Six Dodson Parker Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America® 2024; 18 Firm Practice Areas Represented
Six lawyers from the firm were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024. The attorneys are recognized for their work in 18 practice areas.
Margaret Behm has been named 2024 Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in Nashville for her work in Non-Profit/ Charities Law, and is also recognized in the following areas:
- Commercial Litigation
- Corporate Law
- Employment Law – Individuals
- Employment Law – Management
- Litigation – Labor and Employment
- Municipal Law
- Nonprofit / Charities Law
Michael Bressman, named in the publication since 2018, is currently recognized for his work in Art Law, Information Technology Law, Nonprofit/ Charities Law, and Trademark Law.
Donald Capparella has been selected for inclusion in the publication since 2013, and is currently recognized in the areas of Appellate Practice, Insurance Law, and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs.
Harlan Dodson has been named to the Best Lawyers® publication since 2013, and is currently recognized for his work in the following categories:
- Nonprofit/ charities Law
- Corporate Law
- Litigation – Trusts and Estates
- Real Estate Law
- Trusts and Estates
- Commercial Transactions/ UCC Law
Paul S. Parker, recognized since 2020, is named in the publication for his work in the areas of Tax Law and Trusts and Estates.
Tyler C. Yarbro, has been selected for inclusion in the publication since 2016, and is currently recognized in the following fields:
- Employment Law – Individuals
- Employment Law – Management
- Litigation – Labor & Employment
- Litigation – Trusts & Estates
Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become regarded as one of the definitive guides to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers® is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers® “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”
Margaret Behm, longtime board and executive committee member of the Nashville Sports Council and two-term board member of the Metropolitan Sports Authority, speaks with the Nashville Post about the ongoing efforts to bring a women’s professional sports team to Nashville, the benefits for the city, and what has to happen to make this a reality. To read the full article click here.
Dodson Parker Behm and Capparella, PC is pleased to announce that three of the firm’s lawyers are included among the Nashville Business Journal’s 2023 “Best of the Bar.” Attorneys are selected for this annual list by their peers.
- Margaret Behm was selected in the field of Labor and Employment. In addition to her employment work, Behm represents clients in matters related to municipal law, estate planning, and business.
- Tyler Chance Yarbro was honored in the Litigation and Dispute category. She has extensive experience in courtroom advocacy, and handles a wide range of matters, including employment, probate, commercial, and criminal defense litigation.
- Donald Capparella was also named in the Litigation and Dispute category. Focusing his practice on litigation and appeals, Capparella is regularly called upon to handle complex matters including construction defects, business disputes, personal injury, and insurance disputes at the trial and appellate level.
Each attorney above has been named previously to the list, and firm attorneys have been named to the Nashville Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” List for more than ten consecutive years.
The Women’s Political Collaborative of Tennessee celebrated “50 Years of Action” with an event hosted at the Woolworth Theater on June 28th. Judge Barbara Haynes, Nashville’s first woman General Sessions Judge and co-founder of the Lawyers Association for Women, will be remembered for years to come with the WPC’s Barbara Haynes Lifetime Achievement Award. This year, Margaret Behm was honored as the first recipient of this award as someone who, like Judge Haynes, lifts up other women and helps them succeed. Margaret is pictured alongside Judge Walter Kurtz and Chancellor Ellen Lyle.
On May 24, 2023, the Tennessee Supreme Court released their ninth annual recognition of attorneys and law firms that have devoted significant time to provide pro bono services to those who cannot afford legal representation and to improve the legal community. Each attorney at Dodson Parker Behm and Capparella, PC was recognized individually as an “Attorney for Justice” for 2022, signifying that each of those attorneys performed at least fifty hours of pro bono legal services in the past year. The law firm was also honored, now for the ninth year in a row, for its firm-wide pro bono efforts.
We are proud to stand with lawyers and law students across the state who are working to expand access to justice.
DPBC’s Margaret Behm and Tyler Chance Yarbro have been named to the Nashville Post’s “In Charge 2023: Legal” List. Since 2010, the Nashville-based business publication has compiled a list of what it terms “Nashville’s most influential people,” recognizing the top business, political, and civic leaders in the Nashville area.
The 2023 publication cites Behm’s efforts to bring a women’s professional sports team to Nashville. Behm and Yarbro are both recognized for their work founding Tennessee Freedom Circle, a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization advocating for reproductive freedom.
Michael Bressman serves as Professor of the Practice of Law at Vanderbilt Law School where he has taught a variety of courses over the last 15 years. This year, Professor Bressman received the Hall-Hartman Award honoring excellent teaching for one of the first-year sections of Contracts. He also teaches Intellectual Property and the Arts Clinic, and directs the Law School’s clerkship program.
Hall-Hartman Awards recipients are selected by students through surveys conducted by the Vanderbilt Bar Association. The Awards are named in honor of Professors Emeritus Donald J. Hall and Paul Hartman, who were both revered for their excellence in teaching.
Tyler Yarbro was a featured panelist at the University of Tennessee’s Law Symposium & CLE, “Deeply Rooted: Discussing the Aftermath of Dobbs,” on March 9. Yarbro spoke on how the abortion ban enacted after the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision has affected physicians and pregnant patients in Tennessee. Yarbro and the panel of speakers discussed the devastating impact of this law, which provides no exceptions, and the efforts of various organizations, including the Tennessee Freedom Circle, in navigating this unprecedented situation.
Women’s Political Collaborative Awards Margaret Behm with Inaugural Barbara Haynes Lifetime Achievement Award
Women’s Political Collaborative of Tennessee is celebrating “50 Years of Action” with an event hosted at the Woolworth Theater on June 28 at 5:30 pm. Judge Barbara Haynes, Nashville’s first woman General Sessions Judge and co-founder of the Lawyers Association for Women, will be remembered for years to come with the WPC’s Barbara Haynes Lifetime Achievement Award. This year, Margaret Behm is honored to be the first recipient of this award. Click here for more information.
Margaret Behm interviewed Ashley Wiltshire in celebration of the release of his book Everyday Justice: A Legal Aid Story. Wiltshire’s book explores the history of the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, highlighting the triumphs and successes of this organization, and acknowledging the work yet to be done to achieve justice for all. The non-profit law firm was founded in 1968 by eight attorneys who saw a need for marginalized and vulnerable people to be able to access legal representation to protect their rights. Harlan Dodson, who attended the event, said, “It was wonderful to hear the stories from the lawyers who took something thought to be impossible and made it normal. Against great opposition they have managed to build this organization of experienced and talented lawyers who have this main goal of providing legal services to those who otherwise couldn’t obtain them.” You can purchase a copy of the book here. Pictured below is Margaret Behm with Ashley Wiltshire and Judge Walter Kurtz, former Director of the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands.