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Jill Hai has joined the Norman Rockwell Museum board of trustees. Read more herePosted 12.12.19 

Tracy Powell , member at Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison, has been selected to serve as council member-at-large of the Health Law Section of the American Bar Association effective October 2019. Powell will serve a three-year term ending in 2022.  Read more:  Posted 7.2.19

Jennie Scudder-Levin has been promoted to senior counsel at national plaintiff’s law firm Motley Rice in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.  Jennie primarily represents clients harmed by environmental contaminants and is involved in the firm’s medical device and opioid epidemic litigation.  Posted 1.30.19

Thomas L. Parker of Memphis has been confirmed by the Senate as federal judge for Tennessee’s Western District.  Posted 1.15.18

Henry G. Burnett, Harry, taught a short course at Vanderbilt Law School on Investor –State Arbitration in February. In addition, he recently co-authored a book on Oxford Press entitles “Arbitration of International Mining Disputes-Law and Practice”. Harry is a partner at King  & Spalding in New York in the Global Disputes-International Arbitration Practice. Posted 8.24.17

Thomas Kruse has joined Baker McKenzie as partner in the firm’s Houston office. Tom joins the firm’s litigation and government enforcement practice group. Posted 8.1.17

Jeffrey W.  Shea has joined Best & Flanagan in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He will practice in the firm’s real estate practice group. Posted 8.1.17

Michael Ostermeyer has joined Polsinelli as a shareholder in the firm’s real estate practice in Chicago, Illinois. Previously, Michael was partner in the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady. Posted 4.19.17

Thomas L. Parkerof Baker Donelson has been inducted as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Posted 10.17.16

Judge Joyce Grimes Safley (BSN’77, MSN’83) will join the Knoxville-based boutique firm, The Law Office of Melinda Jacobs, in their new Nashville-area office in September. The boutique firm will specialize in representing school districts. Judge Safley has served on Tennessee’s Central Panel of Administrative, Administrative Procedures division for the past 15 years. Posted 8.23.16

Jordan Dean Mathies died April 22, 2016 in Portland, OR. Jordan was born in Florida, TX outside of Lubbock and relocated to Portland when he was nine. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1976 and went on to obtain his masters of public administration from Portland State University. Soon afterward he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He went on to earn his J.D from Vanderbilt in 1989 and continued to practice law in Nashville before recently returning to the Portland area. He is survived by his son and three grandsons. Posted 5.18.16

Steven Mark Wells is running as a candidate in the Republican primary for the 22nd congressional district of New York. He and his brother Martin are founding partners in American Food and Vending Corporation (AFV) based in Syracuse, NY. Posted 4.5.16

Susan V. Sidwell  is now member at Bass Berry Sims in Nashville. Posted 3.21.16

Michale R. Parham heads the trust division—Poplar Trust—for The Bank of Fayette County. Mike has an office in the Piperton, TN headquarters. He launched his own estate law firm in 2009. Posted 2.25.16

Louie TherosLouis Theros has joined MGM Grand Detroit as vice president, general counsel. Louie has nearly twenty-six years of experience in the areas of employment litigation, labor, advising and counseling clients on statutory employment compliance and gaming law.  He is also active in his community as a member of Grosse Pointe Farms City Council and vice president of the Michigan Ice Hawks Hockey Association. Posted 9.17.15



John D. Buchanan has been named executive vice president for legal affairs by Comerica Incorporated. He is expected to assume the role on January 1, 2016. Prior to joining Comerica, John was with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, where he served as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas's board of directors, a position he had held since March 2012. Posted 9.17.15

Mac Bailey Olen McCadoo Bailey Jr. has received his masters of laws (LLM) in elder law with honors or distinction from Stetson University College of Law. Mac is the president of The Bailey Law Firm in Memphis, Tennessee where he focuses his practice in the areas of estate taxation and planning, asset protection planning, charitable gift planning, business succession planning and elder law. Posted 7.8.15


Kim Harvey Looney was included on the “Best of the Bar” awards list by the Nashville Business Journal. Kim is a partner with the Nashville, Tennessee office for Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, where she focuses her practice in the healthcare industry. Posted 5.17.15

Howard Henry Lamar III (BA'83) was included on the 2015 “Best of the Bar” awards list by the Nashville Business Journal. Howard is a member in the Nashville, Tennessee office of Bass Berry Sims where he practices corporate law. Posted 5.15.15

Bob EvansRobert George Evans has been appointed the Freudenberg North America president and the group's regional representative. With this appointment, he also becomes the member of Freudenberg's Global Executive Team, representing the North American region. As president of Freudenberg North America, Bob heads the regional corporate center, a team of functional specialists who provide services and guidance to all Freudenberg businesses with operations in North America.  As the regional representative, he is responsible for representing the Freudenberg Group's interests in the region while working on cross-divisional cooperation of all Freudenberg entities in the region. At the same time, Bob continues his current responsibilities as the Group's general counsel for the region. Posted 1.26.15

Stephen Craine Mahon (BA'86) was reappointed managing partner of Squire Sanders. He is a member of the firm's Cincinnati, Ohio, office, where he focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and hedge fund investing, and corporate financing activities. Posted 1.13.14

Theors, Louis 89Louis Theros, a shareholder at Butzel Longhas been named a Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Louis is a shareholder, vice president and serves on Butzel Long's board of directors. He concentrates his legal practice in the areas of employment litigation, labor, advising and counseling clients on statutory employment compliance and gaming law. Louis has more than 24 years experience, including first chair trial and appellate responsibilities, in employment discrimination and harassment matters and large class action lawsuits, throughout Michigan and the Midwest. Posted 8.19.13


Paul Wendell Kruse, a member at Bone McAllester Norton, researched and co-wrote an article that has been published in a leading intellectual property journal. "Is Profiting from the Online Use of Another's Property Unjust? The Use of Brand Names as Paid Search Keywords" appears in IDEA: The IP Law Review, Vol. 52, p. 131, 2013. The article sets out to answer whether Google's profiting from the use of others' brand in its AdWords program is unjust. Paul's co-authors included Vanderbilt Law professor, Daniel Gervais; and Martin L. Holmes (JD'12), attorney with Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein. Posted 5.1.13

Michael Adam Ketover was recently honored with the Peace Corps' Director's Distinguished Service Award for outstanding achievement. The Director's Distinguished Service Award is the Peace Corps' highest form of recognition for distinguished achievement. The Award is granted for distinguished service, creative ability, initiative, and courage under difficult circumstances. Mike was honored along with other members of a team that assessed safety and security conditions at several Peace Corps' posts and the impact on management, programs, and training. Mike is a former Peace Corps staff member (Papua New Guinea, East Timor, Ecuador, Peru, and Tanzania) and Peace Corps volunteer (Honduras, Guyana, and Dominican Republic).

Mike also received a Silver Medal from the Secretary of the Department of Commerce in 2009, the second highest honorary award given by the Department, for evaluative work related to federal fisheries management and was honored by the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity & Efficiency in 2010 (efforts conducting critical security penetration testing at the U.S. Census Bureau's Decennial Census data capture centers nationwide) and 2009 (fisheries management). He presently manages a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) poverty-reduction project in Ghana, West Africa. Posted 3.1.13

Troy Blinn Froderman, chair of the insurance coverage/bad faith litigation and environmental litigation practice groups at the national law firm of Polsinelli Shughart has been recommended by Benchmark Litigation as a 2013 Arizona Litigation Star." Posted 2.13.13

Henry G. Burnett has joined the New York office at King & Spalding, continuing the firm's expansion of its leading international arbitration practice. An experienced trial lawyer, Harry concentrates on international commercial and investor-state arbitration matters and ADR proceedings as well as domestic and international litigation in state and federal courts. Posted 8.21.12

Michael OstermeyerMichael J. Ostermeyer, a partner at Quarles & Brady, has been recognized in the Chambers USA 2012 directory for his excellence in real estate law. Posted 6.12.12





Bradley Gerson Siegal has joined Retail Specialists Inc., the Birmingham-based commercial real estate firm, as the firm's chief investment officer and general counsel. The position was formed specifically for Brad, who has been practicing law for more than 22 years and counted the firm among his clients. Posted 5.8.12

John D. Buchanan was appointed senior vice president, general counsel and secretary to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Previously, John served as the general counsel of several S&P 500 banks. Posted 4.3.12

Steve Mahon has been named Global Managing Partner of Squire Sanders and will join the firm's global board. Steve will be based at Squire Sanders' U.S. offices in Cincinnati, Ohio, and New York. He has previously served as leader of the firm's global practice and as managing partner of the firm's Cincinnati office. He served on the firm's management committee from 2004-08,. Posted 1.23.12

Scott Finch has recently joined the management team of Pernix as Vice President, Finance and Corporate Strategy. Finch brings extensive financing and M&A experience to Pernix, having completed nearly 100 transactions totaling in excess of $40 billion in gross proceeds, as a banker or member of management for both publicly traded or privately held companies. Pernix Group, Inc. is a global company with its international headquarters located in Lombard, Illinois. The company is engaged in three primary business segments: construction services as a Design-Build General Contractor in the Federal Government market; building, managing and investing in credit-worthy and bankable Energy Projects as an Independent Power Producer and General Contractor; and as a provider of RF Transmitter Design, Installation, and Service. Posted 1.10.12

Charles J. Biederman, a partner in the Los Angeles office of Manatt, has joined the board of directors of the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Los Angeles. Jeff served on the board of the High Hopes School from 2000-05, and has served on the board of the Los Angeles Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Man & Woman of the Year Campaign since 2009. At Manatt, his entertainment practice focuses primarily on the representation of artists and entities in the areas of music, film, television, books and new technologies, as well as on negotiating entertainment industry agreements. Jeff is also co-author of the casebook, Law and Business of the Entertainment Industries (5th edition). Posted 10.17.11

Kathy Hunt Pennington is a staff attorney with Waller Lansden. She focuses her practice on corporate real estate. Previously, Kathy was an attorney beneath Chief Judge Todd J. Campbell of the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. Posted 10.17.11

Anne Owings Ford has been named a member of McDonald Hopkins, based in Cleveland, where she focuses on litigation. Anne serves as co-chair of the firm's Pro Bono and Public Service Committee. Her litigation experience includes products liability, insurance, employment, state and federal discrimination and more. Posted 10.17.11