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Dodson Elected Fellow of Tennessee Bar Foundation

January 19th, 2017

Harlan Dodson has recently been elected a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation.  Invitations to membership, which is a position of honor, were extended to 31 attorneys this year by the Board of Trustees. and the association consists of only 841 total attorneys across the state. The introduction of new Fellows took place in January at the annual Fellows’ Dinner in Nashville.

The Bar Foundation’s purpose is two-fold: to honor attorneys who have distinguished themselves in the profession and to administer a grant making program. That project, known by its acronym “IOLTA” (Interest On Lawyers’ Trust Accounts), has awarded grants in excess of $21,000,000 to law-related, public interest projects throughout Tennessee.

Dodson, Parker, Mastroianni Attend 51st Annual Heckerling Institute

January 14th, 2017

DPBC Attorneys Harlan Dodson, Paul S. Parker, and Jillian Mastroianni recently attended the 51st Annual Heckerling Institute for Estate Planning, the nation’s leading conference for estate planners.

Each year, professionals from across the nation–including attorneys, accountants, insurance professionals, certified financial planners, and Internal Revenue Service workers–gather annually with prominent authorities in the field to discuss and analyses the most important developments in  estate planning and estate, gift, and income taxation.


Tort Law Blog: Rental Car Insurance Coverage Unclear

January 7th, 2017

Auto Insurance Statutes Unclear Where Rentals are Concerned

Tort Law Blog: Respondeat Superior, Joint Venture, Implied Partnership & More

December 31st, 2016

Tort Law Blog: How is Pleading Vicarious Liability Like Skinning a Cat?


Tort Law Blog: Healthcare Liability, Motions to Dismiss, and Nonsuits

December 21st, 2016

Court of Appeals Addresses Nonsuits in Healthcare Liability Actions (Again–and Again!)

Sitgreaves Leads Seminar on Best Practices in Davidson Co. Circuit Court

December 19th, 2016

sitgreaves-381166-2016Elizabeth Sitgreaves joined the Hon. Joe Binkley, Jr., Circuit Court Judge for the 20th Judicial District of Tennessee (Davidson County) and Nashville attorney Laura Baker at the Nashville Bar Association’s Circuit Court Practice Seminar.

Speaking on the topic “Post-Trial Issues in Circuit Court,” Sitgreaves discussed legal issues that arise after trial and how to ensure that those issues are preserved on appeal.

Sitgreaves focuses her practice on litigation, with an emphasis on handling appeals.

Capparella Recognized on “Tennessee Top 100” and “Nashville Top 50” Lists

December 15th, 2016

Each year, the Super Lawyers® organization recognizes lawyers in Tennessee via a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research, and peer evaluation. The Tennessee lawyers who receive the highest point totals during this selection process are further recognized in Tennessee Super Lawyers Top Lists.

For 2016, Donald Capparella has been selected for inclusion in the “Top 100: 2016 Tennessee Super Lawyers” List and the “Top 50: 2016 Nashville Super Lawyers” List.

Capparella concentrates his practice exclusively on litigation, handling trials and appeals throughout the state and federal courts.  In 2016, he was elected into membership of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.