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VOL. 128 | NO. 6 | Wednesday, January 9, 2013

McLain Joins Counterpart in Copywriting Role

By Kate Simone

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Rebekah McLain has joined Counterpart Communication Design as copywriter. In her new role, McLain will write copy for print and websites, with areas of expertise including higher education, security and disability law, neuropsychology and hospitality.


Hometown: Mobile, Ala.

Education and work experience: Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and publication design, University of Baltimore, 2009; Bachelor of Arts in English, University of Alabama, 2003. I’ve pretty much worked every job there is: teaching college, waiting tables and bartending, administering and scoring IQ tests, walking dogs, drafting letters to administrative law judges.

Family: I might get a cat next year.

Favorite quote: “A ship in harbor is safe, but that’s why ships are built.” From a fortune cookie.

Favorite movie: I don’t really have one. I could watch the BBC’s “Pride and Prejudice” miniseries every day though.

The sports team(s) you root for: Alabama Crimson Tide, Baltimore Orioles

What’s playing on your stereo right now? A mix called “Rebekah Moved to Memphis” that my friend/former upstairs neighbor from Baltimore made for me. He used to slide them under my door. Now they come via Dropbox.

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Road trips to Florida, swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, rock climbing and reading, of course.

What talent do you wish you had? I wish I weren’t so easily distracted.

Who has had the greatest influence on you? Everyone I’ve ever met has taught me one thing or another.

What attracted you to Counterpart? Counterpart’s warm and friendly personality. So many online job postings read as if someone were slapping you in the face with a dead fish. Counterpart’s posting made me feel like someone had just shoved a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie in my mouth.

What are your goals in your new position? I have a lot to learn. My goal is to soak up knowledge like a crazy knowledge sponge.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? I saved up a bunch of money and quit my job(s) so I could find a job I really enjoyed. And I did.

What do you most enjoy about your work? Writing. I didn’t realize that it was possible to actually really, really like a job. But all I ever want to do is learn about things and then write about them. Now that’s my job. I also like collaborating with my coworkers. Everybody’s brain works differently, and I love to see that in action.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Mind over matter – if you stay positive and focused, you can make anything happen.

Five attorneys with Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston PC have been named 2013 Super Lawyers by Super Lawyers magazine: Richard M. Carter, intellectual property litigation; Robert E. Orians, business and corporate law; David C. Wade, civil litigation defense; James C. Warner, real estate law; and Shea Sisk Wellford, business litigation. Wellford was also named one of the top 50 women attorneys in the Mid-South.

Ty Skinner has joined RedRover Co. as account manager/sales trainer. Skinner previously held sales training and management positions in the financial services, construction/development and health care industries.

Four attorneys with Allen, Summers, Simpson, Lillie & Gresham PLLC have been named to the Mid-South Super Lawyers 2012 list: Robert Green, civil litigation defense; Jim Summers, construction litigation; and James Simpson and Kirk Caraway, employment and labor law. Harry Lebair has been selected as a Rising Star in the area of construction litigation.


Brooke Warrington has joined Chestnut Hall Furniture & Interiors as an assistant interior designer. Before joining Chestnut Hall, Warrington was a production design intern at RE:BE Design in New Orleans.

Fifteen attorneys from the Memphis office of Glankler Brown PLLC have been named to the Mid-South Super Lawyers 2012 list: Louis F. Allen, Stewart Austin, Saul C. Belz, J. David Blaylock, Oscar C. Carr III, Lee J. Chase, B. Douglas Earthman, Charles W. Hill, John I. Houseal Jr., R. Hunter Humphreys, William T. Mays Jr., George J. Nassar Jr., Arnold E. Perl, J. William Pierce Jr. and Ross E. Webster. In addition, Belz, Blaylock and Perl have been named to the Super Lawyers Memphis Area Top 50.


Elizabeth Petty has joined Dermatology Realm in Germantown. In her new role, Petty oversees reception and scheduling of patients for the dermatological center.

Kelley & Associates has earned a 2012 platinum MarCom for the Catholic Charities of West Tennessee “Safe Starts Here” campaign. The agency also earned gold MarCom awards for the Helena Corporate video in both the video/film and web video categories, as well as honorable mentions for the AOC LEED certification brochure and 2013 Catholic Charities of West Tennessee Season of Advent campaign.

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