(Notes posted in the order they were received, with the newest posts on top.)
Albert David Noe IV (BA ’63) of Jackson, Tennessee died December 3.After earning his undergraduate and law degrees at Vanderbilt, Albert practiced law in Nashville; Tucson, Arizona; and Jackson. In Nashville, he was instrumental in the extradition of James Earl Ray. An avid outdoorsman, he cherished his days at Reelfoot lake and Hatchie Bottom. Albert had a special place in his heart for the Jackson Downtown Development Corp., in part due to his family’s connections to the New Southern Hotel. He is survived by his son, Allen. Posted 12.15.17
Robert J. Attaway of Naples, Florida died September 3. He was 77. Bob earned his undergraduate degree from Michigan State before earning his law degree from Vanderbilt. In addition, he went on to earn his Master of Law in Labor from Wayne State University. Early in Bob's career, he worked for the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Labor. He then found his specialty in maritime labor law, and began a decades-long association with Sea-Land Services, until the company dissolved in 1999. Most recently, he was a Partner at Lambos & Junge, in New York City. He had also been a Partner at the New York City Firms Haight, Gardner, Poor, and Havens, in New York City, and a Partner at Finley, Kumble, Wagner, Heine, Underberg, Manley, Myerson & Casey. He was also a founding Partner at Barlow & Attaway, with offices in Princeton, New Jersey, and Los Angeles, California. Bob was admitted to the courts in Florida, New York, New Jersey, and Michigan, as well as several U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals. He was also admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States, and one of the highlights of his career was arguing a case in front of that esteemed institution. Bob is survived by his wife, Rilla, and two daughters, Pamela and Linda. Posted 9.20.17
Irvin Salky of Memphis died May 11. He was 75. Irvin graduated from Memphis State University before earning his law degree from Vanderbilt. In addition, he served in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He was a member of the city's first integrated law firm, Ratner, Sugarmon, Lucas, Willis and Caldwell. An ardent supporter of live music, he founded the Beale Street Music Festival in 1977. He represented and managed music icons Phineas Newborn, Furry Lewis, Fred Ford, and Memphis Slim. Irvin worked tirelessly for his clients, providing pro bono support to many grateful individuals over the years. Read more here. Posted 6.15.17
Howard Nations has been recognized by The Trial Lawyer as a 2016 member of “The RoundTable: America’s Most Influential Trial Lawyers”. His law firm, The Nations Law Firm, has been recognized by The Trial Lawyer as a 2016 member of “The Forum: America’s Most Influential Law Firms”. In addition, Howard has been selected as one of five 2017 recipients of the Texas Bar Foundation’s “Outstanding 50 Year Lawyer Award”, which recognized attorneys whose practice has spanned 50 years or more and who adhere to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession and service to the public. Posted 4.21.17
Jeff Carr died April 10, 2016 in his home near Burns, TN. He was 75. Born in the Bronx, New York, he grew up in Alabama and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. Jeff first came to Vanderbilt to earn his law degree and stayed with the university for the rest of his professional career until he retired in 2000. He oversaw the operation of several offices throughout his career, including security, news and public affairs, traffic and parking real estate. He helped navigate the addition of Peabody College to the university and worked to manage the massive growth at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Jeff also worked with merchants and property owners in the 1990s to beautify Hillsboro Village and helped secure the university’s purchase of the property on West End Avenue between 25th Avenue and Natchez Trace, which was developed into the 2525 retail and office building and a Marriott Hotel. He served the Nashville Chamber of Commerce as general counsel and was a member of the executive committee, the education committee and the board of governors. Jeff is survived by his wife, two daughters, son-in-law and two grandchildren. Posted 5.3.16
Frank A. Woods (BA’63) died May 13. He was 74. Born in Frankfort, Kentucky, he was raised in Nashville, Tennessee and attended Vanderbilt for both his undergraduate and law degrees. Upon earning his JD, Frank went to work for Hooker, Hooker, and Willis before moving on to run his own businesses among other ventures. He is survived by his wife, Jayne, and two daughters, Ashley and Grayson. Posted 6.22.15
Howard L. Nations has been selected to the 2015 list as a member of the "Nation’s Top One Percent" by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. Howard practices with The Nations Law Firm in Houston, Texas where he focuses on mass tort pharmaceuticals, individual catastrophic injuries, and complex business litigation. Posted 4.26.15
Bruce Arthur Smith died January 9 after a battle with cancer. He was 73. Bruce earned his undergraduate degree from The University of the South before going on to complete his JD at Vanderbilt Law School. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard an aircraft carrier and went on to serve in various professional roles including lawyer, designer, and artist. Bruce is survived by his two sisters, Bettina Wilke and Barbara Urso. Posted 1.26.15
Howard L. Nations was honored by the American Association for Justice (AJA) with its highest accolade, the Lifetime Achievement Award. Howard is an inductee of the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame and a nationally recognized author and speaker, having spoken to trial lawyer groups in all fifty states and twelve foreign countries. As a leader of the trial bar, Howard is past President of The National Trial Lawyers, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Southern Trial Lawyers Association, The Melvin M. Belli Society, The Aletheia Institute and The Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America. Prior to receiving AAJ's Lifetime Achievement Award, Howard has been honored with the Belli Society's "Mel" award, MTMP's "Clarence Darrow" award, STLA's "War Horse" award, AAJ's "Heavy Lifting" award, STLA's Tommy Malone "Great American Eagle" award, the State Bar of Texas "Gene Cavin" award, STLA's "Lighthouse Award", APITLA's "The Man in the Arena" award and ATLA's "Weidemann & Wysocki" award. His firm, the Nations Law Firm, is a national firm which specializes in pharmaceutical litigation, and catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. Posted 8.12.2014
William Thomas "Bill" Baker, Jr., of Ocklawaha, Florida, died on September 23, of lung disease. As a National Merit Scholar, Bill attended Vanderbilt University for his undergraduate degree and then went on to earn his law degree from Vanderbilt Law School. Newly married to Mary Ann Williams and proud father of his first child, he began his law career in Orlando in 1966. In 1969 he became a founding partner of what is today known as Lowndes Drosdick Doster Kantor and Reed. As an accomplished real estate lawyer and later as a developer and conservation consultant, Bill played an integral role in the dynamic growth of Central Florida in the 1970s and 1980s. Bill is survived by three adoring children and six grandchildren. Posted 10.10.13
Lee Piovarcy, is the new resident partner in the recently opened Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, office of Martin Tate Morrow & Marston. Lee has been with the firm since 1969, and he will continue to maintain an office with Martin Tate in Memphis. Additionally, Lee was recently included in the Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the areas of commercial litigation and transportation law. Posted 9.23.13
Brian Francis David Lavelle Sr. died at home on November 18. He was 71. Brian earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia in 1963 and earned an LLM in taxation from New York University after earning his JD at Vanderbilt. Brian also served as a Captain in the US Air Force JAG Corps. Following his service, he moved to Asheville, where he spent his career practicing estate and probate law with the Van Winkle Law Firm. He served twice on the board of governors of the North Carolina Bar Association and was a Fellow and former regent of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Brian is survived by his wife, Sara Hill Lavelle; their three children; and a large extended family. Posted 11-30-12
David M. Bullock (BA'63) joined the Nashville law firm of Tune Entrekin & White, where he practices environmental law. For the last 22 years, David has advised companies on environmental permitting and compliance matters as well as represented clients in state and federal court. Prior to entering private practice, Bullock spent eight years with the Environmental and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Posted 10-8-12
Howard L. Nations has been inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. He joins such legends as John Adams, Gerry Spence and Clarence Darrow. Each year, The Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame recognizes and honors a few remarkable trial lawyers who have left an indelible mark on the American legal tradition through a lifetime of service to the American public, the Trial Bar and the Constitution, and who have distinguished themselves as an advocate in the courtroom. The honorees are recognized for defending the right to trial by jury, as well as the integrity of American Jurisprudence by their exceptional actions in the courtroom throughout the United States of America. As a leader of the trial bar, Howard served as president of The National Trial Lawyers, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Southern Trial Lawyers Association, the Belli Society and the Aletheia Institute. He served five years on American Association for Justice's Executive Committee and is a trustee of the American Jury Foundation. He is the recipient of the Belli Society's Mel Award, MTMP's Clarence Darrow Award, STLA's War Horse Award, AAJ's Heavy Lifting Award, and STLA's Tommy Malone Great American Eagle Award. The Nations Law Firm conducts a national litigation practice with clients in all fifty states and offices in Houston, Denver, Atlanta, New York and Washington, D.C. Posted 7-9-12
Richard L. Jorandby, who won national renown as a crusading Palm Beach County Public Defender, and who was especially well known for the work his attorneys performed in death penalty cases, died May 21 of cancer. He was 73. Dick held office for 28 years before he was defeated in 2000, a defeat that ended a career marked by innovation and a commitment to defend the poor, his former assistants say. Prior to this, Dick had created a unit that handled death penalty appeals in various Florida counties. His assistant public defenders argued a total of five cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and were nationally recognized for their expertise in death penalty appeals. In addition, he started a counseling program for defendants, an alternative sentencing program and an ex-offender employment program. In 1985, a National Institute of Justice study pointed to his office as an example of how to defend poor people in a cost-effective way. Dick is survived by his wife, Cheryl, and two daughters. Posted 6-22-12
John Calvin Crawford III, of Atlanta, Georgia, died of pancreatic cancer on July 4, 2008. He served three years in the U.S. Navy as a communications officer aboard the flagship of the Mediterranean Sixth Fleet. He continued his military career in the Naval Reserve, retiring after 21 years of service with the rank of Commander. After earning his law degree at Vanderbilt, he joined his family law firm in Maryville, where he practiced with his father and his uncle. In 1973 he was named assistant district attorney. In 1978 he was elected circuit court judge handling primarily criminal cases. He retired to Atlanta in 1990. There he was a member of the Decatur Civic Chorus, the Greater Atlanta Rose Society, a volunteer at the Atlanta Branch of the National Archives and tutored in adult literacy programs. Posted 8-19-08
James M. Anderson was elected as Chairman of the Board of the National Stock Exchange, Inc. (NSX(R)). As president and chief executive officer of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, has served as an Independent Director on the Board of NSX since 1978 through the present. He previously served as Chairman of the Exchange from 1979 to 1989.His 1996 appointment as President and CEO of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center followed 20 years of service to the Cincinnati Children's Board of Trustees, which included four years as Chairman. In 2005, he was appointed Chairman of the Board of the Cincinnati Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and also appointed to a national advisory commission focusing on reforms to the Medicaid system. Before joining the staff of Cincinnati Children's, he was a partner specializing in corporate law at Taft, Stettinius & Hollister. His previous professional experience also includes a position as President of U.S. operations and director at Xomox Corporation, a publicly traded manufacturer of specialty process controls that was acquired by Emerson Electric Co. in 1980.He has been a director of numerous corporations and is currently a director of Gateway Investment Trust, River City Insurance Limited, and the UNIFI Companies. His extensive civic involvement includes service to the Dan Beard Council of the Boy Scouts of America; Cincinnati Museum of Natural History; and the College of Mt. St. Joseph. He was honored in 2005 with the Human Relations Award presented by the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Jewish Committee, in recognition of his outstanding professional contributions to a healthy Cincinnati community.
Judge Randall Wyatt received the Jack Norman Award in June 2005. The award is given to a Nashville attorney whose service pertains to criminal law, demonstrates respect for the rights of all individuals in the criminal justice system, exhibits the trial or judicial skills necessary to the pursuit of justice, demonstrates an abiding respect for the law and legal profession, maintains highest standard of professional integrity and ethical conduct, and contributes to the improvement of the legal profession and criminal justice system. Judge Wyatt has served as a Davidson County judge since 1974.
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