Charles K. Grant, a shareholder in the Nashville office of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, tonight will take the gavel as president of the Nashville Bar Association Board of Directors.
Grant, who will become the first African-American to serve as the board’s president, will replace Thomas J. Sherrard of Sherrard & Roe. The NBA, which holds its annual meeting and banquet tonight at the Wildhorse Saloon downtown, is 182 years old.
At Baker Donelson, Grant represents clients in employment litigation, including collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act. His practice also includes business litigation. Grant has tried more than 45 jury trials to verdict in both federal and state courts, and represented clients in mediation and arbitration proceedings across more than a dozen states.
Local litigator Donald Capparella of Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella has helped an elderly couple win a $2.7 million award ruling in Shelby County Circuit Court. Along with Sadler Bailey of Bailey & Greer, Capparella had represented the couple in their case against an uninsured driver who hit them in March of last year. Bailey says the ruling could pave the road for a challenge to new state laws capping non-economic damages at $750,000 and exempting insurers from the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act.
Law firm Eraclides Gelman Hall Indek Goodman & Waters, which runs 10 offices in Florida and Georgia, has recruited Allen Callison to open its first outpost in Tennessee. Callison, who was formerly with Morgan & Akins, has set up shop on Poston Avenue in West End and is being supported by two Eraclides attorneys in Atlanta. Eraclides specializes in workers' compensation defense and also handles other liability cases and Medicare compliance work.
Nissan executives this spring made a big splash with their ZEOD electric race car, which the company rolled out after splitting from the innovative DeltaWing project. Now the DeltaWing group — newly led by former Firestone racing point man Al Speyer — is suing the car maker, saying it and designer Ben Bowlby have, among other things, misappropriated confidential information and breached their contracts. Racer's Marshall Pruett has the lowdown, including a short response from Nissan.