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VOL. 130 | NO. 48 | Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Pera Elected Vice President of Tennessee Bar

By Jane A. Donahoe and Kate Simone

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Lucian T. Pera, partner in the Memphis office of Adams and Reese LLP, has been elected vice president of the Tennessee Bar Association and will automatically become president of the organization in 2017-2018. Pera, who joined Adams and Reese in 2006, concentrates his practice in commercial litigation, media law, and legal ethics and professional responsibility.

Hometown: Memphis

Experience: After clerking for a year with Sixth Circuit Judge Harry W. Wellford, I practiced law for 21 years with Armstrong Allen PLLC, until we dissolved the firm in 2006. Since then, I have practiced with Adams and Reese LLP, a large regional law firm with about 300 attorneys and advisers located in 16 offices in seven states across the Southeast and in Washington, D.C.


Family: I have been married to Jane Van Deren since 1987, and we have two sons – Gordon (22) and Franklin (19).

Favorite quotes: “Follow the money.” – Deep Throat, reporter Bob Woodward’s Watergate scandal source in Alan J. Pakula’s 1976 film, “All the President’s Men.” It’s frequently the most effective advice for understanding how things, organizations and people work.

“Everything. I mean that. Everything.” – Elvis Presley, March 7, 1960, in his first interview on returning from Army service, answering a reporter’s question, “What have you missed most about being away from Memphis?”

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Reading history, biography, and some fiction (science, crime); movies; long-form TV

What are your goals in your new position? To help make the Tennessee Bar Association even more relevant to, and useful for, Tennessee lawyers in an era of tremendous change in the business of law.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? In my media law practice, I represented The Commercial Appeal in a public records lawsuit against Cherokee Children & Family Services that helped reporter Marc Perrusquia break apart a fraud-ridden nonprofit. Our work led the Tennessee Supreme Court to extend the public records law to cover any private, profit or nonprofit, company that is the “functional equivalent” of government.

In my volunteer work, I helped lead the TBA in convincing the Tennessee Supreme Court to move from outdated, 30-year-old lawyer ethics rules to our current national-standard rules. Also, as the (then) youngest member of the ABA’s Ethics 2000 Commission, I helped significantly revise the model lawyer ethics rules, which are now the pattern for virtually every state’s rules.

What do you most enjoy about your work? I enjoy solving problems for other people.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Talent is overrated. What matters is work and dedicated, directed practice.

The Memphis Music Commission has named its 2015 Emissaries of Memphis Music, celebrating the extraordinary contributions of Memphis women in music: Carol Rakestraw, Michelle Prather, Dr. Nancy A. Chase, Yvonne Mitchell, Lorraine Mitchell, Pat Mitchell Worley, Sandy Carroll and Tracy Bethea.


Preston Thomas has been named among the top 10 percent of Colliers International’s highest-performing brokers across the United States, Latin America and Canada. Thomas’ primary focus is in representing corporations, landlords, tenants and investors in acquisition, disposition and leasing in the greater Memphis area. Since joining Colliers International’s Memphis office in 2006, he has completed more than 400 transactions totaling more than 32 million square feet.



Amy Braden and Gilda Shelby have joined HopeWorks as job retention specialists. Braden’s main responsibility will be to work with students during their first year of employment to ensure success. She will also lead HopeWorks’ six-week internship program. Shelby will be in charge of creating retention plans for all students enrolled in the Personal Career and Development program and will handle alumni re-engagement for job referrals and services.

Dr. W. Mark Tucker has been selected as the 2015 UTHSC Outstanding Alumnus of the College of Dentistry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Tucker obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from UTHSC in 1966. Among his accomplishments, he served as chief of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Section at James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, Fla., from 1972 to 2009.

Monica Brown, an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has received a $150,000 award from the Scleroderma Foundation. Brown and her team are researching the effects of a natural form of Vitamin D on scleroderma, a disease characterized by the hardening of the skin and organs.


Darrell K. Thomas has been appointed to the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board of directors. Thomas, who is the founder, chairman and CEO of Thomas Consultants Inc., was nominated to the MSCAA board by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and will serve through Dec. 31, 2021.

NEXUS has presented its 2015 Memphis Mentoring Awards, chosen by NEXUS alumni for their leadership and dedication to mentoring and the city of Memphis. Honorees include: Leadership Memphis, Outstanding Mentoring Organization/Nonprofit; Eddie Foster, Second Presbyterian Church, Outstanding Male Mentor; JoeAnn Ballard, Neighborhood Christian Centers Inc., Outstanding Female Mentor; and Miska Clay Bibbs, Green Dot Public Schools, Outstanding NEXUS Mentor.

Methodist Primary Care Group has been named a Hypertension Control Champion by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Million Hearts Initiative. Methodist Primary Care Group was one of 30 organizations nationwide honored for their success in helping patients control high blood pressure.

PROPERTY SALES 101 603 9,602
MORTGAGES 92 538 10,616
BUILDING PERMITS 215 1,282 20,958
BANKRUPTCIES 51 408 6,108