VOL. 116 | NO. 31 | Thursday, February 14, 2002
Burch Porter & Johnson has a new management structure
Burch Porter & Johnson has a new management structure. Joel Porter assumed the position of chairman. David J. Harris will serve as the firms financial manager. Susan M. Clark will serve as operations manager. "I cannot think of a better person to lead Burch Porter & Johnson in the years ahead," said W.J. Michael Cody, senior member of the firm. "He is past president of the Memphis Bar Association, his father was one of the named members of the firm and there is no more respected lawyer in the area." An increase in the firms size pushed members to give it a more formal structure.
Five local attorneys were elected to the Fellows of the Tennessee Bar Foundation. The foundations purpose is two-fold to honor attorneys who have distinguished themselves in the profession and to administer a grant-making program that supports law-related public interest projects. New Fellows are Allen T. Malone, a partner in Burch Porter & Johnson; Paul A. Malone, a partner in Armstrong Allen; Robert Spence Jr., a partner in the Hardison Law Firm; Jill M. Steinberg, a partner at Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell; and A C Wharton Jr., Shelby County Public Defender and a partner in Wharton & Wharton.
Snider, Horner & New was chosen as Germantowns Small Business of the Year for 2001 by its Chamber of Commerce. The award is presented annually to businesses that excel in both internal operations and community involvement. The firm, which has offices in Memphis, too, is one of the largest trial law firms in Germantown.
Dr. James Netters was appointed to serve on the American Public Power Association Policy-Makers Council. He is a Memphis Light, Gas and Water commissioner. The 40-member council is a group that presents the diverse interests of local officials on several areas of concern for public power systems and supports the APPA legislative program. He will serve on the council until 2005.
The Tennessee Bar Association is sponsoring the "2002 Update: Preventing Legal Malpractice and Ethics Complaints in Personal Injury and General Practice" seminar from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Fogelman Conference Center and Feb. 26 at the Sheraton Four Points in Jackson, Tenn. The event is approved for three hours of dual continuing legal education credit. For information, call (800) 899-6993 or visit www.tba.org/registrar.html.