Thompson Burton announced today it has hired Justin Campbell as an associate, the latest in many moves the Cool Springs-based firm has made during the past 12 months or so.
Previously, Campbell served as an associate attorney at Nashville-based firm Garfinkle, McLemore, and Young.
Campbell (pictured) has experience with both Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcies, with past work including representing debtors in proceedings and representing corporations and financial institutions as creditors in state court litigations, judgment enforcement, debt collection and bankruptcy proceedings. Campbell has also worked with bankruptcy trustees to analyze cases and evaluate potential assets, and to represent them in litigation. In addition, he has represented commercial clients in contract and landlord-tenant disputes.
Campbell received his bachelor’s degree with double majors in political science and history from the University of Tennessee. He later earned his law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 2012.
At Ole Miss, Campbell was the founding editor-in-chief of the Mississippi Sports Law Review and participated in the Mississippi Innocence Project, working to exonerate the wrongly convicted in Mississippi’s state prisons. He also worked as a research assistant for Dr. William W. Berry related to criminal law and capital punishment.
Campbell will aid Thompson Burton Partners Ronn Steen and Phillip G. Young, Jr., in the firm’s bankruptcy and creditor’s rights practice group, as well as working on other commercial litigation, according to a release.
“I am very excited to have Justin on board, but my clients are even more excited,” Young said in the release. “Justin is known for his excellent client service and his ability to handle a wide variety of client matters, from the largest bankruptcy to a general sessions lawsuit.”
Thompson Burton has been on a growth spurt of late. In November 2013, the firm announced the completion of its relocation within Seven Corporate Centre in Cool Springs, a move (read here) that has since been followed by personnel additions. Steen joined Thompson Burton in March (read here), with Young having joined in April (read here). Thompson Burton added Jennifer M. Lankford as an associate this past July.
The new owners of the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs have brought on board Memphis-based Davidson Hotels & Resorts to manage the high-profile property and its adjacent publicly owned conference center. Crow Holdings Capital snapped up the 300-room hotel earlier this summer and plans to pump a lot of money into a comprehensive renovation of guests rooms and public spaces. The two companies have worked with each across the country for more than a decade.
A major piece of Williamson County property — and likely the last of its size in the general Cool Springs area — has hit the market.
Denver-based Amstar has appointed HFF to market and sell Northside at McEwen, an undeveloped 44.9-acre tract located near CoolSprings Galleria and on the west side of Interstate 65.
The land is zoned to accommodate a mixture of uses, including more than 870,000 square feet of commercial space, 580 residential units and a 150-room hotel.
HFF previously represented Amstar in June when the intermediary sold Southside at McEwen, a high-end grocery center anchored by Whole Foods.
HFF Managing Directors Jim Hamilton and Richard Reid are marketing the tract, for which an asking price has not been set.
“I think that this land will command a premium because this is the last major piece of land for development of scale in Cool Springs and such a tremendous amount of development,” Hamilton said. “This is the last major piece of a major scale.”
Crow Holdings Capital Partners, an investment fund associated with the Trammell Crow family, has a contract to acquire the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs for an undisclosed sum, according to Nashville Business Journal.
The hotel last sold in 2007 for $56 million, NBJ reported.
Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, which has 297 guest rooms and three suites, was built 15 years ago. The attached conference center is jointly owned by Williamson County and the city of Franklin. The new owner is investing in a renovation of the hotel and will keep the Marriott brand.
Franklin Realco LLC, which NBJ reported is registered to Atlanta’s Noble Investment Group, owns the hotel.
Charlotte-based Crescent Communities has begun preleasing at Crescent Cool Springs, a 252-unit luxury apartment community located at the intersection of Carothers and Resource parkways in Franklin.
The 13-acre community includes a selection of attached garages, sidewalks and walking and biking trails.
Fifth Third Bank provided construction financing, with Summit Contractors serving as the general contractor. Historical Concepts provided concept design; Cline Design, architecture; Littlejohn Engineering, civil engineering; and Vignette Interior Design, interior design.
“When Crescent Cool Springs opens this summer, it will give residents the balance they crave — short commutes to work, ways to connect with friends and easy access to everything they like to do,” said Ben Collins, vice president of the Carolinas and Tennessee for Crescent Communities’ multifamily group.
Crescent Communities is also planning a 280-unit luxury apartment and retail building to be located on Division Street between The Gulch and the Music Row Roundabout. It would be Crescent’s first project located within Nashville’s urban core.
Pie Five Pizza, a Texas-based chain in the middle of a national growth spurt, has named the spots for its first two Nashville-area restaurants. Dana Kopp Franklin reports that the company will this summer open the doors to eateries on Cool Springs Boulevard and Lebanon Pike. Pie Five is a division of publicly traded Pizza Inn Holdings, which is on pace to ring up more than $40 million in sales this fiscal year but is still looking to turn a profit.
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