Five DPBC Attorneys Included in Nashville Business Journal’s “2024 Best of the Bar”

Dodson Parker Behm and Capparella is pleased to have five lawyers included among the Nashville Business Journal’s 2024 “Best of the Bar.” The annual list is compiled through nomination, and attorneys are selected by their peers for inclusion.

  • Harlan Dodson is the founder and co-author of Introduction to Estate Planning and Administration in Tennessee. He also counsels businesses on matters ranging from startup and formation through business succession planning.
  • Margaret Behm represents clients in matters related to employment law, municipal law, estate planning, non-profit and business law.
  • Donald Capparella is a preeminent appellate lawyer in Tennessee, having served as counsel in more than 400 appeals in state and federal courts. Relying on  is experience trying over 150 cases, Capparella also regularly consults on trial matters.
  • Tyler Chance Yarbro began her legal career as a public defender and has extensive experience in courtroom advocacy. She is involved in a wide range of litigation matters, including employment, probate, and criminal law.
  • Paul S. Parker advises business owners, allowing them to reap the benefits of his expertise on tax law and business matters. He also enjoys a vigorous estate planning practice and provides tax and trust expertise to individual and institutional clients, including corporations, business owners, charitable institutions and private foundations.

Dodson Parker Behm and Capparella is pleased to have five lawyers included among the Nashville Business Journal’s 2024 “Best of the Bar.” The annual list is compiled through nomination, and attorneys are selected by their peers for inclusion.

Paul S. Parker Awarded NBI’s 2023 Outstanding Faculty Award

Paul S. Parker has been honored as a recipient of the 2023 Outstanding Faculty Award by National Business Institute. NBI is a leader in continuing legal education seminars for legal professionals. Parker is a frequent presenter on tax and probate issues in Tennessee and most recently joined other NBI faculty to present a program entitled Tennessee Probate Process from Start to Finish (available on demand), which provides a comprehensive overview of the entire probate process. Parker’s presentation, “Tax Reporting and Post-Mortem Tax Matters,” covers tax requirements and considerations that arise in the probate process.

In selecting Parker for this award, NBI considered many factors, including the quantity and quality of his presentations and the course evaluations submitted by the participants completing his courses.

Tyler Yarbro Named to Nashville Posts “In Charge 2024: Legal” List

Tyler Chance Yarbro, Managing Partner of DPBC, has been named to Nashville Post’s “In Charge 2024 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 publication cites Yarbro’s work as a litigator in employment, personal injury, and criminal law, and recognizes her efforts with founding the Tennessee Freedom Circle, a non-profit organization advocating for reproductive freedom.

Behm Continues to Champion Women’s Sports in Nashville

Margaret Behm pens a guest column for The Tennessean highlighting the economic and societal impact of the 2014 Women’s Final Four. With women’s sports at an all-time high in the public consciousness, Nashville’s history with women’s basketball, and a new Titans’ stadium in place, she declares that Nashville is the perfect place to have the first Women’s Final Four in a stadium with over 60,000 seats. Read the full column here.

Tyler Yarbro Quoted in Article Discussing Pending Legislation

Following the Dobbs decision and the enactment of Tennessee’s abortion ban, Tennessee legislators filed a bill seeking clarification that the state’s strict abortion laws do not prohibit contraceptives or fertility treatments, including in vitro fertilization. After the Alabama Supreme Court’s recent ruling that frozen embryos are considered children under the state’s wrongful death statute, this proposed legislation has garnered attention. To read what Yarbro had to say about the proposed legislation click here.

Ready to Read: The Classic Handbook on Appellate Advocacy

Mark Twain defined a “classic” as: “something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.”

The “classic” book on appellate practice, 13th edition, has just been published, and it is worth reading.  At least it could be helpful if you have an appeal.

I had the privilege of serving as Editor-in-Chief of Tennessee’s only Appellate Practice Handbook, titled Appellate Advocacy: A Handbook on Appellate Practice in Tennessee, published by Nashville Bar Association.   Members of the Nashville Bar Association as well as the general public can download this edition for free from the NBA website, or by clicking here.

My sincere thanks goes to the Nashville Bar Association for publishing this Handbook, and to the assistant editors, Jacob A. Vanzin, William T. Owen, and William Allensworth, for their work with me in producing this latest edition. This Handbook provides a thorough procedural framework for not only the appellate practitioner, but any attorney who needs to solidify their understanding of the appellate process to better serve their clients. We sincerely hope that our colleagues in all fields of the law find the Handbook useful and informative.

Appellate Advocacy: A Handbook on Appellate Practice in Tennessee, 13th Edition Now Available

The Nashville Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Committee has published the thirteenth edition of Appellate Advocacy:  A Handbook on Appellate Practice in Tennessee.  The Handbook, available at no cost here, provides novice and experienced litigators helpful tips and analysis on practicing in the state’s appellate courts.

Editor in Chief, Donald Capparella of Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella, P.C., has handled over 400 appeals in state and federal courts. Assistant editors are Jacob A. Vanzin, William T. Owen, and William Allensworth.

Tyler Yarbro Participates in Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum

Yarbro participated in a “round robin” discussion on Leadership and Service for the Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum. Other participants in the discussion were Sharon Roberson of the YWCA, Alfred Degrafinreid of Leadership Nashville, and Dannelle Whiteside of Austin Peay State University. The NBFLF is a leadership program for attorneys in Nashville who have been practicing between three and eight years, designed to bring together emerging leaders to participate in monthly workshops over the course of nine months. This month’s workshop focused on Public and Legislative Service.


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