributor to the ABA’s Probate & Property magazine. Additionally, Mr. Havens serves as the current president of the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils’ Estate Law Specialist Board, Inc.

Heather White was nominated number eight out fifteen, by Elizabeth Street, of the most important moms in the food industry. White like many alumni have used their education in so many ways. Read more and view the slideshow here.

Heather White has been named executive director of Environmental Working Group, the Washington, DC-based nonprofit consumer advocacy and research organization announced today. White, who has been the organization’s chief of staff and general counsel since 2009, will be responsible for all aspects of EWG operations, including managing its 47 employees and $6.7 million budget, and overseeing its research, advocacy and policy initiatives, fund-raising and development and engagement with its more than 1.3 million online supporters.


Class of 1998

R. Scott McCullough is now a member of McNabb, Bragorgos, & Burgess, PPLC. McNabb, Bragorgos & Burgess focuses primarily on civil matters in state and federal courts in Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas.


Class of 1997

Chad Emerson was recently hired as CEO for Downtown Huntsville, Inc. He previously served as Director of City Development for the City of Montgomery.


Class of 1996

Trace Blankenship has been elected by the Nashville Bar Association as treasurer and ex-officio director after serving a year as treasurer-elect of the association in 2012. He is an attorney with Bone McAllester Norton PLLC in Nashville.

Jason H. Long has been elected vice president of the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA). After serving a year as vice president, Long will ascend to president-elect in 2015-2016 and then lead the association as president in 2016-2017.

Jennifer Keller chair of Baker Donelson’s nationally recognized Labor & Employment Department, has been elected as a member to Baker Donelson’s Board of Directors for a three-year term by the firms shareholders.


Class of 1995

Robert L. Bowman has been inducted into the 2015 Fellows Class by the Knoxville Bar Association’s Bar Foundation.


Class of 1994

Michele Johnson executive director of the Tennessee Justice Center, will be presented with the TBA’s Ashley T. Wiltshire Public Service Attorney of the Year Award at a ceremony in Nashville on Jan. 10. She is being recognized for her nearly 20 years of service with the Tennessee Justice Center and a career-long commitment of advocating for Tennesseans with special health care needs. Johnson became executive director of the Tennessee Justice Center in January 2014 after co-founding the organization in 1996 and serving there for nearly 18 years. She earned her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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. Collectively, his producer, songwriter, publisher and artist clients have sold in excess of 400 million records.

Karen G. Crutchfield has been selected to participate in the Nuclear Energy Agency-Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development’s Advanced Nuclear Law program that will be held in Paris, France in October, 2013.

Scott Mayer has recently been promoted to the position of Legal Director for SMS Holdings, a Nashville-based nationwide services company with 14,000+ employees. For the last five and a half years, he managed employee relations and labor/employment matters for the company around the country.


Class of 1993

Kathryn Van Eeuwen has been appointed president of ATG Trust Company, a subsidiary of Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc. During her career, Van Eeuwen has served as a trust manager and client advisor at leading financial institutions including BMO Private Bank, JPMorgan, and Citigroup, where she assisted high net worth and ultra-high net worth families achieve their wealth transfer goals.

Paula R. Henderson, of the Law Offices of James A.H. Bell, P.C. in Knoxville, Tennessee, was elected to an Affiliate Representative seat on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) on July 27, at the Association’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California.


Class of 1992

Sherrard “Butch” Hayes from the Austin law firm Weisbart Springer Hayes has earned recognition in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, the preeminent listing of the nation’s top attorneys. Mr. Hayes was named to the list for his work in Employment Law and Labor Law. His practice encompasses a broad range of business litigation, with a focus on the defense of clients in employment-related and business ethics matters, trade secret and technology disputes, commercial and stock-related disputes, and officer and director litigation.


Class of 1991

Lela Hollabaugh was recently named the managing partner of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings’ Nashville, Tennessee office. As the Nashville office managing partner, Ms. Hollabaugh will guide and help advance the short- and long-term goals of the firm in Nashville and the region. She will also continue serving as practice team leader for the firm’s Business Litigation Team.

Marty R. Phillips has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. The induction ceremony at which Phillips became a Fellow took place recently before an audience of approximately 585 persons during the recent 2015 Spring Annual Meeting of the College in Key Biscayne, Florida. Phillips is a partner in the firm of Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell, P.L.C. and has been practicing in the firm for 24 years.

Chattanooga attorney David Higney again is listed as one of the leading environmental law counselors by The International Who’s Who of Environmental Lawyers 2012. Licensed in both Tennessee and Georgia, Higney focuses his practice on litigation and environmental law with Grant Konvalinka & Harrison, P.C. He was the only attorney not located in Nashville and one of only four environmental attorneys in Tennessee to be honored and, again in 2012, of the four Tennessee lawyers selected Higney is the only Tennessee environmental attorney selected outside of Nashville.


Class of 1989

Andy Tillman has been appointed Chancellor for Tennessee’s 8th Judicial District.


Class of 1988

*Perry H. Piper was one of the 243 members of the United States Department of Justice recognized by Attorney General Eric Holder and Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA) Director Monty Wilkinson at the 30th annual Director’s Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., on September 10, 2014. The awards are given annually to recognize superior performance by Assistant United States Attorneys, paralegals, and investigative agents.Piper and trial partner Gregg L. Sullivan, prosecutors in the Eastern District of Tennessee, were recognized for the successful prosecution of Walter Cardin, a safety manager for the Shaw Group, a Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) nuclear power plant contractor. Cardin falsified injury information at three TVA nuclear power plant sites for several years and hid and misclassified injuries so that the Shaw Group could collect safety bonuses of over $2.5 million from TVA. Cardin’s fraud impaired the safety of the work environment at nuclear sites. The prosecution team reviewed over 500,000 documents, interviewed hundreds of individuals, and presented over 60 witnesses during a ten-day trial to establish Cardin’s guilt. After conviction on all counts, Cardin was sentenced to 78 months in prison. The Sixth Circuit affirmed Cardin’s conviction and sentence in United States v. Cardin, — Fed. Appx. —, 2014 WL 4160052 (6th Cir. Aug. 22, 2014).

*William G. Traynor was one of the 243 members of the United States Department of Justice recognized by Attorney General Eric Holder and Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA) Director Monty Wilkinson at the 30th annual Director’s Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., on September 10, 2014. The awards are given annually to recognize superior performance by Assistant United States Attorneys, paralegals, and investigative agents.Traynor was part of a litigative team recognized for its outstanding work in the investigation and prosecution of George Houser for healthcare and tax fraud. Houser was a nursing home owner who pocketed Medicare and Medicaid funds while the residents of three nursing homes went hungry and lived in abominable conditions. In sharp contrast to the pretenses under which Houser accepted nearly $33 million of government payments, his operation of the nursing homes exhibited a long-term pattern and practice of conditions that were so poor that any services provided were of no value to the residents. After a four-week bench trial, testimony from more than 80 prosecution witnesses, and the introduction of 678 exhibits, Houser was sentenced to prison for 20 years by the district court. His sentence generated considerable publicity to raise awareness of elder abuse and prevent future similar criminal activity in nursing homes. The Eleventh Circuit affirmed Houser’s conviction and sentence in United States v. Houser, 754 F.3d 1335 (11th Cir. 2014).
Stephen 
Ragland has been elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (ABF).


Class of 1987

Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Ken Bryant has been named chairman of the Conference of Freight Counsel (CFC). His term runs from 2014-16. Previously, Bryant was vice chairman of the CFC. Bryant is a 1987 graduate of The University of Tennessee College of Law.CFC is comprised of 120 transportation lawyers in the country who represent carriers, brokers and forwarders in cargo loss and freight claim matters in all modes of transportation. Membership in CFC is extended by invitation only. Bryant is a partner at Stites & Harbison and focuses his practice on business litigation. He regularly represents a variety of businesses in the defense of class action litigation, non-compete and trade secret litigation, intermodal cargo damage and transportation litigation, securities litigation and arbitration, and general business litigation.Besides CFC, Bryant is also an active member of the Transportation Lawyers Association. He is a frequent speaker on transportation topics, including cargo damage litigation, negotiation of transportation agreements, and regulatory issues involving shippers, carriers, brokers, 3PLs, and all types of other logistics entities in all modes of transportation.


Class of 1986

Robert D. Meyers of Glankler Brown, PLLC was one of 22 attorneys within the firm named to Woodward White’s The Best Lawyers in America 2016 listing in the areas of labor and employment litigation, as well as municipal litigation.

Robert D. Myers from Glankler Brown, PLLC were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 for Labor & Employment Litigation and Municipal Litigation.

Robert D. Meyers, Glankler Brown Attorney, was named “Lawyer of the Year” by his peers in his respective practice area of Labor & Employment Litigation, Municipal Litigation.

*Robert D. Meyers has joined Glankler Brown, as a Member. Meyers is certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization and the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

R. David Proctor was recently appointed to serve on the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. The job of the Panel is to (1) determine whether civil actions pending in different federal districts involve one or more common questions of fact such that the actions should be transferred to one federal district for coordinated or consolidated pretrial proceedings, and (2) select the judge or judges and court assigned to conduct such proceedings. The Panel consists of seven sitting federal judges, who are appointed to serve on the Panel by the Chief Justice of the United States.

R. David Proctor recently attended the Class of 2013 Graduation Ceremony at the United States Military Academy where his oldest son Luke joined the Long Gray Line and was commissioned a second lieutenant. Because that in itself did not make for a big enough weekend, Luke got engaged the next day. Dave and his wife Teresa are blessed with two other chidren: Jake is a freshman at the University of Alabama; and Shelly is a sophomore in high school. In addition, Dave just celebrated his 10 year annivesary as a United States District Judge.


Class of 1985

Jill M. Sternberg of Baker Donelson has been elected a member of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Board Trial Advocates (ABOTA). ABOTA is a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. First and foremost, ABOTA works to uphold the jury system by educating the American public about the history and value of the right to trial by jury.

Patricia Moskal was named to the 2015 Benchmark Litigation Top 250 Women in Litigation list. Moskal was the only Tennessee attorney named to the list. Each year, the Benchmark Litigation Top 250 Women in Litigation honors the accomplishments of America’s leading female trial lawyers, featuring top litigators from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Moskal has more than 25 years of experience as a trial and appellate lawyer handling business and commercial disputes. 

Additionally, Moskal was named a Mid-South Super Lawyer for 2015 for appellate litigation. She was also named to the list of Top 100 Tennessee Super Lawyers, Top 50 Nashville Super Lawyers, and Top 50 Women Mid-South Super Lawyers for 2015.

Douglas M. Alrutz has been named to Woodward White’s The Best Lawyers in America 2016 listing in the areas of bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights, as well as insolvency and reorganization law.

Ernest T. Brooks II was re-elected to his fourth term on the Jackson City Council. During his tenure he has championed education, voting rights and is the founder of a youth violence prevention program. An attorney in private practice, he and his wife Samone have a teenage daughter, Eren.

Patricia Head Moskal has been named by Benchmark Litigation among the “Top 250 Women in Litigation in America” and as a “Litigation Star” in Tennessee. She also has been selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. Moskal is a partner with the law firm of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP in Nashville, Tenn.


Class of 1984

J. Scott Rose was one of several Jackson Walker LLP partners and counsel to have been named to the S.A. Scene magazine “Best S.A. Lawyers List.”

Elizabeth Asbury made history on August 7, 2014 when she became one of the first women ever elected to judicial office anywhere within the Eighth Judicial District of Tennessee (which includes Campbell, Claiborne, Scott, Fentress, and Union counties). A Caryville, Tennessee native, Asbury was elected in a contested race for Chancery Court Judge for the Eighth Judicial District and will take the oath of office in a ceremony on Friday, August 29, 2014.


Class of 1983

Robert “Bo” R. Campbell, Jr. was recently appointed to the Electric Power Board of Nashville Electric Service (NES). NES is one of the 12 largest public electric utilities in the nation, distributing energy to more than 370,000 customers in Middle Tennessee.


Class of 1982

Kelly L. Frey has joined Frost Brown Todd. He has also been elected President of the Nashville Film Festival.

Kelly L. Frey, an attorney with Dickinson Wright’s Nashville office, has been selected as one of the Nashville Business Journal’s 2014 “Best of the Bar” award winners. Frey regularly counsels large companies across the United States, and the vendors to such companies, with respect to corporate transactions and corporate compliance. He also focuses his practice on film, technology and intellectual property law. Frey is the author of the legal practice guide, Frey on Intellectual Property and Technology Transactions, and has assisted a variety of clients in developing, protecting, buying, and selling information technology products, services, and new media/content.


Class of 1981

Jerry W. Taylor was recently named to the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Justice Center. Taylor’s term on the board will run from June 2015 through June 2018.

Bill Ramsey, member at Neal & Harwell, has been named as one of Nashville’s “Best of the Bar 2014” by the Nashville Business Journal.


Class of 1980

Deborah Taylor Tate was recently named director of the Administrative Office of Courts by the Tennessee Supreme Court. Tate, who was twice nominated by President George W. Bush and unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate to the FCC, began her professional career in Tennessee state government. She served as assistant legal counsel and senior policy advisor to two former Tennessee governors: Don Sundquist and Sen. Lamar Alexander. Tate also served as both Chairman and director of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority, led the health facilities commission and was a director at Vanderbilt University Institute of Public Policy.

George T. “Buck” Lewis has been named to the University of Tennessee’s President’s Council. A shareholder in Baker Donelson’s Memphis office, Mr. Lewis was invited by Dr. Joe DiPietro, president of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, to serve a three-year term on the President’s Council. The Council, comprised of more than 50 members, meets four times a year to advise Dr. DiPietro on issues impacting the university. Mr. Lewis is past president of the Tennessee Bar Association and has been a member of the UT College of Law Alumni Council since 1994, serving as chair from 1994-1998. Additionally, he is the recipient of the UT College of Law Alumni Leadership Award, Outstanding Service Award and the Alumni Service Award from the National Alumni Association.

M. Clark Spoden (’80), Jerry W. Taylor (’81), and Kenneth M. Bryant (’87) were three of 13 attorneys to recently join the Burr & Forman LLP Nashville office, continuing the firm’s strategic plan for rapid expansion in Tennessee to match the region’s economic growth. With these additions to its Nashville office, Burr & Forman has more than doubled the location’s size to 23 attorneys. The firm now has 45 lawyers licensed to practice in Tennessee across nine offices in five states.

M. Clark Spoden has successfully achieved recertification as a specialist in Civil Trial Advocacy and Civil Pretrial Advocacy with the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA). Spoken has been a NBTA member in good standing since 2010.

Deborah Taylor Tate was recently named director of the Administrative Office of Courts by the Tennessee Supreme Court. Tate, who was twice nominated by President George W. Bush and unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate to the FCC, began her professional career in Tennessee state government. She served as assistant legal counsel and senior policy advisor to two former Tennessee governors: Don Sundquist and Sen. Lamar Alexander. Tate also served as both Chairman and director of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority, led the health facilities commission and was a director at Vanderbilt University Institute of Public Policy.

George T. “Buck” Lewis of the law firm Baker Donelson will receive a 2013 Presidential Citation from the American Bar Association. Read more.


Class of 1979

Nicholas Manring a member of the Senior Foreign Service, has been appointed Diplomat-in-Residence at the East-West Center in Honolulu for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Richard L. Rose was recently named to the 2016 Best Lawyers in America list. The guide honored firm lawyers in Houston, Austin, Dallas, New Orleans and San Antonio in 15 areas of practice. Rose is a real estate attorney operating out of the Houston-based business transaction and litigation law firm of Coats Rose.

William H. Tate of Howard Tate Sowell Wilson Leathers & Johnson, PLLC, was the winner of the Construction, Tennessee Award.


Class of 1976

Jerry N. Estes has been elected as the new executive director of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference. He has served as the elected district attorney general in the 10th Judicial District from 1982-2006.  Since that time, he has been engaged in the private practice of law at the Estes Law Offices, PLLC in Athens, Tennessee.   


Class of 1975

Don Donati of Donati Law has been named a recipient of the Tennessee Human Rights Commission’s 50th Anniversary Human Rights Advocate honor. This honor is given to individuals who have made a significant impact in their local communities and across the state of Tennessee in advancing human rights.


Class of 1974

Criminal Court Judge David Earl Durham, has announced that he will not seek reelection next August, but will retire at the end of his term on August 31, 2014. Judge Durham has more than thirty years of public service to the citizens of the State of Tennessee, most recently as the Criminal Court Judge for the 15th Judicial District. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Durham was the Deputy District Attorney General, Criminal Division, for the 15th Judicial District.


Class of 1973

George Oliver was one of 27 attorneys at Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP to have top rankings in the 2015 Chambers USA Guide by Chambers and Partners, publisher of the world’s leading guides to the legal profession.

B. Waugh Crippler U.S. Magistrate Judge B. Waugh Crigler celebrated for his retirement from the Western District of Virginia. Judge Crigler also clerked for The Honorable Robert Taylor from the Eastern District of Tennessee.

Jim Summers has received the following awards/recognitions. Selected to Best Lawyers in America/Construction Litigation in 2014. Selected as Mid South Super Lawyer in 2014/Construction Litigation. Selected as Lawyer of the Year/Memphis/Construction Litigation by Best Lawyers in America for 2015. Elected to Tennessee Bar Foundation Jan 9, 2015.

U.S. Magistrate Judge B. Waugh Crigler celebrated for his retirement from the Western District of Virginia. Judge Crigler also clerked for The Honorable Robert Taylor from the Eastern District of Tennessee.

George Oliver was one of twenty Smith Moore Leatherwood attorneys to earn recognition in the 2013 Chambers USA Guide by Chambers and Partners, publisher of the world’s leading guides to the legal profession.

George (Jerry) Oliver, a Smith Moore Leatherwood attorney and University of Tennessee College of Law alumnus (1973), was recently named by North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine as a top attorney in 2013 for his work in employment and labor law.  Less than five percent of attorneys in the state are selected to the exclusive list of Super Lawyers.


Class of 1972

Leon Burns, Jr. is to retire in August, 2015 after 38 years as criminal court judge in the 13th Judicial District of Tennessee. Presently serving as the judicial outreach liaison for Tennessee through a grant from University of Tennessee Center for Transportation Research, coordinating with the Governor’s Highway Safety Office on impaired driving issues.

Tom Donnell, managing attorney for Dickinson Wright’s Nashville office, has has been honored as a Nashville Business Journal 2014 “Most Admired CEO”.Donnell is one of two winners in the “Local Office or Operation” category of the awards, which recognizes top local executives of national companies. To receive this honor, the Nashville Business Journal solicited nominations from the public, and nominees then voted on one another by category.


Class of 1967

General Albert C. Harvey has been selected as a 2014 recipient of the Pillars of Excellence Award from the University of Memphis Law School. The award recognizes Memphis area attorneys who have made extraordinary contributions to the practice of law and our system of justice.

Sidney W. Gilreath was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of: Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs and Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs. He was also named the Best Lawyers’ 2015 Knoxville Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year”.


Class of 1960

Byron Eiserman a senior partner at Friday, Eldredge & Clark in Little Rock, was selected for inclusion in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a recognition he has received annually since 1983.

Byron Eiserman a senior partner at Friday, Eldredge & Clark in Little Rock, was selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a recognition he has received annually since 1983.