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VOL. 127 | NO. 228 | Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Scharff Elected to Legal Roles at Buckman, Bulab Holdings

By Kate Simone

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Jonathan Scharff has been elected vice president, legal and general counsel for Buckman and corporate secretary for Bulab Holdings Inc., Buckman’s parent company. Scharff has more than 22 years’ experience in the legal industry, including positions at Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale PC in St. Louis and Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh PLLC in Memphis. In his new position, he will oversee legal needs in U.S. and global operating companies and work with associates in preventing and managing legal risks.


Hometown: Memphis

Education and/or work experience: Bachelor of Arts, Grinnell College; juris doctorate, St Louis University. Paralegal for Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freemen Herz (New York City), 1984-1985; assistant director for Camp Nebagamon in Wisconsin, 1985-1987; law school, 1987-1990; associate with Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, 1990-1994; partner with Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh, 1995-2012.

Family: Suzanne Scharff, travel writer; Madeline Scharff, sophomore, Johns Hopkins University; Julia Scharff, junior, Lausanne Collegiate School; and Elana Scharff, sixth grade, Lausanne

Favorite quote: “A man’s got to know his limitations” – Clint Eastwood in “Dirty Harry”

Favorite movie: “Chariots of Fire”

The sports team(s) you root for: University Memphis basketball, Memphis Grizzlies, St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Steelers and Notre Dame football

What’s playing on your stereo right now? The Beatles, Jim Croce and Buddy Holly

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Reading The New York Times, movies, traveling with my wife, and wining and dining.

What talent do you wish you had? Cooking, but my wife wishes I could fix things around the house.

Who has had the greatest influence on you? Grandfather Roy Schwarz. He impressed upon me the value of education, cultures, art, traveling and family.

What attracted you to Buckman and Bulab Holdings Inc.? An opportunity to be a part of a third-generation global company and to use legal skills and experience in business.

What are your goals in your new position? To be an integral part of the Buckman associates in advancing the further success of the company while managing its risks and legal needs.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? Beautiful, close family with incredible friends, and having created a successful clientele in private law practice.

What do you most enjoy about your work? Problem solving legal issues intertwined with business decisions; working with interesting, smart, driven Buckman associates.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Give yourself time to experience life opportunities before settling on one career path, and once you find that path commit to it 100 percent.

Margaret Gilmore, Shelby County Schools’ instructional supervisor, has been named the Tennessee Supervisor of the Year for West Tennessee by the Tennessee Department of Education. The award recognizes administrators who have improved student education through their leadership.


Laurie Samuels has joined Memphis Consumer Credit Association as account executive. She will provide commercial solutions and business risk and continuity services to companies across the association’s multi-state region.

James Fells, a researcher with University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship by the American Cancer Society to further his research on a drug to treat breast cancer.

Memphis Goodwill Inc. has added four members to its board of directors: Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway, former NBA point guard; Mark R. Nance, vice president of treasury management, Trust One Bank; Michael Robilio, owner, Lucchesi’s Ravioli and Pasta Co.; and Macky Sneed, principal broker, Sneed Co. Realtors.

Five attorneys from the Memphis office of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC have been named in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America as Memphis lawyers of the year in their practice areas. They are: John S. Golwen, litigation – securities; John A. Good, mergers and acquisitions; J. Brook Lathram, litigation – antitrust; Richard R. Spore III, closely held companies and family businesses law; and Shepherd D. Tate, securities regulation.

Jordan Pegram has been promoted to assistant account manager at Signature Advertising. Pegram previously served as workflow assistant. Daniel Wickliff, a former Signature intern, has joined as workflow assistant. Brett Gaither, also a former Signature intern, has been named a digital specialist.

Dr. Donald C. Fisher, executive director of the Mid-South Quality & Productivity Center, has been chosen as the West Tennessee judge for the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence Award Program. The awards honor local, regional and statewide organizations for excellence in business operations and results.

Campbell Clinic has been named by Becker’s Healthcare Spine Review among the Top 57 Sports Medicine Practices to Know. Becker’s cited Campbell Clinic’s history, providers and relationships with local sports teams as reasons it is a national leader in sports medicine.

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