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Yarbro Named to Nashville Post’s “In Charge” List

DPBC Managing Partner Tyler Chance Yarbro has been named to the Nashville Post’s 2019 “In Charge” List.  For the 10th consecutive year, the Nashville-based business publication has complied a list of what it terms “the best of the best,” recognizing the top business, political, and civil leaders in the Nashville area.

Yarbro, who assumed the role of firm Managing Partner in 2018, has been with the firm since 2010. She focuses her practice on a wide range of litigation, including employment law, commercial litigation, and criminal law.

Bressman Helms Vanderbilt Clinic Win in Trademark Case

Michael B. Bressman recently secured a win for his client in a trademark registration case in front of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. The trademark examiner refused to register a mark for BA Beef and Provision, LLC, hailing from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.  In denying the registration, the examiner maintained that “BA” was primarily a geographical description and, therefore,  the company could not qualify a trademark for protection under the law.  Bressman, representing the company in his role as Professor of Vanderbilt Law School’s Intellectual Property and the Arts Clinic, successfully argued that the company’s mark qualified for legal protection.

The February 22, 2019 opinion, which has already been written about on Bloomberg Law, can be read in full here.

Parker to Speak at National Business Institute Seminar

Paul S. Parker will be a featured speaker at the National Business Institute’s “Estate Planning from A to Z” seminar.  The event, which will be held May 20, 2019, in Nashville, focuses on current issues in estate planning and is designed for attorneys, trust officers, accountants, financial planners, paralegals, and other tax professionals.

Parker will lead a session entitled  “Basic Tax Planning and Updates” and will address new legislation and other important tax issues that must be considered when drafting wills and trusts for clients.

For more information, or to register to attend, please click here.

Parker, a frequent speaker for the National Business Institute, has been recognized multiple times by Super Lawyers® on its Annual List of Top Attorneys in the Mid-South.  Parker practices in the areas of tax, estate planning, and probate.

Donald Capparella Argues in West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

Donald Capparella traveled to West Virginia for oral arguments in the state’s highest court on January 8, 2019.  The firm, along with local counsel in West Virginia, represents J.A. Street & Associates, a construction company in litigation with six different insurance companies in a dispute over coverage issues. You can read the Petitioner’s brief here.

DPBC Welcomes Two New Associates

The firm is pleased to announce the addition of two associates to its roster. Covington G. Dismukes has joined the Dodson Parker Business Services Team, and Kimberly Macdonald has been added to the Trial and Appellate Litigation Section.

Covington G. Dismukes graduated cum laude from the University of Mississippi School of Law, where she completed a concentration in Business Law that was awarded with honors. She also earned a best performance award in her Business Planning class and was selected to serve on the Dean’s Leadership Council. She was recognized by the Ole Miss Pro Bono Initiative and Clinical Programs for distinction in providing pro bono service during her time in law school.

Dismukes will focus her practice on meeting the needs of business owners, providing counsel in corporate law, business transactions, taxation, securities regulation, and nonprofit law. She also offers estate planning services, with a particular focus on young couples, families, and new business owners.

Kimberly Macdonald received her J.D. from Belmont University College of Law, where she was a submissions and transcripts editor for the Belmont Law Review. During law school, Kim worked as a research assistant for Justice Harold See, a research and teaching assistant for Professor Abbie DeBlasis, and a research assistant for Professor Deborah Farringer. She served as president of the Health Law Student Association and was selected as a member of the Health Law Transactional Moot Court Competition Team.

Macdonald will practice civil litigation in state and federal courts, including personal injury matters, contract disputes, and family law at the trial and appellate levels. A member of the Junior League, she will also continue her longstanding volunteer work for End Slavery Tennessee.

Dodson Leads Estate Planning Seminar for Annual Tennessee Practitioners’ Conference

Harlan Dodson was once again a featured presenter at M. Lee Smith’s annual Probate and Estate Planning Conference for Tennessee Attorneys.  Dodson’s December 13 session, “Planning Opportunities & Challenges in 2019 and Beyond,” offered lawyers information on how to build flexibility into estate planning and also provided drafting “dos and don’ts” incorporating information about the current legal framework for estate planning at both the state and federal level.

DPBC Attorneys Lead Ethics Seminar, Benefit for Nashville Shakespeare Festival

Dodson Parker attorneys Donald Capparella, Tyler Yarbro, and Kimberly Macdonald recently presented “A Comedy of Ethics” to benefit the Nashville Shakespeare Festival and the Nashville Bar Association. The event was held December 13 in Nashville. 

The popular continuing legal education seminar featured special guest Judge Frank Clement of the Tennessee Court of Appeals.  Assisted by professional actors from the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, the presentation used the plays of William Shakespeare to illustrate ethical dilemmas faced by modern-day attorneys and suggested approaches to avoid breaches of ethical responsibilities.

Parker Leads Estate Administration Seminar

Paul S. Parker was a featured presenter at the National Business Institute’s November 16 seminar in Nashville. The program, Estate Administration From Start to Finish, was designed for attorneys, accountants, and banking professionals. Parker presented “Handling Estate Administration Tax Issues,” discussing the intersection of tax law and estate administration.

Parker practices in the areas of tax, estate planning and probate, small business, and corporation law.

DPBC Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers

Three Dodson Parker Attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers® on its Annual List of Top Attorneys in Tennessee, 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 level and on appeal, with an emphasis on tort and insurance litigation, family law, and personal injury.  He has been named to the Super Lawyers list each year since 2009.

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 second consecutive appearance on the Super Lawyers List

Additionally, attorney Candi Henry, who serves as consulting counsel for several of the firm’s clients, has been selected to the 2018 Mid-South Rising Stars List.  She has been identified on the Super Lawyers Mid-South Rising Star list five times.

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.


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