Memphis Firm Selects First Female President

The Memphis law firm of Evans Petree has named Caren Nichol as its first female president, the Memphis Business Journal reports. Nichol focuses her practice on family law, litigation/dispute resolution, and private client services. She earned her law degree from the University of Memphis School of Law in 1993 and was a member of the TBA’s inaugural Leadership Law class in 2004. She replaces E. Woods Weathersby, who has led the firm for 15 years and returns to full-time practice. The firm has more on Nichol and other new leaders.

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TBA Names 2017 Leadership Law Class

The TBA announced today that 36 attorneys from across the state have been selected for its 2017 Leadership Law program. Now in its 14th year, Leadership Law is designed to equip Tennessee lawyers with the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to serve as leaders in their profession and local communities. The class will meet for its first session in January, and then spend the next six months learning about leadership in the legal profession, issues in the courts, policymaking in state government and the importance of community service. Learn more about the program.

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Alumni Happenings, October 2016

Alumni Happenings

Amanda Busby (2014) was nominated in August 2016 by Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and appointed by the Knoxville City Council to serve on the Civil Service Merit Board for the City of Knoxville.

Jeremy Cothern (2015) welcomed a new baby girl, McLean, in June 2016. Cothern also joined Patrick, Beard, Schulman & Jacoway, P.C. in May 2016.

Sherie Edwards (2010) is set to begin her year as Vice-Chairman of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Small Law Department committee in October 2016 and will become Chair in October 2017. The SLD committee is an international committee of approximately 6700 members, comprised of in-house counsel who work in law departments of 5 attorneys or less. Edwards is also in her last year of serving as the TBA’s Treasurer. Assistant Treasurer, Mary Dohner Smith (2009), will become Treasurer in June 2017.

Shannon Coleman Egle (2011), her husband Brian and daughter Ava are over the moon about their newest addition, Amelia Rose Egle, born on August 28, 2016.

Daniel Ellis (2016) and wife Beth G. Ellis are happy to announce that they are expecting their first child due Spring 2017.

Amy J. Everhart (2008) recently moved her law firm, Everhart Law Firm PLC, just off the square in downtown Franklin. She welcomes all TBALL’ers who happen to be visiting the Williamson County courthouse to stop by and check out her new digs. Everhart Law Firm handles trademark, copyright, entertainment and technology transactional and litigation matters in the Middle Tennessee area. Everhart has also been recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2017 Trademark Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Nashville.

Brian Faughnan (2005) received the Best Lawyers 2017 Appellate Practice “Lawyer of the Year” award in Memphis. He was also appointed to the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers for a two-year term ending in 2018.

Rob Frost (2009) has become the minority owner of the Forest City Owls baseball club. The Owls are a member of the 16-team Coastal Plain League in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. You can find more on the Owls here

Chasity Grice (2014) has been elected as a fellow by the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) for the 2016-17 bar year. This honor comes just as Grice is finishing her fellowship as ABA Real Property Trust and Estate Section fellow (2014-2016).

Mary Beth Hagan (2013) has expanded her firm to include a fourth attorney, Jared Lynd, who is a graduate of UT Law. Hagan Law Group, PLLC focuses on construction, business and probate issues and is based in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Jay Ingrum (2016) was selected as a member of the 2017 Leadership Middle Tennessee, a regional leadership program founded to engage community and business leaders in the 10 county region of Middle Tennessee. The program began in September 2016 and comes to a close with a commencement celebration in May 2017.

Angela B. Rauber (2013) and husband have welcomed a son, Mateo, into their family. Mateo was born in February 2016 and placed with Angela and her husband for adoption in late March. Angela adds that Mateo is an amazing teacher—mere months into his immersion training, Angela’s diaper changing and bottle preparing efficiency ratings have improved tremendously. Rauber also joined Strategic Property Partners (SPP) as Vice President, Planning & Zoning Counsel. SPP is a real estate development joint venture between Cascade Investment, LLC and Jeff Vinik. SPP.

Gabe Roberts (2016) and his wife Ashleigh Roberts (2014), along with their daughter Seeley, welcomed the birth of their quadruplets on Ashleigh’s birthday, September 6, 2016: Colette Carmen Roberts, Wade Gabriel Roberts, Helen Bird Roberts and Rivers Alexander Roberts. In addition to their new arrivals, Gabe was also promoted from TennCare General Counsel to Deputy Director & Chief Operating Officer in July 2016 and was the recipient of the 2016 Nashville Chamber of Commerce Nashville Emerging Leader Award in the Legal Services Industry.

Rachel Rosenblatt (2016) and her husband, Josh, are happy to announce that Rachel is expecting a baby girl due in January 2017.

Chay Sengkhounmany (2009) welcomed a new baby girl over the summer. Emilia Manivong Sengkhounmany was born in May 2016 and weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces and was 19 inches long. Her brother Eli and sister Elle are thrilled to have her join their family.

Caitlin Doty Smith (2013) gave birth to her first child in July 2016. Cory William Smith weighed 8 pounds and 4 ounces and measured 20.75 inches long.

Shea Sisk Wellford (2006) has had the pleasure of serving the attorneys of Shelby County as the President of the Memphis Bar Association this year.

TBALL Alumni Association Fall Receptions

The annual TBALL Fall Receptions saw a rise in attendance this year. Held during the month of September in Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville, the events brought out a total of 122 TBALL alumni and new nominees, an increase of 29 guests from 2015. Special thanks to the gracious reception hosts: 

• Memphis: Baker Donelson and alumnae Whitney Harmon (2016) 
• Nashville: Wiseman Ashworth Law Group and Gail Ashworth (Steering Committee) 
• Chattanooga: Chambliss Bahner & Stophel and alumnus Jeffrey Maddux (2016) 
• Knoxville: Robertson Overbey and alumnae Stephanie Coleman (2014)

TBALL Class of 2017

Nearly 200 attorneys from across the state were nominated for the upcoming TBALL Class of 2017. The new class will be chosen during the first week of November. 

The 2017 session dates and locaitons are as follows:

• January 5-7: Opening Retreat, Montgomery Bell State Park
• February 14: Issues in Politics & Policy, Nashville
• March 9-10: Issues in Community Leadership, Memphis
• April 5-6: Issues in the Courts, Chattanooga
• May 9: Leadership in Action
• June 15-17: TBA Annual Convention & Commencement Ceremony, Kingsport

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Memphis Lawyers Make 40 Under 40 Listing

The Memphis Business Journal has released its 2016 Top 40 under 40 awards. Among the 41 honorees are several attorneys, including Alena Allen, associate law professor at the University of Memphis School of Law, Annie Christoff with Bass, Berry & Sims, Tennessee Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris, Tanya Holmes in the legal department of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Paul Sciubba, litigation director at Autozone and Matthew White with Baker Donelson. An awards ceremony will take place Nov. 11 at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Memphis. For more information on the event, contact Sarah Butts, 901-259-1713.

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Deadline Friday for TBALL Applications

The deadline for applying for the Tennessee Bar Association’s Leadership Law 2017 class has been extended to the end of the day Friday. Email applications to TBALL Coordinator Kate Prince or submit them online. Contact Prince at 615-383-7421 with any questions about the program or application process.

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Leadership Law Applications Due Oct. 7

Applications are now being accepted for the Tennessee Bar Association’s Leadership Law (TBALL) Class of 2017. Please e-mail your application to Kate Prince or submit your application online by the end of day on Oct. 7. Going into its 14th year, Leadership Law is designed to equip Tennessee lawyers with the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to serve as leaders in their profession and local communities. Over the course of six months, class members learn about leadership in the legal profession, issues in the courts, policymaking in state government and the importance of community service.

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Leadership Middle Tennessee Names New Class

Leadership Middle Tennessee has announced the members of its 2017 class. Among the group are Jay Ingrum, an attorney with Phillips & Ingrum Attorneys at Law in Gallatin, and Brenda Gadd, public policy coordinator at the TBA. The 10-month program, now operated through Cumberland University, features business, community and nonprofit leaders from 10 counties in the Nashville area. See the full list of class members in the Nashville Business Journal.

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NBF Leadership Forum Names 2016-2017 Class

The Nashville Bar Foundation has named 24 attorneys to its 2016-2017 Leadership Forum. The nine-month professional development program begins in September and runs through May, offering an opportunity to learn, collaborate and network. It is open to lawyers with three to eight years of experience. See the full list of class members.

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6 Nashville Lawyers Vying for Emerging Leader Awards

The Nashville Chamber of Commerce has named the finalists for its 2016 Nashville Emerging Leader Awards. Casey Summar with the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville was nominated in the Arts, Entertainment & Music Business category. Five lawyers were named as finalists in the Legal Services category. They are: Sarah Hannah, Bradley; Ryan Holt, Sherrard & Roe; Gabe Roberts, Bureau of TennCare; Joshua Rosenblatt, Blackline Payments Advisors; and Elizabeth Tipping, Neal & Harwell. The chamber will honor all finalists with an event Aug. 4 at the Collins Alumni Auditorium on the campus of Lipscomb University. Learn more or buy tickets.

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Lawyers Complete 2016 TBA Leadership Program

Class of 31 graduates, selects Gallatin lawyer for service award

NASHVILLE, June 27, 2016 -- Thirty-one attorneys from across the state graduated from the Tennessee Bar Association’s Leadership Law program during the association's annual convention in Nashville last week. The group spent the last six months learning about leadership in the legal profession, issues in the courts, policymaking in state government and the importance of community service.

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King Assassination Witness Dies in Memphis

The Rev. Samuel “Billy” Kyles, who witnessed the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from the balcony of the Lorraine Motel and spent much of his life as a civil and human rights activist, died Tuesday after a long illness. He was 81, The Commercial Appeal reports. Rev. Kyles believed he was called to recount the events of that day and did so many times, all around the world. His appearances included several before TBA Leadership Law classes.

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Alumni Happenings

The Greater Knoxville Business Journal has selected Jamie Ballinger-Holden (2015) as one of its “40 Under 40.” Each year, the “40 Under 40” program recognizes a group of 40 young leaders who are leaving their mark on Knoxville through their professional and philanthropic efforts. A link to the article may be found here.

Making the “40 Under 40” list for the Nashville Business Journal are Ashleigh Roberts (2015) and Gabe Roberts (2016). This list is comprised of men in women making big names for themselves in the Nashville business scene. The complete list of Nashville winners can be found here.

The law firm owned by TBALL Alums Amy Farrar (2011) and Sonya Wright (2013), Farrar & Wright, PLLC, purchased a new building and is now located at 122 North Church Street on the Square in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Amy and Jeff Farrar are also pleased to announce the birth of her third child, Samuel Freeman Farrar, 9lbs 12 ounces, born February 3, 2016.

Megan Arthur (2012) is excited to announce that effective February 15, 2016, she will join the law firm of Evans Petree PC in Memphis, Tennessee as a partner to continue to grow her domestic litigation practice and offer even more varied services to her clients.

Sherie Edwards (2010) is starting her fourth year as a Board Member of United Way of Williamson County, and second year as the Chair of the Community Impact committee.  Community Impact addresses the identification of the needs of Williamson County residents in the areas of Income, Education, Health, and Rebuilding Lives, and applies their resources to meeting those needs.  She has also been elected Secretary of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Small Law Department Committee, which has 6,700 members internationally, and is serving as a Mentor for the ABA TIPS Corporate Counsel section.

Tracy Kane (2013) was recently nominated and elected to serve on the Board of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC). She was also recently elected to serve as Secretary of the Board of the Nashville Conflict Resolution Center, which ensures that all people in our community has access to mediation and can work together to safely solve conflict. She was also reelected to the Board of Sister Cities of Nashville where she serves as the Chair of the Nashville-Belfast City Partnership.

Sheri A. Fox (2008) recently left her practice at Baker Donelson to become the Executive Director of Legal Aid of East Tennessee, effective January 1, 2016. Her new contact information is: Legal Aid of East Tennessee, 535 Chestnut Street, Suite 360, Chattanooga, TN 37402, (423) 492-4756,

DarKenya Waller (2011) of the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands was named a “Women of Influence” in the category of Community Supporter by the Nashville Business Journal. The winners of this award were recognized for standing out in their fields, bringing their businesses to the forefront and helping others achieve success. The complete list can be found here.

Mark Ison (2013) of Sherrard & Roe, and his wife, Lindsay, welcomed their first child, Evelyn Margaret Ison, into the world on October 13, 2015.  All have been happy and healthy since.

Charity Miles Williams (2015) is pleased to announce that she and her family have relocated to Nashville, TN, leaving behind wonderful friends and colleagues in Knoxville, TN.  Effective December 1, 2015, she started working as a staff attorney at the Tennessee Fair Housing Council (TFHC), where her primary focus is on housing discrimination.  Her new contact information is:  Charity Miles Williams, Staff Attorney, Tennessee Fair Housing Council, 107 Music City Circle, Suite 318, Nashville, TN 37214, (615) 212-3120 (direct line), (615) 874-1636 (fax),

Effective January 1, 2016, Stephanie Coleman (2013) became a partner at Robertson Overby where she has practiced since 2008.

Miranda Christy (2013) recently joined the in-house legal team at UBS. Her new contact information is:  Miranda Christy, Director and Counsel, UBS Investment Bank, 315 Deaderick Street, Nashville, Tennessee 37238, Tel: 615.393.7800, Mobile: 615.945.9393,

Inaugural TBALL class member Maria Salas (2004) was appointed Clerk and Master of the Davidson County Chancery Court, effective December 1, 2015.

Amanda Busy (2013) and her law partner, Adrienne Anderson, have purchased an office condo and their firm, Anderson Busby PLLC, has moved to 550 Main Street, Suite 700, Knoxville, TN 37902. Amanda has also been named President-Elect of the Knoxville Bar Association.

Effective January 13, 2016, Annie Christoff (2013) was elected a member of the law firm Bass Berry & Sims. Annie concentrates her practice in complex business, securities and patent litigation. She represents clients in traditional business litigation, intellectual property litigation, securities litigation and arbitration, and commercial disputes.

Alicia Brown Oliver (2004) is now Counsel at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. Her new contact information is: Counsel, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, 1 Cameron Hill Circle, Chattanooga, TN 37402, (423) 535-2922,

Leslie Beale (2012) has opened Profusion Strategies, a coaching firm for professional women. Leslie helps these ambitious ladies ditch their stress, regain their focus, and harmonize their personal and professional goals. You can find her at Leslie L. Beale, JD, Success Coach Profusion Strategies, Phone: (865) 228-5368,

Tyler Yarbro (2012) and State Senator Jeff Yarbro (2011) recently welcomed a new baby girl. Katherine James Yarbro was born on February 18.

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Lead Law Series Webcast Available Now

The four-part Lead Law series covers leadership topics including leading your firm, clients and profession. The online courses, available now, are approved for from one to 1.75 hours of CLE.

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4 Lawyers Selected for 40 Under 40

Four attorneys were among the 40 Under 40 group of honorees released today by the Nashville Business Journal. The list includes Ashleigh Roberts, deputy counsel to Gov. Bill Haslam; Gabe Roberts, the general counsel to the TennCare Bureau in the Department of Finance and Administration; Elizabeth Tipping, a member at Neal and Harwell PLC; and James “Patrick” Warfield an associated at Burr & Forman. Ashleigh Roberts is a 2014 graduate of the TBA Leadership Law program, while Gabe Roberts is a member of the current class.

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Nominations Accepted for Emerging Leader Awards

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and YP Nashville is currently accepting nominations of young professionals for the Nashville Emerging Leader Awards program. NELAs are given in 15 categories including Legal Services, Business Services, and Community Service and Nonprofit. Applications are available online and are due Feb. 2.

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New Leadership Law Class Launches at Retreat

The 13th class of the TBA's Leadership Law (TBALL) program is kicking off six-months of programming this weekend at Montgomery Bell State Park. The program is designed to equip Tennessee lawyers with the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to serve as leaders in their profession and local communities. Among those speaking during the three-day retreat are Byron Trauger, Houston Gordon, Dean William Koch, TBA President Bill Harbison, Abby Rubenfeld, Gordon Bonnyman, Dwight Tarwater, Buck Lewis, Lisa Richter and Randy Kinnard. The group will hold regular monthly sessions throughout the spring, before graduating during the TBA Annual Convention, planned for June 18 in Nashville.

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32 Lawyers Named to 2016 Leadership Law Class

Lawyers from across state join TBA's 6-month leadership training program

NASHVILLE, Nov. 23, 2015 — The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) announces that 32 attorneys from across the state have been selected for its 2016 Leadership Law program.

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Deadline Monday for TBALL Applications

Applications for the Tennessee Bar Association's Leadership Law (TBALL) Class of 2016 are due Monday (Oct. 26) by Noon Central. Email the application to Kate Prince or submit your application online

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Former AG Holder to Speak at Vanderbilt

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will speak on leadership during Vanderbilt University’s Chancellor Lecture Series. He will deliver the talk at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 6 in Benton Chapel, 411 21st Ave. South. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required to attend.

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Lead Law Program, 5.5 Hours of CLE

Learn techniques for developing law leadership skills in the full-day Lead Law program on Oct. 23, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Tennessee Bar Center in Nashville. Leadership training will focus on leading yourself, leading your clients and leading your firm. The course is worth 5.5 credits of CLE.

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TBALL Alumni Step Up to Help New Lawyers

A law practice conference on Nov. 10 will connect TBA Leadership Law alumni with new lawyers from across the state. In their role as faculty members for the course, the TBALL alumni will share their experience on a range of practice issues, including talking about law firm structures and economics, working with partners, billing, solo practice, networking and ethics. New lawyers, this program is for you!

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Deadline Nearing for TBALL Nominations

Nominations for the 2015-2016 Leadership Law class are due by end of day on Sept. 7. Please send your nomination forms by mail, e-mail or fax to the TBA. You may also submit nominations online. Contact Kate Prince at the TBA for more information.

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TBA Welcomes New Staff Members

The Tennessee Bar Association this month welcomed three new staff members. Brenda Gadd is the TBA’s new public policy coordinator. She will work closely with the Government Affairs Committee to help represent the TBA and its members before the General Assembly and other policy making bodies. Also new to the TBA is Kate Prince, who will serve as TBA Leadership Law Coordinator, as well as manage the TBA’s Mentoring Program and work with a new committee studying advancements in the delivery of legal services. Finally, TBA welcomed Amelia Ferrell, the newest addition to its communications team. Ferrell will write for TBAToday and the Tennessee Bar Journal, as well as expand TBA’s activity on social media platforms and coordinate media relations.

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Knoxville Lawyer Receives TBA Leadership Award

Lambert selected by leadership class members for recognition

NASHVILLE, June 29, 2015 — Knoxville lawyer Regina Lambert was presented with the Larry Dean Wilks Leadership Award by fellow members of the Tennessee Bar Association’s 2015 Leadership Law class during the group’s graduation ceremonies in Memphis this month. She is the fourth recipient of the award.

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Lawyers Complete 2015 TBA Leadership Program

Class of 36 graduates at TBA convention in Memphis

NASHVILLE, June 29, 2015 — Thirty-six attorneys from across the state graduated from the Tennessee Bar Association’s Leadership Law program during the association’s annual convention in Memphis this month.

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