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VOL. 36 | NO. 20 | Friday, May 18, 2012




‘Waller’ has new name, group leaders

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Nashville’s oldest law firm has a new name. Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, launched in 1905, is now known as simply Waller.

“This is an important entry in the history of our firm,” says John Tishler, chairman of Waller. “Our new brand builds on Waller’s legacy by further emphasizing the values we’ve cherished since 1905, such as deep appreciation and caring for our clients, our community and our colleagues here at the firm. Our new brand respects this history while embodying who we are today.”

The firm has been known throughout the business community as “Waller” for many years, so the decision to introduce the new name is more of a progression than a change, Greene says.

Waller, which has about 200 attorneys operating out of its headquarters in Nashville and an office in Birmingham, was founded as a two-man operation and has been involved in countless historical events, including representing the defendant in the Scopes “Monkey Trial,” handling the initial structure for Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) and subsequent IPOs, and playing an instrumental role in the NFL’s Tennessee Titans move to the state.

New leaders and deputy leaders for practice groups are:

  • Corporate: James H. Nixon III, practice group leader; David C. Head, deputy practice group leader
  • Finance & Restructuring: Katie Grainer Stenberg, practice group leader
  • Real Estate: Rebekah Ellen Fisher, deputy practice group leader
  • Tax: Richard A. Johnson, co-practice group leader; Sean M. Sullivan, deputy practice group leader
  • Trial & Appellate: Heather J. Hubbard, deputy practice group leader

Former Orbitz VP is edo’s new CTO

edo, which creates personalized card-linked offers, has named Jeff Sippel its chief technology officer.

Sippel will oversee the strategy, planning and execution of the systems that power edo’s card-linked offer platform. Sippel brings to edo more than 15 years leading software product development strategy and operations for major global brands.

Prior to joining edo, Sippel served as vice president of engineering and vice president of product strategy at Orbitz Worldwide, where he transformed IT operations and developed long-term strategies for product marketing and distribution.

Prior to these roles, Sippel served as the company’s senior director of technology, responsible for the technical strategy and direction of the hotel systems that powered websites such as Orbitz.com, Cheaptickets.com and eBookers.com. He was also one of the initial developers of the Orbitz hotel and private label systems.

Simmons elected chair of Lex Mundi

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC managing partner Keith Simmons has been elected chair of the board of directors of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms with 160 firms of more than 21,000 lawyers in 120 different countries.

There is a Lex Mundi firm in each state of the United States, each province of Canada, and in each commercially developed country of the world. Bass, Berry & Sims is the Lex Mundi member firm for Tennessee.

Simmons will lead a 16-member board of directors composed of representatives of member firms from around the world. Simmons succeeds Simon Truskett of Clayton Utz, the member firm for Australia.

Simmons has been the managing partner of Bass, Berry & Sims since 1995. He will step down as managing partner at the end of 2012 and be succeeded by Todd Rolapp, currently the head of the firm’s Corporate and Securities Practice Group.

Midstate physicians named TMA officers

Michel A. McDonald, MD, Yasmine S. Ali, MD, MSCI, FACC, FACP, both of Nashville, and Omar L. Hamada, MD, of Brentwood, are among newly elected officers of the Tennessee Medical Association.

McDonald was elected to the TMA Board of Trustees, which is responsible for the implementation and direction of association activities between sessions of the House of Delegates, the TMA’s governing body.

Currently the president of the Nashville Academy of Medicine, McDonald is a 2008 graduate of the TMA Physician Leadership College and a former Young Physician Section (YPS) delegate to the TMA. She also served as president of the Tennessee Dermatology Society. She is director of cosmetic dermatologic surgery and assistant professor of medicine and dermatology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Ali was elected chair of the Young Physician Section and YPS representative to the TMA Board of Trustees. Board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease, Ali is president of Nashville Preventive Cardiology, PLLC, and an assistant clinical professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She serves as chief editor of the Atherosclerosis section (Medscape Reference) at WebMD, and is a former director of Preventive Cardiology and director of Echocardiography at Meharry Medical College, and a former cardiologist at Nashville Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Hamada was elected to the TMA Judicial Council, which investigates matters of alleged improper conduct by TMA members and helps component medical societies maintain viability in their regions.

Board certified in obstetrics & gynecology and in family medicine and board eligible in sports medicine, Hamada is a 2011 graduate of the TMA Physician Leadership College.

Rothburg joins Fridrich, Pinson

Adam Rothberg has joined the locally owned firm of Fridrich, Pinson & Rothberg Insurance Agency as a Property/CasualtyProducer.

Rothburg attended University School of Nashville and Battle Ground Academy. He received his B.A. from DePaul University and spent several years in Chicago as a technical recruiter in the IT field. His insurance career started upon his returned to Nashville in 2010. He now joins his father, Jamie Rothberg, a principal at FP&R.

Document Solutions adds two to team

Document Solutions, Inc. (DSi), a Nashville-based litigation support, e-discovery and digital forensics company, has added Christopher Carson and Dustin Halstead to its development team.

Halstead comes to DSi from Clarksville Gas & Water, where he served as a project manager and systems analyst in charge of the utility’s database and network. He has experience in several scripting languages and server management platforms as well as data analysis and assessment. He holds dual degrees in business management and accounting.

Before joining DSi, Carson worked in the banking industry. His experience includes network troubleshooting and project management. He is also skilled in various Microsoft languages and completed his Windows Developer 4 MCPD on Microsoft Visual Studio. He holds a degree in financial management.

Andrews joins Sperry’s as event manager

Sperry’s Restaurant has hired Pamela Andrews has joined as event coordinator and manager at its Cool Springs location.

As event coordinator and manager, Andrews is responsible for coordinating all private dining parties, restaurant tastings and other events at Cool Springs, as well as scheduling all regular dining reservations at the Sperry’s Cool Springs location.

Andrews, who previously served as assistant manager at Table 3 in Nashville, has nearly eight years of restaurant experience, including seven years as assistant manager of Jonathan’s Grille of Franklin. Her restaurant management experience includes hiring, training and overseeing staff; managing staff schedules and payroll; and supervising food product inventory and quality control.

Spectrum Properties | Emery names new V.P.

Spectrum Properties | Emery, a commercial real estate company providing leasing, property management, development, brokerage services and commercial acquisitions, has promoted David Wells to vice president of the company.

Wells has most recently been responsible for the leasing of 1.5 million square feet of Class A office space in Cool Springs, in addition to the leasing and marketing efforts for 2.5 million square feet of proposed Class A office space in Cool Springs as well as the Gulch. In his role as Director of Leasing in 2011, he completely backfilled 250,000 SF of scheduled vacancies with no downtime in rent and in the process improved portfolio occupancy from 88% to 94% by the end of the year. His leasing efforts yielded 368,470 SF of new leases and 52,230 SF of renewals, totaling 420,700 SF.

These accomplishments earned Wells the NAIOP’s “Developing Broker of the Year in Nashville” award in March of 2012. In addition, he helped lead Spectrum to win CoStar’s Power Broker Award for Top Leasing Firm in the Nashville market for the second year in a row. CoStar, the largest research organization serving commercial real estate, bases the award on a firm’s overall leasing transaction volume for 2011 as measured against all commercial real estate brokers active in the Nashville area.

Wells is a native of Winston-Salem, NC and received his degree in advertising and public relations from The University of Tennessee.

Miller to lead VUMC trauma, surgical unit

Richard Miller, M.D., has been named chief of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care.

Miller, who was the division’s first fellow from 1990 to 1992, has been serving as acting chief since last July, and succeeds John Morris Jr., M.D., who founded the Trauma Center at Vanderbilt in 1984 and served as division chief from 1986 to 2011. Morris is currently associate chief of staff for Emergency and Transition Management for the Vanderbilt Health System.

The Vanderbilt Division of Trauma is the only Level 1 Trauma Center in Middle Tennessee, providing trauma care to more than 3,000 patients each year.

Miller received his medical degree from the Universidad C.E.T.E.C., Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, after completing his bachelor of arts in biology/natural sciences from the University of South Florida.

He went on to complete his residency in general surgery at Easton Hospital and Hahnemann University Hospital in Pennsylvania.

He then completed his fellowship in trauma and surgical critical care at Vanderbilt University.

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