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.

DPBC’s Margaret Behm Interviews Attorney and Author Ashley Wiltshire

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.

DPBC’s Margaret Behm to Speak at LAW’s Upcoming Dual CLE, Holiday Mixer & Shopping

Margaret Behm will be speaking on Gender Equity in Sports and Sports Law at the Lawyers’ Association for Women – Marion Griffin Chapter’s CLE on Tuesday, December 13th, 2023. The event will be held at Butler Snow in downtown, Nashville with registration beginning at 2:30. A holiday mixer and shopping event will be held after the CLE until 7:30. Click here to register or for more information.

DPBC Welcomes Two New Attorneys

The firm is pleased to announce the addition of two attorneys to its roster. Jacob A. Vanzin has joined the trial and appellate litigation practice group, and Julie Downs “J.D.” Payne was added to the business services team.

Jacob A. Vanzin joined Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella in August 2022. Before joining the firm, Jacob was in private practice for almost a decade in Franklin, Tennessee. Jacob has litigated cases both large and small, where the amounts in dispute ranged from a few thousand dollars to over forty million dollars. He has served as lead appellate counsel in a number of cases and has represented criminal defendants facing charges ranging from  public intoxication to first-degree murder. Jacob graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with his bachelor’s degree in history and political science, then went on to obtain his law degree, cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis. While at Washington University, Jacob was a National Quarterfinalist and 10th Place National Best Advocate in the American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition. As a litigation and appellate attorney, Jacob will represent clients in commercial litigation, real estate disputes, and appeals.

Julie Downs “J.D.” Payne has joined Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella’s business services practice group. Julie was the first graduate of the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University, with a bachelor’s degree in political science and pre-law. Julie began attending Nashville School of Law two weeks after her youngest child was born. While attending law school at night, she clerked for Chancellor Anne C. Martin, before joining Dodson Parker as a full-time law clerk under her mentor Harlan Dodson, one of the founding partners of the firm. Julie was awarded the Founder’s Award and inducted into the Honorable Society of Cooper’s Inn for holding the highest overall grade point average in her graduating class. Julie will represent clients in all aspects of estate planning and business law.

Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella Attorneys Tyler Yarbro and Margaret Behm Among Founders of Tennessee Freedom Circle to Raise Awareness and Advocate for Reproductive Freedoms

Tyler Yarbro and Margaret Behm are among a group of lawyers who have founded the Tennessee Freedom Circle, an organization that seeks to connect and educate lawyers working to advance reproductive freedoms and to empower those who want to make changes to the laws that impair the reproductive decisions of all Tennesseans. The group came together following the August 25, 2022 enactment of Tennessee’s trigger ban law, which criminalizes the act of performing an abortion.

You can read more about Tennessee Freedom Circle and the efforts of its founders, by visiting the website www.tnfreedomcircle and by following the media coverage of the organization’s launch at WPLN-News, News Channel 5, and Tennessee Lookout.

Seven Dodson Parker Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America© 2023 Edition; 18 Firm Practice Areas Represented

Seven lawyers from the firm were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2023. The attorneys are recognized for their work in 18 practice areas.

Margaret Behm has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers® list in the Nashville area since 2001. 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 currently recognized for his work in Art Law, Information Technology Law, Nonprofit/ Charities Law, and Trademark Law.

Donald Capparella has been named to the publication since 2013, and is currently 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 to the Best Lawyers® publication since 2012, 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 Parker is recognized for his work in the areas of Tax Law, and Trusts and Estates.

Tyler C. Yarbro, has been named 2023 Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in Nashville for her work in  Employment Law – Individuals, and is also recognized in the fields of 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 “2022 Best of the Bar”

Dodson Parker Behm and Capparella, PC is pleased to have four lawyers included among the Nashville Business Journal’s 2022 “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 the 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.  
  • Tyler Chance Yarbro was honored 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 matters, including employment, probate, commercial, and criminal defense litigation. 
  • Miranda Christy was selected in the Real Estate category. Her practice focuses largely on finance, business transactions, non-profit organizations, and real estate, advising various clients on acquisitions, dispositions, financing, development, and leasing.  

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.


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