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Donald Capparella has been appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court to a three-year term on the Tennessee Advisory Commission on the Rules of Practice and Procedure. The Advisory Commission, formed under T.C.A. §16-3-601, reviews and makes recommendations to the Court on the rules of practice and procedure that apply in Tennessee courts. You can read the full announcement here.
Margaret Behm will be speaking on Gender Equity in Sports and Sports Law at the Lawyers’ Association for Women – Marion Griffin Chapter’s CLE on Tuesday, December 13th, 2023. The event will be held at Butler Snow in downtown, Nashville with registration beginning at 2:30. A holiday mixer and shopping event will be held after the CLE until 7:30. Click here to register or for more information.
Super Lawyer Magazine’s writer, Nancy Henderson, dives into the story of Donald Capparella and explores his past and his passions for theater and the law, that has contributed to the attorney he is today. Click the link to read the “The Shakespeare Guy.”
The firm is pleased to announce the addition of two attorneys to its roster. Jacob A. Vanzin has joined the trial and appellate litigation practice group, and Julie Downs “J.D.” Payne was added to the business services team.
Jacob A. Vanzin joined Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella in August 2022. Before joining the firm, Jacob was in private practice for almost a decade in Franklin, Tennessee. Jacob has litigated cases both large and small, where the amounts in dispute ranged from a few thousand dollars to over forty million dollars. He has served as lead appellate counsel in a number of cases and has represented criminal defendants facing charges ranging from public intoxication to first-degree murder. Jacob graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with his bachelor’s degree in history and political science, then went on to obtain his law degree, cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis. While at Washington University, Jacob was a National Quarterfinalist and 10th Place National Best Advocate in the American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition. As a litigation and appellate attorney, Jacob will represent clients in commercial litigation, real estate disputes, and appeals.
Julie Downs “J.D.” Payne has joined Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella’s business services practice group. Julie was the first graduate of the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University, with a bachelor’s degree in political science and pre-law. Julie began attending Nashville School of Law two weeks after her youngest child was born. While attending law school at night, she clerked for Chancellor Anne C. Martin, before joining Dodson Parker as a full-time law clerk under her mentor Harlan Dodson, one of the founding partners of the firm. Julie was awarded the Founder’s Award and inducted into the Honorable Society of Cooper’s Inn for holding the highest overall grade point average in her graduating class. Julie will represent clients in all aspects of estate planning and business law.
Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella Attorneys Tyler Yarbro and Margaret Behm Among Founders of Tennessee Freedom Circle to Raise Awareness and Advocate for Reproductive Freedoms
Tyler Yarbro and Margaret Behm are among a group of lawyers who have founded the Tennessee Freedom Circle, an organization that seeks to connect and educate lawyers working to advance reproductive freedoms and to empower those who want to make changes to the laws that impair the reproductive decisions of all Tennesseans. The group came together following the August 25, 2022 enactment of Tennessee’s trigger ban law, which criminalizes the act of performing an abortion.
You can read more about Tennessee Freedom Circle and the efforts of its founders, by visiting the website www.tnfreedomcircle and by following the media coverage of the organization’s launch at WPLN-News, News Channel 5, and Tennessee Lookout.
–Tyler Chance Yarbro, Managing Partner
–Harlan Dodson, Founding Partner
–Margaret L. Behm, Founding Partner