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Abernethy Admitted into American College of Trial Lawyers

November 07, 2012

Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada, PLLC (Butler Snow) Attorney Phil B. Abernethy has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America. The induction ceremony, at which Abernethy became a Fellow, took place recently before an audience of approximately 1,000 persons during the recent 2012 Annual Meeting of the College in New York. 

“This is a tremendous honor for Phil and for the firm, and we are proud of this noteworthy accomplishment,” said Donald Clark, Jr., Chairman, Butler Snow. “He has worked tirelessly on behalf of his clients and the firm and this recognition is well deserved.”  

Abernethy is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Group. He focuses his practice on construction law, construction litigation, commercial litigation, product liability law and business tort law. Abernethy is an AV-rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized for his work by The Best Lawyers in America, Top Lawyers, Mid-South Super Lawyers and Chambers USA. Abernethy is a frequent speaker on trial practice and construction litigation, and was an instructor on trial practice at the National Trial Academy for the International Association of Defense Counsel. He is a member of the American Bar Association, International Association of Defense Counsel, American Arbitration Association, National Arbitration Forum and the Capital Area Bar Association. Abernethy received an engineering degree from Mississippi State University and a law degree from the University of Mississippi.  

Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship. 

Membership in the College cannot exceed 1 percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5,838 members in the United States and Canada, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows and Judicial Fellows. The College strives to improve and elevate the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the trial profession. Qualified lawyers are called to Fellowship in the College from all branches of trial practice. They are carefully selected from among those who customarily represent plaintiffs in civil cases and those who customarily represent defendants, those who prosecute accused of crime and those who defend them. The College is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice. 

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Events
Employment Law Conference for Middle Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management
Employment Law Conference for Middle Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management Music City Center, Nashville, TN 10/17/2014 7:00:00 AM Butler Snow's Kara Shea is on of the presenters at the upcoming Middle Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management's 2014 Mid-South Employment law Conference.  With the goal of educating and informing members of SHRM about newly enacted and potential legislation, the conference will be held at the Music City Center at 201 5th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203.  For more information or to register for the conference, visit MTSHRM's website.


Retaliatory Discharge in Tennessee: 2014 Law and Other New Developments
Retaliatory Discharge in Tennessee: 2014 Law and Other New Developments Webinar 9/16/2014 2:00:00 PM

Butler Snow attorneys David L. Johnson and Valeria Gomez will present Retaliatory Discharge in Tennessee: 2014 Law and Other New Developments in an upcoming webinar.  Details are below:


 

On July 1, a new law took effect that impacts retaliatory discharge in Tennessee. Retaliatory discharge occurs when an employee is fired or punished for engaging in activities that are protected by law.

The new law imposes a cap on compensatory damages aggrieved employees can recover under all three statutes
-- the Tennessee Human Rights Act, the Tennessee Public Protection Act, and the Tennessee Disability Act -- for future monetary losses, emotional pain and suffering, inconvenience, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, and other nonmonetary losses. The new law also affects whistleblower lawsuits by eliminating the separate common law claim for retaliatory discharge.

At this interactive webinar, your presenters will explain the legislature’s most recent changes as well as other new developments that impact retaliatory discharge in Tennessee. Don't miss out on this must-attend event for both Tennessee attorneys and employers. 

 

Webinar Agenda: 

  • Recent Tennessee legislation impacting the common law retaliatory discharge cause of action and claims under the Tennessee Public Protection Act 
  • Required elements to establish a retaliatory discharge cause of action 
  • Recent Tennessee case law developments, including what courts recognize to implicate an important public policy interest so as to be actionable 
  • The current status of summary judgment practice applicable to retaliatory discharge claims 
  • Tips for companies to minimize the risk of defending a retaliatory discharge claim 

Contact David, Valeria or Labor and Employment Practice Group Leader Kara Shea for additional details.