November 2014 Law@Vanderbilt Class Notes Highlights

Oct 17, 2014


Daniel Adam Cohen ’00, 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.

Todd Robert Overman ’02, 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.

Samar Subhi Ali ’06 (BS’03) has joined Bone McAllester Norton. Prior to joining the firm, Samar worked as an assistant commissioner for international affairs in Governor Bill Haslam’s administration.

Sarah P. Jarboe ’11, an attorney with English Lucas Priest & Owsley in Bowling Green, was recently selected for the Leadership Development Program of the American Bar Association’s section of environment, energy, and resources. Sarah also serves as vice chair of the Kentucky Bar Association’s environment, energy and resources committee.

Hunter Coleman Branstetter ’13, has joined the law firm of Sherrard & Roe as an associate in the firm’s litigation practice group. Hunter previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Bernice B. Donald of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.


Jeremy Dane Ball ‘03 and his wife, Shelley Ball, announce the birth of their daughter, Dana Claire, on October 13. The family currently resides in Dandridge where Jeremy is an assistant district attorney in Tennessee’s Fourth Judicial District.

James Christopher Fox II ’05 and Elizabeth Moore Fox ’05 welcomed their child, daughter Frances Flannery Fox, on June 17. Chris is a partner at Thompson Hine, and Elizabeth is an associate in the intellectual property practice group in the Atlanta office of King & Spalding.


Fred E. Ivy Jr., Class of 1949, died on October 17. He was 91. Fred began his law practice with Nelson Norvell & Associates, which later became Nelson Norvell Wilson McRae Ivy & Sevier. He practiced law for over 50 years and was a member of the Memphis-Shelby County Bar Association as well as the Tennessee Bar Association. He is survived by his wife and 2 children.

The Hon. Fred A. Kelly III, Class of 1949, died on September 27 at the age of 93. Fred practiced law in Gallatin, Tennessee, for around 34 years and was active in his community. He served on boards at Belmont College, Sumner County Hospital, and Commerce Union Bank of Sumner County. He is survived by his three children.

Kent H. McMahan, Class of 1971, died on September 29 at the age of 68. Kent began his legal career as an attorney for the U.S. Air Force before starting his private practice at Fulbright & Jaworski in Houston, Texas. Kent served as a chair of the real estate, probate, and trust section for the State Bar of Texas and was a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Council. Kent is survived by his four children.