Late Wednesday, following a six day trial, a U.S. District Court jury in Cookeville, Tennessee returned a verdict in favor of clients represented at trial by Dan Berexa, Tom Carlton and Peter Robison of Cornelius and Collins, LLP. The case, which arose from an ATV accident that occurred in 2012, has been closely followed by legal experts because of a constitutional challenge to the tort reform laws enacted as part of the Tennessee Civil Justice Act of 2011, a legislative priority during the first term of Governor Haslam’s administration. The lawsuit originally sought fourteen million dollars in damages and asked that the court declare unconstitutional the “cap” laws limiting awards of punitive and non-economic damages. In late 2013 District Court Judge... continue reading
C&C client Ascension Health has announced it will be paying a minimum wage to associates -- $11/hour. Check out the article! http://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/blog/health-care/2015/05/hundreds-to-benefit-locally-as-saint-thomas-parent.html?ana=e_du_pub&s=article_du&ed=2015-05-26&u=vFNir/9q6EH1vi4bJ9cmgg0273bfb9&t=1432671802
C. Ben Harrison Jr. will be speaking at the Medical Malpractice Conference for Tennessee Attorneys. This program features Davidson County Circuit Judge Tom Brothers, along with a faculty of leading defense and plaintiffs’ attorneys, explaining the very latest developments in medical malpractices and sharing trial experience. The conference will be Friday, May 8th at the Nashville School of Law. Ben Harrison, Jr. is scheduled to appear 4:00-5:00 p.m. speaking on Hospital Liability.
Middle Tennessee Association of Legal Administrators has named new members to its board of directors, including our very own office administrator Becky Francis as treasurer.
Rebecca Demaree will be exhibiting her painting “Stones River Greenway” 9x12, oil with the Chestnut Group at the Bridge Building in downtown Nashville April 17 and 18, 2015. The Cumberland River Compact Art Show, “Cumberland on Canvas” will be held in the beautiful Bridge Building on the river, adjacent to the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge. Proceeds from sales will benefit the Cumberland Compact in their mission to make the Cumberland River even better as a source of drinking water and enjoyment. More information on the Cumberland River Compact can be seen at their website here, http://cumberlandrivercompact.org/ Cumberland River Compact, 2 Victory Avenue, Suite 300, Nashville 37213 (plenty of free parking adjacent to the building) Show... continue reading
Dan Berexa is co-chairing a program for the Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum on January 22, 2015. Speakers will include Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Jeff Bivins, Deputy Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts, Ana Escobar, and former Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell. In the afternoon the group will tour the Tennessee State Capital, hear from Tennessee Solicitor General, Andree Blumstein, government relations specialist Mandy Haynes Young and a panel discussion with Senator Bryan Kelsey, Representative Mike Stewart and Representative Raumesh Akbari. Dan serves as a member of the steering committee for the NBF Leadership Forum which provides a select group of young attorneys a unique setting to develop leadership skills through monthly workshops... continue reading
The Tennessee Supreme Court has appointed John Kitch to the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility for a three-year term beginning January 1, 2015. The Board, comprised of nine lawyers and three non-lawyers statewide, serves the public and the legal profession by supervising the ethical conduct of attorneys, working to assist the legal profession to maintain high standards of skill and conduct, a commitment to the rules of professional conduct, and a desire to render useful and efficient legal services at affordable costs.
On January 1, 2015, Rebecca Wells Demaree returns to Cornelius & Collins as a partner. After graduating from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1989, Rebecca began her career as an associate at Cornelius & Collins, where she focused on labor and employment law and became a partner in 1996. In 2006, Rebecca joined Tennessee Health Management as Associate General Counsel and also held the position of Chief Human Resources Officer. During the time she was with Tennessee Health Management, Rebecca continued to maintain a limited of counsel role with Cornelius & Collins. Rebecca has extensive experience in all aspects of labor and employment law, including litigation, mediation and arbitration, EEOC compliance audits, wage and hour law, development of... continue reading
Partner Bryan Williams will be a presenter/instructor at an upcoming 2 day seminar for National Business Institute on December 11 – 12, 2014 at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel, Nashville, TN. He will be presenting presentations on the following areas: 1) Advanced Coverage Analysis, 2) Social Media, the Internet and Electronically Stored Information (ESI) Challenges, 3) Negotiating Complex Claims with Insurance Adjusters, 4) Handling Complex Subrogation and Lien Issues, 5) The Affordable Care Act's Impact on Personal Injury Settlements
John Kitch is scheduled to speak on December 8 and 9 before the Tennessee Association of Administrators of Special Education’s annual conference in Pigeon Forge. This conference, attended by more than three hundred educators around the state, is the preeminent event for the discussion of legal issues in special education in Tennessee. John’s topic is “Traps for the Unwary,” a session designed to help teachers and other school system personnel avoid mistakes and oversights that can harm a school system’s efforts to serve its students with special needs. This will mark the fourteenth consecutive time John has been asked to present.