The entertainment law group of superregional firm Dickinson Wright, which is led out of Nashville by Derek Crownover, has recruited five attorneys in Las Vegas to grow its ranks in media, sports and entertainment to 20. The new additions include members who count Trisha Yearwood, the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Shaquille O'Neal among their clients.
“We are lucky to have this new group from Vegas,” Crownover said. “They have a deep knowledge of the trademark, branding, television and sports worlds. They expand our reach across the country, but more importantly, they help us provide top-tier service to our artist, acting and sports clients who enter these worlds as they grow their brands in new mediums.”
Read the full release on the hires here.
In this month's Nashville Medical News, Dickinson Wright attorney Keith Dennen (pictured here) writes on the M&A regulatory climate in health care, specifically former Attorney General Bob Cooper's decision to join in an appellate court opinion brief on an Idaho antitrust suit. That, Dennen says, sets the stage very nicely for Cooper's successor, Herbert Slatery. The state's hospital operators and doctors are keenly watching and listening.
So the questions moving forward become — will Attorney General Slatery feel as strongly as his predecessor did about the monopolization of medicine? Will each and every future merger and collaborative effort be met with sharp scrutiny? Can we expect new legislation to emerge through the General Assembly, and will our struggling rural hospitals and smaller practitioners find that they need to source new ways of collaboration outside of an outright sale?
The Nashville office of Dickinson Wright has announced the additions of Joshua Burgener and Michael Lewis as associate attorneys.
Burgener (on right in photo) joins Dickinson Wright after working as an associate attorney for the Wiseman Ashworth Law Group. There, he represented an academic medical center and provided counsel in health care and liability actions. In addition, Burgener represented physicians, practice groups and health care liability efforts throughout Tennessee. He earned his juris doctor from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2010.
“We are very pleased to have Josh on our team,” Tom Donnell, managing attorney for Dickinson Wright’s Nashville office, said in a release. “Nashville, of course, is saturated with health care business, so I know Josh’s experience in health care law will be extremely valuable to us and to the health care community.”
Lewis (on left in photo) previously worked for Dickinson Wright as a summer associate in the Nashville office. In addition, Lewis gained experience as a judicial intern for Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Bill Koch, where he conducted legal research for the court as well as assisting in the drafting and editing of court opinions. Lewis graduated in May with a juris doctor degree from Wake Forest University School of Law, where he served as articles editor on the Wake Forest Law Review. During more than six years of service as an officer in the U.S. Army, Lewis earned numerous military awards, including the bronze star medal.
“Michael clearly stood out to us as a summer associate. It was obvious that he was self-motivated and highly committed to our team,” Donnell said. “Not only do we value his well-rounded law experience, but we also highly regard the leadership he demonstrated as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army. We’re proud to have him on our team.”
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