American Bar Association
Linda Klein, senior managing shareholder at Baker Donelson, is now president of the American Bar Association at the conclusion of the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco held in August. She will serve a one-year term ending in August 2017.
During her term as president, Klein will focus on improving access to justice and providing legal assistance for the nation’s veterans. The new ABA Commission on Veterans’ Legal Services will create a comprehensive online resource to address legal needs specific to veterans and their families, highlighting relevant local resources for assistance. The commission will also work with law schools and bar associations to improve the availability of affordable legal services through the use of new and under-employed lawyers and with Veterans Administration medical facilities to promote legal check-ups for veterans, their families and caregivers.
She will also emphasize two civic initiatives: one that mobilizes ABA resources to promote voting in the upcoming elections and another that will support the rights of all children to a quality education.
Before being chosen as ABA president-elect in 2015, Klein served as chair of the ABA’s House of Delegates, the second-highest elected office in the organization, from 2010 to 2012.
Klein was one of the first women to lead a prominent Georgia law firm. She served as managing partner of Gambrell & Stolz beginning in 2001 and led the firm’s 2007 merger with Baker Donelson, becoming a Baker Donelson board member and Georgia managing shareholder.
Klein is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who in America and Chambers USA.
Klein earned her J.D. at Washington & Lee Law School in Virginia and her B.A. at Union College in New York.
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is pleased to announce that Karlene A. Aiken and Kimberly M. Ingram have joined the firm’s Nashville office as associates. Aiken practices on Bradley’s Restructuring and Distressed Investing and Financial Services Litigation and Compliance teams. Ingram belongs to Bradley’s Litigation and Appellate teams.
Aiken’s practice is focused on bankruptcy, restructuring and distressed investing matters. She works closely with Bradley’s financial services attorneys to advise clients on servicing loans in default and bankruptcy. Before joining Bradley, Aiken practiced as an associate in the Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring group at WilmerHale in Boston. She earned her J.D. (cum laude) from Boston College, where she was managing editor of the Uniform Commercial Code Reporter-Digest, and her B.A. (magna cum laude) in Religion from Colgate University.
Ingram focuses her practice on complex commercial and business litigation and appellate matters in state and federal courts. Pro bono work is also an important component of Ingram’s practice. Before joining Bradley, Ingram was an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in Palo Alto, California. Ingram earned her J.D. from Vanderbilt University and her B.A. (summa cum laude) in both Communication Studies and Political Science from Clemson University.
Legends Bank has announced the hiring of John Sloan as Vice President and Commercial Lender at Legends’ Green Hills branch.
Sloan has over 11 years of experience in the financial industry. He holds a B.S. in Business Management from Tennessee Technological University. He is a member of the Mt. Juliet Noon Rotary Club as a charter member and past president and treasurer.
Sloan is a member of the St. Stephen Catholic Church, serving on the Parish Council and as past Chairman, and Holy Rosary Academy Home and School Board member.
Messer Construction Co.
Messer Construction Company is pleased to announce the promotion of Keith Trusty from Building Systems Group Engineer to Building Systems Engineer II in the company’s Nashville region.
Trusty graduated from Purdue University with a degree in civil engineering. Outside of work, Keith has been involved in the National Kidney Foundation Kidney Walk and the American Lung Association.
Metro Public Works
Mayor Megan Barry has announced that Mark Sturtevant, currently serving as infrastructure director for the Mayor’s Office, will begin overseeing day-to-day operations at Metro Public Works while conducting an overall internal evaluation of the department on behalf of the administration.
In addition to management of Public Works, Sturtevant has been asked to undergo an assessment of the department, to include the possible need for organizational restructuring, consolidation of disciplines and functions, supported by staffing-levels consistent with industry best-practices — such as an exploration of whether Nashville should establish a city department of transportation, as has been recommended by both NashvilleNext and ULI Nashville’s recent Gear Up 2020 report.
Sturtevant came to Mayor Barry’s infrastructure team after serving as chief development officer for the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority, where he developed and planned for new transit projects, and helped launch a major update to MTA/RTA’s Strategic Master Plan (nMotion). He previously worked in lead project-management roles for the construction of major municipal landmarks such as the Music City Center, Bridgestone Arena, and NISSAN Stadium. He has over three decades of experience in both public and commercial development.
Celeste Mize, Associate IIDA has joined Nashville commercial real estate and design firm Southeast Venture’s design services team as an interior designer, company principals.
In her new role Mize will be involved in design development and production of drawings for a variety of projects, including corporate, multi-family and health care.
Most recently, Mize worked as a design studio specialist and visual display coordinator with Pottery Barn. An Appalachian State University alum, Mize honed her design skills prior to graduation as an intern with the facilities management department at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and with the Phillips Collection in North Carolina. Mize is also an associate of the International Interior Design Association.