Waller makes group leadership changes

Firm's Corporate, Finance & Restructuring, Real Estate, Tax and Trial & Appellate practices all affected by moves

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP on Monday announced new leaders for several of its practice groups. They are:


James Nixon, a partner at Waller Lansden who practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, general corporate, securities, health care and venture capital financing, will lead the corporate group. He earned his J.D. from the University of Tennessee and received his B.A. from Wake Forest University.

David Head, a partner who will be assisting Nixon as corporate deputy practice group leader. Head primarily focuses on securities, joint ventures, venture capital, partnerships/LLC law, mergers and acquisitions and general business law. He earned his J.D. from Washington and Lee University and received his B.S. from the University of Alabama.

Finance & Restructuring

Partner Katie Stenberg will serve as the new finance and restructuring practice group leader. She focuses on corporate restructuring, bankruptcy and commercial transactions. Previously, Stenberg was the deputy practice group leader for the Finance & Restructuring group. She earned her J.D. from the University of Cincinnati and her B.A. from the University of Nevada.

Real Estate

Partner Rebekah Fisher is the deputy practice group leader of the firm's real estate group and assists group leader Bo Campbell. Fisher's practice focuses on retail leasing and development as well as the acquisition and financing of commercial real estate. She earned her J.D. from the University of Cincinnati and received her B.S. from Tennessee Technological University.


Richard Johnson, also a partner, and will be serving as co-practice group leader of the tax group. Johnson's practice focuses on advising closely held companies, assisting high-net-worth individuals with tax, estate and gift planning, and providing counsel to tax-exempt organizations. Johnson earned his J.D. from the University of Tennessee, his LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Florida, and his B.A. from the University of Mississippi.

Sean Sullivan, another partner at the firm, will serve as deputy practice group leader of the tax group. Sullivan represents clients in connection with the establishment and administration of tax-qualified retirement plans, profit sharing, 401(k), cash balance and pension plans. He also works in the areas of welfare, fringe benefit plans and employee benefit arrangements. Sullivan earned his J.D. from the University of Mississippi, his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University and his B.A. from the University of Mississippi.

Trial & Appellate

Waller Lansden partner Heather Hubbard is deputy practice group leader of the firm's trial and appellate group. She will assist current trial and appellate co-practice group leaders, Travis Parham and Larry Childs. Her practice focuses on business and complex commercial litigation, emphasizing on intellectual property litigation and dispute resolution. Hubbard earned her J.D. from Vanderbilt University and her B.A. from the University of Louisville.

"Each of these attorneys has already made a major mark on our firm, in their practice area and with our clients," said John Tishler, chairman of Waller Lansden. "Many have been with our firm for over a decade and all have shown a dedication and level of excellence that goes beyond the law they practice. We're excited to elevate these partners to leadership positions while we continue to grow all of our core practice areas at Waller Lansden."