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Class Notes are posted in the order they were received, with the newest posts at the top of the page.

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Joseph Williams, currently Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s office director of external affairs, will assume the chief of staff role at the end of the year. Posted 11.16.21

Andrew Stephen Bauer of Dawsonville, GA, passed away unexpectedly on January 4th, 2021, at only 35 years old. He was an active member of the Chestatee Seventh-day Adventist church in Dawsonville.  Andrew was a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School and was Corporate Counsel with Birla Carbon in Marietta, GA. Read his full obituary here. Posted 6.10.21

Jonathan Wu and his wife, Gentra, welcomed a new baby boy, Valone Wu on 2/2/21. Posted 2.12.21

Vigdis Sigurdardottir (LLM'14) is working on the legal staff at the Icelandic Data Protection Authority. Posted 12.2.20

Mikhal Wright was added as an associate to Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman and Goggin. Posted 10.14.20

Mary Fletcher Sherrill King and Seth Benjamin Mullikin were married in Savannah, Georgia on June 6, 2020. Posted 10.9.20

Waylon Bryson joined Kilpatrick Townsend as an associate in their Raleigh office. Posted 9.23.20

Kyle Robisch has joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in their Tampa office as an associate in the Litigation Practice Group. Read more here. Posted 9.23.20

Amanda Nguyen has been promoted to Vice President, Government Affairs & Legal at Fragrance Creators. Read more herePosted 4.2.20

Jeremy Cain was named a recipient of the 2020 Law360 Distinguished Legal Writing Award. Read more herePosted 3.3.20

Jessica Nwokocha joined Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton in their Atlanta office as an Associate on the Government Enforcement & Investigations Team in the firm’s Litigation Department. She will focus her practice on representing both corporations and individuals in white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, and government enforcement matters.  Posted 7.18.2018

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Daniel Zachary Kay and Avery Sophia Daley McNeil were married June 29 at Willow Ridge Farm in Putnam Valley, N.Y. David E. McCraw, the deputy general counsel at The New York Times who became a Universal Life minister for the occasion, officiated.  The couple are each criminal defense lawyers at the Bronx Defenders in the South Bronx, a nonprofit organization that provides free legal representation. She is also the specialist in alternatives to incarceration, and he also supervises and trains new lawyers.  Posted 7.18.19

Will Marks  has joined Paul Weiss Rifkin Wharton & Garrison in Washington, D.C., as an associate.  Posted 5.8.19

Jessica Nwokocha has joined Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton in Atlanta as an associate focusing on government enforcement and investigations. Posted 5.8.19

Brooke McLeod Coplon has joined the Wiseman Ashworth Law Group in Nashville as an associate. Brooke previously practiced at Howell & Fisher.  Posted 5.8.19

Leigh Richie has joined the Office of the Illinois Governor as an associate general counsel. Leigh previously worked as an assistant attorney general in the public interest division of Illinois Attorney General’s Office.  Posted 4.30.19

Kelly Xueying Wang has joined Allen & Overy in Beijing, China, as a corporate associate. She previously practiced with Kng & Wood Mallesons in Beijing.  Posted 4.30.19

David Staab finished 6th in his class (ND1) at the Global Mazda MX-5 Cup in Birmingham, AL. You can read more about David’s unique hobby at:  Posted 4.9.19

Michael Denci joined Blank Rome as an associate in the Real Estate group in their New York office. He concentrates his practice on commercial real estate finance where he represents insurance companies, major investment banks, conduit lenders, and other financial institutions in the structuring and origination of commercial mortgage and mezzanine loans.  Posted 2.11.19

Erin Frankrone Merrick

Erin Frankrone Merrick has joined the administration of Tennessee Governor Bill Lee as Deputy Counsel to the Governor. Posted 2.11.19




Elizabeth W. ​Moreton has joined Butler Snow in the firm’s Nashville office. She will practice with their commercial litigation group.  Posted 1.24.19

Tom Cox Thomas W. Cox has joined Atlanta firm, MendenFreiman, as an associate attorney in its   business law and outside general counsel practice areas.  Posted 9.05.2018 




Andrew Solinger has joined Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis in the firm’s Nashville office. Posted 6.28.2019

ReebaReeba Hartley-Belle has joined Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel as an associate in the firm’s Miami office. She focuses her practice on the defense of personal injury and wrongful death claims, premises liability, product liability, negligent security, and complex business disputes. Posted 6.28.18


Nina Bergmar has joined Burr & Forman as an associate in the labor and employment practice group. She will practice in the firm’s Atlanta office. Posted 6.28.18

 Elise McKelvey is an associate in Littler Mendelson’s Nashville office. Posted 4.24.18

Rachel Stone has joined Fisher Phillips as an associate in the firm’s Philadelphia office. Posted 1.15.18

Bergmar Nina Maja Bergmarhas joined Stites & Harbison in the firm’s Atlanta office in their employment law service group. Posted 3.22.17





April Knoxis an associate at Littler Mendelson in Nashville. Posted 2.21.17

Cameron Norris will serve as law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court for the term beginning in October 2017. Cameron is an associate at Consovoy McCarthy Park in Arlington, Virginia, which he joined after serving as a law clerk for Judge William H. Pryor Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in 2015-16 and for Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 2014-15. Posted 9.22.16

Caroline Cecot Caroline Cecot (PHD’14) accepted a position as a tenure-track assistant professor of law at George Mason (recently renamed in honor of Justice Scalia), beginning in Fall 2017. During the 2016-17 academic year, she will serve as a Legal Fellow at the Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU. 



Mary Fletcher King

Mary Fletcher Sherrill King joined Charlotte-based Johnston, Allison & Hord in the firm’s litigation group. Posted 1.27.16




James Daniel Feltham is an associate in the Birmingham, Alabama office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings. He advises public and private clients on a broad range of business issues, including mergers and acquisitions, business entity formation, private equity and venture capital transactions, corporate reorganizations, financing transactions, and securities offerings. Posted 12.4.15

Marshall Thomas McFarland is an associate with Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin in Nashville. His practice involves commercial litigation in the areas of business torts, breach of contract claims and real estate.  Previously, he was a judicial clerk for Davidson County 6th Circuit Court Thomas Brothers. Posted 12.4.15

Ashley Lauren Thomas (MED’11) joined Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, the largest health care-focused law firm in the nation. Ashley is in the Indianapolis office where she focuses her practice in the area of health care law with a focus on hospital and health system matters, regulatory and compliance issues, corporate transactions and hospital/physician alignment. She is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys & American Telemedicine Association. Posted 12.4.15

Andrea Jane Sinclair has joined the Nashville, Tennessee based law firm Sherrard & Roe as an associate. She will focus her practice on trust and estates and litigation. Andrea was previously a judicial law clerk for the Honorable W. Neal McBrayer, Tennessee Court of Appeals. Posted 9.17.15

Jeffrey William Sheehan (BMUS’01, MA’06, PhD’08) has joined the Nashville, Tennessee office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings as an appellate litigation associate. Posted 9.17.15

Lauren Marie Sullivan was recently married to Grant Parker Everett in Saddle River, New Jersey. Lauren is a corporate associate with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in the firm’s New York office. Posted 7.8.15

Elizabeth Fleming Wise has joined the Columbus, Georgia office of Hatcher, Stubbs, Land, Hollis & Rothschild. Her practice will focus on employment law and litigation, corporate and municipal litigation and general civil litigation. Posted 4.26.15

Emma Chase Bellamy has joined Pepper & Brothers in Nashville, Tennessee, as an associate. Her practice will focus on commercial litigation and business transactions. Posted 3.24.15

Caitlin Donley Buckstaff has joined the law firm of Levine & Levine as an associate. She is practicing business law and estate planning at the firm in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  Posted 2.25.15

Kimberly Ann Smith Kimberly Ann Smith has joined Bish Butler & Thompson as an associate attorney in their Bryan, Ohio office. Kim will assist clients in matters involving real estate, probate and estate planning, construction law, business law, and general civil practice. Posted 2.18.15





James Patrick Urban has joined Nashville-based entertainment law firm DeSalvo & Levine as an associate. James interned for the judges of the Circuit Court for the 21st Judicial District of Tennessee and The Honorable William C. Koch (’72)Posted 1.26.15

Benjamin Hunter Southard has joined the Nashville office of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough. Ben focuses on corporate law. Posted 12.10.14

Adrienne Elizabeth Coronado has joined Bass Berry Sims as an association in the litigation & dispute resolution practice group. She focuses on representing clients in business disputes and breach of contract disputes. Posted 12.9.14

Yixing Molony (BA'12) has joined Frost Brown Todd’s corporate/ business practice group in Nashville. Posted 12.9.14

Jacob Jon SchumerJacob Jon Schumer and Mikhal Oronde Wright both recently joined the Public Defender’s Mikhal Oronde WrightOffice for the Ninth Judicial Circuit in Florida. The office has the second highest caseload of Florida’s 20 public defender’s offices, and it handles more than 60,000 cases annually. Posted 12.9.14





Jamie Brown is an associate with Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville, Tennessee. Posted 5.17.15

Lauren Elizabeth Smith has joined the law firm Dinsmore & Shohl as an associate in the firm’s corporate department. Before joining the firm, Lauren interned in the Fayette County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs in the U.S. Department of State, and the Kentucky Governor’s Office. Posted 10.22.14

Matthew Philip Downer won the 2014 Gellhorn-Sargentich writing competition sponsored by the American Bar Association's Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. Posted 10.17.14

Jonathan P. Hoffmann  has joined the financial industries section in the Birmingham office of Balch & Bingham. Posted 10.17.14

Holly Virginia Rhea has joined the Commercial Litigation practice group with the Nashville office of Burr & Forman. Posted 10.1.14