Barrett Johnston announces name change

Firm to be known as Barrett Johnston Martin & Garrison

Officials with Nashville-based law firm Barrett Johnston LLC announced today that, effective July 1, the firm will be named Barrett Johnston Martin & Garrison.

The moniker change is being done, in part, to recognize Jerry Martin and David Garrison as partners in the firm.

Additionally, Barrett Johnston has promoted Scott Tift to Partner and has moved downtown Nashville’s Bank of America Plaza from a small building located nearby on Second Avenue North.

In a release, the firm did not disclose a cost to change the name and undertake the office move.

Founded by George Barrett and Doug Johnston, the firm is known for its work in the civil rights and labor arenas, as well as securities fraud litigation. In addition, Barrett Johnston is focused on representing whistleblowers in the health care industry in qui tam litigation against private health care companies that are defrauding federal and state governments.

“While the battleground may have expanded, our focus is still the same — representing individuals who have the courage to stand up to some of the most powerful forces in our society,” Jerry Martin (pictured at left), who heads up the firm’s whistleblower practice, said in the release. “Whistleblowers face enormous challenges — navigating the complicated legal web to report fraud, recovering the appropriate funds, and avoiding reprisal. Our firm is ideally suited to represent whistleblowers as they pull back the curtain and expose fraud.”

The firm also continues to expand its wage and hour litigation practice, having recovered during the past few years millions of dollars of unpaid wages on behalf of U.S. workers, it said in the release.

“The Department of Labor estimates that between 70 percent and 90 percent of employers are in violation of our country’s laws that dictate how hourly workers are to be paid,” Garrison (pictured at right) said. “Our firm intends to build on its success representing workers in class and collective actions aimed at recovering every dime they are owed for their work.”

This is the second name change a Nashville-based law firm has announced in June. Earlier this month, and driven by the addition of veteran Nashville tax attorney Billy Blackstone as partner, the former Callahan Witherington PLLC said it had changed its name to Goodman Callahan Blackstone PLLC (read here).