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Butler Snow Attorneys Selected as Nashville Bar Foundation Fellows

Butler Snow attorneys Kara E. Shea and Kevin C. Baltz were recently named Fellows of the Nashville Bar Foundation.  Fellows of the Foundation are selected by their colleagues, and each class is limited to approximately 2% of the Nashville Bar Association Membership.

The Nashville Bar Foundation (NBF) was incorporated in 1980 with funds collected by the Nashville Bar Memorial Fund.  The NBF Fellows Program was established in 1991 as a way for the bar to honor its colleagues who have contributed significantly to the community.  The objective of the NBF is to raise an endowment that will allow the organization to have an impact on initiatives in the Nashville legal community.

Since its founding, the Foundation has made substantial grants to support the community affairs and diversity programs of the Nashville Bar Association, provided funding to the Nashville Pro Bono Program, helped to fund relief efforts for attorneys who were forced from their practices in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and funded the NBA Modest Means Program to provide reduced fee legal services to qualified low income individuals.  The NBF also supported the NBA Law Day activities celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Nashville Sit-In Trials.  Each year the NBF issues grants to organizations that have missions relative to the Foundation.

Shea is the Practice Group Leader for Butler Snow’s Labor & Employment Group.  She regularly counsels clients in the financial services, healthcare and home health industries on employment law compliance.  Shea has extensive trial and appellate experience in Tennessee with regard to employment matters.

Shea is listed in Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business® for Labor & Employment Law,  The Best Lawyers in America® for Employment Law – Management and Labor Law Management, and has been named in Mid-South Super Lawyers® for Employment and Labor.  She is also a Fellow of the American Bar Association and is the Editor of the Tennessee Employment Law Letter. Shea completed her undergraduate education at Boston University and earned her J.D. at Vanderbilt University.

Baltz, a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Group, is a seasoned litigator who represents companies across a number of industries in areas as diverse as securities litigation, transportation law and financial services.

Baltz is AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® and Benchmark Litigation has named him a Future Litigation Star.  He serves as Chair of the Marketing Subcommittee of the Young Lawyers Division of the Defense Research Institute, is on the Executive Counsel of the Law Office Technology and Management Section of the Tennessee Bar Association, and is currently on the Editorial Board of Builder/Architect Magazine. Baltz completed both his bachelor’s degree and J.D. at the University of Tennessee.

Other Butler Snow attorneys who have been selected in past classes include Valerie Moore (’16), John Hayworth (’08), Joe Welborn (’08), Melvin Malone (’06), Mark Tipps (“04), Mandy Young (’02), Bill O’Bryan (‘99), George Crawford (’98), and Katie Edge (’96).