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Robert Thomas Bateman was officially sworn in on August 19, 2021, in Robertson County as one of the 19th Judicial District’s newest judges. Posted 10.18.21

James Kent Schuster, known by his friends as a caring and charismatic man who loved his friends and family, died in Austin, TX August 11. He was 59 years old. Kent's passions included biking, running, and working on cars. He enjoyed all aspects of the outdoors, camping, hiking, hunting, boating, and fishing. Read his full obituary here. Posted 10.18.21

John Rolfe Jr. has been added to the Loeb & Loeb Nashville office. Rolfe joins the firm as of counsel, he is a longtime entertainment attorney and has negotiated publishing deals involving Nashville based musicians. He is thrilled to join the innovative group of entertainment lawyers. Posted 4.30.21

James P. Ruggeri, based in the Washington, D.C. office of Shipman & Goodwin, has been elected a co-managing partner at the firm. He is part of a three-partner leadership team. He also serves on the firm's Management Committee. Ruggeri focuses his practice in the areas of litigation, including trial and appellate involving general commercial, bankruptcy, and insurance defense litigation. He practices actively in federal and state courts around the country. Posted 2.15.21

Rev. Randall W. May earned a Master of Divinity from Methodist Theological School in Ohio in June 2014, and he earned a Master of Arts in Practical Theology from Methodist Theological School in Ohio in June 2015. He was ordained as a Full Elder in The United Methodist Church, and was appointed by Bishop Tracy Malone of the East Ohio Conference to serve as Senior Pastor of Geneva United Methodist Church in Geneva, Ohio in June 2019. Posted 4.7.20

Stephen Russell Davis has been appointed to the Board of Directors for Heron Therapeutics. Read more herePosted 12.10.19

Derrick Mark Davidson died August 5. He was 56. In 1985 he earned his undergraduate degree in English at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas before earning his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Vanderbilt University’s School of Law in 1990. Derrick held licenses to practice in the U.S. Court of Appeal for the 8th Circuit. He practiced law in Northwest Arkansas. He loved his bloodhounds Tracker, Tess and Pepper very much and loved to spend time fishing on Beaver Lake. He is survived by his wife, Kelley Marshall Davidson; children Landon Davidson, Tyler Thompson and Taryn Thompson. Online condolences can be posted herePosted 8.20.19

Rene Augustine will serve as Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General responsible for the Divisions international and policy matters. Read more: Posted 8.1.19

Lynn A. Hinrichs has been elected to the Lewis Rice Management Committee Member.  Posted 10.29.18

Jennifer Robinson has been named co-chair of Littler’s hospitality industry group. She is co-chair with Houston shareholder, David Jordan. Jennifer is the office managing shareholder in the firm’s Nashville office. Posted 6.4.2018

Warren Matthews was selected to serve on the governing bodies of two leading nonprofit organizations in Alabama.  He was named to the advisory board of the Blackburn Institute at the University of Alabama, a leadership development and civic engagement program specifically focused on improving the state of Alabama.  Warren was also appointed to the board of directors of the United Methodist Children’s Home, an organization dedicated to providing housing and support for at-risk children in Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. Posted 5.9.18

Rene Augustine departed position as senior associate counsel in the office of the White House Counsel, to join the front office of the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division as senior counsel. Posted 2.16.18

Jonathan Pittman has been confirmed by US Senate to be Judge, District of Colombia Superior Court. Posted 2.16.18

Erik Albright has been recognized by Benchmark Litigation 2018 as a “Local Litigation Star”. Erik is partner at Smith Moore Leatherwood in Greensboro, North Carolina. Posted 10.25.17

Andrew B. Campbell will serve as assistant attorney general in the Public Interest Division. Andrew has been an equity partner at Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs since 1999. Posted 8.17.17

Dr. Graham L. Sisson Jr. has worked as an assistant attorney general with the State of Alabama for 20 years. Prior to that, he was in private law practice with Birmingham firms. In December 2016, Dr. Sisson graduated from Auburn University with his Ph.D. in counseling and leadership. Posted 8.1.17

Jonathan H. Pittman has been appointed to associate judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for the term of fifteen years. Posted 4.21.17

Michael Goldstone has been promoted to vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Rush Enterprises Inc. Posted 4.19.17

Joseph Hanks has been appointed to executive vice-president and chief financial officer of South American Gold Corp in Las Vegas, Nevada. Posted 4.19.17

Robert “Bob” Rowe is now Chief Executive Officer of Integreon, a leading global provider of outsourced legal, document, business and research support. Bob has also been appointed to the company’s board of directors. Posted 3.23.17

Rene Augustine now serves as special assistant and senior associate counsel to President Trump. Most recently, Rene served as associate counsel to President George W. Bush, and senior counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Earlier in her career, Rene served as a law clerk to Judge John Hargrove of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, an associate with Covington & Burling, and an adjunct faculty member at George Mason University Law School. Posted 3.22.17

Erik Albright, partner at Smith Moore Leatherwood in Greensboro, North Carolina was selected for inclusion as a “Local Litigation Star” in the tenth edition of Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation 2017. Posted 11.28.16

John T. Thomas has been named to the Board of Directors of EdR. EdR is one of the nation’s largest developers, owners and managers of high quality collegiate housing. John will serve as an independent director of the company. Posted 10.17.16

Erik Albright , partner at Smith Moore Leatherwood in Greenville, South Carolina, was included in “Power Players: Sports Lawyers and Outside Counsel” by Sports Business Journal.  The publication recognizes honorees for their influence on the profession, depth of client list, and overall body of work. Posted 7.28.16

David Lyle Concannon joined Latham & Watkins in New York City as partner in the firm’s corporate department. He joins Latham from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe in New York and was previously a partner in the New York office of Andrews & Kurth and general counsel fora Nasdaq-listed technology company. Posted 5.3.16

Stephen Russell Davis has been appointed president and CEO of ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative medicines to address unmet medical needs in central nervous system disorders. Before coming to ACADIA, Steve served as executive vice president and COO at Heron Therapeutics, Inc., executive vice president and COO at Ardea Biosciences, Inc., and in numerous executive roles at Neurogen Corporation, including CEO. Posted 9.17.15

Kevin Lewis Wilson (MBA’90) has been appointed senior vice president of business affairs for the Country Music Association. He will oversee talent contracts, residual issues, content distribution and new media. Previously, Kevin has worked with FOX Cable Networks, at which he served as vice president of business and legal affairs for the Speed network from 2002 to 2013. Posted 8.28.15

Lisa A. Lichterman has been elected a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Lisa is a shareholder in the Memphis, Tennessee office of Littler Mendelson where she represents management clients in both state and federal employment litigation as well as administrative proceedings before state and federal agencies. Posted 8.3.15

Gregory Thomas Stevens (BA'87) was included on the 2015 “Best of the Bar” awards list by the Nashville Business Journal. Greg is executive vice president, general counsel and secretary for Emdeon, a Nashville, Tennessee based company that provides revenue and payment cycle management and clinical information exchange solutions. Posted 5.15.15

Jennifer Robinson was included on the 2015 “Best of the Bar” awards list by the Nashville Business Journal. Jennifer is an office managing shareholder in the Nashville, Tennessee office of Littler Mendelson where she practices labor and employment law. Posted 5.15.15

Charles B. Reasor, III was included on the 2015 “Best of the Bar” awards list by the Nashville Business Journal. Charlie is one of the founders of White & Reasor in Nashville, Tennessee where his practice primarily involves commercial real estate transactions and commercial workouts. Posted 5.15.15

Guilford F. Thornton, Jr. (BS’84) has been elected managing partner of Adams and Reese in the firm’s Nashville, Tennessee office. He was also included on the 2015 “Best of the Bar” awards list by the Nashville Business Journal.  Gif serves as legislative counsel to a number of businesses, trade associations and governmental entities with interests before Tennessee state government. Posted 5.15.15

Matthew Todd Tuten  has joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld as a senior policy advisor in the firm's public law and policy practice in Washington, D.C., where he plays a principal role in the representation of major health care clients. He has led efforts to advance the firm’s health care innovations practice, which provides specialized expertise and advice to investors, payers and pharmaceutical and device manufacturers seeking to successfully navigate the challenges facing new products and treatments as they move from “concept to commercialization” in the health care marketplace. Posted 3.24.15

Dean Harold McVay has been selected as the most recent recipient of the San Bernardino Symphony Guild’s Golden Baton Award, which recognizes those whose contributions to the Symphony have far exceeded the norm. A longtime Symphony board member, Dean practices with Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith and is an adjunct professor at the University of LaVerne College of Law. Posted 3.24.15

Warren Carroll Matthews , a partner with Burr & Forman who co-chairs the firm’s manufacturing group, has been added to the firm’s newly expanded Mobile office in order to bolster the firm’s support to the area’s growing manufacturing industry. Warren will split his time between the firm’s Mobile and Montgomery offices . Also, Warren has been appointed as the chairman of the Alabama State Board of Bar Examiners. His term will run through February 2016. Posted 11.19.14

Stephen R. Davis has been named executive vice president, chief financial officer and chief business officer of ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company. Steve, who is a CPA, had most recently served as executive vice president and chief operating officer at Heron Therapeutics, Inc. Posted 7.24.2014

Thomas Francis Payne died June 20. He was 67. Tom was a professor at Hillsdale College in Michigan and at the University of Cincinnati. He was also a private practice attorney in Cincinnati. Tom proudly served as an advisor to Alpha Tao Omega fraternity in Hillsdale and Cincinnati and to Semper Fi in Cincinnati. He was a member of Alliance Francaise. He is survived by his sister, Patricia A. Payne. Posted 7.16.14

Larry M. Parsons has been named vice president, general counsel, and secretary of McLane Company, a supply chain services leader, providing grocery, foodservice and alcoholic beverage distribution solutions for convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores and chain restaurants throughout the United States. Posted 3.25.14

Robert Dean Rowe has been named to The National Law Journal's inaugural list of Legal Business Trailblazers and Pioneers.

In August 2013, Bob was announced legal practice leader at Huron Consulting Group, a leading provider of business consulting services. Bob, who becomes an executive vice president of Huron, previously served as a managing director and leader of Huron Legal's Discovery services business. He has more than 20 years of experience providing comprehensive e-discovery solutions and project management for legal matters to Fortune 500 corporations and law firms. As the head of Huron Legal's Discovery services business, he managed the company's e-discovery operations and offerings in the U.S. and internationally, including Huron's newest offering of Integrated Analytics. Posted 1.14.14

Jennifer Robinson , office managing shareholder for the Nashville office of Littler Mendelson appeared in the Tennessean article "Executive Q&A with Jennifer Robinson: Shared vision helps grow labor law firm." Posted 8.22.13

Joseph B. Hanks Sr., his wife, and their 14 year old daughter, Sarah Kate, have moved from Memphis, Tennessee to Maryland for Jody's new position as the vice president, general counsel and secretary of Graham Packing Company based in York, Pennsylvania, and operating from 97 locations worldwide manufacturing plastic bottles and related machinery. Sarah Kate has already joined the riding team at McDonogh School in Maryland, and Jody is adjusting to what he perceives as "cold weather" compared to Tennessee. Posted 3.1.13

Thornton FamilyGif Thornton (BA '84) has been elected chairman of the executive committee at Adams and Reese. This is his second term as chairman after serving in the role in 2010. Gif is a partner in the firm's government relations team and serves as legislative counsel to a number of businesses, trade associations, and government entities with interests before the Tennessee state government. Gif was also one of five Nashville businessmen honored in June 2011 by the American Diabetes Association as Father of the Year.The event was held at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Nashville and benefited the American Diabetes Association. Posted 2.20.12

Herman Taylor Bayless died April 14, 2011, in a single-vehicle accident near his home in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. He was 52. Before earning his law degree, Herman graduated from The McCallie School and Harvard University. He was preceded in death by his wife Marjorie. He is survived by his sons Jimmy Gentile, Taylor Bayless and Daniel Bayless, and his daughters, Victoria and Sierra Bayless. Herman had lived and worked as an attorney in Boston since earning his law degree. "Herman was a great classmate, intramural team mate and friend," writes classmate Victor Lee. "He could always be depended on by anyone in rough circumstances. He is also believed to be the only member of the class of 1990 to have shot game in the mountains of Tennessee and served it to his roommates while he was a student at Vanderbilt. He is greatly loved and greatly missed."

Melanie Merkle Atha, completed basic training in Collaborative Practice in Phoenix, Arizona. Melanie is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners (IACP), a consortium of lawyers, financial professionals and mental health professionals who are committed to helping resolve civil and domestic relations disputes in a collaborative manner outside traditional legal forums. Posted 3.10.11