Ross Booher, a former partner at Bass Berry & Sims, has launched Latitude, a company that will place attorneys in interim and project roles at law firms, companies and government entities. The venture is based in Cool Springs and is looking to recruit experienced attorneys in fields from tax to health care regulations and entertainment law. Booher, left, said Latitude aims to let law firms hold their own against large competitors by lowering some of their fixed costs on certain projects and gives another option to companies in need of high-level legal help over a short term.
Latitude, which has been backed by a group of private-equity investors, has been very well received by its potential customer bases and by attorneys who might join its ranks, Booher said. The company is focusing its early efforts on the Middle Tennessee but he said it is built to expand well beyond Nashville.
"This type of business is not geographically confined," he said. "The company takes advantage of the same types of efficiencies we offer our clients."
Joining Booher in building Latitude is President Ken Clarke, a friend dating back to both men's days at Vanderbilt. Clarke, right, co-founded and was COO of OralDNA Labs, which was bought by Quest Diagnostics in 2009.
Law firm Eraclides Gelman Hall Indek Goodman & Waters, which runs 10 offices in Florida and Georgia, has recruited Allen Callison to open its first outpost in Tennessee. Callison, who was formerly with Morgan & Akins, has set up shop on Poston Avenue in West End and is being supported by two Eraclides attorneys in Atlanta. Eraclides specializes in workers' compensation defense and also handles other liability cases and Medicare compliance work.