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Price Thompson has been announced as the Wilson Bank & Trust’s first in-house general counsel. Posted 10.29.21

Anne Lowry Taylor has been named Chief Disciplinary Counsel for the Disciplinary Board of the New Mexico Supreme Court. Posted 1.25.21

Jeff Baker has received a promotion to full Clinical Professor of Law at Pepperdine Caruso School of Law where he also serves as Assistant Dean of Clinical Education and Global Programs and directs the Community Justice Clinic. He and his family have lived in Malibu, California, since 2013. Posted 10.9.20

Maria Lopez Evangelista was elected to a seat on the San Francisco Superior Court. Read more here. Posted 9.23.20

Headshot Andrea Perry was named to Nashville Business Journal’s Best of the Bar, a prestigious list that recognizes leading legal professionals from across Middle Tennessee. Posted 7.2..19




Lasser Emmy 2018

Jimm Lasser  won an Emmy for his documentary "Long Live Benjamin". It won for the category of "New Approaches in Documentary" at the News and Documentary Emmy Awards, Oct. 1st  in New York.  "Long Live Benjamin" was distributed by New York Times Op Docs in 2017. Jimm  was the director, interviewer and cameraperson for the film.  Posted 10.22.2018



Winston King has been named chief administrative officer and general counsel at Guidewire Software. He is responsible for Guidewire's worldwide administrative functions, including human resources, legal, recruiting, and corporate services, while also serving as Guidewire's general counsel and secretary.  Posted 07.12.2018

Dr. Zhaoyang (Paul) Li has joined Taylor English Duma as partner in the firm’s intellectual property practice group. With a Ph.D. in chemistry and fluency in Mandarin, Paul helps his clients navigate the complex nature of Chinese trade secrets and intellectual property rights. His practice includes patent prosecution, patent infringement assessment, patent right licensing agreements, patentability and intellectual property counseling and due diligence. Posted 6.4.2018

Kevin Kent , partner at Conrad O’Brien in Philadelphia, was recognized as a “2018 Law Firm Innovator” by The Legal Intelligencer. Kevin was recognized for his work in the firm as a leader in developing and regularly using alternative fee arrangements (AFAs). Kevin’s practice focuses on advising clients nationally on risk management. He represents companies in matters involving civil fraud, fiduciary liability, director and officer liability, professional malpractice, government civil enforcement actions, government audits, employment litigation, and internal investigations. Posted 6.4.2018

Reuben Rosof has joined Husch Blackwell as partner in the firm’s Houston office. Reuben advises financial institutions on workouts and restructurings, LIHTC financings, cash flow loans, asset-based loans, commercial and industrial loans, acquisition financings, construction loans, permanent loans, syndicated loans, letters of credit and the purchase of bonds. Posted 4.24.18

Brant K. Brown  (BA '97) has joined Willkie Farr & Gallagher as counsel in the firm’s Washington office. Previously, he was associate general counsel at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. Posted 1.15.18

Angela M. Simpson was appointed vice president, US Government Affairs, of ZTE USA. Angela is based in Washington D.C. and will manage of the company’s government relations and public policy matters in the United States. Posted 9.20.17

Tennessee Speaker of the House, Beth Harwell, has appointed Austin McMullen to the Tennessee Housing Development Agency board of directors. Austin is partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in Nashville, the vice chair of the Tennessee Real Estate Commission and the former mayor of Oak Hill. Posted 4.19.17

Chris Thorsen is a shareholder in the business litigation group for the Nashville office of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz. Posted 7.27.16

Charles Robert Bone has been named president and chief executive officer of Bone McAllester Norton in Nashville. Charles Bone concentrates his law practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and advising emerging businesses, entrepreneurs, officers and directors and governmental entities, including serving as general counsel for the Convention Center Authority of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. Posted 4.5.16

Michael Robert Houston was appointed senior vice president and general counsel for Tejon Ranch Co. in Tejon Ranch, California. Mike is currently the city attorney for the City of Anaheim, a position he’s held since 2013, and has experience in corporate governance, municipal law, real estate, land use and environmental issues. Posted 4.5.16

Aaron Cooper will join Washington, D.C.-based company BSA | The Software Alliance Feb. 22nd as vice president, strategic policy initiatives. Prior to joining BSA, Aaron was of counsel at Covington and Burling. Posted 2.25.16

Alicia Griffin PowellAlicia Griffin Powell was named a "2015 Most Powerful and Influential Woman" by the National Diversity Council for the Pittsburgh region.  Alicia is chief counsel of PNC Financial Services Group's asset management group. She also chairs PNC Legal’s award-winning diversity and inclusion council. Posted 12.4.15



Zhaoyang Li joined Duane Morris in the firm’s San Francisco office as a partner in the intellectual property practice group. Paul, who also has a Ph.D. in chemistry, counsels clients on complex intellectual property matters involving Chinese companies, including patent prosecution, patent infringement assessment, patent right licensing agreements, patentability, and intellectual property counseling and due diligence. Posted 12.4.15

Emily Hatch Bowman has been appointed chair of the firm’s real estate group. Bowman is a partner in the firm’s Nashville, Tennessee office, where she represents financial institutions and other companies in commercial and real estate lending and transactional matters. Posted 9.17.15

Rod KanterRod Kanter has been elected as a Regular Fellow of the American College of Bond Counsel. Rod is a partner in the Birmingham, Alabama office of Bradly Arant Boult Cummings where his primary practice includes serving as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, and counsel to credit enhancers in all types of tax-exempt and taxable debt financings. Posted 8.10.15


Brian Lee Eftink (BA’96) has been featured in an “In-House Counsel Profile” by the National Law Journal. Brian works for Wacker Chemical Corporation as the company’s vice president for legal. Posted 8.28.15

Ashley Lynne West has received the 2015 Attorney of the Year Award from the State Bar of California’s Solo and Small Firm Section. Ashley was also one of twelve women recognized on a 2014 list for “Women Who Mean Business” in the Sacramento Business Journal, and she was also included on the paper's 2015 “Best of the Bar” list. Ashley is a shareholder and attorney with Carter West in the firm’s Sacramento, California office where she focuses on corporate and real estate transactions. Posted 8.3.15

Andrea P. Perry was included on the 2015 “Best of the Bar” awards list by the Nashville Business Journal. Andrea is a member with Bone McAllester Norton in the firm’s Nashville, Tennessee office. She focuses her practice in the areas of real estate, commercial lending, general corporate, entertainment and tax-exempt organizations. Posted 5.15.15

Brett M. Figlewski is now the first legal director of the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York after more than ten years advocating for victims of gender violence as an attorney with Sanctuary for Families in New York City. Brett will work to envision and implement a City-wide legal program so that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender New Yorkers have meaningful access to legal services and representation. Posted 3.27.15

Jordan Steven Arnold has been elected managing director at K2 Intelligence. In addition to heading K2's Art Risk Advisory Practice, Jordan leads investigative and incident response engagements for corporations, law and financial services firms and family offices. Posted 12.9.14

Daniel Adam Cohen has joined Baker Donelson as a shareholder and chair of the firm’s higher education group. Dan will focus his practice on representing colleges and universities in their legal affairs.   Posted 10.17.14

Eleanor Griffith McDonald has been promoted to executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Ingram Industries Inc. in Nashville. She joined Ingram in 2006 and previously served as vice president and deputy general counsel. Posted 7.16.14

Esther Rae DeCambra died March 17. Esther grew up in Hawaii and attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, on a full academic scholarship. She then attended Vanderbilt Law School where she developed lifelong relationships with members of the Elliot family of Cleveland and Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she lived and practiced several years. Since 2004, she lived and worked in Savannah,Georgia. Esther was a warm, witty and intelligent woman loved by many. Her contagious laugh and hard fought smile will be sorely missed. Posted 3.25.14

Jordan Steven Arnold has joined K2 Intelligence, an investigative and risk consulting firm, as a director in the New York office. Jordan previously served as a prosecutor with the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, where he created and headed its Financial Intelligence Unit. Prior to that, Jordan served on the homicide chart and as lead prosecutor for the NYPD Major Case Squad. Posted 2.17.14

Andrew David Kaplan has been elected partner with Crowell & Moring . Andrew is a member of the firm's Washington, D.C. office where he practices with the advertising and product risk management and product liability and torts groups. Posted 1.20.14

Ashley West Ashley Lynne West founded Carter West on May 1. The firm focuses on corporate and real estate transactional matters. Additionally, in September, Ashley was named to the Sacramento Business Journal's first ever "Best of the Bar," and was recognized as one of 40 women leaders in law in the state of California by The Recorder. Posted 12.13.13




Timothy Louis Meyer (MBA'02) has joined the Nashville office of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough as of counsel. Tim will focus his practice on real estate, mergers and acquisitions, corporate and loan transactions. Prior to joining Nelson Mullins, Tim spent six years at Health Care REIT. Posted 11.14.13

AliciaPowell'00Alicia Powell, formerly a partner at Reed Smith, was recently named chief counsel of investment advisers and investment companies at PNC Financial Services Group. In this role Alicia is responsible for all legal and regulatory matters arising from PNC's mutual fund and investment advisory businesses. Alicia resides in Pittsburgh with her husband, Colin, and their two children. Posted 9.23.13



Jeff R. Baker has joined the faculty at Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California, as an associate clinical professor of law and the director of clinical education. Formerly, he was an associate professor of law and the director of clinical programs at Faulkner University Jones School of Law in Montgomery, Alabama. Posted 7.16.13

William W. Berry III has been named the University of Mississippi's 2013 Teacher of the Year. An assistant professor of law in the University's Khayat Law Center, William was rewarded for his dedication to teaching on April 11, when Chancellor Dan Jones introduced him during the 70th annual Honors Day Convocation as the recipient of the 2013 Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teaching Award. A prolific author, William has published 16 articles in legal journals over the past five years. Posted 5.1.13

Thomas Clark Quinlen was hired in March to handle litigation, claims, safety, and data privacy issues for FedEx Trade Networks. Posted 4.15.13

Jennifer Kirk Dunlap Jennifer Kirk Dunlap , a partner in Parker Poe's employment and benefits practice group, has been selected to the Charleston Regional Business Journal's 2013 "40 Under 40" list, which recognizes rising young business leaders in the Charleston area. Jenni has been with Parker Poe since 2006 and is the head of the firm's South Carolina Employment team. She focuses her practice on employment litigation and counsels clients in all areas of employment law. Posted 3.6.13


Michael Robert Houston, of Cummins & White has been named the city of Anaheim's interim City Attorney. Mike has a transactional, regulatory and litigation practice that involves advising private parties and public agencies on the nuances of developing property in California's complex regulatory environment as well as on political law and government ethics matters. Posted 3.6.13 

Andrea P. Perry has been elected to the board of directors of the Nashville Bar Association. Her term begins in January 2013. Andrea is an attorney with Bone McAllester Norton. In 2012, she received the Athena Young Professional Award, and she was recently honored with the Napier-Looby Bar Association Outstanding Community Service Award. She serves on the board of directors for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), the Youth Life Learning Center and the Rotary Club of Nashville. Andrea was also announced as one of The Nashville Business Journal's "40 under 40." Posted 1.4.13

Robert Louis Strayer II has been announced U.S. Senator Bob Corker's legislative director and general counsel. Rob joins Senator Corker's staff from the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington where he serves as director of the Homeland Security Project. Rob is a veteran Senate aide, previously serving from 2006 to 2011 as deputy staff director of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. As legislative director and general counsel, Rob will supervise the legislative staff and serve as Senator Corker's primary advisor on Senate procedure and legislation. He assumes his position on September 4. Posted 8.31.12

Daniel Adam Cohenhas been promoted to special counsel at Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman. Dan focuses his practice on business and commercial litigation; Title IX; labor and employment; products liability; professional malpractice; school and university law; and sports law. Posted 8.29.12

Tania Nicole Archer (BA'97), public affairs attorney with Moore & Van Allen in the firm's Charlotte office, authored an article that appeared on Law360 on July 13 and printed in Law360 newsletters on July 16. The article, "Money as Political Speech in the 2012 Elections," analyzes the national argument on money as political speech and corporations as political speakers following a landmark federal case and leading into the 2012 elections. Posted 8.1.12

William W. Berry III was awarded a Ph.D. in law from the University of Oxford Law School, Green Templeton College, Oxford, United Kingdom, in June. His doctoral dissertation was titled “Assessing Proportionality in Capital Cases: A Case Study of Ohio.” He earned an M.S. in criminology in 2007. He is an assistant professor of Law at the University of Mississippi School of law, having joined the permanent law faculty there in 2009. Before teaching law, he was an associate with Shea & Gardner (now Goodwin Procter) in Washington, D.C. After earning his law degree, he clerked for Judge Thomas A. Wiseman on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee and for Judge Gilbert S. Merritt Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Posted 8.1.12

Austin McMullenAustin Lenoy McMullen has been re-elected to the Oak Hill Board of Commissioners. He was unopposed. Austin, a partner at the Nashville office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, was elected to the board in 2008. Posted 6.23.12



Christin Camp Lumpkin has been promoted to vice president and division general counsel of Global Payments Inc. in late 2011. Global is a publicly traded world-wide payments processor headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Christin and her husband, Michael, welcomed a baby girl on May 9, 2011, Caroline Parrish Lumpkin. Posted 5.8.12

Reuben RosofReuben Douglas Rosof has been promoted to partner in the firm Gardere Wynne Sewell. Reuben practices in the firm's Houston office. His expertise is in finance and real estate, including extensive experience representing lenders, borrowers, and corporate trustees in financial transactions. Posted 4.17.12



Jeffrey R. Baker received the 2011-2012 Professor of the Year award at Faulkner University Jones School of Law where he is an Associate Professor of Law and the Director of Clinical Programs. Posted 4.3.12

Doug Abell has been appointed general counsel of Curo Health Services which maintains its corporate support center in Mooresville, North Carolina and provides high-quality home healthcare and hospice services throughout various communities across the United States. Posted 2.20.12

Eleanor Griffith McDonald has been promoted to vice president and deputy general counsel for Ingram Industries in Nashville. She previously served as vice president and assistant general counsel. Eleanor will continue to report to Ingram's general counsel and secretary and continue to provide legal advice on various legal matters of Ingram Industries and its business units. She will add new senior management responsibilities and assist Ingram's general counsel with legal function policies and priorities for the company. Before joining Ingram in 2006, Eleanor was in private law practice at Greenebaum Doll & McDonald and with Boult Cummings Conners & Berry. Posted 1.19.12

Andre Burba has been promoted to managing director of Pine Brook's energy investment team. Andre joined the New York-based energy and financial services investor in 2008, having previously worked for Credit Suisse as a principal investor in the special opportunities group where he was responsible for investments in the energy, metals and mining, renewables and oil and gas sectors. Posted 1.10.12

Rick Garner Sanders Jr. founded the new law firm, Aaron & Sanders, with law partner Tara Mooney Aaron (BA '97) in July of 2011. Aaron & Sanders focuses on technology and intellectiual property law and is based in Nashville, Tennessee. Posted 1.10.12

Kevin Kent, a partner at Conrad O'Brien in Philadelphia, expanded his practice to include service to Irish businesses and law firms that need assistance with legal matters in the U.S. He is also licensed as a lawyer in Ireland. Posted 11.9.11

Jimm LasserJimm Lasser won an Emmy for Outstanding Commercial on TV. Posted 11.9.11






John F. (Jack) Preis, a law professor at the University of Richmond, argued a pro bono case before the U.S. Supreme Court Nov. 1. Jack represented Richard Lee Pollard, who contends that he should have the right to sue employees of privately run prisons over cruel and unusual punishment, a right guaranteed prisoners in facilities run directly by the government by the U.S. constitution, but not currently available to prisoners in privately run institutions, who must confine their complaints to damage claims in state courts. Posted 11.9.11

Mary H. Beard, senior counsel at FedEx Corporation in Memphis, was inducted as a new fellow of the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (TBA YLD) at the association's convention in June. Posted 10.17.11

Meredith Ferguson has joined Northlich's Columbus office as a management supervisor. Northlich is a brand engagement agency, and Meredith works with the Ohio State University Medical Center, the James and the Ohio Lottery Commission. Meredith previously managed account teams for clients such as Champion Windows, Dirt Devil, Hoover and the Cleveland Clinic. She has also worked for University Hospitals of Cleveland and the British Embassy in Washington D.C. Posted 10.17.11

Sondra KeysSondra D. Keys, a public policy advisor at Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz in Nashville, graduated from the Tennessee Bar Association's Leadership Law program in July. The Leadership Law program prepares Tennessee lawyers to serve as leaders in their profession and communities. Posted 10.17.11 


Jessica CrowsonJessica Clancy Crowson,
Member at Pennington Law Firm, has been named a 2011 Woman of Influence by Greater Columbia Business Monthly for her outstanding contributions to her profession, company and community. Jessica's handles the litigation for the Pennington Law Firm, focusing on real property disputes, eminent domain, rights-of-way issues, telecommunications law, and easement rights. She handles all aspects of business law as well as represents wireless communications carriers and related industries. Posted 7.15.11


Rob Strayer
is the Director of the National Security Preparedness Group at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC). Led by former 9/11 Commission Chair Tom Kean and Vice Chair Lee Hamilton, the BPC's National Security Preparedness Group is the successor to the 9/11 Commission. Previously, Rob served as the Republican Deputy Staff Director for Senator Susan Collins on the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee where he oversaw the development of national security legislation and oversight investigations. Posted 5.6.11

Jennifer Kirk Dunlap has been elected a partner at Parker Poe. Jenni is an attorney in the firm's Charleston, SC office. She practices in the areas of employment and labor law and litigation, with a primary focus on issues within the resort and hospitality industry. Posted 3.10.11

Suzanne C. McNabb has joined the Cincinnati office of Thompson Hine as a member of the Corporate Transactions & Securities practice. Suzanne focuses her practice on general corporate counseling, commercial finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate transactions. She has more than 10 years of extensive experience in transactional and contract work for private companies and commercial banks including capital restructuring, commercial finance, private equity, real estate and strategic business consulting. Posted 2.14.11

Jason ElversJason C. Elvers has been named partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease. Jason is a member of the technology and intellectual property group in the Columbus office. His practice includes assisting businesses to structure technology transactions and safeguard intellectual property as well as working on general copyright and entertainment law issues. He also has extensive experience in software licensing and development agreements, telecommunications services agreements, website development, hosting agreements, technology services and outsourcing agreements. Posted 1.4.11