Tennessee Defense

Lawyers Association


  • 19 Oct 2014 2:34 PM | Anonymous

    James Tucker began his term as 2014-15 President of TDLA at the 2014 Fall Seminar and Annual Meeting held in Tunica, Mississippi October 16-18, 2014.  Brad Box passed the infamous "buffalo tie", which is signed on the back by almost all of the Past Presidents of TDLA. 

    Changes in the Board include:

    • James Tucker, President
    • Cate Dugan, President-Elect
    • Barret Albritton, Secretary-Treasurer
    • Brad Box, Immediate Past President

    Also, Rocky King will now serve as a Vice President and Lynn Lawyer will serve as a Director. 

    Laurel Cleek Ball replaces Marcia McShane, whose 3-year term has expired, on the Bench & Bar Committee.

    Effective October 26, Brad Box begins his term as DRI State Representative for Tennessee, replacing Melanie Stewart whose three-year term expires at the conclusion of the 2014 DRI Annual Meeting.

  • 19 Oct 2014 2:32 PM | Anonymous

    TDLA welcomes its newest member, Whitney E. Goode of Hagwood Adelman Tipton in Memphis.  Whitney is a 2013 graduate of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and practices in the areas of Employment, Insurance, Medical Malpractice, Nursing Home, Professional Liability and Tort.  Whitney is a member of DRI and is sponsored by TDLA member, Rebecca Adelman. 

  • 11 Oct 2014 12:02 PM | Anonymous

    TDLA welcomes April Adams Carr of Woolf, McClane, Bright, Allen & Carpenter, PLLC, Knoxville as its newest member.  Ms. Carr is a 2010 University of Tennessee College of Law graduate and practices in the area of Insurance, Product Liability and Tort.  She is a member of DRI and sponsored by TDLA member, Rocky King. 

  • 03 Oct 2014 2:40 PM | Anonymous

    TDLA welcomes its newest member, Barbara Jones Perutelli of Schulman, Leroy & Bennett P.C., Nashville.  Ms. Perutelli practices in the area of general liability and is a member of DRI.  She is sponsored by TDLA member, Rocky King. 

  • 26 Sep 2014 2:48 PM | Anonymous

    The Fall Seminar is only a couple of weeks away.  If you have not yet received your registration form, click here tdla fall meeting_proof1-1.pdf

    Sean Martin has done a great job lining up speakers and organizing the program for this event.  And after a whole day of CLE on Friday, you can join your friends at The Grove in Oxford. 

    Unfortunately, our room block was filled and Horseshoe Casino, Tunica is sold out.  We are working to obtain additional rooms at Horseshoe, but are not sure how many more, if any, we will be able to obtain. 

  • 22 Sep 2014 4:25 PM | Anonymous

    Jennifer Merrill Sutch of The Law Office of Craig J. Lazarov, Memphis.  Ms. Sutch graduated from law school at the University of Memphis in 2012 and now practices in the areas of Auto, Commercial, General Liability, Premises, and Tort.  She is sponsored by TDLA member, Craig Lazarov.

    Joseph McKinney of Dickinson Wright, Nashville.  Mr. McKinney is a member of DRI and is sponsored by TDLA President Elect, James Tucker.

    Joshua A. Mullen of Baker Donelson, Nashville.  Mr. Mullen is a member of DRI and is sponsored by TDLA President Elect, James Tucker.

    Benjamin C. Kibler of Hodges, Doughty & Carson PLLC, Knoxville, graduated from law school at Emory.  He practices in the area of medical malpractice.  Mr. Kibler is a member of DRI and is sponsored by Rocky King.

    Bernard M. Rosenblum of Law Offices of Bernard M. Rosenblum, Nashville graduated from the University of Wisconin's law school.  He practice in the areas of insurance and professional liability. Mr. Rosenblum is a member of DRI and was referred to TDLA by Rocky King.

  • 19 Sep 2014 1:50 PM | Anonymous

    TDLA recently learned that its fourth president, Mac Edward Robinson, Sr., died on September 11, 2014.  TDLA wishes to express its condolences to Mr. Robinson's family.  The following obituary is reprinted from TBA Today:

    Mac Edward Robinson, Sr., Age 85 of Nashville, TN, passed away on September 11, 2014. Born on August 18, 1929, he is preceded in death by his parents, Millard and Florence Stalls Robinson, and his beloved wife, Margaret Hicks Brady Robinson. He is survived by children, Mac E. Robinson, Jr. and Lee Robinson; sister, Jean Langdon and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Mac is also survived by special friends, Dinah Lanier, caregiver and longtime family friend, and Jeff Brown, who provided so much assistance over the years.

    Mac graduated from Clarksville High School and was a member of the All State Football team. He graduated from Vanderbilt University where he also had a notable four year football career of which he was very proud and was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. After receiving his law degree from Vanderbilt Law School, he was admitted to the Tennessee Bar Association in 1956 and practiced law in Nashville for nearly 50 years. Mac was a member of the Nashville Bar Association, the Federation of Insurance Counsel and the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association. He was a member of Belle Meade Country Club, The City Club, Cedar Creek Yacht Club and Lions Head Homeowners Association.

    Mac loved to travel, play golf, hunt and he fulfilled one of his many dreams in 1972 with a six week safari hunting trip to Kenya and Tanzania. Known as "Big Mac", he always enjoyed a good story, a good laugh and socializing with friends and family. A Memorial service will be held on Tuesday, September 16th at Hillsboro Church of Christ, 5800 Hillsboro Rd., Nashville at 6 p.m., with visitation from 4 - 6 p.m. prior to the service. A private inurnment will be held later at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Nashville Humane Association or to Vanderbilt University.


  • 13 Sep 2014 2:18 PM | Anonymous

    TDLA congratulates Amanda Waddell and  Marty Phillips on their recent defense verdict.  To learn more about this verdict involving a reduction of hip dislocation (post hip implant three weeks prior) resulting in a femoral fracture, go to the members only section/verdicts and select either medical practice or orthopedic.

  • 13 Sep 2014 2:15 PM | Anonymous

    TDLA welcomes Tyler Davis Smith of Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, Knoxville as its newest member.  Mr. Smith practices in the areas of Auto, Premises, Tort & Workers' Company.  He is a member of DRI and in sponsored by TDLA member, Brad Fraser. 

  • 06 Sep 2014 10:32 AM | Anonymous

    DRI has announced that TDLA President, Brad Box, is the recipient of its 2014 Fred H. Sievert Award.  This award honors an individual who, as president of a state or local defense organization, has made a significant contribution toward achieving the goals and objectives of the organized defense bar.

    The formal award presentation will be held in San Francisco during the DRI Annual Meeting.  If you would like to be in attendance to see Brad presented with the award, you will need to purchase tickets for the Awards Luncheon where Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour will also speak.  (Vernice is America's first African-American female combat pilot.)

    Way to go, Brad -- and keep up the great work!


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