Cole Law Group has announced the addition of music industry attorney Wayne R. Halper as senior attorney and head of the firm’s Entertainment Law Practice Group.
Halper will maintain an office on Music Row and at the Brentwood office of CLG, musicrow.com reports.
According to the CLG website, Halper was the first in-house attorney at a major record label in Nashville. He eventually served as general manager for DreamWorks Records.
Cole Law Group also has offices in Minneapolis and in Tallahassee, Florida.
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Law firm Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin has added associate Thomas McFarland to its ranks. McFarland will practice in the firm’s litigation group, which houses 19 of the firm’s more than 30 attorneys. H previously was a judicial clerk for Davidson County 6th Circuit Court Thomas Brothers. He earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School last year.
Southeast Financial Credit Union has filed suit against a longtime Indiana customer that has been accused by two states attorneys general of bilking students out of thousands of dollars each for online college preparation study modules. The Indianapolis Star reports that Southeast Financial's complaint against The College Network and related individuals and companies claims the entities are insolvent and that its owners trying to squirrel away any remaining viable assets.
Earlier this year, Southeast Financial — which has lent out about $35 million to College Network customers — was named in a deceptive business practices suit filed by New York's attorney general. Click here for the credit union's complaint against TCN, which was filed last Friday and asks for $12 million and for TCN to placed under the control of a court-appointed receiver.
Southeast Federal, which has had a business relationship with TCN since 2003, said that when the credit union signed a contract extension with TCN last year, it was not made aware that the company was "insolvent, financially weakened by years of dwindling and slow sales and poor business performance."
The management advisory arm of regional law firm Butler Snow has added to its ranks Mike Harris, the veteran real estate executive who retired last month as COO of Highwoods Properties. Harris has since movd back to Memphis from North Carolina and is a principal at Butler Snow Advisory Services, which also has a presence in Nashville.
"Mike will bring broad and valuable experience to Butler Snow Advisory Services, and will spearhead our continued growth in the Memphis and Mid-South markets," said Matt Thornton, president and chief executive officer of BSA. "Mike played a significant role in the highly regarded senior leadership team at Highwoods, and we are thrilled to provide his strategic and transactional expertise and knowledge to our team, and our clients."
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