VOL. 130 | NO. 200 | Wednesday, October 14, 2015
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Attorney Rob Ratton Joins Fisher & Phillips
By Kate Simone
Robert W. Ratton has joined Fisher & Phillips LLP’s Memphis office as of counsel, a role in which he represents employers in a wide range of employment law matters and supports clients with internal investigations and compliance issues. Ratton most recently served as a staff attorney at TruGreen LP.
Experience: I received my undergraduate degree from Tulane University and Juris Doctor from the University of Iowa. My legal career has been fairly nontraditional. My first job out of law school was serving as a fellow for the Bosnian Supreme Court, where I worked on a rule of law initiative. When I came back to Memphis, Bill Gibbons hired me as an assistant district attorney. After six years with the DA’s office, I went to work for the City Attorney’s office for the city of Memphis, where I represented the city in state and federal lawsuits as well as carved out a niche suing criminal gangs. Following my role with the city, I went in-house with the nation’s premier lawn care business, primarily assigned to labor/employment and dispute resolution matters.
Family: My wife: Katie. Three kids: Sara Kate (9), Anna (6) and Gabe (3). Two dogs of questionable provenance: Angus and Lucy.
Favorite quote: “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.” – Mark Twain
Favorite movie: “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb”
Activities you enjoy outside of work: I am a terrible, but devoted, fly fisherman. I also play guitar for my dogs.
What talent do you wish you had? For all my life, I have desperately wished for the musical talent of Prince. He has it all: rhythm, song writing and dance moves. After all these years, I still only have a guitar.
What attracted you to your company? Fisher & Phillips is one of the premier labor and employment firms in the United States. The ability to be a part of this national network of talent and experience is an unbelievable opportunity. The Fisher & Phillips Memphis crew are wonderful people, too.
What do you most enjoy about your work? I love that the practice of law requires constantly learning about different walks of life. To represent clients in a legal matter, you need to understand what they do and how they do it. One of the most impassioned speeches I have ever heard on a business model was from a deli owner about fresh sliced meat. From the layman’s perspective, it doesn’t seem like a big issue, but, for the deli owner, it is the difference between failure and success. When you represent a business, you are motivated by this passion and dedication to details. It is a true joy to help your clients succeed.
If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? You don’t have to do it all by the age of 18.
Monique Bradberry has been promoted to operations manager at Verified Person, where she will oversee the outbound background verifications department and serve as liaison between management and the call center. Bradberry has worked at Verified Person for more than six years, previously serving as a verification specialist and later as regional sales manager.
Cindy Cole Ettingoff has joined Memphis Area Legal Services Inc. as director of pro bono programs. Ettingoff’s legal background includes private practice, most recently in her own firm, and previously with Weintraub, Stock, Bennett, Ettingoff & Grisham (now Fisher Phillips).
Lauren Plyler, a nurse practitioner at Levy Dermatology, has earned the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification through the American Nurse Credentialing Center. Plyler has been with Levy for six months.
Marie Lisco, economic development manager for the city of Germantown, has been awarded the Tennessee Certified Economic Developer designation by the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service.
S2N Design has added Lexie Shaunak as account coordinator and Danae Pacileo as traffic coordinator. Shaunak previously worked as an admissions counselor for Memphis College of Art, and Pacileo spent three years with Madewell as the operations, marketing and events manager.
S2N Design has promoted Clare Freeman to lead designer and Hope Dalton to account manager. Freeman joined S2N in January 2014 and previously served as a designer. Dalton joined in January 2015 and previously served as account coordinator.
Sutton Mora Hayes, vice president of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, has been inducted into the Student Life Hall of Fame at Webster University in St. Louis. Hayes graduated from Webster in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in management.
Tennessee Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris has been awarded the AFL-CIO Legislative Leadership Award. Harris was honored for being “a committed and tireless advocate for working people across the state.”
The Exchange Club Family Center has named its 2015-16 board members and officers. New board members include: Grant Adams, Beth Buffington, Mauricio Calvo, Ross Herrin, Reggie Manning, Greg Pohlman, Donna Rye, Katrina Skerritt, Brandon Smith and Luke Yancey. The officers are: Scott Trammell, president; Patrick Burke, vice president; Katie Massey, treasurer; Adrienne Dailey-Evans, secretary; and Catherine Harris, immediate past president.