Donald Capparella News

Capparella Leads Program for TN Department of Human Services

Donald Capparella presented his popular “Much Ado About Ethics” program by request of the Tennessee Department of Health at its Nashville offices on December 6.  The presentation uses the classic works of William Shakespeare to teach modern legal ethics.

Capparella Presents “Ethics, Lies, & Videotape”

Donald Capparella, Anne Martin, and Ed Lanquist at Nashville Bar Association presentation “Ethics, Lies, & Videotape”

Donald Capparella, Edward D. Lanquist Jr., and Anne Martin presented popular Continuing Legal Education series “Ethics, Lies, and Videotape” on November 17 for the Nashville Bar Association. They discussed ethical implications of situations raised by movies and by real-life legal cases.

3 DPBC Attorneys Named to 2017 “Super Lawyers” List

Rated by Super LawyersMargaret L. Behm, Donald Capparella, and Paul Parker have each been named to the 2017 Super Lawyers’ Annual List of Top Attorneys in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi.

Margaret L. Behm‘s diverse practice includes business transactions and litigation, employment law, and providing counsel to municipal agencies. She has been named to the Super Lawyers list each year since 2007.

Donald Capparella focuses his practice on litigation, both at the trial level and on appeal, with an emphasis on tort and insurance litigation, family law, and personal injury.  He has been named to the Super Lawyers list each year since 2009.

Paul Parker practices in the areas of estate planning and probate and tax law. He regularly conducts continuing legal education seminars for other attorneys on tax, trust, and estate planning issues.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.

7th Edition of Appellate Practice Handbook Now Available

The Nashville Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Committee has published the seventh edition of Appellate Advocacy:  A Handbook on Appellate Practice in Tennessee.  The Handbook provides novice and experienced litigators with tips and analysis on practicing in the state’s appellate courts and is available online.

Donald Capparella and Candi Henry were among the editors of the Handbook.   Both have previously served as chair of the NBA Appellate Practice Committee.

Dodson Parker Included on Best Lawyers® – U.S. News 2018 “Best Law Firms” List for Metro Nashville Area

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers have announced their 2018 “Best Law Firms” rankings. According to the publications, the “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.

Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella, PC received rankings in eleven different practice areas for the Metro Nashville Area, with “Tier 1” rankings in Appellate Practice, Employment- individuals, Employment – management, Insurance Law, and Non-Profit/Charities Law.  View the firm’s complete rankings here.

Firm’s Pro Bono Service Honored by Tennessee Supreme Court

(l-r) Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Jeff Bivins, Margaret L. Behm, Tyler Chance Yarbro, Candi Henry, Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Connie Clark

The Tennessee Supreme Court held its annual “Attorneys for Justice” Middle Tennessee awards ceremony at Belmont University College of Law on October 18, 2017.  The event recognizes lawyers, law students, and law firms for achievements in pro bono service.

Dodson Parker attorneys Margaret L. Behm, Donald Capparella, Candi Henry, and Tyler Chance Yarbro have each been named 2017 Attorneys for Justice based upon their pro bono service during the calendar year 2016.  The firm as a whole also received recognition for the fourth year in a row, reflecting an average of more than 50 hours of pro bono service per attorney in the firm.

 

Capparella, Yarbro Secure Win in 6th Circuit Court of Appeals

On September 7, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit handed down its opinion in U.S. v. Lanier, vacating the convictions of the defendants due to the trial court’s error in failing to investigate the extent of alleged juror misconduct.  Donald Capparella and Tyler Yarbro were counsel for the defendants.

Six DPBC Attorneys Listed in 2018 Best Lawyers in America Publication

Six Dodson Parker lawyers were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018.  Harlan Dodson, Margaret L. Behm, Donald Capparella, Tyler Chance Yarbro, Miranda Christy, and Michael B. Bressman were each recognized by the national publication.

The firm’s attorneys were recognized for their work in multiple practice areas including Commercial Litigation, Employment Law and Litigation, Corporate Law, Municipal Law, Non-Profit/Charities, Trademark Law, Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation, Appellate Practice, Real Estate Law, and Commercial Transactions/UCC Law.

Additionally, Donald Capparella was named the 2018 Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year for Appellate Practice in the Metro Nashville area.  Each year since 2014 he has received a “Lawyer of the Year” designation from the organization.

Capparella Presents CLE to benefit Nashville Shakespeare Festival.

On August 9, Donald Capparella presented another installment of his popular Continuing Legal Education Seminar on ethics to benefit the Nashville Shakespeare Festival. The CLE featured professional actors from the internationally-renowned Nashville Shakespeare Festival. Actors re-enacted scenes from some of Shakespeare’s plays to bring to life some of the most famous ethical dilemmas, which can still arise in today’s legal environment. Area lawyers who attended were challenged to apply the modern Rules of Professional Conduct to the timeless ethical quandaries presented by “the Bard.”

The CLE was presented at Cumberland University in Lebanon. Capparella is pictured with Travenia Holden of Holden Law Offices and Nashville-based actor Brian Russell.

 

Divided Court of Appeals Explores “Duty to Warn” Law in Tennessee

$3 Million Jury Verdict Overturned; No Duty to Warn of Danger