After graduating college at Duke University, Dodson came home to Nashville to study law at Vanderbilt University. He started his law practice with his father’s firm, Hooker, Keeble, Dodson, & Harris. In 1985, he founded Dodson & Associates, which later merged with Shipley & Behm in 1988, and has now grown into Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella, PC.
In addition to maintaining a vibrant law practice, Dodson regularly presents at CLEs, teaches estate planning at the Nashville School of Law, authors the annually updated Introduction to Estate Planning and Administration in Tennessee, and serves as the editor to the West Publishing Company’s Tennessee Practice Series volumes on business formation and estate planning.
Dodson has received extensive recognition for his efforts at improving not only the legal community, but the Nashville community as a whole.
Four Dodson Parker Attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers® on its 2019 List of Top Attorneys in Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi.
Margaret L. Behm‘s diverse practice includes business transactions and litigation, employment law, and providing counsel to municipal agencies. She has been named to the Super Lawyers list each year since 2007.
Donald Capparella focuses his practice on litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, with an emphasis on tort and insurance litigation, family law, and personal injury matters. He has been named to the Super Lawyers list each year since 2009. Capparella was also named to Super Lawyers® Top 100 Tennessee list and Top 50 Nashville list.
Paul Parker practices in the areas of estate planning and probate and tax law. He regularly conducts continuing legal education seminars for other attorneys on tax, trust, and estate planning issues. This is his third consecutive appearance on the Super Lawyers List.
Tyler Chance Yarbro’s practice focuses on trial and appellate litigation, including employment, probate, personal injury, and criminal law matters. She was selected to the Rising Stars list in 2014, and has now been selected to the Super Lawyers for 2019.
Super Lawyers® is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.
DBPC Listed in Best Lawyers® – U.S. News 2020 “Best Law Firms” List for Metro Nashville Area; 16 Practice Areas Recognized
U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers have announced their 2020 “Best Law Firms” rankings. According to the publications, the rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations and peer review from leading attorneys in their field.
Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella, PC received rankings in sixteen different practice areas for the Metro Nashville Area, with “Tier 1” rankings in Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Employment- Individuals, Employment – Management, Insurance Law, Litigation-Labor & Employment, Non-Profit/Charities Law, and Personal Injury Litigation- Plaintiffs.
On October 28, 2019, Belmont University College of Law hosted the Tennessee Supreme Court’s sixth annual recognition of attorneys and law students in the state who have devoted significant time to provide pro bono services to those who cannot afford the cost of legal representation. Nine of our attorneys were recognized as an “Attorney for Justice” for 2019, signifying that each of those attorneys had performed at least fifty hours of pro bono legal services in the past year. The law firm was also honored, now for the sixth year in a row, for its firm-wide pro bono efforts.
The attorneys honored by the Tennessee Supreme Court for 2019 are:
We are proud to stand with lawyers and law students across the state who are working to expand access to justice.
Harlan Dodson, one of the founders of Oasis Center, was a featured speaker for its 50th anniversary celebration on October 26, 2019. His remarks provided a glimpse into Nashville life fifty years ago and the origins of Oasis Center.
According to Harlan, 1969 Nashville was the “It City.” It was a wonderful place where people came to chase their dreams, but it was also
a place where the homeless population had reached a critical point. Whether they were run away teens looking for an escape, or young people drawn to the streets due to addiction, there was an overwhelming crisis and no one knew what to do about it. The organization, which started in 1969 as the Rap House, began with some individuals saying somebody needed to step up and do something about it, and they did. That group of people started figuring out steps they could take to help.
Oasis Center has carried that vision forward, continuing to see many of the problems in our community, and still stepping up to figure them out as they arise. Oasis now has over 20 programs available to struggling youth and their families, and strives to continue to build on the foundation it laid 50 years ago.
You can believe that the ever-young team at Oasis would identify the issues which, as Sue Fort White eloquently put it, “troubled and troubling teens would be facing – and would take action to address them.” As Harlan Dodson says: “you cannot predict Oasis, you can only believe it.”
To learn more about Oasis Center, click here to visit their website.
Margaret Behm has been identified by the Nashville Business Journal’s 2019 Power 100 list as one of Nashville’s most influential dealmakers in the city’s business scene. Click here to read her profile, which details how her legal acumen has earned her a reputation for getting things done.
Margaret Behm Featured in Tennessean Article: “They’re trailblazers in their own right, and they’re dedicated to telling the story of women’s suffrage in Tennessee.”
Margaret Behm was featured in a Tennessean article over the weekend, alongside Jeanie Nelson and Juli Mosley. The article spotlights the efforts these women have undertaken in their careers to break through the glass ceiling and create opportunities for other women to do the same. It also discusses the Votes for Women Project, set to become a permanent exhibit at the Nashville Public Library, envisioned by Behm, Nelson, and Mosely. This article comes the day after Mayor David Briley announced the creation of the Mayor’s Council on the State of Women, to which Behm was named.
Click here to read the Tennessean article.
Harlan Dodson will discuss options and important considerations for handling family finances after the loss of a loved one at a seminar hosted by KraftCPAs PLLC on August 27, 2019. For more information, or to register for this free seminar, click here.
Seven Dodson Parker Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America© 2020; 17 Firm Practice Areas Represented
Seven lawyers from the firm were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020. The attorneys are recognized for their work in 17 practice areas.
Margaret Behm is 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, and Trademark Law.
Donald Capparella has been named 2020 Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in Nashville for his work in Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs. He is also recognized in the areas of Appellate Practice and Insurance Law.
Miranda R. Christy is recognized for her work in Real Estate Law.
Harlan Dodson is recognized his work in the following categories:
- Commercial Transactions / UCC Law
- Corporate Law
- Litigation – Trusts and Estates
- Nonprofit / Charities Law
- Real Estate Law
- Trusts and Estates
Paul Parker is recognized for his work in the area of 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.”
Donald Capparella recently argued two cases before the Court of Appeals seeking review of alimony awards.
In one case, the trial court reduced Husband’s alimony obligation due to a disability that occurred after the divorce was final. Capparella asked the appellate court to reverse the trial court’s order because the Husband’s disability did not actually affect his net income. The Court of Appeals agreed, restoring Wife’s original award of alimony and ordering Husband to pay Wife’s attorney fees at the trial and appellate levels, as well as arrearages for unpaid alimony.
In the other case, the Husband was ordered to pay alimony based on the needs of the Wife, so that she could continue living a similar lifestyle to the one she enjoyed during the marriage. The trial court found that Wife was capable of earning an income, but did not include this finding when calculating the amount of alimony to be paid. Capparella asked the appellate court to consider the earning capabilities of Wife when determining the amount of alimony that should be ordered. The Court of Appeals adopted Capparella’s argument and reduced Husband’s alimony obligation by the amount of Wife’s income capability.
In both cases the Court of Appeals agreed with Capparella and his clients were awarded the relief they sought. You can read more information about these two cases in the Dodson Parker Law Blog.