Attorneys in Nashville, TN



Jan 22, 2015

Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership

 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


Jan 1, 2015

Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility

 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.   


Jan 1, 2015

Rebecca Wells Demaree Returns to Cornelius & Collins

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


Dec 11, 2014

“Advanced Issues in Personal Injury Litigation”

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  


Dec 8, 2014

Tennessee Association of Administrators of Special Education

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.  


Dec 3, 2014

Mid-South Super Lawyers®

Blake Matthews and Dan Berexa were selected for inclusion in 2014 Mid-South Super Lawyers® . Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a rigorous, multi-phased process, which includes peer nominations, peer review, and independent evaluation of candidates.  No more than 5% of the lawyers in any state are selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers. Brian Holmes and Jason Murrie were named to Super Lawyers-Rising Stars Edition 2014, a list of top up and coming lawyers who are 40 years old or younger. Each year no more than 2.5% of the lawyers in the state receive this honor.


Aug 19, 2014

The Best Lawyers in America© 2015

Cornelius & Collins, LLP is proud to announce that four of the firm’s partners were selected to be part of The Best Lawyers In America© 2015 including: Dan Berexa (Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs), C. Ben Harrison (Commercial Litigation, Bankruptcy Litigation, Medical Malpractice Law- Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, and Professional Malpractice Law- Defendants), Blake Matthews (Worker’s Compensation Law-Employers), and Joseph Wheeler (Product Liability-Defense; Personal Injury-Defense). 


Apr 15, 2014

Blake Matthews to Present at Workers' Comp Conference

Partner Blake Matthews has once again been asked to serve as a presenter at the annual Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Education Conference sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.  Blake has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of workers' compensation for multiple years and has been peer-selected as a Mid-South SuperLawyer for 2014 in the civil litigation category.  The 2014 conference will be conducted June 18-20 in Nashville. This year’s agenda will involve education and impact assessments with respect to the comprehensive reform act that becomes effective July 1, 2014.  The multi-day program will feature senior Department of Labor representatives, judges from Tennessee and other states, and experienced... continue reading


Apr 1, 2014

Peter Robison to Present at Employment Law Seminar

Peter Robison is one of the presenters at the upcoming Fundamentals of Employment Law Seminar in Chattanooga on May 13, 2014. The seminar series, which is put on by Sterling Educational Services, includes current topics and common issues faced by employment attorneys, human resources, and business owners. Peter’s seminar topics this year include employee privacy and social media in the workplace. Registration for this event is available here, and CLE credit is available. Participants can save $50 from the registration fee by using the code FLD50.


Mar 14, 2014

Pele Godkin and Jason Murrie Named Partners

Cornelius & Collins is proud to announce that Pele I. Godkin and Jason K. Murrie have been named partners with the firm.  Pele joined the firm in 2008 and the focus of her practice includes civil litigation, with an emphasis in workers' compensation law. She represents employers, self-insured employers and workers’ compensation carriers in lawsuits and Department of Labor proceedings throughout the State of Tennessee. Pele is also experienced in alternative dispute resolution and is certified by the Tennessee Supreme Court as a Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator. She is a graduate of the Seattle University School of Law. Jason has been with Cornelius & Collins since joining as an associate in 2009. A litigator by training, Jason has represented plaintiffs and... continue reading