DRI President and member Douglas K. Burrell has joined Chartwell Law as a Partner. Douglas has been a DRI member since 2006 and has been involved with various committees. He has also served on the Board of Directors since 2015. Douglas’s practice areas include Commercial Transportation Litigation, Construction Litigation and Construction Defect, General Liability and Casualty Defense, and Rideshare Litigation.
Also joining Chartwell Law, are DRI members Anelise Codrington, Kendra Talley, Tyrra Walker, and
Anelise joined DRI in 1990, and her practice areas include General Liability and Casualty Defense, Trucking and Transportation Liability, Rideshare Negligence, and Premises Liability.
Kendra has been a DRI member since 2021, and her practice areas include General Liability and Casualty Defense, Product Liability, and Medical Malpractice.
Tyrra’s practice areas are General Liability and Casualty Defense, Trucking and Transportation Litigation, and Rideshare Liabiity. Tyrra joined DRI in 2021.
J.C. is a member since 2006. and is an accomplished workers’ compensation defense attorney with tremendous experience throughout the litigation process, representing insurance carriers, employers, large, self-insured corporations, and third-party administrators.
Goldberg Segalla Welcomes Danielle N. Malaty
Goldberg Segalla added Danielle N. Malaty to the firm’s Employment and Labor group in Chicago. Malaty was previously with Kopka Pinkus Dolin in Chicago.
Malaty is an accomplished trial and appellate attorney who focuses her practice on counseling and defending a broad range of businesses, public entities, insurers, and professionals in all aspects of employment and labor matters, including claims alleging discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and other workplace misconduct. She also defends both governmental and private businesses in matters involving premises liability, product liability, professional liability, and subrogation. Malaty has defended clients in both state and federal courts as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She is an active member of DRI, and has published articles through DRI, Bloomberg BNA, ABA, and NRRDA.
“Goldberg Segalla has always stood out to me as having an impactful presence in the industry and influence that commands respect in our profession,” said Danielle on joining Goldberg Segalla. “I am beyond elated to head Goldberg Segalla’s Employment and Labor practice expansion into Chicago. Given the amazing talent on my team and across the firm, I am confident about the future success of this growing practice.”
Malaty received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and her J.D. from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.
About Goldberg Segalla
Goldberg Segalla is a national civil litigation firm with more than 20 offices in 10 states spanning major metro markets across the U.S., providing strategic coverage wherever our clients do business. As a firm of experienced litigators and trial attorneys, Goldberg Segalla's capabilities span business and commercial disputes, employment and labor, insurance coverage, product liability, and more. Today, our more than 400 attorneys are trusted counselors to public and private clients in key sectors and industries including construction and energy, transportation, manufacturing, retail and hospitality, and insurance.
Lewis Thomason Expands Knoxville Health Care Practice Group
Knoxville, TN – Lewis Thomason has expanded its statewide Health Care Practice Group with the addition of six attorneys to its Knoxville office, announced Rodney A. Fields, Managing Shareholder of the Knoxville office and Chairman of the firm's Board of Directors.
“This is exciting for our firm and for the city of Knoxville,” Fields said. “Health care law is a growing practice in the Knoxville area, so we are pleased for the possibilities in adding these six accomplished and capable attorneys to our team. These attorneys will complement and enhance our statewide health care practice.”
For over 25 years, Heidi Barcus has represented hospitals, physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals in healthcare liability matters. She is licensed in Tennessee and Kentucky and has successfully defended regional and local health care facilities, medical practices, long-term care facilities, and insurance companies in state and federal court. Barcus is certified as a specialist in Medical Professional Liability by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys. Barcus has tried numerous matters to verdict at all trial levels of Tennessee and Kentucky courts. She practices in the federal and state courts of both Tennessee and Kentucky, as well as all appellate courts of each state.
Barcus previously served as staff attorney and assistant general counsel at the University of Tennessee Medical Center where she directed the day-to-day legal services of the hospital and advised the hospital administration on health care liability, HIPAA, and employment law. Barcus is chair of the American Bar Association's Law Practice Division, and she authors a bimonthly practice management column for Law Practice Magazine. She has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law and is a past president of the Knoxville Bar Association. She currently sits on the Tennessee Bar Association's Board of Governors. She is a graduate of Baylor University with a B.A.; holds an M.A. from Ohio University and graduated cum laude from University of Tennessee College of Law.
Jeff Thompson has tried over 70 jury trials to verdict in state and federal courts. His practice focuses on the defense of physicians and hospitals in healthcare liability cases and the defense of public officials and governmental entities. He is admitted to practice in all Federal and State courts in Tennessee, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, Knoxville Bar Association, and Defense Research Institute. He is the Knoxville representative of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys. He holds an “AV” rating with Martindale Hubbell and has been named a Mid-South Super Lawyer. Thompson earned a B.S. at University of Tennessee and his J.D. at University of Tennessee College of Law.
Gina Vogel practices in the areas of healthcare liability, civil rights litigation, defense of public officials and governmental entities, and general civil litigation. Vogel is a member of the Hamilton Burnett Inns of Court and the Defense Research Institute. She is actively involved in the Tennessee Bar Association and Knoxville Bar Association. Vogel graduated summa cum laude from University of Tennessee and earned her J.D. at University of Tennessee College of Law.
Jason Long has a practice primarily dedicated to the defense of healthcare liability matters and professional board representation. He represents individual physicians, physicians’ groups, nurses, nursing facilities and other care providers in complex legal matters in Tennessee and Kentucky. He also handles matters involving business litigation, civil trial defense, nursing home and long-term care defense as well as legal malpractice defense. Long has served as president of the Tennessee Bar Association and as president of the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. He currently serves as president of the Knoxville Bar Association (KBA) and past president of its young lawyer division, the Barristers. Long is a regular contributor to DICTA, the KBA's legal newsletter and he taught legal writing at the University of Tennessee College of Law for 15 years. He is a member of the Knoxville, Tennessee, and American Bar Foundations. He holds a B.A. from Emory University and his J.D. from University of Tennessee College of Law.
Meagan Davis Collver focuses her practice on the defense of healthcare liability matters, including individual physicians, group medical practices, nursing home, and long-term care defense. She often defends board-certified practitioners and also handles civil rights defense. Collver is currently serving as president of the Knoxville Bar Association’s Barristers Division. She is an active member of the Tennessee Bar Association, American Bar Association, and Hamilton Burnett American Inn of Court. Collver began her career as a criminal law clerk and was an intern to the Hon. Deborah C. Stevens of the Knox County, Tennessee, Circuit Court. She is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Tennessee and graduated cum laude from University of Tennessee College of Law.
About Lewis Thomason
Lewis Thomason has offices in Knoxville, Nashville, and Memphis. Lewis Thomason lawyers cover the entire state of Tennessee and serve regional and national clients. We have attorneys licensed in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas. For more information: www.LewisThomason.com.
Congratulations to Ellis & Winters partner and DRI member, Ashley Brathwaite, who was installed as the President of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (NCADA). Ashley has been a member since 2005.
Susan Gunter, a DRI member since 1996, was honored by the Ontario Bar Association with the organization's Joel Kuchar Award for Professionalism and Civility, during its annual Awards Gala in Toronto. As the organization stated: Susan is one of the "outstanding members of the profession who has made exceptional contributions to the practice of law in Ontario and to the Ontario Bar Association."
DRI member Jason Hendren (since 2006), of Hall Booth Smith PC, was honored with the Presidential Award of Excellence for his valued contributions as chair of the Membership Task Force with the Arkansas Bar Association. Jason represents hospitals, physician groups, clinics, doctors, nurses, insurers, and other health care professionals in a wide range of complex medical malpractice litigation.
National law firm Foley & Mansfield announced the addition of DRI member Shelley Napolitano as a litigation partner in its New Orleans office. Her practice is focused in the areas of asbestos and talc litigation, and she will be a member of the firm’s Toxic Tort, Environmental, and Product Liability Practice Groups. Shelley has been a DRI member since 2014.
Charles Reynolds, a DRI member since 1996, has joined Tyson & Mendes LLP as Partner. Charles has more than three decades of experience in the premises liability, construction, medical malpractice, toxic tort, and other insurance defense-related fields, joined Tyson & Mendes LLP as partner in its Tampa, Florida office.
Dennis J. Wall, who joined DRI in 1980, has been invited by Thomson Reuters West to be a co-editor and also to write the chapters on claims handling, exclusions, and Social Security Insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, and the judicial status of the Affordable Care Act for the book, "Catastrophe Claims: Insurance Coverage for Natural and Man-Made Disasters" (May 2022).
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