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Wendy Erdly has been appointed Chief of Staff for the New York State Department of Financial Services. Read more: Posted 7.26.19

Joshua Galante has been elected a partner at White and Williams in New York, where he practices corporate and securities law.  Posted 5.8.19

Kevin E. Cadwell is a partner at Kelley Drye & Warren in Houston, where he focuses on complex commercial and technology-related litigation.  Posted 5.8.19

Yanika Smith-Bartley was recently named one of this year’s Nashville Bar Journal’s Women of Influence award winners in the Trailblazer category.  Posted 4.9.19

Seth Randle is now Chief Legal Counsel and Compliance Officer at RetailMeNot Inc. Seth is responsible for overseeing RetailMeNot’s legal affairs and compliance interests, including legal strategy, litigation and employment matters. He also serves as chief IP counsel at RetailMeNot’s parent company, Harland Clarke Holdings. Posted 2.12.19

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Michael Schwegler recently joined Stites & Harbison’s Real Estate & Banking Service Group as a Member (Partner) of the firm. Posted 1.3.19




Katherine Knight has been named vice president, general counsel to USA Truck. Katherine most recently served as senior counsel to Nissan North America. Posted 6.28.18

Michael B. Schweglera partner at Ernest B. Williams, IV, PLLC, in Nashville, Tennessee, has co-authored the Tennessee chapter of  Commercial Lending Law, Second Edition: A Jurisdiction-by-Jurisdiction Guide to U.S. and Canadian Law , published by the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association. The treatise sets forth the authoritative summary of statutory and case law relevant to commercial lending in the state of Tennessee. Posted 12.13.17

Kevin Cadwell is now partner at Akin Gump Stauss Hauer & Feld in their Houston office. Posted 3.22.17

Robert Charles Bigelow (BS'99)  is serving as First Vice-President for the Nashville Bar Association. Robb has his own practice in Nashville, and is an active member of his community. Posted 12.13.17

James A. Beakes, Jim, has been named 2016 Volunteer of the Year by the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands. Jim is a member of the pharmaceutical, medical device and healthcare group at Butler Snow in Nashville. Posted 1.19.17

Anne-Marie Moyes  was featured in a New York Times article, "When Art & Love Save an Innocent" for her involvement in the case of Ndume Olatushani, a man who spent nearly 27 years in prison, 19 of which were on death row, for a crime he did not commit. Anne-Marie served as one of Ndume’s attorneys. She is a federal public defender for the Middle District of Tennessee. Posted 5.30.16

Nicole Brodsky Restivo is now general counsel and chief compliance officer at Key Square Capital Management in New York City. Posted 1.27.16

Benjamin Eugene Quayle , former US Congressman from Arizona, has joined HHQ Ventures, LLC as a partner. Ben was previously a member of the US House of Representatives, representing Arizona's third Congressional District. Posted 1.01.16

Jason Marc Gichner is an attorney with Morgan and Morgan in the firm’s Nashville office having previously worked for Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella. He is an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at Vanderbilt Law School. Posted 12.17.15

Mary Katherine Dimke , an assistant U.S. attorney, was appointed to replace magistrate judge James Hutton for the U.S. Ditstrict Court in Yakima, Washington. Kit, an assistant U.S. attorney, will begin her eight-year term on the magistrate’s bench January 14, 2016. Posted 12.4.15

Ty Johnson (BS’97) joined the Dallas office of Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman. Ty represents companies in a number of corporate and real estate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, stock and asset sales, exempt private equity offerings, organizational issues, grants and exercises of stock options, real estate purchases and sales and leases. Posted 12.4.15

Ryan William Belville published a post entitled “Your Guide For Making A Lateral Move to New York” on Above The that outlines the varying barriers to entry for certain practice areas. Ryan is the principal for Lateral Link’s New York office. Lateral Link is a legal search firm. Posted 12.4.15

Matthew A. Thrasher has been appointed to the board for the El Rio Health Center Foundation. Matt is managing partner and attorney for the Thrasher Law Offices of Tucson, Arizona, where he represents entrepreneurs, financial institutions, real estate developers, and other companies and individuals on an array of corporate, finance, real estate and general business matters. Posted 9.17.15

Courtney Hunter Gilmer has been named co-leader of Baker Donelson's Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Task Force. A shareholder in the Nashville, Tennessee office, Gilmer represents lenders, businesses, secured creditors and creditor committees in bankruptcy proceedings, financial transactions, corporate reorganizations, and state and federal court litigation. Posted 9.17.15

Mitchell A. Peterson has been named a 2015 “Up and Coming” lawyer in Litigation: General Commercial law by Chambers USA. Mitchell is a partner with Davenport Evans in Sioux Falls, South Dakota where he focuses his practice in commercial litigation. Posted 6.25.15

Robert J. Welhoelter has rejoined Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis as counsel in the firm’s Nashville office where he focuses his practice on bankruptcy law. Posted 2.18.15

Steven R. Sedberry has published  Hedging Law School, in which he argues that law school is still worth the investment for students but cautions them to research their decisions carefully. Steven also authored  The Reasonable Person: Due Process of Law, Logic, and Faith  which studies the claims of Christianity through the lens of the legal process. Posted 2.18.15

Kenneth James Sanney (MTS’02) received a positive vote for tenure and promotion to the rank of associate professor at Central Michigan University, and is awaiting confirmation and approval from the Central Michigan University Board of Trustees. Ken was also recently appointed the founding chairperson of the department of entrepreneurship at Central Michigan University and a member of the board of directors of the Central Michigan University Research Corporation, a business incubator and State of Michigan Smart Zone. A press release about the formation of the department can be found herePosted 1.26.15

Troy Robert Covington has been appointed to counsel at Bloom Sugarman Everett. Troy focuses on trademark and trade secret claims, contract disputes, corporate governance disputes, partnership disputes, business torts, church governance disputes, and lender liability. Posted 1.26.15

Yufeng (Ethan) Ma (MS'01) has joined the intellectual property practice for Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe as a partner in the Shanghai office. Posted 12.9.14

Todd Robert Overman , a member at Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville, has led the launch of the firm’s GovCon Blog, which will focus on timely cases, protests, and regulatory updates to better inform contractors and others in this complex legal space. Posted 10.22.14

Courtney McCormick has been promoted to vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary at PSEG. Courtney jointed PSEG in 2008 and most recently held the role of corporate secretary and general corporate counsel. She also oversees shareholder services, corporate records management and legal administration functions. Courtney previously had worked at the law firms of King & Spalding as well as Pillsbury Winthrop before joining PSEG. Posted 5.21.14

Willow Eden Fort was profiled in a Nashville Ledger article. The piece highlighted her commitment to public interest law after leaving law school. The article can be found here. Posted 3.25.14

Aaron Drew Lacey has joined Thompson Coburn as a partner in the firm's St. Louis, Missouri, office. Aaron joins the firm from Vatterott Educational Centers, a St. Louis-based postsecondary education company, where he served as senior vice president of regulatory affairs and strategic development. Posted 3.25.14

James Vincent Pascale III was elected partner at Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, where he is a member of the transportation and space group in the firm's New York City office. Jim was formerly special counsel with the firm. Posted 3.25.14

Deborah Reule Farringer has joined the faculty at Belmont University College of Law as an assistant professor. Deborah will focus her teaching and scholarship on topics in health law and healthcare business transactions. Prior to joining Belmont, Deborah worked in Vanderbilt's office of the general counsel. Posted 1.21.14

Robert BrownRobert Leslie Brown, a partner with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, has been selected to the 2014 Mortgage Bankers Association's Commercial/Multifamily Future Leaders Program. Robert is one of 16 professionals nationwide selected to participate in the 2014 class, and was the only attorney selected. Posted 1.14.13



Laina Reinsmith Miller is a litigation associate for Shipley Snell Montgomery. She focuses her practice on litigation and arbitration of a wide range of matters.  Posted 12.13.13

Kyrus Lamont Freeman  is a partner at Holland & Knight in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. Kyrus was formerly confirmed by the Prince George's County Council to the Prince George's Country Housing Authority. Posted 6.12.13

Paul Anthony Werner III has joined Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton as a partner in the firm's business trial practice group. Paul is a seasoned litigator, whose prodigious representations over the past decade have been before all levels of courts and administrative tribunals, federal and state, and spanned a wide range of complex litigation matters. Posted 6.12.13

Joshua Galante has joined White and Williams as an associate in the firm's business and corporate and securities groups. He will reside in the New York office. Joshua has over 10 years' experience handling corporate and commercial transactional work for his clients, including frequently acting as outside general counsel responsible for overseeing all of his clients' legal needs. Posted 3.29.13

Kit Dimke married Jerod Shelby in Clarkston, Washington, September 1. Kit is an assistant U.S. attorney in Yakima, Washington, and Jerod is the CEO of SSC North America. Posted 11.15.12

Ty Johnson (BS'97)is now of counsel at Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C. 

Miranda K. Kelley has been named a partner at Waller Landsen Dortch and Davis. Kelley represents clients in the financial, healthcare, real estate and manufacturing industries handling issues including mergers and acquisitions and securities law. She joined Waller Lansden in 2002. During her tenure, Kelley assisted in the formation of a hospice company through a $50 million facilities acquisition. Posted 1.10.12

John Farringer John L. Farringer , a member at Sherrard & Roe in Nashville, graduated from the Tennessee Bar Association's Leadership Law program, which prepares Tennessee lawyers to serve as leaders in their profession and communities, in July. Posted 10.17.11




Tyson Schwerdtfeger has joined Alliance Resource Partners as corporate counsel. Prior to joining Alliance, Tyson was a partner at GableGotwals in Tulsa where his practice focused on energy litigation. Tyson and his wife, Kenna, live with their two children in Jenks, Oklahoma. Posted 10.17.11

Russell Miller Russell A. Miller has been elected to membership in the Nashville office of Bass Berry Sims. Russ devotes his practice to tax-exempt finance where he regularly represents financial institutions, governmental entities and nonprofit corporations in a variety of financing transactions, including serving as bond counsel, borrower's counsel and/or underwriter's counsel in connection with both governmental and nonprofit bond issues. Posted 3.10.11




Daniel I. Fisher has been promoted to partner at the international law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Daniel is a member of the firm's corporate practice. He advises public and private companies on negotiated and contested acquisitions and divestitures, tender offers, exchange offers, joint ventures, spin-offs and proxy contests and handles corporate deals for private equity firms and their portfolio companies. Posted 1.19.11