Former federal prosecutor joins Waller

The Birmingham office of Waller Lansden earlier this month welcomed ex-federal prosecutor William Athanas to its ranks. Athanas spent eight years with the Justice Department, most recently as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Alabama's Northern District.
Oct 12, 2009 8:16 AM

The signs they are a'changin

Baker Donelson is moving quickly with putting its name on the downtown building where it recently signed on to expand. Workers will have all the required red letters on the side of the Baker Donelson Center well before NBC's cameras switch on to transmit the Titans taking on the Colts this Sunday night.
Oct 8, 2009 7:53 AM

Justice center director gets national award

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

Buck Cole has a new boss

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

Boult, attorneys make Benchmark list

Benchmark Litigation, a best-of ranking service that uses feedback from clients and peers, has placed Bradley Arant Boult Cummings on its highly recommended list. Five of the firm's Nashville attorneys were cited individually.
Aug 25, 2009 7:02 AM

Bass Berry is good for women

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

Boult marketing director jumps to Gullett

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

Tip of the hat to Waller blog

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

Virginia law firm looks to buy here

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

Lawyers as line workers

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