Business Briefs – 5/22/14


Screen shot 2014-05-20 at 2.28.54 PMWaller, one of the nation’s preeminent law firms serving the healthcare industry, announced that Morgan Ribeiro has been named Executive Director of the firm’s healthcare department.

Prior to Waller, Ribeiro served as a Senior Executive Advisor with Jarrard Phillips Cate and Hancock, a strategic healthcare communications firm based in Nashville, where she developed and managed communications campaigns for healthcare organizations, including tax-exempt and investor-owned hospitals and health systems and start-up healthcare technology companies.


Screen shot 2014-05-20 at 2.28.59 PMJanet Powell has been named loan processor at INSBANK, a Nashville-based full-service bank headquartered in Green Hills. In this position, Powell will assist in processing and servicing consumer and commercial loans.
Powell has more than thirteen years of experience in the banking industry. Prior to joining INSBANK, Powell served as an assistant branch manager at Bank of America in Columbia.

Stites and Harbison

Screen shot 2014-05-20 at 2.29.03 PMStites and Harbison PLLC attorney Rebecca Barnett has been elected vice president of the board of directors for the Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association (TIPLA).

Barnett has been involved with the statewide professional organization for multiple years and previously served as treasurer of the TIPLA board of directors.

Barnett is a Registered Patent Attorney with the Stites and Harbison Intellectual Property and Technology Service Group, serving clients from the firm’s Memphis and Nashville offices. Her practice is focused primarily on developing and maintaining domestic and international patent portfolios in the biological, chemical and mechanical arts.


Screen shot 2014-05-20 at 2.29.10 PMMetro Schools is dedicated to providing high-quality prekindergarten to all Nashville families who want it. To lead that charge, Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register has named Lisa Wiltshire as the Director of Early Learning Innovation. In this new role, Wiltshire will oversee the development of the district’s new Early Learning Centers at Ross Elementary, Bordeaux Elementary and Casa Azafrán.

Prior to joining Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools she earned a master’s in education from the Bank Street College of Education in New York, one of the nation’s premier schools for early childhood education. Her master’s work included a special course of studies at Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.

Miller and Martin

M​iller and Martin, the large Southeastern law firm with offices in Atlanta, Nashville and Chattanooga, has announced the expansion of its Nashville office with the addition of three attorneys.​

Screen shot 2014-05-20 at 2.29.15 PMDouglas ​ ​Berry comes to Miller and Martin from Berry and Harris in Nashville, where he represented a number of Tennessee cities in zoning, eminent domain and utility matters. In addition to his local firm practice, Berry served as the City Attorney for Franklin from 1989 through 2007. Berry received his law degree from Vanderbilt after earning undergraduate and master’s degrees from Davidson College and the University of North Carolina, respectively.

Screen shot 2014-05-20 at 2.29.21 PMDavid ​ ​Lewis focuses on healthcare law and was previously the Vice President and Associate Legal Counsel at LifePoint Hospitals in Brentwood. Lewis has been engaged in healthcare legal work for more than 25 years.  Prior to LifePoint, he was a partner with Husch Blackwell in Chattanooga. He received his B.A., his M.P.A and his J.D. from the University of Tennessee.

Screen shot 2014-05-20 at 2.29.27 PMCatie Lane ​ ​Bailey will serve in the government relations practice group as Senior Policy Advisor, and comes to the firm from the Tennessee Apartment Association, where she was director of government affairs. She received her J.D. from the Nashville School of Law after graduating summa cum laude from Western Kentucky University. She is active with the Lawyers Association for Women and Women in Numbers (WIN). ​

Tennessee Dental Association

Screen shot 2014-05-20 at 2.29.34 PMDr. H. Clifton Simmons III, a Nashville dentist, was installed as the 2014‒2015 Tennessee Dental Association (TDA) President during the association’s Music City Dental Conference, the TDA’s 147th annual session, in Nashville. Simmons graduated from the Tennessee Technological University in 1971 and earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences, Memphis, in 1977. Simmons has served the dental needs of the Nashville area for more than 35 years.

Neal and Harwell

Screen shot 2014-05-20 at 2.29.40 PMAttorney Bill Ramsey, member at Neal and Harwell, has been named as one of Nashville’s “Best of the Bar 2014” by the Nashville Business Journal.

Ramsey has been with Neal and Harwell since 1981. The primary focus of his practice is complex civil and criminal litigation, and he also has a significant entertainment law practice. Ramsey has lectured extensively on the use of technology in the practice of law, litigation involving computers and technology, and the impact of the Internet on litigation and general law practice. He is a 1973 graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology with high honors in mechanical engineering. He received his J.D. in 1981 from the University of Tennessee College of Law.