Brentwood-based law firm Ingraham, Pautienus and Tidwell PLLC has changed its name to Fidelis Law PLLC.
In a release, the firm did not disclose the cost of the change.
The name change is due to a “significant expansion” of the seven-attorney firm’s practice, according to the release. Fidelis is Latin for faithful.
Fidelis Law has been in operation for 22 years. The firm focuses on business, nonprofit and church law, as well as individuals and families with needs in estate planning, probate, trust administration, personal injury, adoption, family law, elder law, and copyright and trademark registration and enforcement.
Gov. Bill Haslam equates the legislative push to override local government gun bans in parks as a property matter rather than a constitutional one.
“City councils and county commissions have said, ‘OK, our taxpayers have paid for that park,’ and their elected representatives, I think, should get to decide what happens in the parks,” he told reporters after making a jobs announcement in Dickson. "To me, it’s not a Second Amendment right. It’s the same right anybody should have with a property they control."
Haslam stopped short of saying he'd veto the bill. In noting that the measure is now on the move in the House, he said, “We’ll have to see once it winds its way to me.”
The House Civil Justice Subcommittee advanced the bill this week, despite the governor's “major concerns” expressed earlier this year. Those concerns also didn’t stop the Senate, which voted last month 26-7 to allow handgun-carry permit holders to bring their gun with them into parks, regardless whether local municipalities have banned them.
While House Speaker Beth Harwell has said she sees a guns-in-parks bill passing this year, she has said she wants to make the bill more “palatable” to local governments. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has also weighed in by asking members of the legislature to leave local authority to ban guns in municipal parks alone.
Law firm Butler Snow continues to make a recruiting splash in this region and beyond. Last month, it said it had brought on board attorneys in Denver, Georgia and New York. Today, it announced that 18 attorneys from Birmingham firm Johnston Barton Proctor & Rose — which has lost other lawyers in recent weeks — and one other lawyer have migrated to its office in the Magic City. The firm now has about 280 attorneys under its wing.
Outgoing Rep. Richard Floyd’s eyes began to well up when he urged the House Education Subcommittee to approve a bill granting in-state college tuition to students illegally brought to the states as children.
“I want to do the right thing. And I'm asking you guys," he said as his voice broke, "just do the right thing."
The committee ultimately rolled the bill for a third time this session, this time at the request of House Education Committee Chairman Harry Brooks seeking more information about the college admission process.
After Floyd walked out of the committee room, so did several undocumented high school students and recent grads with the Tennessee Immigration and Refugee Rights Coalition, with watery eyes and red noses who expect to be back next week for the next hearing.
“I think we had the votes to get it out today, I just don’t want to rock the boat on them,” said Floyd about the committee, noting he is catching heat for this bill back home in Chattanooga. “This is a very serious thing to them back in their districts. If we intend to lead, we’re going to have to bite the bullet and make some tough choices.”
A similar measure repealing rules barring U.S.-born citizens from in-state tuition passed out of the full House Education Committee Tuesday and is headed to Finance, Ways and Means Committee.
Stites & Harbison member Robert C. Goodrich Jr. has been appointed to a four-year term as a director of the Mid-South Commercial Law Institute, the firm announced today.
Goodrich is a member of Stites & Harbison’s creditors’ rights and bankruptcy service group, representing creditors, creditors’ committees, landlords and other interested parties in bankruptcy and insolvency-related matters in state and federal courts.
For more than 30 years, the Nashville-based Mid-South Commercial Law Institute has hosted annual continuing legal education seminars related to commercial and bankruptcy law. The MSCLI Board of Directors consists of attorneys who practice throughout Tennessee and are responsible for coordinating and hosting the annual seminars.