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Timothy John Van Hal has joined Polsinelli’s firm as a Shareholder in their Nashville’s office. Timothy previously severed as an Associate at Bass Berry Sims. Posted 11.11.21

Jeffrey Albert Zager was elected as member at Neal and Harwell. Previously he clerked for a judge on U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee before joining the firm in 2015. His practice includes civil litigation and appellate matters. Posted 6.10.21

Sarah Locker joins the Law firm Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin as amember. Locker previously worked with Farrar & Bates, Branstetter, Stranch, & Jennings and the 16th Judicial District Attorney General's Office. Posted 6.10.21

Lindsay Elizabeth Irving has joined Waller as partner. The new partnership class reflects the firm's efforts on diversity andf focus on  key assists hospitals, health systems, healthcare IT companies, and other clients in mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and other corporate transactions. Posted 6.10.21

 Nathan Clay Sanders has been elected partner at Neal & Harwell. Sanders joined the firm in 2016 and works on appellate matters, False Claims Act cases and other civil litigation. Posted 6.9.21

Michaela Dawn Poizner has been elected as Baker Donelson Shareholder. As a member of the Health Law Group and co-leader of the Behavioral Health Initiative, Michaela assists clients in buying and selling health care assets and guides them through matters ranging from privacy and security concerns and fraud and abuse analysis to development of policies and procedures and navigation of licensure and Medicare enrollment. Posted 4.30.21

Beau C. Creson was elected to Executive Board of Nashville Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. He will serve as Events Director, overseeing many of the organization's largest fundraising and social events of the year, including the Carbolic Smoke Ball, Race Judicata and Arts Immersion. Posted 2.15.21

Amy BowersAmy M. Bowers has joined Carlton Fields as an associate in Miami. She is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation Practice. Posted 9.23.20


 James Danly was sworn in as a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) by Judge Danny J. Boggs of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Danly, who up to now had been serving as general counsel to FERC, is serving a Commission term that ends June 30, 2023. Posted 9.23.20

Colin Ferguson has been elected member at Dickinson Wright. Read more herePosted 3.31.20

Vincent “Trey” Tumminello III has been elected Partner at the law firm of Taylor Porter in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Tumminello practices primarily in the areas of commercial transactions, sports law, and real estate. Posted 3.20.20

Eric Yeager has been named partner at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago. Posted 12.12.19

James Danly was nominated to be a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by President Trump. Read more herePosted 12.10.19

Carla Martin has joined Faegre Baker Daniel as an associate in their Denver.  Posted 7.18.19

Yaw Temeng joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington D.C. as an associate in the energy transaction group.  Posted 10.09.18

Wyatt Sassman joins Denver Law’s Environmental Law Clinic as an assistant professor. Read more:  Posted 09.20.18

Casey L. Miller , has been selected for the 2019 class of the Nashville Bar Foundation (NBF) Leadership Forum.  Read more:  Posted 9.7.18

G. Beau Cooper Creson, announces his engagement to Caroline Leigh Eley. They are attorneys at Butler Snow.  The couple lives in Nashville, where they will exchange vows October 6.  Posted 8.13.18

Julie M. Latsko has joined Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld as an associate. She joins the firm’s litigation group in the Philadelphia office. Posted 6.28.18

Joanna G. Morrison has joined Schiff Hardin as an associate in the firm’s Chicago office. She is practicing in the firm’s private clients, trust and estates practice group. Posted 6.28.18

Kristin Rexroat has been promoted to partner at The Chartwell Law Office in New York, where she represents self-injured employers, insurance carriers and third-party administrators. Posted 5.30.2018

Shane Valenzi joined Eckert Seamans in Pittsburgh as a commercial litigation associate. Shane previously practiced with Farneth Tomosovich in Pittsburgh. Posted 2.16.18

Joel Slater joined Oldfield Myers Apke & Payne Law Group as shareholder. Joel administers trusts and estates for the law group. He began working at Oldfield Myers Apke & Payne Law Group in August 2013. Posted 1.15.18

James P. Danly has been named General Counsel of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. James comes to the Commission from the energy regulation and litigation group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom. Prior to that, he served as law clerk to Judge Danny Boggs at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Posted 9.20.17

Erin Reimer has joined DLA Piper as an associate in their Baltimore office. Previously, Erin was an associate at Dechert in the firm’s Philadelphia office. Posted 8.1.17

Scott Friedman has joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld as an associate in the firm's labor & employment group. He is based in the firm's Houston, Texas office. Posted 6.22.17

Greg Robinson has joined Keating Muething & Klekamp in Cincinnati as an associate in the firm’s labor & employment group. Posted 3.22.17

Tumminello Vincent “Trey” Tumminello was ranked among the Louisiana Rising Stars for 2017 by Super Lawyers in Bankruptcy Law. Trey is an associate at Taylor Porter in Baton Rouge. Posted 1.20.17




Timothy Van Hal has joined Bass Berry Sims in Nashville as an associate. Previously, Timothy practiced at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Frankfurt, Germany. Posted 1.19.17 

Nathan Sanders (BA’10)has joined Neal & Harwell in Nashville as an associate. He previously practiced at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York City. Posted 8.23.16

Moore Matthew David Moore (BA’10) married Kimberly Elyse Herald (BS’11) April 9, 2016 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Matthew is an attorney at Smith, Gambrell, and Russel in Atlanta and Kimberly is a senior underwriter at Chubb in Atlanta. Posted 7.25.16




Lindsey Taylor Millman joined Quarles & Brady's Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group. Lindsey previously served as general legal counsel for a real estate investment company, where she advised on general commercial litigation matters. Posted 3.08.16

Robert Francis Compton Perry (MBA’13) has joined XMi Holdings, Inc. a Nashville-based diversified management company, as executive vice president and corporate counsel in January 2016. Bobby joins SMi from Woodmont Investment Counsel where he served as vice president since 2013. Prior to attending Vanderbilt, he was a senior analyst at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital. Posted 1.27.16

Jeffrey A. Zager has joined Nashville based law firm Neal & Harwell as an associate.  His practice will focus on complex litigation, plaintiff’s rights and medical malpractice. Prior to joining Neal & Harwell, Zager served as a law clerk for the Honorable William J. Haynes, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee and the Honorable Thomas W. Brothers of the Davidson County Circuit Court. Posted 12.4.15

Joanna G. Morrison joined Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn as an associate in the firm's Bloomfield Hills, Michigan office. Joanna is a corporate attorney focusing her practice on trust and estate administration matters. Posted 12.4.15

Yaw Tutu Temeng is an associate with Wiley Rein in Washington, D.C. His practice is focused primarily on corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, financings, restructurings and other general corporate matters. Posted 8.3.15

Casey Leigh Miller has joined the Nashville, Tennessee office of Bradley Arant Boult & Cummings as a litigation associate. She was previously an associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in New York. 7.8.15

Sarah L. Reist was recently named one of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys under 40 by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys. Sarah practices with Reist & Maples in Nashville, Tennessee, a full-service family law and criminal defense firm. Posted 7.8.15

Sarah Lucille Blood has joined the Nashville, Tennessee firm Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin as an associate in their litigation section. Her practice is focused in the areas of insurance defense, municipal liability, defense, civil rights defense, police liability defense, governmental tort liability defense, employment law, employment discrimination, and real estate. Posted 4.26.15

Shane Donovan Valenzi has been named an attorney at Carmen D. Caruso Law Firm in Chicago. Posted 1.26.15

Nicholas Ryan Barry has joined the law firm Stites & Harbison in their creditors’ rights and bankruptcy service 0group.  Posted 11.19.14

Marina Visan has joined Carson & Noel in Seattle. She was previously an associate with Miller & Martin. Posted 5.17.15

Hunter BranstetterHunter Coleman Branstetter has joined the law firm of Sherrard & Roe as an associate in the firm’s litigation practice group. Before joining Sherrard & Roe, Hunter served as a law clerk to the Honorable Bernice B. Donald of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Posted 10.17.14




Tracy Robb Hancock (BS EN '10) married Eleanor Marie Slovick (BS PB '11; MEd. PB '12) in June in Kansas City. The couple met at Vanderbilt as members of VU's marching band. Tracy received his J.D. from Vanderbilt and now practices at Bryan Cave. Tracy and Eleanor live in Prairie Village, Kansas. Posted 7.18.2014

Meihui Xiao, an associate in Goldberg Segalla's Business and Commercial Practice Group, has been admitted to the New York State Bar. Ms. Xiao's international law and commercial and business experience includes performing an internship with Jun He law firm in China, where she handled mergers and acquisitions and an externship with the International Bar Association in London. Before attending law school, Ms. Xiao worked for over two years with SK Group in South Korea, developing and implementing executive overseas training programs. Posted 7.16.14

Sam Beutler's 2013 Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law article, "The New World of Mobile Communication: Redefining the Scope of Warrantless Cell Phone Searches Incident to Arrest," was cited in two separate Amici Curiae briefs petitioning for Writ of Certiorari to the Supreme Court in the case of U.S. v. Wurie, which was decided by the Supreme Court June 25. The case addressed the issue of whether the Fourth Amendment permits the police, without obtaining a warrant, to review the call log of a cellphone found on a person who has been legally arrested. Sam is an associate in Bass Berry Sims' Corporate and Business Securities Practice Group. Posted 7.16.14

Emelia ShortEmelia Genoa Short has been admitted to the New York State Bar. She is a member of the estates and trust practice group in Hodgson Russ's Buffalo, New York, office. Posted 2.14.14




TaCara Denise Harris (BA'10)
has joined Baker Donelson's Nashville, Tennessee, office as an associate in the advocacy department. Posted 1.14.14

Michaela Dawn Poizner has joined the Nashville, Tennessee, office of Baker Donelson as an associate in the health law group. Posted 1.14.14

Angela Lee Bergman, Samuel John Hershey Beutler, William Reed Peeples, Amy Evelyn Sanders, and Emily Jane Whipple have joined Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville. Posted 1.14.13

Jordan Abramson Jordan B. Abramson has joined the Denver, Colorado, office of Faegre Baker Daniels as an associate in the firm's real estate group. Posted 12.13.13




Lindsay Elizabeth Jacques
has joined Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis's Nashville, Tennessee, office as an associate. Posted 12.13.13

Robert Francis Compton Perry (MBA'13), a former fixed-income analyst at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital, has joined Woodmont Investment Counsel as vice president. Posted 11.25.13

Joel Andrew Slater has joined LeFevre Oldfield Myers Apke & Payne Law Group. Joel will concentrate his practice in the areas of probate, estate and trust administration, estate planning, estate litigation, and oil and gas law. Posted 11.25.13

Donnell Bell Donnell Joseph Bell has joined the Cincinnati, Ohio, office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister as an associate in the firm's litigation practice group. Posted 11.7.13




Melanie Carol Erb (BA'09) is engaged to William Runge (BE'09). Melanie works for UNC Healthcare and William is attending medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They are planning a summer 2014 wedding. Posted 11.7.13

Jessica Anne Hatcher has joined the Mobile, Alabama, office of Hand Arrendall as an associate in the firm's business section and real estate, land use and timber practice group. Posted 11.7.13


Marina Visan has recently joined the litigation practice of Miller & Martin's Chattanooga office. Marina represents and counsels individuals and companies in ERISA and general litigation matters. Posted 10.21.13


Frances Kammeraad
has joined the law office of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein as an associate in the firm's Charlotte office. Francie focuses her practice on commercial real estate and financing transactions. Posted 10.10.13

Wendy Wright has joined the Charlotte office of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein as an associate. Wendy focuses her practice on resolving legal, regulatory and business issues affecting professionals and organizations in the health care industry. Posted 10.10.13