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VOL. 121 | NO. 10 | Wednesday, January 4, 2006

Baker Donelson Hires New IT Professional

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Catherine McCollum
Brian Casabella
Ken Hall
Sean A. Carroll
Lewis P. Britt
Cheryl Proctor

Cheryl Proctor just joined Baker Donelson's information technology management team as client services manager. Proctor currently serves as Southeast regional vice president of the International Legal Technology Association. She will direct Baker Donelson's client support services group. The group provides firm-wide electronic services, offering Baker Donelson's clients and attorneys sophisticated document sharing capabilities and technologically advanced litigation support systems. Proctor previously served as manager of application services at Waller Landsen Dortch & Davis PLLC in Nashville.

The following individuals were named 2005 winners of the Joe Pipkin Annual Sales and Marketing Challenge: Lance Walker, Walker Auctions; Kim Brukardt, public relations; Perrye Peters, Memphis Regional Chamber of Commerce; Patrecia Goldstein, Crye-Leike, Realtors; Keith Sanders, communications coach; Gary Minor, executive coach, Shelley Baur, OfficeMax; and Vicky Sampietro, WKNO.

National labor and employment law firm Ford & Harrison LLP announced that Louis P. Britt, managing partner of the Memphis office, was named a fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation. The Tennessee Bar Foundation is an association of attorneys from across the state. The group honors attorneys who have distinguished themselves in the profession by electing them to membership as fellows. Britt recently was appointed to serve as managing partner of Ford & Harrison's Memphis office. He also continues to serve on the firm's marketing and diversity committees and is a member of the firm's retail industry group. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Memphis and a law degree from Tulane University.

Sean A. Carroll joined Ison & Decosimo as a staff auditor. Carroll is a 2003 graduate of the University of Tennessee and currently is working on a master's degree at the University of Memphis.

The following Burch, Porter & Johnson lawyers were included on The Best 150 Lawyers in Tennessee list in the January issue of monthly publication Business Tennessee: W.J. Michael Cody, Charles F. Newman, C. Thomas Cates, J. Brook Lathram and Jef Feibelman. Business Tennessee's editorial staff determined the list based on its own due diligence and peer review by other lawyers, judges and business executives in the state.

Ken Hall rejoined the staff of nonprofit organization Hands On Memphis as interim executive director. Hall served as executive director of the organization from 1997 through 2003. He will guide the organization through events planned through April while assisting with Hands On Memphis' search for a permanent replacement. During his six-year tenure as executive director, Hall served on the national board of the Hands On Network and chaired the network's national convention in 2002. In the past two and a half years, he has served as vice president of communications for the Memphis Regional Chamber and as director of corporate relations for Lifeblood.

Full-service marketing communications firm Thompson & Co. announced that Brian Casabella joined its staff as an art director and production artist. Casabella previously worked as an art director at Good Advertising. He is a graduate of the Memphis College of Art, a 2003 Sphinx ADDY Award winner and a 2001 Push Design Conference winner.

Catherine McCollum was promoted to senior consumer loan officer at Memphis Area Teachers' Credit Union. McCollum has held various positions in her eight-year tenure with the credit union. She began at MATCU as branch director at the Collierville location and later was named call center coordinator, then sales manager. Prior to joining MATCU, she worked with then-Union Planters Bank as a commercial loan officer.

PROPERTY SALES 61 262 16,169
MORTGAGES 28 132 10,054
BUILDING PERMITS 88 424 38,360
BANKRUPTCIES 36 92 7,564