Shuttleworth PLLC welcomes Alex Hall

Alex HallOriginally from Nashville, Alex completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia, where he graduated from the Terry College of Business with a concentration in Real Estate and Music Business.  He graduated from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2015.

While attending law school, Alex served as President of the Student Bar Association and received the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Service to the law school.  He was a Staff Member of the University of Memphis Law Review and received the Law Review Award for Excellence in Legal Writing for Best Memorandum, the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Legal Methods I, and the CALI Award for highest grade in Litigation Drafting.  During his second and third years, Alex was awarded a Cecil C. Humphreys Law Fellowship and served as Research Assistant to Professor Lynda Wray Black and Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law Kevin Smith.  As a 3L he was selected to be a Pupil in the Leo Bearman, Sr. American Inn of Court.

Prior to joining the firm, Alex participated in the Los Angeles Dodgers Accelerator Program as a legal consultant for sports and technology startups.  Alex is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, the Memphis Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, and the Sports Lawyers Association.

Shuttleworth PLLC Recognized By TLAP

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Shuttleworth PLLC recently received the 2016 “Stephenson Todd Volunteer of the Year” Award from the Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program at this year’s Camp TLAP retreat.  For the first time in TLAP’s history, the “Stephenson” was given to a group of people rather than to an individual.

The attorneys and staff of Shuttleworth PLLC were recognized for their long-standing support of TLAP, a confidential assistance program providing consultation, referral, intervention, and crisis counseling for lawyers, judges, bar applicants and law students who are struggling with substance abuse, stress or emotional health issues.  Ken Shuttleworth accepted the award on behalf of the firm.

Firm Wins Case For Financial Institution

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Shuttleworth PLLC attorney Lane Wolfenbarger recently obtained a judgment for one of the firm’s banking and financial law clients.  In that matter, a post-foreclosure collection case in the Circuit Court of Grainger County, Mr. Wolfenbarger was able to show that a borrower had defaulted on its obligations in which the bank had a valid security interest.

The Court not only awarded a judgment in the client’s favor in the amount of $59,701.45, but also granted the client possession of and the right to sell any and all property covered by and/or subject to all UCC Financing Statements the parties had previously executed.

Summary Judgment Decision On Premises Liability Upheld

Shuttleworth PLLC attorneys Lane Wolfenbarger and Scott Hickerson recently obtained a summary judgment ruling in a premises liability matter involving a fall on a client’s property.  On appeal, the Tennessee Court of Appeals upheld the judgment finding that the defendant had negated essential elements of the plaintiffs’ claims by showing that the plaintiffs could not identify the object that caused the fall, and thus could not establish that the defendant caused the dangerous condition of which the plaintiffs complained or that the defendant had actual or constructive notice that the condition existed long enough for it to be discovered by proper diligence.

The Court of Appeals further found that while the defendant might be responsible for a myriad of conditions throughout its business, the plaintiffs could not establish that any of those conditions caused the fall without identifying the object responsible, and that without any additional evidence concerning the identity of the object, the trial court did not err in granting the motion for summary judgment under Tenn. Code Ann. § 20-16-101 because the evidence was insufficient to establish the causation element of plaintiff’s claim.

Willis v. McDonald’s Rests. of Tenn., Inc., 2015 Tenn. App. LEXIS 987 (Tenn. Ct. App. Dec. 23, 2015).

Shellie Handelsman joins Shuttleworth PLLC’ Nashville Office

Shellie Handelsman is an attorney in the areas of civil litigation and estate planning. Shellie earned her law degree cum laude from Belmont University College of Law, where she was a founding member of both the Belmont Law Review and Board of Advocates and participated in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Belmont University College of Law’s American Inn of Court, the Entertainment Law Society, the Legal Aid Society, and the Women’s Law Student Organization.JEL30893-Handelsman, Michelle

Shellie has previously worked as an Associate Attorney with the Law Office of John Cobb Rochford; an Unemployment Appeals Hearing Officer for the Tennessee Department of Labor Appeals Tribunal; a Research Assistant to the Honorable Alberto Gonzales; and as an intern for the Nashville Predators, the Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts, the Everhart Law Firm, and the Law Offices of George B. Handelsman.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Shellie received her undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.

Shellie is licensed to practice law in Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

She is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association (including the Entertainment and Sports Law Section and the Young Lawyers Division), the Nashville Bar Association (including the Entertainment, Sports & Media Committee and the Young Lawyers Division), the American Bar Association, the Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women, the Lawyers’ Association for Women, and the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

In her spare time, Shellie plays softball on several teams (including the Nashville Bar Association’s Lawyers’ League); sings in the Vox Grata choir; and spends time with her golden retriever, Dakota.

Welcome aboard, Shellie!

IOLTA Grant Review Update

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This originally appeared in the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association’s publication, The Ledger (Issue 1, Volume 1)

IOLTA Grant Review Update by Bruce Williams, Member – Shuttleworth PLLC

The IOLTA (Interest On Lawyers’ Trust Accounts) program was established by the Tennessee Supreme Court in 1984, and the responsibility for its administration was assigned to the Tennessee Bar Foundation. The purpose of the program is to raise funds to be distributed, in the form of grants, to organizations in Tennessee that provide direct legal services to the indigent and to organizations that seek to improve the administration of justice. IOLTA has granted over $20,390,060 to providers of these services in the state.

TDLA selects one of its members to serve on the Tennessee Bar Foundation’s Grant Review Committee, which assesses the merits of those various grant applications for awards. The Committee members are assigned individual responsibility for investigating and vetting up to three applications. Each Member reports to the full Committee at its annual meeting each November. The Committee then recommends awards to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees for final decision.

For 2015, the Committee proposed awards totaling $465,825 to providers of direct legal services such as The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands and Memphis Area Legal Services. In addition, grants were made totaling much less to organizations that seek to improve the administration of justice, such as domestic violence prevention organizations and Tennessee CASA Association. The TBF Board of Trustees adopted the committee’s recommendations as proposed.

We resume our work in October, vetting applications for calendar year 2016. This process is time well spent working with top lawyers and judges from across the state. I appreciate the opportunity to serve TDLA in this role.

IOLTA Grant Update Bruce Williams

Edward Curry arrested to benefit Muscular Dystrophy Research

Shuttleworth PLLC member, Edward I. Curry, was arrested this morning to help raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Although his time in jail was brief, he is continuing to raise money towards:

  • Funding treatments and cures;
  • Providing life-enhancing programs like state-of-the-art clinics and support groups; and
  • Sending kids with muscle disease to MDA summer camp, where they’ll enjoy “the best week of the year,” having fun while gaining confidence and independence.

Here are some pictures from Ed’s experience:Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

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And if you would like to contribute to the cause, you can click here: Ed Curry Fundraising Page

The Shuttleworth PLLC Nashville office has moved

Our new Nashville office address is:

Shuttleworth PLLC
L&C Tower
401 Church Street, Suite 2700
Nashville, TN 37219

The phone and fax number remains the same: Office: 615-833-3390 / Fax: 615-833-3767

Here is a great article on our move from the Nashville Post written by J.R. Lind.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

The Memphis and Knoxville office addresses have not changed.

Kenneth R. Shuttleworth Recognized by TBA as Senior Counselor

Ken Shuttleworth, along with 15 other Memphis attorneys, has been recognized by the Tennessee Bar Association as a Senior Counselor.

According to the Press Release:

The designation of “Senior Counselor” is given to Tennessee lawyers who complete 50 years of law practice or attain the age of 75, and are active members of the TBA. The recognition expresses appreciation for the lawyer’s contributions to the legal profession and loyalty.

Congratulations, Ken!

The Memphis lawyers among those inducted as Senior Counselors were:

  • Walter Lee Bailey, Attorney at Law
  • Terese B. Deboo
  • Jack V. Delany
  • Joe McDaniel Duncan, Burch, Porter & Johnson
  • Thomas Ross Dyer, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs
  • Thomas Francis Jackson, Attorney at Law
  • Reva Mark Kriegel
  • Allen Taylor Malone, Burch, Porter & Johnson
  • Lee Louis Piovarcy, Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston
  • Julia S. Sayle, Sayle & Sayle Attorneys
  • Jerry Alan Schatz, Attorney at Law
  • Kenneth Robert Shuttleworth, Shuttleworth PLLC
  • Frank Lee Watson, Baker Donelson
  • Jocelyn Dan Wurzburg, Mediation Services
  • Thomas Dunlevy Yeaglin, Attorney at Law
  • Edward Reuben Young, Baker Donelson