Appellate Advocacy: A Handbook on Appellate Practice in Tennessee, 10th Edition Now Available

The Nashville Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Committee has published the tenth 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 and Capparella, P.C., has handled over 400 appeals in state and federal courts. Assistant editors are Kimberly Macdonald, William T. Owen, and Patrick Riley.


Tyler Yarbro, Managing Partner of Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella, PC, will be presenting alongside Erin Palmer Polly, Partner at K & L Gates, LLP, at the Lawyers’ Association for Women monthly meeting and CLE on February 15, 2022 at noon. The program featuring Yarbro, entitled “How to Break Up With Your Worst Client,” will cover dealing with difficult attorney-client relationships and ethically parting ways with problematic clients. You can register to attend the virtual CLE by clicking here.

Margaret Behm Speaks on Bringing the WNBA to Nashville

Margaret Behm recently spoke with WNBA Coach and Vanderbilt Alumna Carolyn Peck about Nashville’s efforts to bring a WNBA expansion team to the city. Behm, who serves on Nashville’s Sports Authority, noted the growing enthusiasm in Nashville for effort. You can see the interview and read the article here.

Margaret Behm Presented with Florence K. Murray Award

On October 7th, during the National Association of Women Judge’s Annual Conference in Nashville, Margaret Behm was presented with the Florence K. Murray award.  The annual award is presented to a  non-judge who, by example or otherwise, has influenced women to pursue legal careers, opened doors for women attorneys, or advanced opportunities for women within the legal profession.

Seven Dodson Parker Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America© 2022; 18 Firm Practice Areas Represented

Seven lawyers from the firm were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2022. The attorneys are recognized for their work in 18 practice areas.

Margaret Behm has been named 2022 Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in Nashville for her work in Employment Law for individuals, and she is currently 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 is recognized for his work in Art Law, Information Technology Law, Nonprofit/ Charities Law, and Trademark Law.

Donald Capparella is recognized in the areas of Appellate Practice, Insurance Law, and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs.

Miranda R. Christy is recognized for her work in Real Estate Law.

Harlan Dodson has been named 2022 Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in Nashville for his work in Commercial Transactions / UCC Law and is also recognized for his work in the following categories:

    • Nonprofit/ charities Law
    • Corporate Law
    • Litigation – Trusts and Estates
    • Real Estate Law
    • Trusts and Estates

Paul Parker is recognized for his work in the areas of Tax Law, and Trusts and Estates.

Tyler C. Yarbro, is recognized for her work in Employment Law – Individuals, Employment Law – Management, and Litigation – Labor & Employment.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide 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.”

Four DPBC Attorneys Included in Nashville Business Journal’s “2021 Best of the Bar”

Dodson Parker Behm and Capparella is pleased to have four lawyers included among the Nashville Business Journal’s 2021 “Best of the Bar.” The annual list is compiled through nomination, and attorneys are selected by their peers for inclusion. 

  • Harlan Dodson was honored in field of Estate Planning. He 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 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, bankruptcy, and commercial litigation.  
  • Donald Capparella was named in the Litigation and Dispute category.  Focusing his practice exclusively on litigation, Capparella is regularly called upon to handle personal injury and commercial litigation at the trial and appellate level.
  • Tyler Chance Yarbro was selected in the Litigation and Dispute category. She has extensive experience in courtroom advocacy to advise and assist clients with their litigation needs. She is involved in a wide range of litigation matters, including employment, probate, and criminal law. 

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.

Boundary Line Disputes and How Far is Too Far?

In this boundary line dispute between two neighbors, one hired a surveyor to determine the property line while the other built a fence and declared it his. The Court of Appeals determined the fence builder took it too far and awarded the other party the rare frivolous appeal damages.

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Harlan Dodson Named 2021 “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers of America®


Harlan Dodson has been selected as the Best Lawyers® 2021 “Lawyer of the Year” for Nonprofit/ Charities Law in the Nashville area.

First published in 1983, The Best Lawyers in America uses a rigorous peer nomination and review process to determine the recipient of this selective honor. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.” This designation is awarded to lawyers with the highest overall peer feedback in a practice area and geographic region.

In addition to this recognition as “Lawyer of the Year,” Harlan Dodson was also listed in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Commercial Transactions / UCC Law, Corporate Law, Litigation – Trusts and Estates, Real Estate Law, and Trusts and Estates.

Harlan Dodson has over 40 years of experience in helping people and businesses solve problems and plan for the future. Dodson provides hands-on guidance for his clients, whether working with them to launch a business, structure a complex real estate deal, or draft a will. He learned this dedication from his attorney father. As he puts it, “My father understood that the profession of law is about helping people.



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