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.

Firm Receives Pro Bono Honors from Tennessee Supreme Court

On October 8, Belmont University College of Law hosted the Tennessee Supreme Court’s annual recognition of attorneys, law students, and organizations in the state that have received distinction in pro bono service.  Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella was honored for the fifth year in a row for its firm-wide pro bono service.

Additionally, four attorneys were individually recognized as “Attorneys for Justice” for 2018:

Harlan Dodson
Margaret L. Behm
Donald Capparella
Tyler Chance Yarbro

The firm is proud to stand with lawyers and law students across the state who are working to expand access to justice.

Six DPBC Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2019 Edition

Six lawyers from the firm were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019 list. Together, their work is recognized in seventeen different practice areas. Each attorney has previously been listed in the publication, which uses a peer-review system to determine honorees.

Appellate Practice
Donald Capparella
Art Law
Michael B. Bressman
Commercial Litigation
Margaret L. Behm
Commercial Transactions / UCC Law
Harlan Dodson
Corporate Law
Margaret L. Behm, Harlan Dodson
Employment Law – Individuals
Margaret L Behm, Tyler Chance Yarbro
Employment LawManagement
Margaret L. Behm, Tyler Chance Yarbro
Information Technology Law
Michael B. Bressman
Insurance Law
Donald Capparella
Litigation – Labor & Employment
Margaret L. Behm, Tyler Chance Yarbro
Litigation – Trusts and Estates
Harlan Dodson
Municipal Law
Margaret L. Behm
Nonprofit / Charities Law
Margaret L. Behm, Harlan Dodson
Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
Donald Capparella
Real Estate Law
Miranda Christy, Harlan Dodson
Trademark Law
Michael B. Bressman
Trusts and Estates
Harlan Dodson


Parker Leads “LLC or S-Corp: Tax Considerations” Seminar

Paul S. Parker was one of the featured presenters at the recent seminar, LLCs from Start to Finish, presented by the National Business Institute. The two-day conference, designed for attorneys. accountants, and banking professionals was held at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville on August 6-7, 2018.

Parker presented “LLC or S-Corp Tax Considerations” on August 6.  His presentation addressed issues such as pass through taxation, tax basis concerns, and compensation strategies for owners and employees.

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

8th Edition of Appellate Practice Handbook Now Available

The Nashville Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Committee has published the eighth edition of Appellate Advocacy: A Handbook on Appellate Practice in Tennessee.  The Handbook provides novice and experienced litigators with tips and analysis on practicing in the state’s appellate courts and is available online.

Donald Capparella and Candi Henry were among the editors of the Handbook.   Both have previously served as co-chairs of the NBA Appellate Practice Committee.


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