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Lewis Dundon Thompson passed away at home in Overland Park, KS. He served as a naval officer for 6yrs on several destroyers and other postings. After receiving his MBA, he worked in Finance in Chicago and NYC, including Barclays Bank. He changed careers upon graduation from Vanderbilt in 2002 and worked as an attorney in NYC at Mayer Brown LLC and Schulte, Roth & Zabel LLC, and in NJ before relocating to the Kansas City area. Posted 10.19.21

Mr. W. Judd Peak has been appointed as the new Chief Compliance Officer of Capital Accounts, LLC, a leader in the healthcare receivables industry. Mr. Peak brings two decades of experience to Capital Accounts as its new Chief Compliance Officer.  In this role, he is responsible for the creation, implementation and continual oversight of the enterprise-wide Compliance Management System (CMS). Posted 5.6.21

Brian Duffy was appointed as the first Honorary Consul of Ireland for South Carolina. The Honorary Consulate will be located in the Duffy & Young law firm building at 96 Broad Street in Charleston. Read more here. Posted 2.3.21

Aaron Davidson was named partner at Cole Schotz in Dallas. He will focus on commercial and intellectual property litigation, including patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret matters.  Posted 04.23.19

Rachael Trummel has joined King & Spalding as a partner in its Trial and Global Disputes practice group in its Chicago office. Trummel’s practice focuses on class action defense and other complex litigation, and includes counseling and representing clients in the automotive, banking and financial services, consumer products, oil and gas, healthcare, real estate, and franchising industries. Posted 4.9.19

Geoffrey G. O’Brien is serving as executive corporate officer and vice president at MediciNova. MediciNova is a biopharmaceutical company, which engages in acquiring and developing novel, small molecule therapeutics for the treatment of serious diseases. Geoffrey joined MediciNova in 2009. Posted 6.28.18

Elisabeth S. Gray has been named chair of Middleton Reutlinger’s litigation group. Elisabeth is a director at the Louisville firm. Her practice focuses on unfair competition, including disclosure of trade secrets and enforcing non-competition and non-solicitation agreements. Posted 5.9.18

Brian Cummings has been certified as a life member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Millions Dollar Advocates Forum. The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is recognized as one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts, awards and settlements. Brian is one of two founding partners of Cummings Manookian in Nashville. Posted 3.27.18

Kevin H. Douglas has been appointed to serve as chair of Bass, Berry & Sim’s corporate and securities practice group. He assumes leadership of the group that includes more than 100 attorneys and staff members in the firm’s four offices. Kevin who is a member, joined the firm’s Nashville office in 2004. Posted 3.1.18

Kevin R. Ghassomian has joined Bressler, Amery & Ross as a principal in its estate planning and administration practice group. Kevin will be practicing in the firm’s New York office. Posted 8.24.17

Brian Cummings  and Brian Manookian (JD’07) founded the Nashville plaintiffs firm, Cummings Manookian in January 2015. Since then, Brian Cummings has been selected as a “Super Lawyer” for Medical Malpractice-Plaintiffs, for Best Lawyers in Medical Malpractice by The American Lawyer and selected for a Top 10 Attorney Award in Tennessee for Personal Injury by NAOPIA. Posted 4.21.17

Dean Darby Dickerson of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago has been named one of the Most Influential People in Legal Education by National Jurist. The honor recognizes legal innovators who are taking the lead in shaping the future of law schools. Posted 2.21.17

Eitan Tabak joined Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel in New York as partner. Posted 7.27.16

George M. Reul is a partner with Cincinnati office of Freking Myers & Reul, previously Freking & Betz. The firm representing plaintiffs in employment law and personal injury celebrated its 25th anniversary Dec. 1 and changed its name to coincide with the milestone. Posted 12.17.15

Eleni V. Stratigeas has been named senior vice president, business & legal affairs and corporate secretary for Scripps Network Interactive, which is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee. Eleni oversees a wide range of governance and regulatory compliance matters, including the company's required filings and disclosures with the Securities & Exchange Commission and the New York Stock Exchange. She joined Scripps Networks Interactive in 2007 as director of legal affairs, and was named vice president in 2010. She was previously an associate at the legal firm Baker & Hostetler LP in Cincinnati. Posted 11.3.15

Scott Ashby Harty is a partner with Alston & Bird in the firm’s Atlanta office. He is in the federal & international tax group and focuses his practice on complex domestic and cross-border commercial transactions, including taxable and tax-free mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate restructurings. Posted 8.28.15

Aaron Douglas Davidson has joined Munck Wilson Mandala as partner in the firm’s Dallas office. He is a member of the firm’s complex commercial litigation and intellectual property litigation practice groups. Posted 8.28.15

Shannon Evans Pinkston has joined the Nashville, Tennessee office of Bass Berry Sims as a senior healthcare attorney. Shannon advises public and private healthcare companies in operations, regulatory and transactional matters. Posted 7.8.15

Brian William Heller married Olya Plotkina March 21, 2015 in New York City. Olya is a vice president in international equity sales at Goldman Sachs. Brian is chief counsel of investment banking and a managing director at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, an investment bank specializing in financial institutions. The couple lives in New York, New York.

Stephen Brent Allen has been named to a six-year term as an oil and gas representative on the Oklahoma Water Resources Board by Governor Mary Fallin. Steve is vice president and associate general counsel for ONEOK Inc., which is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma and deals in natural gas gathering, processing, pipelines and liquids. Posted 6.25.15

Scott Joseph Lynn was included on the 2015 “Best of the Bar” awards list by the Nashville Business Journal. Scott is senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc., a Nashville, Tennessee based real estate investment trust. Posted 5.15.15

Amy Jo Everhart was included on the 2015 “Best of the Bar” awards list by the Nashville Business Journal. Amy founded her law firm in Nashville, Tennessee, Everhart Law Firm, to counsel individuals and organizations in the creative industries, entrepreneurs, inventors, business owners, and others with legal needs in the areas of trademark, copyright, entertainment, and the internet. Posted 5.15.15

Mr. Jeff Ratinoff Jeffrey Michael Ratinoff , an intellectual property litigator, has joined Hopkins & Carley in San Jose, California. Previously, Jeff worked with K&L Gates LLP and has more than 15 years of experience representing clients in technology-driven litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as the International Trade Commission. Posted 5.15.15



Bryan Scott Olson has been elected to the board of directors for Principal Solar, Inc. Scott is a managing member of Turtle Creek Holdings, LLC, an investment firm based in Dallas, Texas. Posted 5.15.15

Kevin Robert Ghassomian  (BA'98) has joined Smith, Gambrell & Russell as a partner in its private client services practice. Kevin focuses his practice on the personal legal needs of business owners, corporate executives, high-net-worth individuals, and their families.  Posted 2.18.15

Gindi Eckel Vincent was recognized as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Houston in 2014.  She completed her term as president of the Women's Energy Network and now joins the board of the Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce in addition to her role as counsel in ExxonMobil’s Environmental and Safety Law Department. Posted 1.26.15

Walter Judd Peak (EXMBA'15) has been named corporate compliance officer at Frost-Arnett. In his new role, Judd will develop and manage the company's enterprise compliance program. Prior to joining Frost-Arnett, Judd founded and served as principal for Peak Employee Relations Consulting Services based in Brentwood, Tennessee, and as counsel at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis. Posted 9.26.14

Anne Marie Seibel has been appointed by the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Litigation as Co-Chair of the Section's Regional Meetings Committee. Seibel was also reappointed as the Section's liaison to the ABA's Commission on Women in the Profession. Both appointments extend through the 2014-15 bar year. Seibel is a partner in the Birmingham office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP. Posted 8.19.14

Paul Francis Perea has been named managing director and general counsel of Tudor Pickering Holt & Co., a global energy investment and merchant bank based in Houston. Paul was previously a partner with Baker Botts, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, and general corporate and securities matters. Posted 7.16.14

John Onofrio Lukanski has joined Reed Smith as counsel in the firm's New York office. Lukanski brings nationwide experience in the securities industry, including experience in conducting internal investigations, managing regulatory enforcement matters, and representing firms and individuals in customer disputes. Posted 7.16.14

David Glenn Wilson has been announced Lipscomb University's general counsel. He will oversee legal affairs and compliance for the university. A former partner at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, David specializes in corporate governance, business transactions and securities law. Posted 5.27.14

Eat What You KillEdward Scofield (BA'91, MBA'98) will release his first novel on March 25, 2014 through St. Martin's Press. The book, entitled Eat What You Kill, is a fast-paced Wall Street Thriller. Ted has also already sold the film rights. Ted and his wife, Christi, live on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, where he is working on the novel's sequel. Posted 12.13.13




Brian Judson Hubbard has joined Condo Roccia as a partner. Brian's practice focuses on both patent obtention (i.e., preparation and prosecution) and innovation-related agreement work. With over 15 years of private practice and in-house legal experience, he has worked on matters spanning a wide range of industries, including , materials production, consumer products, health and wellness, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, mechanical systems, telecommunications, and medical devices. Posted 11.25.13

Julie Ann Ortmeier was promoted in August 2013 to vice president and general counsel of Carfax. Julie has been with Carfax since July 2008, most recently serving as deputy general counsel. Prior to joining Carfax, Julie was with the American Red Cross from November 2001 to July 2008 as senior counsel. Posted 11.7.13

Geoffrey O'Brien was recently promoted to vice president of MediciNova. Geoffrey has served as senior director of business development and strategic planning for MediciNova since 2012 and was director of business development from 2009-12. Prior to joining MediciNova, Geoffrey was an equity research analyst covering pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies at UBS Securities, Nomura Securities, and Punk Ziegel. Posted 10.21.13

Greg MunsonGregory Munson, former deputy secretary for water policy with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, will join the Tallahassee, Florida, office of Gunster as a shareholder on September 23. Greg will be a member of the firm's environmental and land use practice group, and will concentrate his work in the area of water use and water rights. Posted 9.6.13




Kasey L. Bond has joined Keating Muething & Klekamp as a partner in the labor & employment practice group. Kasey brings 15 years of experience in the areas of employment litigation, employment practices and procedures, labor and management relations, and labor law compliance. She has served as lead counsel in numerous trials in both state and federal court. Posted 6.12.13

Lea Carol Owen has joined Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz as a shareholder in the firm's goverment regulatory actions group, where she will focus on complex litigation and risk management. Carol also serves as pro bono counsel to Jane Doe 2 in U.S. b. Adan, one of the largest sex trafficking prosecutions in U.S. history. She is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, where she serves as vice chair of the Complex Commercial Litigation Institute. She is also a member of the American Health Lawyers Association. Posted 6.10.13

Daniel G. Khalil, Jr., age 40, of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, died November 24, 2012. Daniel graduated magna cum laude from Duquesne University before earning his law degree from Vanderbilt Law School. He was also a student of the St. Stephens Program for two years where he studied theology. Daniel was very involved with his native country of Syria and served as translator for a local Bishop during his stay at the St. Elias Monastery in Damascus where, as a devout Christian, Daniel fulfilled his dream to walk in in the Holy Land. Posted 2.5.13

Gindi Eckel Vincent has joined the legal department at ExxonMobil as counsel. Gindi was formerly counsel at Pillsbury. She has also been elected to the 2013 Women's Energy Network Board of Directors. Posted 2.5.13

Kevin Robert Ghassomianhas joined Dinsmore in the firm's Cincinnati office as a partner in the firm's corporate department and member of the family wealth planning practice group. Kevin's law practice focuses on the personal legal needs of business owners, corporate executives, high net worth individuals, and their families. His representation covers all aspects of domestic and international estate planning, with an emphasis on tax minimization, asset protection, business succession, and philanthropy. Prior to joining Dinsmore, Kevin worked in the New York City headquarters of a global investment firm where he counseled a multinational client base on complex wealth management matters including foreign and domestic trust planning and related asset allocation strategies. Posted 9.24.12

Anne Marie Seibel a partner and litigation attorney in Bradley Arant Boult & Cumming's Birmingham office, has been appointed co-chair of The Woman Advocate Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation for the third consecutive year. Her 2012-2013 term begins in August. Posted 7.19.12

Donna L. Green and Emily Moore Leininger have formed a new law firm, Green & Leininger, based in Brentwood. Green began her legal career at Neal & Harwell in Nashville. Posted 4.17.12

David O. Watson was recently appointed as a member in the Nashville office of Frost Brown Todd. David recently relocated to Nashville from the firm's Louisville office, where he worked since 2006. Posted 1.19.12

Patricia Judd joined Washburn University School of Law as an associate professor. She previously served as executive director, international copyright enforcement and trade policy at the Association of American Publishers in Washington, D.C. Posted 11.09.11

Gregory Munsonhas just been appointed Deputy Secretary for Water Policy and Ecosystem Restoration by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). In addition to working with the Water Management Districts, the Deputy Secretary for Water Policy and Ecosystem Restoration will also oversee the DEP's Office of Ecosystem Projects, which coordinates and assists with the policy development and implementation of a variety of restoration projects, including Everglades restoration. Posted 10.17.11

Judd Peak has joined Waller Lansden as a staff attorney in the firm's labor and employment practice. Prior to joining Waller Lansden, Judd was an associate with Frost Brown Todd. Posted 10.17.11

Beth Alexander, a partner with the law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, announced that five Nashville charitable organizations will receive a total of $2,800,000 as the result of a recent $16.5 million settlement of a consumer class action lawsuit. Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Meharry Medical College each will receive more than $1 million, Safe Haven Family Shelter will receive $650,000, and the Nashville Lawyers' Association for Women will receive $100,000 from drugmaker Solvay as part of the settlement of a class-action case. The story is covered in The Tennessean: Four Nashville groups will reap windfall from drugmaker settlement and the Nashville Post: Class-action settlement yields local research funds . Posted 3.10.11