Gordon Bonnyman Jr., executive director of the Tennessee Justice Center in Nashville, is the 2009 recipient of the Morris Dees Justice Award. The award is given annually by law firm Skadden, Arps and The University of Alabama School of Law to a lawyer who has brought about positive change by devoting his or her career to serving the public interest and pursuing justice. Bonnyman has spent his career representing low-income clients, the elderly, prisoners, disabled persons, and uninsured. Read more about Bonnyman and the award here.
Sep 17, 2009 11:48 AM
Louisville-headquartered law firm Greenebaum Doll & McDonald has named Patrick Northam to lead its hometown and Nashville offices. Buck Cole is the only attorney in the Nashville outpost, which has never recovered numberswise from a Burr & Forman raid three years ago.
Sep 4, 2009 11:19 AM
The downtown firm has again been named one of the best places to work for women.
The winning firms have at least 8 percent lawyers working reduced hours (versus an average 5 percent nationwide) and at least 20 percent women equity partners (versus an average 16 percent nationwide). Bass, Berry & Sims PLC was recognized for a number of ongoing related initiatives, including increased use of flex-time, reduced-hour schedules, and other family-friendly policies.
Aug 11, 2009 1:30 PM
From a firm press release:
The law firm of Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin PLLC has named Janet Summey as its first Director of Marketing & Business Development. Before joining the firm, Summey served as Business Development & Practice Support Manager at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP and as Marketing Manager of Arthur Andersen’s Nashville office. Summey earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing from the University of Memphis in 1993. She serves as Membership Chair of the Legal Marketing Association’s Nashville City Group.
Aug 10, 2009 2:18 PM
The National Law Journal shines the spotlight on Waller Lansden's Young Lawyers blog, which regularly likes to take a light-hearted look at life in law.
Recently, GIBI posted "Don't Stab the Messenger," a story posted online in the Los Angeles Times in July 2009 about a Santa Ana, Calif. lawyer who was being served with civil court papers and was arrested after trying to stab the messenger with a large hunting knife. Although, the contributors state that they could not come up with a good idea in response to this post, their tongue-in-cheek post was in the lawyer's defense: "The idiom is 'Don't shoot the messenger.' No one ever told him not to try to stab the messenger."
Aug 6, 2009 7:31 AM
The leader of century-old Williams Mullen says he wants to be in Nashville, Atlanta and Jacksonville five years from now. The firm, which is about the same size as the new Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, two years ago moved beyond its coastal territory by bringing on a firm with offices in Raleigh and the Research Triangle.
Jun 28, 2009 11:42 AM
From a Times story examining the angst created by layoffs at Wall Street firms:
“To the extent that lawyers are simply churning out the same problems one after the other and are treated as factors of production to be laid off or not because of market forces or marginal declines in profitability,” he said, “the emotional and professional commitment that goes along with being an adviser and a solver of problems begins to diminish.”
Jun 7, 2009 9:44 AM
Bass Berry & Sims has been named the top corporate and securities law firm for the Nashville area by Corporate Board Member Magazine. This is the eighth consecutive year the firm has taken hom top honors. The full list of the top firms in the top 25 metropolitan areas is available here.
May 21, 2009 10:03 AM