The American Bar Association ponders a new law school disclosure rule that could reshape enrollment trends [From our print edition featured in Monday's City Paper]
May 23, 2011 12:03 AM
Scott Crawford Sutherland, Kentucky's assistant attorney general, will relocate to Nashville and head into private practice after he retires at the end of this month. As a prosecutor, Sutherland investigated claims of patronage in the Bluegrass State's gubernatorial administration of Ernie Fletcher.
The special grand jury indicted Fletcher in 2006 on misdemeanor charges that he was involved in a scheme to reward political supporters with protected state jobs. The charges were eventually dropped, though Fletcher acknowledged evidence in the case "strongly indicates wrongdoing by his administration." Fletcher pardoned everyone else who was charged in the probe.
Jan 14, 2011 7:46 AM
Intellectual property attorney Jack Waddey has been named to the Panel of Neutrals by the International Trademark Association. The appointment lets Waddey mediate disputes across the country.
INTA’s Panel of Neutrals is an innovative Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program that has been very successful in resolving trademark and unfair competition disputes without litigation. Appointment to the Panel of Neutrals is based on a careful review and consideration of applicants who must have substantive legal knowledge and experience in alternative dispute resolution coupled with training in mediation.
Dec 20, 2010 10:41 AM
Veteran attorney Gene Ward will retire from Nashville Electric Service at the end of the year, ending a 30-year career at the public utility. The longtime general counsel has been transitioning his work since August and will continue to represent NES in a government relations function and as a consultant for two years.
Mr. Ward began his career at NES as Staff Attorney in 1980 and was appointed General Counsel in 1986. In this capacity, he headed the utility’s Legal Department and represented NES in governmental affairs before the General Assembly of Tennessee and the U.S. Congress. Mr. Ward is much respected in the legal profession, and fellow lawyer Aubrey Harwell of Neal & Harwell says, “Gene is a longtime friend and an outstanding lawyer for whom I have the greatest respect. He is a man who has handled his responsibilities with tremendous integrity and the highest ethical standards. He is not only a lawyer of intelligence, but has common sense and a commitment to decency, fairness and compassion. While we wish him well in his retirement, as Decosta Jenkins says, he will certainly be missed at NES.”
Dec 3, 2010 1:35 PM
Darlene Marsh, a partner in Burr & Forman's Nashville office, has been installed as president-elect of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys, a group that, among other things, "seeks to improve and reform laws and procedures affecting real estate secured transactions." She will lead the college in 2012.
"Burr & Forman is proud to have national leaders like Darlene among its ranks," stated Burr & Forman Managing Partner Lee Thuston. "Darlene’s commitment to both her clients and her colleagues is truly commendable."
Sep 22, 2010 9:28 AM
Two local attorneys have been given top industry honors for their work in real estate and trial law, respectively. First up is Bradley Arant Boult Cummings' Ann Peldo Cargile, who has been elected to the Anglo-American Real Property Institute, an invitation-only not-for-profit limited to just 50 individuals from both the United States and the United Kingdom.
“We congratulate Ann on this distinct honor from a respected and prestigious industry organization,” said firm chairman Beau Grenier. “As her colleagues, we already know the level of knowledge and experience she brings to her work. It is nice to see this recognized in such a prominent way.”And veteran trial attorney Randall Kinnard last month became the first Nashville-area representative on the prestigious Inner Circle of Advocates, a group of the 100 best trial attorneys in the country.
“Randall Kinnard has been inducted into the Inner Circle of Advocates because of his extraordinary career and remarkable successes in the courtroom,” said attorney Mark Davis of Honolulu, President of the Inner Circle of Advocates. “He is universally respected by his peers and one of the great trial lawyers in the United States.”
Sep 21, 2010 9:21 AM
Manier & Herod shareholder Michael Collins has become the 11th Nashville attorney to receive national certification in business bankruptcy law from the American Board of Certification. The certification means Collins, a past chair of the Nashville Bar Association's bankruptcy committee, has devoted at least 30 percent of his practice time and at least 400 hours to bankruptcy-related matters in the past three years while also completing 60 hours of continuing education.
May 25, 2010 2:01 PM