Nashville Bar Association taps Lanquist as 2015 president

The Nashville Bar Association has announced Edward D. (Ed) Lanquist, Jr., managing shareholder with Patterson Intellectual Property Law, will serve as its 2015 board president.

The announcement, made Thursday in a release, followed the announcement that Monica Mackie will serve as NBA executive director (read here).

Lanquist (pictured), who has been a member of the NBA since 1988, was elected to the NBA Board of Directors in 2012.

NBA also announced board officers for the year.

“I am very excited about working with the new board and volunteers this year,” Mackie said in the release. “There is a great deal of enthusiasm for 2015, and I look forward to enhancing our mission of education, service and fellowship to make a positive difference in the lives of the members of the association, the community and the legal profession.”


The other elected officers of the 2015 NBA Board are as follows:

Joycelyn Stevenson, Littler Mendelson, P.C., president-elect;

Dewey Branstetter, Sherrard & Roe, PLC, first vice president;

Matt Potempa, Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard, PLLC, first vice president -elect;

John C. McLemore, Garfinkle & McLemore, PLLC, second vice president;

Andrea P. Perry, Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, second vice president-elect;

Whitney Haley, Lewis, Thomason, King, Krieg & Waldrop, P.C., secretary;

Hon. Joe Brown, U.S. Magistrate Judge, treasurer;

Eric W. Smith, Nissan North America, Inc., assistant treasurer;

Lela Hollabaugh, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, General Counsel;

Charles Grant, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, immediate past president.

NBA directors are as follows:

Robb Bigelow, Dickinson Wright PLLC

Hon. Joe Binkley, Fifth Circuit Court for the 20th Judicial District serving Davidson County

Hon. Sheila Calloway, Juvenile Court Judge

Kay Caudle, STR, Inc.

Irwin Kuhn, Dobbins, Venick, Kuhn & Byassee, PLLC

Hon. Bill Koch, Dean of the Nashville School of Law

Claudia Levy, Levy Legal Consulting, LLC 

Hon. Randal Mashburn, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee

Jeff Mobley, Howard Mobley Hayes & Gontarek

Sara Reynolds, Anderson & Reynolds, PLC

Nathan Ridley, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Erin Palmer Polly, Butler Snow LLP

David Raybin, Hollins, Raybin & Weissman, P.C.

Maria M. Salas, Salas Law Group, PLLC

Saul Solomon, Metro Legal Director

Bernadette Welch, Tennessee Department of Revenue

Overton Thompson, III, Bass, Berry & Sims PLC

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Littler's Stevenson named NBA president-elect

Joycelyn Stevenson, a shareholder in the Nashville office of Littler, has been elected Nashville Bar Association president-elect for a one-year term starting Jan. 1, 2015.

Her term begins in January 2016, according to a release.

Edward Lanquist, managing shareholder with the Nashville-based Waddey Patterson, will serve as 2015 president.

“I am honored to continue to serve the NBA in a leadership capacity,” Stevenson said in the release. “As I step into this role, I look forward to supporting the NBA’s mission of assisting our members in expanding their legal knowledge, advancing their career goals and giving back to the local legal community.”

NBA board members elect the president-elect, with eligible candidates required to have served for at least three years on the board.

Stevenson, whose Littler practice focuses on labor and employment and business immigration law, is a member of Leadership Nashville, the American Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, the Napier-Looby Bar Association and the Society for Human Resources Management. She volunteers on the board of directors of the Nashville Farmers’ Market and is the immediate past president of the Council on Aging of Greater Nashville.

Stevenson received her J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University Law School and her B.A. degree from Howard University.

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Cornelius & Collins adds veteran attorney Kitch

Cornelius & Collins has announced the addition of veteran Nashville-based attorney John Kitch as of counsel. 

Previously, Kitch was a solo practitioner for more than 38 years. 

A past president of the Nashville Bar Association, Kitch focuses his practice on representing public school systems, civil trial and appellate practice in state and federal courts, and probate matters. He is a graduate of Purdue University and the Vanderbilt University School of Law, where he formerly lectured. He is now a faculty member at the Nashville School of Law.

Jun 6, 2014 7:00 AM

Trauger named Tune award recipient

The Nashville Bar Association has named Byron Trauger, a partner and founder of Nashville law firm Trauger & Tuke, as the recipient of the 2013 John C. Tune Public Service Award.

The Tune Award, the highest honor the NBA bestows, is given annually to an attorney who displays the highest degree of commitment to her/his profession and community.

“Byron Trauger's legal career and community service endeavors typify the ideals of John Tune, who was not only an excellent lawyer, but also spent his legal career making sure his community was a better place in which to live,” Tom Sherrard, outgoing president of the Nashville Bar Association, said in a release.

Trauger serves as chair of the board of Martin Methodist College and has been a board member at the school since 1997. The majority of MMC students are the first in their families to attend college. 

In addition, Trauger was a founding director of the Land Trust for Tennessee and served as its chair from 2003-05. He remains active with the organization as a member of its board of directors.

Trauger also chaired the board of the PENCIL Foundation from 2005-06 and was a founding board member of the Nashville Public Education Foundation.  Trauger continues to play an integral role in the organization as a member of its board of directors.

Trauger also sits on the boards of directors of Nashville Public Radio, Nashville Public Library Foundation, SuccessPAC and You Have the Power. For six years, Trauger chaired the board of the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation, the organization that has partnered with the Dolly Parton Foundation to provide more than 19 million books free to pre-kindergarten children in Tennessee.

“While the list of organizations that Trauger has served is impressive, what differentiates him is the level of contributions he has made to each group with which he is affiliated,” said Bob Tuke, Trauger’s law partner. “His involvement in education has always been important to him, and the cross section of his work in this field is unparalleled. Over the years, he has assisted anyone seeking an education, from preschoolers and public school students to high school dropouts and college students.”

Trauger was formally awarded the award at the NBA annual meeting held this past December.

Jan 21, 2014 12:30 PM

Baker Donelson's Grant to serve as NBA board president

Charles K. Grant, a shareholder in the Nashville office of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, tonight will take the gavel as president of the Nashville Bar Association Board of Directors.

Grant, who will become the first African-American to serve as the board’s president, will replace Thomas J. Sherrard of Sherrard & Roe. The NBA, which holds its annual meeting and banquet tonight at the Wildhorse Saloon downtown, is 182 years old.

At Baker Donelson, Grant represents clients in employment litigation, including collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act. His practice also includes business litigation. Grant has tried more than 45 jury trials to verdict in both federal and state courts, and represented clients in mediation and arbitration proceedings across more than a dozen states.


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Apr 3, 2013 7:00 AM

White named ACTL fellow

Nashville attorney Thomas V. "Tom" White has been inducted as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

ACTL is widely considered to be premier professional trial organization in North America. Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years' trial experience before they can be considered for a fellowship.

White is a founding partner of Nashville-based Tune, Entrekin & White and has been practicing law in Middle Tennessee for more than 40 years. He is an alumnus of the Vanderbilt University School of Law and past president of the Nashville Bar Association.

Fellowship in the ACTL is given to experienced trial lawyers who have “mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers are marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality.” Membership cannot exceed 1 per cent of the total lawyer population of any state or province.

There are currently ACTL 5,879 members in the United States and Canada. 

Mar 13, 2013 1:16 PM

Sherrard named Nashville Bar Association president

Veteran Nashville attorney and community acitivist Thomas J. Sherrard will serve as president of the Nashville Bar Association, having taken office at the organization’s recent annual meeting

Sherrard, a founding member of Sherrard & Roe, PLC, will serve a one-year term.

A member of the Nashville, Tennessee and American bar associations, Sherrard has served on the ABA’s Committee on Federal Securities Law and the Committee on Commercial Law. He has been a member of the Tennessee Corporate Law Revision Commission and has been a frequent presenter at programs for the Practicing Law Institute. 

For many years, Sherrard served as an adjunct professor of law at Vanderbilt University Law School and Owen Graduate School of Management. He is the founding chairman of Partnership 2020, the economic development initiative sponsored by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, and he has served as chairman of the chamber.

Jan 14, 2013 2:36 PM