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TBA Names Connie Clark Recipient of Drowota Award; Behm Quoted on Selection

Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Connie Clark has been named the recipient of the Tennessee Bar Association’s prestigious Justice Frank F. Drowota III Award.  It is the organization’s highest honor for service to the judiciary. The award was announced via a Tennessee Bar Association press release.

In naming her as the honoree, the TBA noted specifically Justice Clark’s implementation of the Access to Justice Commissions’s first-ever strategic plan and the creation of the Tennessee Faith and Justice Alliance.

DPBC’s Margaret L. Behm, who served as the first chair of the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission, was quoted on Justice Clark’s selection. “No one in Tennessee knows more about the Tennessee judicial system than Justice Clark, Her entire professional life has been devoted to the service of others and the promotion of the rule of law.”

Justice Clark will accept the award during the TBA’s annual convention in June.

Behm Joins Panel Discussion at RGB Film Screening

Margaret L. Behm was a featured panelist at the Belcourt Theatre’s recent screening of RGB. The film chronicles the life and legacy of pioneering U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Behm joined Judge Aleta Trauger (U.S. District Judge for the Middle District, Tennessee) and Davidson County Criminal Court Judge Angie Blackshear Dalton in a post-screening discussion at the sold-out event, discussing their perceptions of the film in light of their personal and professional experiences in the legal profession.

Henry Featured Presenter at 2018 Tennessee Business Law Conference

Candi Henry was a featured presenter at the 2018 Tennessee Business Law Conference.  The annual event draws practitioners from across the state and includes presentations on current topics in business law. Henry’s presentation “First Things First” focused on preliminary negotiation techniques that can result in a smoother contracting process.

Capparella Featured Speaker at 2018 Trucking Seminar

Donald Capparella was a featured presenter that the 2018 Trucking Seminar presented by the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association. The event was held April 13 at the AT&T Building in Nashville.  Capparella’s presentation, “Top 10 Reasons Lawyers Lose Big Verdicts on Appeal” provided insight and commentary as to the current state of the law where personal injury litigation is concerned.

Capparella is the editor of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association Magazine.

Capparella, Yarbro Lead CLE to Benefit Shakespeare Festival

Donald Capparella and Tyler Yarbro led a continuing legal education presentation of “A Comedy of Ethics” on April 9 at the Waller law firm in Nashville. Judge W. Neal McBrayer of the Tennessee Court of Appeals joined Capparella, Yarbro, and performers from the internationally-renowned Nashville Shakespeare Festival in exploring William Shakespeare’s most notorious ethical challenges.

The event was sponsored by Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella, PC and Waller. Proceeds benefited the the Nashville Shakespeare Festival.

Yarbro Named Managing Partner

We are pleased to announce Tyler Chance Yarbro as managing partner of the firm.

For 30 years, the bedrock principle of our firm has been that lawyers should be community-minded problem-solvers. Tyler typifies that model. She has earned the respect and admiration of our firm, our clients, and the Nashville community, and we are delighted to have her fill this role.

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Behm Spotlighted by WMOT Roots Radio for Women’s History Month

In honor of women’s history month, WMOT Roots Radio is running a series of interviews with prominent women’s voices in Tennessee.  The station recently profiled DPBC’s Margaret Behm, discussing  her beginnings in the legal field and the experiences of opening the first all-women’s law firm in Nashville. To read or listen to the interview click here.

Second Court of Appeals Win Concludes Seven-Year Litigation

A recent opinion from the Tennessee Court of Appeals should conclude seven years of litigation over an architect who was not paid his fee for designing an Ashland City condominium complex.  This was the second appeal in the matter.  DPBC’s Donald Capparella and Candi Henry were counsel, along with Tim Burrow, for both successful appeals.

Read the opinion here: TWB Architects v. The Braxton, LLC et al (Tenn. Ct. App. Jan 31, 2018)


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