The Crichton Group adds Webb-Ayer as compliance officer
The Crichton Group has announced the addition of Jessica Webb-Ayer as compliance officer, a newly created position.
According to a release, Webb-Ayer (pictured) will lead the Nashville-based company’s employee benefits compliance practice. She will be responsible for implementing and overseeing the agency’s compliance service suite for clients and for training and educating the group’s benefits practice employees.
Previously, Webb-Ayer was a legal editor at Business and Legal Resources for its human resources and employment law publications. At BLR, she was the point person for employment legal issues such as the Affordable Care Act, health care insurance, Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) and employee benefits. Additionally, she has written extensively for publications related to labor and employment law and served as an editor of an online benefits newsletters and benefits manual.
Webb-Ayer earned her J.D. degree from the University of Tennessee and her undergraduate degree from Lipscomb University. She is licensed to practice law in Tennessee.
“As the insurance market continues to evolve and become more complex, our clients’ needs have also shifted, and that largely includes questions regarding professional compliance,” Austin Madison, The Crichton Group vice president who leads the company’s benefits practice, said in the release. “We are thrilled to add Jessica to our team to meet this new demand and stay ahead of the curve when it comes to aiding clients in navigating an increasingly complex regulatory environment. With her extensive experience in legal employment law, we can now offer our clients direct access to answers related to any of their compliance concerns.”
The Crichton Group bills itself as Middle Tennessee’s largest independent insurance agency.
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."
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