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1. FedEx Still Fighting Drug Conspiracy Charges -

FedEx Corp. may have lost an important motion this week when a federal judge refused to dismiss the U.S. Justice Department’s charge that the Memphis-based delivery giant conspired with illegal online pharmacies to transport prescription drugs.

2. Legal Obligation -

The package arrived at the FedEx facility in Spokane, Wash., in early July, and as it moved along the parcel delivery system a conveyor belt malfunctioned and damaged the shipping box.

A FedEx employee inspecting the damaged package discovered what was believed to be illegal prescription pills in the container and the company contacted law enforcement, including the Spokane Police Department and the local Drug Enforcement Administration office.

3. Coopwood Lays Out Future of Health Care -

Health care was the hot topic Thursday, Sept. 19, as nearly 150 people gathered in the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art auditorium to discuss the current landscape and impending changes in that field.

Health Care: The State of the Industry – one of six seminars in The Daily News’ 2013 Seminar Series – attracted a variety of professionals, most of them from outside the medical realm. They included lawyers, architects, administrative professionals, Realtors, assisted-living specialists and bankers, among others, and most of them were eager to learn more about the Affordable Care Act and how it would affect them. Others came to be inspired.

4. Rock’n Dough Pizza Opening in Jackson -

The little Memphis pizzeria that could will soon be opening a new location in Jackson, Tenn.

The Rock’n Dough Pizza Co., owned by Jeremy and Amanda Denno, is slated to open a new restaurant and microbrewery at the Jackson Walk development in Jackson in October. The Dennos will team up with veteran local brewer Ben Pugh to create signature suds at the 4,100-square-foot restaurant.

5. Butler Snow Expands Into Denver Market -

Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens and Cannada PLLC, which has a Memphis office, announced the law firm has expanded into the Denver market.

6. Butler Snow Expands Into Denver Market -

Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens and Cannada PLLC, which has a Memphis office, announced the law firm has expanded into the Denver market.

The new office will specialize in new markets tax and public finance, adding to the firm’s growing public finance and incentives group, Butler Snow announced.

7. Ady Joins Ballet Memphis as Ballet Master -

James Ady has joined Ballet Memphis as ballet master. In his new role, Ady will teach morning technique classes, assist with community outreach programs, and rehearse and coach dancers for upcoming performances.

8. Williams to Lead Marketing at Junior Achievement -

Priscilla Williams has joined Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South as director of marketing and special events. In her new role, Williams will work to increase the organization’s visibility, funding and branding.

9. Attorneys Busy With Nuances of US Health Care Reform -

Most businesses are well aware of key provisions in the Affordable Care Act, like the mandate for larger employers to provide health care insurance coverage to employees.

But attorneys are busy at work on some of the lesser-known aspects of the new health care law.

10. Bankruptcy Lawyer Coury Joins Glankler Brown -

It’s been a long time coming, but Michael Coury has made the move to Glankler Brown PLLC.

11. Butler Snow Attorney Named to Leadership Position -

Attorney Amy Pepke has been named to a leadership position at the law firm of Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC.

12. Butler Snow Attorney Named to Leadership Position -

Attorney Amy Pepke has been named to a leadership position at the law firm of Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC.

13. Lawrence’s Background a Fit for Work at EDGE -

It might be said that John Lawrence has a background made to order for looking at the big picture – one of real estate, urban planning, marketing and organization management. Through the course of various career moves, he’s developed the tools necessary for the use in his position as manager of strategic economic development planning for Memphis and Shelby County’s Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE).

14. Butler Snow’s Hudson to Lead Federal Bar Association -

Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC attorney Eric Hudson has been tapped as the new president of the board of directors of the Memphis Mid-South Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

15. Butler Snow’s Hudson to Lead Federal Bar Chapter -

Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC attorney Eric Hudson has been tapped as the new president of the board of directors of the Memphis Mid-South Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

16. EmergeMemphis Names New Board Officers -

EmergeMemphis has announced its new board of directors officers for 2013.

The officers include chairman Scott Fountain, senior vice president and chief development officer for Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp.; immediate past chairman Amy Howell, CEO of Howell Marketing Strategies LLC; secretary Joey Dudek Jr., attorney with Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens and Cannada PLLC; and treasurer Joe Lyons, chief financial officer with True Temper Sports.

17. EmergeMemphis Names New Board Officers -

EmergeMemphis has announced its new board of directors officers for 2013.

The officers include chairman Scott Fountain, senior vice president and chief development officer for Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp.; immediate past chairman Amy Howell, CEO of Howell Marketing Strategies LLC; secretary Joey Dudek Jr., attorney with Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens and Cannada PLLC; and treasurer Joe Lyons, chief financial officer with True Temper Sports.

18. Gupta Trades Life of Science for Career as Patent Attorney -

With a Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a new job in the Hematology-Oncology Department at the jewel of medical institutions, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Hemant Gupta’s life appeared to set with a promising career in medical research.

19. US Firms Seeing Fewer Women as Associates -

There aren’t as many women associates working at U.S. law firms as there have been in the recent past.

That’s according to the latest numbers from the National Association for Law Placement, which show women accounted for 45.05 percent of all associates in 2012, down from 45.35 percent the year before.

20. Legal Community Seeks Access, Diversity -

Diversity and access to justice are some of the watchwords often heard around Memphis legal circles these days.

Diversity, because of the continued concern that both men and women get equal shots at advancing up the ranks from law school all the way to the corner office. Access to justice, because of everything from the recession’s grinding toll to the ever-present scars of poverty in Memphis that all combine to make legal problems harder than ever to pay for.

21. Bar Launches Health Care Law Section -

The Memphis Bar Association has a new section of attorneys dedicated specifically to health care law.

The bar’s newly formed Health Law Section held its organizational meeting Oct. 17 at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Officers were chosen at that time, including Robyn Diaz, deputy general counsel at St. Jude, who led the effort to form the section and who was nominated as the first chair.

22. Hospitals Must Prepare for Shifting Model -

A new model for health care in America is rapidly on its way, according to the chief medical officer of Saint Francis Healthcare. And many physicians are oblivious to it or in denial.

23. Daily News Seminar Looks at Health Care Reform Impact -

Changes in the model and delivery of health care and its potential impact on businesses and their employees will take center stage Thursday, Sept. 20, at the latest seminar presented by The Daily News.

24. Business of Health Care Topic of Seminar -

In terms of national policy discussion, the current changes in the model and delivery of health care remains among the most heated and complicated of topics.

And on Thursday, Sept. 20, a panel of local experts assembled by The Daily News will participate in an in-depth discussion about the health care industry, including challenges, opportunities and the outlook through 2013.

25. Business Focus -

Memphis’ small-business community got a shot in the arm earlier this month.

Tennessee’s three-day sales tax holiday ran from Aug. 3 through Aug. 5, and it drew shoppers to retailers that carry certain clothing items, school supplies and computers.

26. Startup Weekend Helps Bring Ideas to Life -

In LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman’s recent book “The Startup of You,” he recalls a billboard in Silicon Valley that asks passers-by – many of them presumably being startup founders – a simply question: What makes you so special?

27. Dunavant Finds Right Fit With Butler Snow -

Kristin Dunavant has joined the Memphis office of Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC, bringing her focus on mergers and acquisitions, business planning and operations, venture capital and private equity transactions, securities law and corporate governance to the firm’s business services group.

28. Nichols Joins Spirco As Engineering Mgr. -

Matthew Nichols has joined Spirco Manufacturing as engineering manager.

Hometown: I currently live in Olive Branch. My hometown is Thaxton, Miss.

29. Ex-Wright Exec Sues -

Frank Bono, former senior vice president and chief technology officer for Wright Medical Technology Inc., has filed complaint in Shelby County Chancery Court against his former employer seeking damages and injunctive relief for breach of contract, retaliatory discharge, defamation and violations of the Tennessee Public Protection Act.

30. Barbour, Former Staff Chief Join Butler Snow Law Firm -

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and his former chief of staff, Paul Hurst, have joined the law firm of Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC.

31. State Court Adopts Code of Conduct -

The last time the ethics rules for Tennessee judges were rewritten the Soviet Union still existed and Tennessee Supreme Court justices ran in contested elections.

The Tennessee Supreme Court this month ended a two-year review of the state court system’s code of judicial conduct by adopting the new rules for the conduct of judges across the state. It is the first major revision since 1990.

32. Supreme Court Website Provides Civil Legal Help -

The Tennessee Supreme Court has created a website targeted especially for people who can’t afford a lawyer and need help with civil legal matters.

JusticeForAllTN.com includes court forms, resource pages for individual counties, court alternatives, help with finding a lawyer and more. In essence, it seeks to be a one-stop-shop for anyone who needs a lawyer to help with all or part of a case, who needs to find an agency to help with a legal problem or who wants more information about representing themselves.

33. Heart of Memphis -

The day before Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was the keynote speaker this summer at the Downtown Memphis Commission’s 2011 Annual Luncheon, he went for a jog in Nashville wearing his “Believe Memphis” Grizzlies T-shirt.

34. David Latham Joins Butler Snow Advisory -

David Latham had joined Butler Snow Advisory Services LLC as senior vice president and chief financial officer.

35. Hire Professionals to Avoid Missed Opportunities -

As I explained a flow chart demonstrating how to restructure a client’s operations to minimize the foreign tax, regulatory and other expenses tied to its international expansion, the chief financial officer asked, “Where on that flowchart does the sale to the customer occur?” Obviously, I omitted that small and, at the time, seemingly insignificant step from the presentation. My flowchart and focus were on the inner workings of the organization after the sale occurred. Smiling, he went on to make a statement that immediately imprinted in my memory and forever changed my approach to the practice of law: “Remember, nothing good happens in business until someone sells something to someone else.”

36. Venture Forth, Entrepreneurs -

As a general rule, when an entrepreneur is trying to obtain capital, first approaching family members and friends and then banks is the least “costly” approach. When attempting to work with a venture capitalist, the entrepreneur might have to give up more control, but typically ends up with much more to gain because working with venture capitalists opens the door to networking opportunities, new contacts and more access to additional funding.

37. A Primer for Seeking Capital as a Start-Up -

Start-up entrepreneurs that come up with the next world-changing investment strategy or widget are always faced with the difficult challenge of raising the initial capital needed just to get the idea off the ground.

38. Stone Joins Metropolitan Bank As Mortgage Specialist -

Kent Stone has joined Metropolitan Bank as a mortgage specialist.

39. Butler Snow’s Van Horn Sworn in as TBA President -

When Danny Van Horn left Memphis in 1990 to pursue his undergrad degree at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, he swore he would wind up anywhere but back home where he started.

40. Bradley Joins Food Bank As VP of Programs -

Tonya M. Bradley has joined the Mid-South Food Bank as vice president of programs.

Hometown: Wichita, Kan.; moved to Memphis in 1995.

41. Butler Snow Receives International Awards -

Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC has received international awards and recognition from two publications.

42. Seminar To Detail Reform’s Effect on Biz -

Philip Johnson is partner with Argyle Benefits Consultants LLC, a chartered life underwriter and certified employee benefits specialist, so he more than understands the ins and outs of federal health care reform, including how the legislation will impact large and small businesses, as well as individuals.

43. Butler Snow Firm, Attorneys Gain Honors -

Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC over the last few months has racked up a slew of honors and distinctions.

44. Butler Snow Wins National Honor -

Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC has been selected as a nationally ranked “Go-To Law Firm in Litigation” and will be featured in The American Lawyer, a publication that covers the legal field.

45. Wunderlich Meetings Focus on Banking Issues -

Not enough people want to – or are able to – borrow money. Yet bank deposits are healthy, and with asset quality improving that means balance sheets are looking better.

Those are some of the themes that emerged at the recent Memphis in May World Championship Bank Tour hosted by Memphis-based full-service brokerage firm Wunderlich Securities Inc.

46. Guide Aids Offenders On Return to Society -

When a long stretch of traveling has to be done, especially if the journey is a difficult one, a travel guide often goes hand in hand with the journey.

With that in mind, a group of attorneys who got involved with the Memphis Bar Association’s Leadership Forum have spearheaded the creation of such a guide that lists available resources for the benefit of offenders upon their release from prison.

47. Seminar to Tackle Globalization’s Impact -

“The world is flat” is more than just a catchphrase that illustrates the increasing connectivity of the globe’s consumers, markets and economies.

The concept – brought to the forefront by Thomas Friedman’s 2005 book of the same name – is a foundational element of what Memphis’ economic development game plan needs to be if it’s going to remain competitive in the months and years ahead.

48. Stevens Replaces Henley as Wright President, CEO -

Wright Medical Group Inc. announced Tuesday its board has appointed Chairman David D. Stevens as interim president and CEO, effective immediately.

49. Two Attorneys Join Butler Snow -

Two attorneys have joined the Memphis office of Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC.

50. Nichols Navigates Way to Firm’s Memphis Business Tax Group -

The key to any good planning might be plenty of quiet time to think and ponder through obstacles and challenges before arriving at a clear course of action.

For tax attorney Jack Nichols, 32, that time begins with the daily hour-plus commute from Oxford, Miss., to the offices of Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC at the Crescent Center in East Memphis.

51. Julie Ellis Receives Ruby Wharton Award -

Julie Ellis, an attorney with Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC, has received The Ruby R. Wharton Award, a distinction given annually to outstanding woman for exceptional contributions to the Memphis area.

52. Butler Snow Attorney Relocates to Memphis -

John B. (Jack) Nichols, who serves as a member of the tax and business services practice groups of Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC, has relocated from the firm’s Ridgeland, Miss., office to its Memphis office.

53. Butler Snow Forms New Subsidiary -

Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC has formed a new subsidiary, Butler Snow Advisory Services LLC, under the direction of CEO Matt Thornton.

54. EmergeMemphis Announces Board of Directors -

EmergeMemphis has announced new officers selected to serve on the board of directors for the 2011-2012 term.

Andrew Seamons will serve as chairman. Seamons is managing partner of PittCo Capital Partners and chairman of the board at LaneScan.

55. Entrepreneurship Week Encourages Idea Generation -

This year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week, which runs through the weekend, is remarkable not only for all the local events it has included, but also for the fact that several features will be ongoing.

56. Lifeblood Elects Board Members -

Lifeblood has elected new members to its board of directors.

New board members include Bill Appling, president of Watkins Uiberall Healthcare Consulting Group; Al Bright Jr., attorney at Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens and Cannada PLLC; Sam Cole, attorney; Dr. Lawrence Madlock, medical director at University Health Services; Jim Martin, retired from the Shelby County Division of Corrections; Kem Mullins, chief executive officer at St. Francis Hospital Bartlett; and Dr. Ted Strom, blood bank medical director and director of the hematology section, pathology and laboratory medicine services at the Memphis Veteran Affairs Medical Center.

57. Butler Snow Attorneys Receive Honors -

Eight attorneys from the Memphis office of Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC have been selected for Mid-South Super Lawyers 2010, and seven attorneys from the firm’s Memphis office were named as Mid-South Rising Stars 2010.

58. TIPLA Announces 2011 Board -

The Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association has announced its board of directors for 2011.

They are James R. Cartiglia, president, Waddey & Patterson PC, Nashville; Peter L. Brewer, vice president, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, Knoxville; Cara R. Baer, treasurer, Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC, Memphis; Andre’ J. Bahou, secretary, Prism Technologies LLC, Nashville; Lane Belisomo, at-large, Butler Snow, Memphis; J. Kenneth Hoffmeister, at-large, Pitts & Brittian PC, Knoxville; and Ryan D. Levy, at-large, Waddey & Patterson, Nashville.

59. Glankler’s Mathis Hits Stride As Attorney, Moot Court Coach -

Attorney Andre B. Mathis of Glankler Brown PLLC said that people have gotten a certain image of attorneys from TV law dramas, but not all lawyers have the same skill sets.

60. Cut Tuition Could Make Way Back to City Budget -

Memphis City Council members will consider restoring a tuition reimbursement program cut from the city budget this past July when it meets Tuesday.

The resolution on Tuesday’s council agenda would restore $902,211 in funding, which was the level the city funded the program at in the current fiscal year.

61. Wright Latest Orthopedic Firm Hit by Probe -

The agreement between Wright Medical Group Inc. and the U.S. Justice Department that allowed the company to avoid prosecution for allegedly violating the federal kickback statute is the latest run in a series of scandals that has touched all three of the city’s big orthopedic firms.

62. First Horizon's Jordan Sees 'Slow and Low' Future -

The head of Tennessee’s largest banking company, Memphis-based First Horizon National Corp., doesn’t expect interest rates to budge much until sometime late next year.

63. Butler Snow’s Wilmesherr to Discuss Financial Reform -

Edward Wilmesherr, a partner in the law firm of Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC, admits he doesn’t do a lot of texting.

64. Hard Work at Core Of Ellis’ Practice, Charter Commission Leadership -

Reaching for the stars and working tirelessly are trademarks of Memphis attorney Julie Ellis.

Ellis’ father was an Army general who blew the energetic sound of revelry each morning at “0500 hours.” She also watched her mom serve others as a school nurse and leading a mental health center.

65. Butler Snow Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers Publication -

Sixty-one attorneys from Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC – including 14 from the company’s Memphis office – have been named to Best Lawyers in America 2011. Company-wide, Butler Snow has 16 lawyers who have been listed in Best Lawyers for at least 10 years.

66. Shanker Sees Growth Ahead For Health Law -

Scott B. Shanker expects a busy year ahead with big changes.

An attorney who exclusively practices health care law, he recently joined Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC’s pharmaceutical, medical device and health care industry group. But he’s not a newcomer to the specialty or to Memphis.

67. Levitt Shell Adds Development Director -

Debra Czestochowski has joined Levitt Shell as the organization’s first development director.

Hometown: Macomb, Ill.
Education: B.A. in English, University of Illinois
Work experience:
More than 30 years advancing nonprofit organizations in higher education and the performing arts, including a decade with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra before joining the Levitt Shell staff.
My husband, Joseph, heads International Arts Inc., based in Chicago and Memphis. Our son, Stefan, is a professional musician preparing for medical school. He lives in Chicago.
Favorite quote:
“A good idea doesn’t care where it came from.” From Jeff Sanford, wise Memphian and fellow Midwesterner.
Who has had the greatest influence on you?
My Grandpa Kindred, who raised his siblings and built a farm for his family and was the kindest man I have known. No one could have had a more perfect surname.
What drew you to the Levitt Shell?
The irresistible opportunity to join those who have regenerated a Memphis treasure in order to build community and diversity through free music and education.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments?
Reaching fundraising goals is deeply satisfying, but it is most significant to me to achieve those goals via servant leadership, which focuses on facilitating the progress of others. I thank Leadership Memphis for acquainting me with the literature in this field.
What do you most enjoy about your work?
I enjoy the creativity and commitment of those around me – staff, board and volunteers. I enjoy the expressions on the faces of those who gather for each concert. I enjoy seeing families together, children dancing and musicians absorbing the energy of the experience as they perform. An evening at the Levitt Shell is joyful. It is what this world should be.

68. Coury Named to Turnaround Management Association’s Board -

During Michael Coury’s 30-year career, he said his success has been based on hard work, perseverance and loving his job.

69. I-240-Airways Project Stymied by Old Info -

The aerotropolis initiative’s transportation work group has recommended reexamining the Interstate 240-Airways Boulevard interchange modification study after finding flaws in the study, most of which arose from the length of time it took to research the area.

70. Morris Applies Lifetime of Lessons to Practice -

Though J. Robert Morris grew up in the family business, he always wanted to work in Washington.

Once he earned his business degree in commercial and financial management, he headed to the nation’s capital with big dreams of working on Capitol Hill.

71. Payne-Johnson Joins Arlington’s Baptist Memorial Medical -

Dr. Ann Payne-Johnson, a family medicine physician at Baptist Memorial Medical Group, recently began practicing medicine at Baptist Memorial Medical Group Arlington Family Medicine.

Hometown: New Orleans, La.
Education: Residency, University of Tennessee Department of Family Medicine, Jackson, Tenn.; Spartan Health Sciences University School of Medicine; master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of Southern Mississippi
Work Experience: Family medicine physician at BMMG, clinician at Saint Francis Hospital, aerobics instructor/fitness instructor (stopped when I was 5 months pregnant with my son)
Family: Married. Five-year-old son, Donovan, in kindergarten at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School; daughter, Ashley, 2.
Last book read: “Llama Llama Mad at Mama”
Music: Disco. Favorite song: “I Will Survive.”
Favorite movie: “Scarface” (“Avatar” is a close second)
Sports team: New Orleans Saints (Who Dat!!!)
Activities you enjoy outside of work: Farmville on Facebook, gadgets, spending time with the kids
Who has had the greatest influence on you? My father, who was a musician and scientist.
Why did you pursue a career in medicine? I have always wanted to practice medicine.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? Becoming board certified.
What do you most enjoy about your work? The people I work with every day are phenomenal. Baptist is growing to continue to meet the community’s needs for primary care.

72. How to Build a Government in 71 days -

The idea of consolidation is a political perennial in Memphis, but the details of merging Memphis and Shelby County governments are much more elusive.

The Metro Charter Commission’s formation last year represented the most meaningful move toward consolidation in almost 40 years.

73. Cohen Bill Elevates Aerotropolis Concept -

U.S. Rep Steve Cohen hopes his colleagues on Capitol Hill will soon become as familiar with the term “aerotropolis” as the constituents he represents in Tennessee’s 9th District.

74. Noel Named ABA’s Tennessee Delegate -

Randall D. Noel of Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC has been selected to serve as the Tennessee delegate to the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates.

75. Colvett Named Greenscape President -

Frank Colvett Jr. has been promoted to president of GreenScape Inc.

Colvett previously was executive vice president and corporate treasurer. He has been at GreenScape since 1992 and has served in various capacities including project manager, estimator and vice president of marketing.

76. Noel Becomes ABA Delegate From Tennessee -

Randall D. Noel has been elected as the Tennessee delegate to the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates.

Noel is a member of Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC’s Commercial Litigation Group. Noel is a Fellow of the American, Tennessee and Memphis Bar Foundations and has served as president of the Tennessee Bar Association.

77. Glankler Brown’s Hancock Elected Bar Foundation Fellow -

Jonathan C. Hancock of Glankler Brown PLLC has been elected a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, an association of 710 attorneys across the state.

78. Judge Derails Class-Action Status For Nurse Wage Suit -

A last-ditch attempt to gain class-action status for a lawsuit alleging that Memphis hospitals conspired to suppress nurse wages has failed.

U.S. District Judge Samuel H. Mays Jr. has denied a motion to allow a substitute plaintiff. He issued the order last week after ruling in September that the two originally named plaintiffs did not adequately represent nurses in the Memphis area.

79. Butler Snow Attys. Honored As Super Lawyers -

Thirty-one attorneys from Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC have been selected for inclusion in the 2009 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers, with nine of those attorneys in the firm’s Memphis office.

80. Memphis Bar Assn. Elects New Officers, Board Members -

At the Memphis Bar Association’s Annual Meeting Thursday at The Peabody hotel, the MBA announced its 2010 officers and new members of its board of directors.

Immediate past president Art Quinn passed the gavel to incoming president Ricky E. Wilkins of the Law Offices of Ricky E. Wilkins. John Cannon of Shuttleworth Williams PLLC and Gary K. Smith of Apperson Crump & Maxwell PLC automatically move to the positions of vice president/president-elect and treasurer, respectively. Linda Warren Seely, director of pro bono projects at Memphis Area Legal Services Inc., was chosen as secretary.

81. Nurse Wage Suit Still Alive, Kicking -

An attempt to gain class-action status in a lawsuit alleging that Memphis hospitals conspired to suppress nurse wages isn’t dead yet.

After issuing an order in October to deny class-action certification because the two plaintiffs did not adequately represent nurses in the Memphis area, U.S. District Judge Samuel H. “Hardy” Mays Sr. is now allowing lawyers for the nurses to make the case for introducing a substitute plaintiff.

82. Cardiologists, Attorney To Debate Health Care -

A panel of two Memphis cardiologists and an attorney will debate whether Americans have a constitutional right to health care Thursday at 7 p.m. at 80 Monroe Ave., Suite 220.

83. Ten Butler Snow Attorneys Recognized in Best Lawyers -

Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC has 54 attorneys recognized in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, including 10 based in the Memphis office.

84. Law Firm Alliances on the Rise -

Law firms locally and nationally are more frequently forming partnerships with other firms or joining networks to help better serve their clients and use every attorney’s base of knowledge to improve overall performance.

85. Butler Snow Selected To ‘Midsize Hot List’ -

Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC has been selected for The National Law Journal’s inaugural “Midsize Hot List,” which recognizes firms that have “proven to be more agile than their bigger competitors.”

86. EmergeMemphis Names Four to Board of Directors -

The local business incubator EmergeMemphis has added four members to its board of directors who come from a spectrum of industries including marketing, law and accounting. The new members are Joe Fracchia, Joseph Dudek Jr., Amy Howell and Douglas Scarboro.

87. Events -

The Center City Development Corp. board of directors will meet today at 9 a.m. in the Center City Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St.

88. Events -

The Greater Memphis Chamber Humana Health Series will be today from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Crescent Club, Poplar Ave., Suite 909. The speaker panel will include Craig Becker of the Tennessee Hospital Association, Bob Gordon of Baptist Memorial Health Care and Dave Archer of Saint Francis Hospital. For reservations, contact Angela Michaels at 543-3546 or amichaels@memphischamber.com.

89. Events -

The Greater Memphis Chamber will hold a metro mixer Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Minglewood Hall, 1555 Madison Ave. Deadline for registration is today. To register, contact Tunga Lee at 543-3571 or tlee@memphischamber.com.

90. Local Environmental Issues More Measurable, Says Ex-EPA Official -

James Palmer Jr., an attorney at Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC, returned this year from his stint as the administrator for Region IV of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

91. Palmer Rejoins Butler Snow After Stint as EPA Appointee -

James Palmer Jr. has rejoined the Environmental Practice Group at Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC after completing his presidential appointment as the administrator for Region IV of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Region IV is the largest of the 10 EPA regions. It includes Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida.

92. New TBA President Ready With Plans -

When Danny Van Horn, a member of the Commercial Litigation Group at Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens and Cannada PLLC, learned May 4 he was elected as the Tennessee Bar Association’s vice president/president-elect, he was busy working the Greater Memphis Chamber’s golf tournament.

93. Events -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will present a workshop titled “Coaching 101” today from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Alliance office, 5100 Poplar Ave., Suite 502. Donna Pope will lead the workshop. Cost is $65 for members, $125 for nonmembers and $55 for those in the Program for Nonprofit Excellence. For more information, call 684-6605 or visit www.npexcellence.org.

94. Raynor Named VP of Marketing For Two Hilton Brands -

Carla Raynor has been appointed vice president of marketing for Homewood Suites by Hilton and newly launched Home2 Suites by Hilton.

95. Events -

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet today at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Marshall Gramm of Rhodes College will speak. Lunch is $18 per person and reservations are required. For reservations, e-mail Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

96. Saint Francis Weight Loss Center Appoints Weaver Medical Director -

Virginia Weaver has been appointed medical director of the Saint Francis Center for Surgical Weight Loss.

97. U of M’s Heath Given Distinguished Teaching Award -

Dr. Julia Heath, professor of economics at the University of Memphis, has been honored with the Kenneth G. Elzinga Distinguished Teaching Award by the Southern Economic Association.

98. MLGW to Discuss Amending Manuals -

The Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division board of directors today will discuss amending the utility company’s 2008 Credit Policy Manual and the 2009 Customer Care Policy Manual.

It is in regards to the application of funding provided by the Memphis City Council through a utility assistance program it approved last month. The council approved $2.5 million in aid to utility customers struggling to pay their bills.

99. Events -

The Memphis Regional Chamber will hold a breakfast forum with Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton Jr. today from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. in The Crescent Club Founder’s Room, 6075 Poplar Ave., Suite 909. For reservations, contact Carmen Franklin at 543-3520 or cfranklin@memphischamber.com.