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Donald Capparella and Kimberly Macdonald served as co-counsel alongside attorney Sean Martin in an appeal of the dismissal of a defendant in a wrongful death case. The driver who collided with the plaintiff’s vehicle, killing her, was both the son and the employee of the dismissed defendant. A Rutherford County Judge granted the father/employer defendant summary judgment, dismissing all claims against him. On appeal, counsel argued that the trial court erred when dismissing the claims of vicarious liability against the father/employer defendant. The Court of Appeals of Tennessee agreed with the plaintiff on all counts, reversing the trial court’s dismissal of the father/employer defendant and remanding for further proceedings.
The Tennessee Supreme Court held its inaugural virtual oral argument session on May 19, 2020. The oral arguments, held via Zoom and bringing together Justices and counsel from across the state, were live-streamed on YouTube. DPBC’s Donald Capparella was counsel for the first case on the docket, representing a woman seeking recovery on behalf of her husband, who developed mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos when removing insulation, gaskets, and packing from industrial equipment at his workplace.
The lawyers at Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella, PC have complied a collection of materials to address common concerns related to the current pandemic. Our publications page has several fact sheets that you can download, addressing matters such as insurance, employment law, tax matters, retirement accounts, and contract law.
We also continue to update our blog with pandemic-related articles, and we have launched a series of newsletters to keep clients apprised of developments in the law. If you’d like to be added to our newsletter list, please contact us.
First published in 1983, The Best Lawyers in America have used a peer nomination and review process to determine which lawyers they would like to recognize in different areas of law. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.” These lawyers are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during peer-review assessments.
Best Lawyers® has awarded Donald Capparella “Lawyer of the Year” in the fields of Appellate Practice and Insurance Law in past years.
In addition to the Lawyer of the Year award, Donald Capparella was also listed in the 2020 Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Appellate Practice and Insurance Law.
Donald Capparella has over 30 years of experience in handling complex litigation in state and federal courts. In addition to his experience in personal injury litigation, Mr. Capparella has handled over 400 appeals in state and federal courts.
Business operations will continue and attorneys will be available to assist clients with their needs. In an effort to combat the spread of the virus, we will be following the recommendations of the WHO, CDC, and Governor Bill Lee by limiting business travel and practicing social distancing. Our office will have limited attorneys in the office, while other attorneys will work remotely. One staff member will be in the office to answer the phones and assist clients as needed from 9:00-4:00 each weekday. We are fully equipped and prepared to provide for all our clients’ needs without being in the office. If you need any assistance, do not hesitate to call the office or email the staff member or attorney you need. All staff and attorneys will be available by email during our regular business hours.
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