Donald Capparella and Kimberly Macdonald served as co-counsel alongside attorney Sean Martin in an appeal of the dismissal of a defendant in a wrongful death case. The driver who collided with the plaintiff’s vehicle, killing her, was both the son and the employee of the dismissed defendant. A Rutherford County Judge granted the father/employer defendant summary judgment, dismissing all claims against him. On appeal, counsel argued that the trial court erred when dismissing the claims of vicarious liability against the father/employer defendant. The Court of Appeals of Tennessee agreed with the plaintiff on all counts, reversing the trial court’s dismissal of the father/employer defendant and remanding for further proceedings.
The Tennessee Supreme Court held its inaugural virtual oral argument session on May 19, 2020. The oral arguments, held via Zoom and bringing together Justices and counsel from across the state, were live-streamed on YouTube. DPBC’s Donald Capparella was counsel for the first case on the docket, representing a woman seeking recovery on behalf of her husband, who developed mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos when removing insulation, gaskets, and packing from industrial equipment at his workplace.
First published in 1983, The Best Lawyers in America have used a peer nomination and review process to determine which lawyers they would like to recognize in different areas of law. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.” These lawyers are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during peer-review assessments.
Best Lawyers® has awarded Donald Capparella “Lawyer of the Year” in the fields of Appellate Practice and Insurance Law in past years.
In addition to the Lawyer of the Year award, Donald Capparella was also listed in the 2020 Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Appellate Practice and Insurance Law.
Donald Capparella has over 30 years of experience in handling complex litigation in state and federal courts. In addition to his experience in personal injury litigation, Mr. Capparella has handled over 400 appeals in state and federal courts.
DPBC’s Margaret Behm and Tyler Chance Yarbro have been named to the Nashville Post’s 2020 “In Charge” List. For the 11th consecutive year, the Nashville-based business publication has compiled a list of what it terms “the best of the best,” recognizing the top business, political, and civil leaders in the Nashville area.
Harlan Dodson and Covington Dismukes have released the 2020 edition of their treatise Introduction to Estate Planning and Administration in Tennessee. Since its initial publication, the book has served as both textbook for students and an indispensable source of reference for attorneys throughout the state. Each year, Dodson and Dismukes revise the text to reflect developments in the law, particularly in the area of tax consequences. This year’s edition has been updated to reflect the recent SECURE ACT.
To order a copy of the text, call 615-254-2291.
The Nashville Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Committee has published the ninth edition of Appellate Advocacy: A Handbook on Appellate Practice in Tennessee. The Handbook, available 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, Candi Henry.
Donald Capparella serving as local counsel and along with South Carolina attorneys, Gerald Jowers and Kenneth Suggs, recently prevailed in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee in a medical malpractice case on behalf of their client, a child who was catastrophically injured at birth. The child, who was born at a hospital operated by the U.S. Army located at Fort Campbell, was awarded damages in the amount of $15,153,488.00 for future medical care, future lost earnings, past pain and suffering, future pain and suffering, past loss of enjoyment of life, and future loss of enjoyment of life arising from injuries that occurred during labor and delivery.
Medical staff responsible for overseeing the pregnancy and birth of the child’s mother, who were employees of the United States government, were found to have repeatedly performed below the standard of care, causing life-long injuries to the child and significantly reducing the child’s quality of life. The court determined that the standard of care the mother should have received considering her prior labor complications, was not met and government personnel were liable for the injuries suffered by the child.
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.