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VOL. 125 | NO. 8 | Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Three Attorneys Break Away From Apperson Crump

By Bill Dries

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A managing partner of Apperson Crump & Maxwell PLC has left the law firm to start his own firm.

Robert L. Dinkelspiel opened Dinkelspiel, Rasmussen & Mink Monday at 1669 Kirby Parkway. His partners are Robin H. Rasmussen and M. Wayne Mink Jr., both of whom worked at Apperson Crump.

“Right now there are three of us, although we will be growing,” Dinkelspiel said. “We left voluntarily, of course. … I want to take the high road.”

The new firm will focus on real estate and corporate law, transactions and litigation as well as representing homeowners’ associations.

Richard Myers, managing partner at Apperson Crump, wished the trio well and said Apperson Crump will continue to expand a practice that just a month ago moved in as the anchor tenant on the sixth and seventh floors of the new Triad Centre III building at 6070 Poplar Ave. at Shady Grove Road.

Dinkelspiel had led the firm into the expansion, which also came with a new multimedia advertising campaign highlighting Apperson Crump’s status as the city’s oldest continuously practicing law firm.

In recent years, the firm expanded into personal injury and medical malpractice litigation when Gary K. Smith of Gary K. Smith & Associates PLLC merged with Apperson Crump.

“The partners unanimously feel that this is a great opportunity for Apperson Crump to move forward in different directions. … We’re happy that Bob and Robin can go and seek their opportunities elsewhere,” Myers said. “We have people who are inquiring about joining our law firm.”

Dinkelspiel said his new firm is already being noticed.

“Real estate is down. Everybody knows that. But we have been very fortunate. Our clients have followed us,” he said. “There’s enough that we do, other than real estate, that that’s not at all bothersome to what we’re doing.”

Apperson Crump announced this week that attorneys Marshall Criss and Harry A. Johnson have joined the firm.

Criss has been in private practice in recent months after owning and operating The Tennessean restaurant in Collierville as well as serving as a business consultant.

Criss was attorney to financier John Tigrett during construction and development of The Pyramid in the early 1990s. Johnson is the former executive vice president and general counsel of First Horizon National Corp.

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