VOL. 130 | NO. 171 | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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Baker Donelson Adds Carletos-Drayton
By Kate Simone
Carmalita “CC” Carletos-Drayton has joined the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC as a shareholder. Carletos-Drayton’s legal practice primarily focuses on environmental law, economic development, and government contracts.
Hometown: Clarksdale, Miss.
Experience: I have been a licensed practicing attorney in the state of Tennessee for almost 16 years. I began my legal career as a corporate litigator with a regional firm and later joined the Memphis City Attorney’s office, where I served for 14 years. I started off as an assistant city attorney and was quickly promoted to senior assistant city attorney. During my tenure, I served in a dual capacity as manager of the transactional department of the law division and the Office of Grants Compliance.
Family: I am married to Van Drayton and we have two lovely daughters, Nia Drayton and Iman Payne. Nia is a seventh-grader at Harding Academy. Iman models and resides in Manhattan, N.Y. We also have a gorgeous little Yorkie terrier, Zoey.
Favorite quote: “Consistency is the key.”
Favorite movie: “Taken”
The sports team(s) you root for: Memphis Grizzlies
What’s playing on your stereo right now? Israel Houghton
What talent do you wish you had? I always wished I could sing.
What attracted you to Baker Donelson? The stellar reputation of our law firm was very attractive to me. The firm is very respected in the Memphis community and nationally. It has been ranked one of Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies To Work For” six years in a row. We have a team of phenomenal lawyers, many of whom are recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and by Chambers USA.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? As a woman of color raised by my grandmother in the Mississippi Delta, rather than in a traditional two-parent home, I consider my family my greatest accomplishment. I am deeply humbled to have successfully raised two beautiful daughters along with my dedicated and supportive husband. I am also grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given to positively influence the lives of others.
If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? I would encourage each young person to establish personal goals for themselves that challenge them to go beyond their current circle of life and expand their level of thinking. In this regard, I would encourage them to always stay focused on their goals and not be distracted. Lastly, I would encourage each young person to find a positive mentor that will help them stay accountable and navigate their life’s journey.
Shawn D. Sentilles has joined the Memphis office of Adams and Reese LLP as special counsel and in the Special Business Services Practice Group. Sentilles has more than two decades of experience in intellectual property law, most recently as the in-house patent attorney for Wright Medical Technology Inc.
Daniel Kiel, associate professor of law at the University of Memphis, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant for research at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa, during the fall 2015 semester. The fellowship will allow him to expand his research on American educational law and disparities in the South African context.
Steven Williams has joined Renaissance Group’s civil engineering department, where he will provide civil design on site and subdivision projects. Williams graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering.
Eric Beaty has joined Financial Federal Bank as vice president of commercial banking. Beaty will focus on establishing and maintaining commercial lending and depository relationships, and providing flexible solutions for cash flow needs. He most recently served as vice president of a national financial institution, where he focused on sales and customer development.
Ben Haag has joined Signature Advertising as digital strategist/UX designer. Haag formerly works as director of communication at First Evangelical Church.
Dr. Marie Chisholm-Burns, dean and professor in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy, has received the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s Paul R. Dawson Award for her research contributions related to health services delivery affecting patient outcomes. Chisholm-Burns founded and directs the Medication Access Program in Georgia, which helps provide medication to transplant patients.
John I. Houseal Jr., a member of Glankler Brown PLLC, has been named to the board of directors of the Navy League Memphis. Prior to joining Glankler Brown, Houseal served as Captain, JAG, in the United States Air Force.
Sam Cochran, a retired major with the Memphis Police Department, has been awarded special recognition from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at the 2015 Voice Awards. Cochran was honored for his work in developing the Crisis Intervention Team in Memphis.
Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc. has received a 2015 CIO 100 Award from CIO magazine. The award program recognizes organizations worldwide that exemplify operational and strategic excellence in information technology.
Walker & Associates has won three Telly Awards for its “You Can Get There From Here” TV commercial. The commercial, for CollegeForTN.org, won bronze in the student, editing and copywriting categories.