The Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission held its annual Pro Bono Summit at the Nashville Public Library on April 5. Margaret L. Behm, who was appointed by the Court to chair the inaugural Access to Justice Commission in 2009, was a featured presenter. Behm lead a break-out session for solo practitioners and local law firms, discussing ways that small firms can incorporate providing pro bono services into their case load.
Covington G. Dismukes was the featured speaker at the March 19 meeting of the Murfreesboro Estate Planning Council. She led a discussion on estate planning titled “Wow, I Didn’t Know That – What Planners and Practitioners Need to Know Today and Tomorrow.” The Council consists of Murfreesboro-area attorneys, trust advisors, and other professionals who focus on estate planning matters.
Donald Capparella was featured presenter at theTennessee Bar Association’s March 21 Tort, Insurance, and Appellate Practice Forum 2019 in Nashville. His presentation, “Appeals in Tort Litigation,” discussed current trends in tort litigation and provided lawyers with practice tips for addressing tort issues in an appellate court.
DPBC attorney Michael B. Bressman was inducted as a fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation on March 9, 2019. The NBF Fellows Program was established in 1991 as a way for the bar to honor its colleagues who have contributed significantly to the community. Devotion to service to the client and to the public interest are hallmarks of the program. Fellows are selected by their colleagues, and each class of Fellows is limited to approximately 2% of the bar in Nashville.
Bressman practices a wide variety of business law and litigation. In particular, Michael’s continued work in intellectual property and cyberspace law make him an invaluable resource for business clients navigating the ever-evolving technological landscape. Michael is listed in 2019 editions of The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Art Law, Information Technology Law, and Trademark Law.
DPBC Managing Partner Tyler Chance Yarbro has been named to the Nashville Post’s 2019 “In Charge” List. For the 10th consecutive year, the Nashville-based business publication has complied a list of what it terms “the best of the best,” recognizing the top business, political, and civil leaders in the Nashville area.
Yarbro, who assumed the role of firm Managing Partner in 2018, has been with the firm since 2010. She focuses her practice on a wide range of litigation, including employment law, commercial litigation, and criminal law.
Michael B. Bressman recently secured a win for his client in a trademark registration case in front of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. The trademark examiner refused to register a mark for BA Beef and Provision, LLC, hailing from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. In denying the registration, the examiner maintained that “BA” was primarily a geographical description and, therefore, the company could not qualify a trademark for protection under the law. Bressman, representing the company in his role as Professor of Vanderbilt Law School’s Intellectual Property and the Arts Clinic, successfully argued that the company’s mark qualified for legal protection.
The February 22, 2019 opinion, which has already been written about on Bloomberg Law, can be read in full here.
Paul S. Parker will be a featured speaker at the National Business Institute’s “Estate Planning from A to Z” seminar. The event, which will be held May 20, 2019, in Nashville, focuses on current issues in estate planning and is designed for attorneys, trust officers, accountants, financial planners, paralegals, and other tax professionals.
Parker will lead a session entitled “Basic Tax Planning and Updates” and will address new legislation and other important tax issues that must be considered when drafting wills and trusts for clients.
For more information, or to register to attend, please click here.
Parker, a frequent speaker for the National Business Institute, has been recognized multiple times by Super Lawyers® on its Annual List of Top Attorneys in the Mid-South. Parker practices in the areas of tax, estate planning, and probate.
On Tuesday, January 22, DPBC’s Margaret L. Behm moderated a discussion with author Rita P. Mitchell about her new book, “Own Your Phenomenal Self.” The discussion was part of the Nashville Public Library’s “Conversations @ NPL” Series. Click here to read the write-up by the Nashville Post and see the image gallery.
Donald Capparella traveled to West Virginia for oral arguments in the state’s highest court on January 8, 2019. The firm, along with local counsel in West Virginia, represents J.A. Street & Associates, a construction company in litigation with six different insurance companies in a dispute over coverage issues. You can read the Petitioner’s brief here.
The firm is pleased to announce the addition of two associates to its roster. Covington G. Dismukes has joined the Dodson Parker Business Services Team, and Kimberly Macdonald has been added to the Trial and Appellate Litigation Section.
Covington G. Dismukes graduated cum laude from the University of Mississippi School of Law, where she completed a concentration in Business Law that was awarded with honors. She also earned a best performance award in her Business Planning class and was selected to serve on the Dean’s Leadership Council. She was recognized by the Ole Miss Pro Bono Initiative and Clinical Programs for distinction in providing pro bono service during her time in law school.
Dismukes will focus her practice on meeting the needs of business owners, providing counsel in corporate law, business transactions, taxation, securities regulation, and nonprofit law. She also offers estate planning services, with a particular focus on young couples, families, and new business owners.
Kimberly Macdonald received her J.D. from Belmont University College of Law, where she was a submissions and transcripts editor for the Belmont Law Review. During law school, Kim worked as a research assistant for Justice Harold See, a research and teaching assistant for Professor Abbie DeBlasis, and a research assistant for Professor Deborah Farringer. She served as president of the Health Law Student Association and was selected as a member of the Health Law Transactional Moot Court Competition Team.
Macdonald will practice civil litigation in state and federal courts, including personal injury matters, contract disputes, and family law at the trial and appellate levels. A member of the Junior League, she will also continue her longstanding volunteer work for End Slavery Tennessee.