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Milton W. Smith, Jr, born July 27, 1942, passed peacefully on October 27. Milton, known affectionately to his many friends as "Bubba”. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, and a member of the Vanderbilt Law Review. Milton's writing skills, combined with his wonderful sense of humor, kept his friends entertained through the years. Posted 11.23.21

William C. "Bill" Fenwick Sr., 82, of The Villages, Florida, formerly of Louisville, died peacefully on April 21 after a lengthy illness. Survivors include: his four children, William "Bill" Jr. (Karen), Terry (Lou Ann), Theresa and Lisa "Kay" Tong (Eric). He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathy Prinsen Fenwick. Read his full obituary here. Posted 11.1.21

Judge John R. MacLean, Jr. died peacefully at home in Ft. Worth on November 8, 2020, after suffering with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), similar to Parkinson's Disease. John loved nothing more than a blue-sky ski day; a day of fly fishing on any mountain stream; and any day in a duck blind with a black lab by his side. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Cleburne, Texas, where he served in various capacities. John also served as Chairman of the Johnson County United Way. Read his full obituary herePosted 2.11.21

William Lee Lackey, 78, passed away at his home on October 11, 2020. He attended Vanderbilt University for both college and law school, graduating with a B.A. in 1964 and an LL.B in 1967. He served as a mentor and teacher to several generations of Hardin County attorneys. Lee was a longtime contributor to the civic and commercial life of Savannah and Hardin County.  Read full obituary herePosted 1.15.21

William A. Pyle died December 18, 2019. He was a kind, generous, intelligent man who lived to give back to the community. Read his full obituary herePosted 4.2.20

Lee Davis, Jr. died January 3, following complications from a form of Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS). He will be remembered for his kindness, generosity, selfless service, legal acumen, thirst for knowledge, love of history, sense of humor (including the story about his "Texas Ranger" belt buckle) and passion for roadsters (especially Mazda Miatas, of which he owned two). A long-time resident of Johnson City, the 77-year old was born in Memphis, TN. Read his full obituary herePosted 3.24.20

Bradford Reynolds

William Bradford Reynolds of Seabrook Island, South Carolina, died Sept. 14 after a battle with cancer. He was 77. Brad earned his undergraduate degree at Yale and graduated second in his Vanderbilt Law class, serving as editor-in-chief of the Vanderbilt Law Review. Brad started his legal career at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York, where he practiced for three years before joining the U.S. Department of Justice in 1973 as an assistant to the solicitor general of the United States. In 1981, Brad was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to serve as the assistant attorney general of the DOJ’s Civil Rights division. From 1985 to 1988, he also held the position of counselor to the U.S. Attorney General. Widely regarded as one of the most influential and effective members of the Reagan administration, Brad tenaciously advanced the view that "discrimination on the basis of race is illegal, immoral, unconstitutional, inherently wrong and destructive of democratic society." As counselor to Attorney General Edwin Meese, Brad provided legal and policy advice on critical issues involving all aspects of the Justice Department's activities and played a key role in investigating the Iran-Contra Affair. He returned to private law practice with Baker Botts. Brad's distinguished career as an appellate specialist included 19 arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court. Brad was an avid golfer and ran several Marine Corp marathons in Washington, D.C. He was survived by his wife, Barbara Lynne Reynolds, and four children. Posted 11.22.19

Saul Belz was listed as a leader in litigation in the Chambers USA 2019 guide.  Posted 6.19.19

Raymond Bartholomew died January 5. He was 75. Ray earned his undergraduate degree in political science from Westminster College before earning his law degree from Vanderbilt where he was awarded a full scholarship, served on the Vanderbilt Law Review, was a member of The Order of the Coif and horary legal society. On January 2, 2018 he celebrated 50 years in the practice of law. Ray is survived by his wife of 48 years, Jane. Posted 1.15.18

Bill Samuels Jr., formerly chairman of Maker’s Mark, will receive Greater Louisville Inc.’s prestigious Gold Cup, which recognizes lifetime community service and leadership. Created in 1969, the Gold Cup has only been awarded to 21 recipients. Bill earned a degree in engineering physics and worked on both the Gemini and Polaris missiles before earning his law degree and returning to his hometown, Bardstown, Kentucky, to take the helm of his family business, Maker’s Mark.  He is credited with turning Maker’s Mark into an internationally-recognized brand and inventing Maker’s 46. Bill has chaired over 25 different nonprofit boards and has been recognized as Kentucky’s Entrepreneur of the Year three times, Louisville’s Citizen of the Year in 2004, and inducted into the Kentucky Business Hall of Fame in 2006.Posted 12.15.17

William Rupert "Bill" Platt of Tampa Bay, Florida, died Dec. 9. He was 82. Bill earned his B.A. at the University of Kentucky and then served in the U.S. Air Force from 1959 to 1964, achieving the rank of captain. In the Air Force, he became a member of the Strategic Air Command and flew B-47 Bombers all over the world. He met his wife, Jan Kaminis, on a blind date was while he was stationed at MacDill Air Force Base. They married in 1962 and were each other’s best friend and biggest support for 55 years. After Bill earning his J.D. at Vanderbilt, he returned to Tampa to work in the trust department at the Marine Bank. He later joined the law firm of Gibbons Tucker and McEwen before embarking on a career as a solo practitioner that spanned decades. Bill's practice focused on the area of real property, probate and trusts. He was a member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association and the Florida Bar Associate, where he was active in its Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section, serving on its executive council. He was also a fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Council. An accomplished musician, Bill played the trumpet for years in the Old Smoothies, a band composed of lawyers, doctors and businessmen. He is survived by his son, Kevin and his granddaughter, Emma. Posted 12.15.17 

Charles C. Brown Jr. of Nashville died November 14. He was 76. Charles attended Columbia Military Academy and went on to earn both his undergraduate and law degree from Vanderbilt. He began his career at Metropolitan Legal Department, and in 1972 he joined Third National Bank where he was Vice President of the Trust Real Estate Division. In 1982, his entrepreneurial spirit led him to start his own real estate development business. In 1986, he joined the real estate development team at Hardaway Group where he stayed for 10 years. In 1996, he formed BroCar, Inc., a real estate development company, but it was in 1998 he found his true business calling forming Nonprofit Housing Corporation, a mission-driven nonprofit providing multi-family affordable housing. Charles is survived by his wife, Diane (BA ’64), his twin daughters and son. Posted 11.27.17

Saul C. Belz, member of Glankler Brown in Memphis, Tennesseehas been named a litigation star by Benchmark Litigation, the definitive guide to America's leading business litigation firms and attorneys.  Saul is an attorney at Glankler Brown in Memphis. Posted 10.18.17

Belz Saul C. Belz, member of Glankler Brown in Memphis, Tennessee, was recognized as a leader in litigation in the 2016 edition of Chambers USA. Posted 7.27.16





Joel H. Moseley Sr. died June 18, 2016 in Hendersonville, Tennessee. He was 73. Joel was born in Nashville and attended Carsen-Newman College in Jefferson City Tennessee, where he met his wife, Alicia Susan Horton (JD’79). Joel was an accomplished debater which led him to the practice of law and ultimately Vanderbilt University Law School, earning his J.D. in 1967. After earning his law degree and license, Joel began working for the Metropolitan Nashville Law Department as an attorney and eventually became the executive assistant to Mayor Beverly Briley, the first mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. Joel entered into the private practice of law in 1970 with his wife, where they were partners together at Moseley and Moseley. His representation of Viacom brought cable television to the city of Nashville, and his later representation of the Tennessee Association of Professional Bail Agents helped maintain an association that is highly regarded throughout the country. He is survived by his wife, three children and four grandchildren. Posted 7.25.16

Aubrey B. Harwell Jr. (BA’64) will be honored at the Nashville Honors Gala with the Spirit of Nashville Award. Aubrey is co-founder and managing partner of Nashville-based Neal & Harwell, widely regarded as one of the premier litigation firms in the U.S. Posted 1.27.16

Fred Thompson '67Fred D. Thompson died November 1 in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 73. Thompson was born in Sheffield, Alabama and grew up in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, where he was a top athlete. He earned his undergraduate degree in 1964 at Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis) and then his law degree at Vanderbilt Law School in 1967. In 1969, he was appointed an assistant United States attorney in Nashville. He then served as minority counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee. During the 1980s, he practiced law in Nashville and Washington, D.C., and served as special counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, special counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee and on Tennessee’s Appellate Court Nomination Commission. A lifelong Republican, Thompson ran for the Senate in 1994 in a special election to fill the seat vacated by Vice President Al Gore. Although the Senate race was his first, Thompson had previously worked closely with Sen. Howard Baker as his campaign manager in 1972 and as counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee, on which Baker served, in 1973-74. A gifted actor who left his regular role on the NBC drama “Law & Order” in 2007 to run for president, Thompson starred in numerous films, including “The Hunt for Red October” and “In the Line of Fire,” playing authoritative “solid guy” characters much like himself. Thompson is survived by his wife, Jeri Thompson, and their children Hayden and Sammy; his brother, Ken; his adult children Tony and Dan; and several grandchildren. Posted 11.3.15

Alvin P. Adams Jr. died October 10. He was 73. Born in New York City, he attended Yale University for his undergraduate education before earning his law degree from Vanderbilt. He served in diplomatic posts in Vietnam and in Washington, including the office of the ambassador at large for counterterrorism. Mr. Adams was the envoy to Djibouti from 1983-1985, to Haiti from 1989-1992 and to Peru from 1993-1996, appointed under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush. He was instrumental in nudging Haiti toward democracy. After retiring from the Foreign Service in 1996, he was president of the United Nations Association of the United States of America and lived in Honolulu and Buenos Aires before moving to Portland, Oregon. He is survived by his son; two grandchildren; brother; and sister. Read the New York Times obituaryPosted 11.3.15

Aubrey B. Harwell Jr. (BA’64) has been recognized by the American Academy of Trial Attorneys as one of 100 premier trial attorneys in the state of Tennessee. He is co-founder and managing partner of Neal and Harwell in Nashville, Tennessee where he focuses his practice on commercial litigation, white-collar criminal defense and crisis management. Posted 8.28.15

Saul C. Belz has been listed as a leader in litigation in Chambers USA “Leaders in their Fields”. Saul is a member with Glankler Brown, based in Memphis, Tennessee. He concentrates his practice in the areas of business litigation, commercial disputes of all types, complex litigation, appeals and employment law. Posted 6.22.15

Robert Pierce Hubbard died January 12. He was 75. Bob grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, and earned his undergraduate degree at Jacksonville University before earning his law degree at Vanderbilt. He spent his career at Arthur Anderson in Atlanta, where he was a board member for the Arts Festival of Atlanta. After retiring in 2002, Bob began a dual residence between Atlanta and Jacksonville Beach. He is survived by two brothers and a large extended family. Posted 1.26.15

Robert Eugene Sims (BA’65) of Louisville, Kentucky, died December 24 of complications related to Alzheimer’s disease. Bob formed Sims & Sims Law Offices with his father and served as a special assistant U.S. attorney for the Western District of Kentucky from December 1983-1989. He served in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General Corps Reserve from 1967-79. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Karen Toole Sims, three daughters and four grandchildren. Posted 1.2.15


Daniel Howard GrossDaniel Howard Gross died November 22. He was 72. After graduating from Yale, Dan earned his law degree from Vanderbilt, eventually moving to Alaska and working as a realtor and a reporter, as well as in other professional capacities. He is survived by his wife Lois Ann Walter Gross. Posted 12.9.14



Mr. Robert A. RedwineRobert A. Redwine died October 22. He was 72 years old. He practiced Admiralty and Insurance Defense Law in New Orleans until retiring from private practice in 2009. Robert is survived by his two children. Posted 11.4.14




Aubrey Lee Coleman Jr. died May 23 in Atlanta, Georgia, after battling pancreatic cancer. Aubrey graduated Order of the Coif and was managing editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. Dean John S. Beasley was a special friend and mentor. He was a senior partner at Smith Currie & Hancock in Atlanta, where he practiced construction law until his retirement in 2012. In 2004, Atlanta Magazine named him one of the top 100 lawyers in Georgia, and in an April 25, 2014, Wall Street Journal supplement, he was named Lawyer of the Year for construction law in Georgia. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ann Guillory Coleman (BA'66)Posted 6.12.14

Aubrey Harwell, Jr.

Aubrey B. Harwell, Jr. (BA '64), co-founder and managing partner of Neal & Harwell, has been named the 2014 Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Southeastern Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates (SEABOTA). The award recognizes Aubrey's superior skill in advocacy, his contributions to the legal profession and his absolute integrity. The award was presented at the SEABOTA Conference in Nashville on May 3. Posted 5.27.14



William Kirkland has been welcomed to the Lexington Theological Seminary's board of trustees. Bill is an attorney and partner in the firm McBrayer McGinnis Leslie & Kirkland. He attended Lexington Theological Seminary for professional study from 1977-79. Bill is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and state government attorney and has devoted much of his time to pro bono activities. Posted 5.27.14

Howard R. Berkenstock Jr., of Memphis and Gulf Shores, died March 10 of esophageal cancer. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, in which he served as a Naval Aviator. Most recently, Roy served as counsel to Wyatt Tarrant & Combs in Memphis, where he was a member of the intellectual property protection & litigation service team. He is survived by his wife, Marilou; four children, including daughter Amy L.B. Frazier (BS'85) and son Oren Lee Berkenstock (BA'88); and his "Lucky 7" granddaughters. Posted 3.25.14

Larry Helm Spalding (BA'65) died in Tallahassee, Florida, March 22. Larry served as a law clerk to the Honorable Irving L. Goldberg, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Judicial Circuit, in Dallas. He briefly practiced law in Nashville before relocating to Sarasota, Florida, where he became a partner in the law firm of Lewis & Spalding. In 1985, he was appointed by former governor Bob Graham to head the Office of Capital Collateral Representative, a statewide public defender office charged with the responsibility of representing death row inmates in their post-conviction proceedings in the state and federal courts. He was subsequently appointed to a second four-year term by former Governor Bob Martinez. Larry concluded his legal career as a public interest lawyer/lobbyist. He served 15 years as the legislative staff counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida. At the state Capitol, he advocated passionately for the civil rights and civil liberties of the citizens of the Sunshine State. A strong believer in community service, he was a member of Kiwanis International for 42 years, serving as club president three times. He also was a division trustee for the Florida Kiwanis Foundation for 10 years. He is survived by his wife, Faith; his daughter; and a granddaughter. Posted 3.25.14

Walter "Skeeter" Bowman III, age 71, died April 22, in Tampa, Florida. Walter graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 1963 before graduating from Vanderbilt Law School where he was a member of the Law Review. He was an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board in both Atlanta and Tampa for many years. Walter is survived by his wife, Margaret; and his daughter. Posted 5.1.13

Georg e V. Crawford (BA'62), a practicing lawyer listed in "The Best Lawyers in America" in Corporate and Real Estate Law took the time to grant the Vanderbilt Hustler, Vanderbilt University's student newspaper, an interview about his time at Vanderbilt, his legal career, and the Vanderbilt community. George continues to remain involved with Vanderbilt, serving as a Class Agent for Vanderbilt Law School, a board member for the Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Canby Robinson Society, as well as a board member for the Nashville Vanderbilt Club.  Posted 11.14.12

Saul BelzSaul C. Belz , a member in Glankler Brown's Memphis office, has been named a litigation star by Benchmark Litigation. With over 30 years of experience in the law, primarily assisting corporate clients with resolution of disputes, both in court and through alternative dispute mechanisms, Saul concentrates his practice in the areas of business litigation, commercial disputes of all types, complex litigation, appeals and employment law. Posted 9.25.12 



John Wayne Falbey has published his first thriller novel: Sleeping Dogs: The Awakening . A morality tale of good and evil, Sleeping Dogs is described in a PR News press release as a political thriller with geopolitical intrigue that showcases some of the latest developments in technology, weaponry and genetic research. Posted 8.21.12

Richard Lamb Dunlap III (BA'64), former Paris mayor and longtime attorney, died June 15 in Nashville. He was 69. Dick earned his bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt before earning his law degree. He was a former board of member of Commercial Bank and FirstBank, as well as the Paris Board of Public Utilities. He was a former Rotary Club member. Dick is survived by his daughter, Susannah; son, Richard; and three grandchildren. Posted 6.22.12

William A. Pyle, a Jackson, Mississippi, attorney, has been granted life membership in Intertel. Founded in 1966, Intertel is a high-IQ society that has only one qualification for membership: a score at or above the 99th percentile on a standardized IQ test. Bill is also a life member of Mensa, the largest and oldest high-IQ society in the world. Posted 4.18.12

Thomas W. "Tom" Moore, Sr., of Vestavia Hills, Alabama, passed away May 2, 2011. He was 73. Tom was a graduate of Goodlettsville High School in Tennessee and, after serving in the United States Air Force for four years, he attended George Peabody College. After later earning his JD at Vanderbilt, he moved to Knoxville, Tennessee and was an attorney for Baker Worthington Barnett & Crossley. He then moved to Birmingham, Alabama, in 1972 and retired from BellSouth in 1995. He loved playing golf and the fellowship of the senior group of golfers at Altadena Valley Country Club. Tom is survived by his wife of 49 years, Jackie; two daughters; a son; two grandchildren; a sister; and several nieces and nephews. Posted 5.5.11

Frank Vandall published two books over the last year. A History of Civil Litigation: Political and Economic Perspectives was published by Oxford University Press in January, 2011. The Policy Debate Surrounding Gun Litigation in the United States: Handguns: The Law and Economics of the Hamilton v. Beretta Suit Against Handgun Manufacturers was published by Lambert Academic Press in July, 2010. Frank has taught at Emory University School of Law for forty years and specializes in torts and products liability. Posted 2.14.11

T. William Samuels, Jr., will retire as president of Maker's Mark on April 15, 2011 when he'll become chairman emeritus of the brand owned by Fortune Brands Inc., the company announced on January 12. His son, Rob, who was appointed chief operating officer last October, will lead the distillery in Loretto, the quiet rural community 45 miles south of Louisville that has been home to Maker's Mark since the 1950s.  Posted 2.2.11

James H. Harris III has been certified by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization as a Civil Trial Specialist. Harris is a founding member of the Nashville firm of Harris Martin Jones. Prior to receiving his certification from the Tennessee commission, Harris was certified as a civil trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He focuses has practice on litigation, particularly in the music and entertainment industries. Posted 2.2.11

Fred Thompson's recently released memoir, Teaching the Pig to Dance , focuses on his childhood in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. Posted 7.6.10

Our sympathy to Jim Cheek, whose wife, Sigourney, died April 26, 2010, after a five-year battle with leukemia. Sigourney was an active Nashville philanthropist who served on the boards of Magdalene House, where she held writing workshops, and the YWCA, where she was co-chairman of the recent Domestic Violence Shelter "Burn the Mortgage" Campaign. She also held leadership positions with Christ Church, Belmont University, Vanderbilt's Kennedy Center, Garden Club of Nashville, Leadership Nashville, The Swan Ball, The Steeplechase, the City of Belle Meade and Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission. She served as board chairman and president of Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and co-founded the Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville. "She felt that she had been very blessed in her life, and that she had the opportunity to make a difference in other people's lives," Jim said. "She was very driven in doing that." Posted 5.12.10

Thomas G. Bost has been named Interim Dean at Pepperdine School of Law. Tom is the former Chair of the Pepperdine's Board of Regents, and he has served as a Professor of Law at Pepperdine since 2000. He served as the law school's Associate Dean for Academics in 2009. His appointment becomes effective June 1. Tom specializes in tax and corporate law and has been prominent in the professional legal community for more than four decades. He was an Associate at Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles, California from 1968-75 and partner from 1975-99. He is currently a member of Fuller Theological Seminary Board of Trustees. At Pepperdine, Professor Bost was a member of the Board of Regents from 1974-2001 and its Chair for two decades from 1980-2000. He served on the Pepperdine School of Law Board of Visitors for two decades as well, from 1981-2000. Tom's wife Sheila currently serves on Pepperdine's Board of Regents. Posted 3.27.10

Jim Cheek has been named co-chair of the Coordinating Task Force on Financial Markets and Institutions for the American Bar Association Business Law Section. The newly formed committee will be developing ABA Section policies as they relate to the many national efforts under way in Congress and in various regulatory bodies to reform the U.S. regulatory structure applicable to financial institutions. Jim is a partner in Bass Berry & Sims. He is an adjunct professor of law at Vanderbilt University Law School where he teaches a course in current trends in mergers and acquisitions. He has been a member of the faculty of law at Jesus College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England, where he taught a course on Advanced Company Law and Securities Regulation. Cheek has also been chairman of the Nashville Metropolitan Airport Authority Board since 2003. Posted 6.17.09

James Gooch and Jim Cheek of Bass Berry & Sims are among several Vanderbilt Law alumni who have been listed as "Best Lawyers in America" each year for the entire 25 years the listing has been published. Others including Ted Pappas '49, Bill Ozier '69, Jim Neal '57, Aubrey Harwell Jr. '71, Mike Kaplan '71 and R. Grafton Brown '59. Posted 6.17.08

Frank Vandall is a professor of law at Emory University. Frank recently attended conferences at Widener Law School, the University of Richmond Law School and Northwestern Law School, and he also published three articles in 2008: “The Criminalization of Products Liability: An Invitation to Political Abuse, Preemption, And Nonenforcement,” in Catholic University Law Review; “Why We Are Outraged: An Economic Analysis of Internet Gambling,” in the Richmond Journal of Global Law & Business, and “Should Manufacturers and Sellers of Lethal Products Be Subject to Criminal Prosecution?” in Widener Law Journal. Posted 1.22.09

Walter Lee Davis, Jr., a Johnson City, Tennessee, estate planning and probate attorney, has again been named a “Trusts and Estates Super Lawyer” for 2008 by Super Lawyers magazine. This is the third consecutive year that attorneys throughout Tennessee have elected Davis a Super Lawyer. Fewer than five percent of lawyers in any specialization area are named Super Lawyers. Walter was also designated in 2008 as one of the 150 Best Lawyers in Tennessee for the fourth consecutive year by Business Tennessee magazine. He was one of only eight trusts and estates lawyers so named in 2008. Walter is certified as an Accredited Estate Planner by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils. He is the 2008 president of this association with over 26,000 members drawn from the ranks of attorneys, accountants, trust officers, life underwriters and financial planners. He also holds the Estate Planning Law Specialist designation awarded by the Estate Law Specialist Board, Inc., the only organization authorized by the American Bar Association to certify estate planning lawyers. Walter is one of only twenty-one Tennessee attorneys who have been designated as Estate Planning Specialists by the Tennessee Supreme Court's Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization. He was the eighth lawyer in the state to earn this certification. Walter is also a CPA and a real estate broker.Posted 12.2.08

James H. Cheek, III, a Bass, Berry & Sims partner, has been named among the 500 leading lawyers in America by Lawdragon, a national online and print legal-services information company. He is one of only three Tennessee attorneys so honored, all of whom are partners at Bass, Berry & Sims. Jim represents a number of public companies as well as investment banking firms in a wide variety of capital raising and merger and acquisition activities. He also acts as counsel for boards of directors and board committees on matters relating to corporate governance and corporate legal compliance. He graduated from Duke University in 1964 and received an LL.M. degree from Harvard University in 1968. He was a member of the editorial board of the Vanderbilt Law Review and was elected a member of the Order of the Coif. The Lawdragon 500 covers a broad spectrum of the legal profession private attorneys, in-house counsel, law professors, judges, prosecutors, government attorneys, public interest lawyers and Supreme Court Justices, and “features the most talented, respected and influential professionals handling the biggest legal matters of the year.” The list was selected from nearly 10,000 law firm submissions and online votes, as well as research by Lawdragon's editorial staff. Posted 11.3.08

Charles (Chuck) W. Dixon, died at home in Santa Fe, on September 23, 2008. A resident of Santa Fe since 1999, Chuck is survived by his wife, Mary Eileen. He earned his B.S. as well as his law degree from Vanderbilt. He began a distinguished 30-year career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1969. Highlights of his FBI career included trips to Hungary and Russia as the “Cold War” was ending to advise officials of those countries on the proper role of counter-intelligence agencies in democracies. After his retirement from the FBI in 2000, he returned to Washington, D.C., for a short period as a staff member of the commission for the review of FBI Security Programs. Chuck was very active in community affairs both in Alexandria, Virginia, where he resided for more than 25 years, and in Santa Fe. In Alexandria, he was an elder and choir member at Westminster Presbyterian Church and a member of the Alexandria Harmonizers. In Santa Fe, he was a member of the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity for seven years and served as the board's chairman from 2005 to 2008. A fundraising drive in Chuck's honor by Habitat for Humanity over the past several months resulted in the groundbreaking on September 13, 2008 of a “House of Hope” in Chuck's name. Chuck was an avid tennis player who also enjoyed hiking in Santa Fe's foothills. Posted on web 10.3.08

Saul C. Belz was named a Superlawyer in the 2008 Corporate Counsel Edition. The issue features the top lawyers in the field of Business Litigation who are selected based on peer recognition and professional achievement. Saul Belz is currently practicing in Memphis with Glankler Brown.

Walter Lee Davis, Jr. of Johnson City, Tenn., was elected President of the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils (“NAEPC”) at its 44th Annual Conference held November 14-16, 2007, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The NAEPC is a national organization of approximately 200 affiliated Estate Planning Councils with a membership of approximately 26,000 professional estate planners focused on establishing and monitoring the highest professional and educational standards. Walter is also licensed as a Certified Public Accountant and a Real Estate Broker and is certified as an Estate Planning Specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization. He was awarded the Accredited Estate Planner designation by NAEPC in 1991. He was named by Business Tennessee magazine as one of the “101 Best Lawyers” in Tennessee in January 2005 and one of the “150 Best” in January 2006 and 2007. He has also been named a Mid-South Super Lawyer in 2006 and 2007.

Retired Col. John R. Brancato passed away Memorial Day, May 28, 2007. Col. Brancato retired from the U.S. Air Force on March 1, 1998, after 30 years of active duty service as a judge advocate (military lawyer). His final assignment was Staff Judge Advocate at Headquarters, Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) at Hurlburt Field, Fla. In that capacity, he was lawyer to America's air commandos and the chief legal counsel of AFSOC. He and his wife Edda retired in Navarre, Florida, where John researched and wrote a wide body of historical and political essays, many of which were published in local print media. He was a member of the Santa Rosa County Republican Executive Committee, and worked behind the scenes on conservative campaigns and issues, especially ones affecting Santa Rosa County. He was a strong believer in the potential of the Navarre area. He is survived by his wife, Edda Brancato, and their two children.

H. Roy Berkenstock wrote an article published in both The Federal Lawyer and The Computer & Internet Lawyer entitled "The Provisional Application for Patent: Its Place in Intellectual Property Protection." He is a member of Wyatt Tarrant & Combs in the Intellectual Property Practice Group, where he concentrates his practice in patents, trademarks, copyrights, and related matters. He has served on the board of directors of the American Corporate Counsel Association and as chairman of its Intellectual Property Committee.