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Julie-Karel Elkin Featured Leader in Nashville Medical News InCharge Healthcare

January 17, 2018

Congratulations to Julie-Karel Elkin who was selected as a featured leader in the 2018 edition of Nashville Medical News InCharge Healthcare.   The group of selected leaders contribute “thought leadership, generosity of spirit, a willingness to mentor and a true passion to effect transformative change…”, all of which JK prides herself on.  She is an integral …Read More

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Spicer Rudstrom to Co-host Managing Risk, Creating Opportunity Presentation at Belmont College of Law

January 16, 2018

Spicer Rudstrom, PLLC is joining forces with the Association of Corporate Counsel Middle Tennessee Chapter to co-host a FREE presentation on February 2, 2018, at Belmont University College of Law.  Event sponsored by: The International Society of Primerus Law Firms Client Resource Institute, Belmont University College of Law, Association of Corporate Counsel International Legal Affairs Committee.   This dynamic …Read More

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It Can Be Costly to Deny Payment of Medical Expense Claims

January 16, 2018

By: Whitney James On December 13, 2017, the Arkansas Court of Appeals issued a rather interesting opinion.  In State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. v. Alvaro Esparza, the Court affirmed the decision of the Benton County Circuit Court awarding attorney fees to counsel for Alvaro Esparza for his work helping his client seek payment for …Read More

How the New Federal Income Tax Affects Small and Middle-sized Business

January 11, 2018

By: Tim Singhel Every “individual” residing in the United States needs to know at least a quick and dirty on the major new changes to the federal income tax system that were signed on December 22, 2017.  After all, not many people want to read the 500+ pages of text that constitutes the entire recitation …Read More


January 10, 2018

By: Andrew Firkins  To begin this analysis, we must first ask ourselves, can an individual actually bring forward a claim against a municipality for a failure to properly train its employees under 42 U.S.C. § 1983?  The Supreme Court of the United States and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals have found they can, but …Read More

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Employers May Have to Pay Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Injuries Occurring After Termination of Employment

January 8, 2018

By: Jared Renfroe Melissa Duck v. Cox Oil Co., No. W2016-02261-SC-WCM-WC (Tenn. Workers’ Comp. Panel Sept. 19, 2017) In this case, the employee clocked in for work but then refused to do her duties requested by her supervisor. She promptly gathered her things and was walking toward the door to leave, and her supervisor asked …Read More


December 20, 2017

By: Luke Jerkins In the legal world, we refer to cases that have never received an opinion from the Tennessee Supreme Court as a “matter of first impression”.  This means that the Tennessee Supreme Court will be interpreting a law or legal dilemma for the first time in their history.  This was the case when …Read More


December 18, 2017

By: Cameron Watson Trademarking is a valuable tool for ensuring the success of any business and something that businesses should consider from the get-go to stop potential infringing parties.  For that reason, every business must balance the competing ideologies of whether they want a brand that is more marketable or more trademarkable.  For instance, who …Read More

What You May be Forgetting About Your Website

December 14, 2017

By: Tim Singhel A business that wants to take greater advantage of the online marketplace by expanding its web presence by offering a customer portal for its goods and services has a lot to consider. Issues such as how to keep customer data safe from hackers and the security of the company’s own intellectual property …Read More

Conflict of Laws 101: Personal Injury

November 29, 2017

By: Jake Strawn In our ever-expanding, diverse society, we are all familiar with conflict. In fact, it is safe to say that most of us have been confronted with conflict at one point or another, whether at home, school, or work. Most of the time, we know how to handle that conflict. However, sometimes we …Read More

Reasonable Medical Expenses in Tennessee: Supreme Court Ruling

November 21, 2017

By: Mike Vetter Recently, the Tennessee Supreme Court filed the opinion in Dedmon v. Steelman, et al., W2015-01462-SC-R11-CV, which put to rest many questions and arguments related to what reasonable medical expenses mean in a Tennessee personal injury case. In the case of West v. Shelby County Healthcare Corp., 459 S.W.3d 33 (Tenn. 2014), an …Read More

The Defendant Must Travel to Defend

November 21, 2017

By: Stephen Hester The Arkansas Venue Statute of 2015 In 2015, the Arkansas Legislature passed Act 830 of 2015 to Clarify and Reorganize the General Venue Statutes for Civil Actions.  Clarification and reorganization of the venue statutes was necessary as a result of the inclusion of a number of venue provisions in the Civil Justice …Read More

3 Spicer Rudstrom Attorneys Named Super Lawyers

November 20, 2017

Nashville, TN (November 20, 2017): Once a year, Super Lawyers publish an exclusive state-by-state list of “credible, comprehensive and diverse outstanding attorneys”, which no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.  Spicer Rudstrom Memphis attorneys, Newton Anderson and Jared …Read More

Stay Informed: Workers’ Comp Appeals Board Decisions

November 20, 2017

By: Courtney Paterson DeWayne Burnette, Sr. v. WestRock, et al.                                      Docket No. 2016-01-0670 Filed October 31, 2017 State File No. 87860-2016 Posture: This is a case before the Appeals Board on interlocutory appeal filed by the employer, and …Read More

80 Days in Nashville, Viewpoint from a Mexico City Attorney

November 16, 2017

Back in September, we launched an innovative joint initiative with Cacheaux, Cavazos & Newton, an international law firm based in Mexico City, to help local Arkansas and Tennessee companies expand business into Mexico.  Over the last 80 days, we hosted one of CCN’s associates, José Ernesto Fuentes Vilalta, to give these local companies direct access …Read More

Quickly-Approaching Deadline to File Claims with D&PT Disability Trust Fund – Changes You Need to Evaluate

November 15, 2017

By: Whitney James Before May of 2016, Arkansas workers’ compensation attorneys long wondered about the future of the state’s Death and Permanent Total Disability Trust Fund.  I can recall numerous conversations regarding how the Fund would be able to continue to pay claims.  Now that 2017 is coming to a close, it seems like a …Read More

Jared Renfroe Secures Victory for Client at the Tennessee Supreme Court

November 14, 2017

Jonathan Engler v. Able Moving Company, Et Al. W2016-02125-SC-R3-WC (Oct. 30, 2017) In this case, the employee injured his back as a result of lifting a piano and boxes of books while working for the employer, a local family-owned moving company. The employee was actually the son of the owner of the company. The employer accepted …Read More

Two Recent Workers’ Comp Appeals Board Decisions

November 8, 2017

Summaries by: Courtney S. Paterson William Baumgardner v. United Parcel Service, Inc., et al. Docket No. 2015-05-0619 Filed October 18, 2017 State File No. 89624-2014 Posture: This is a case before the Appeals Board on an interlocutory appeal filed by the employee, and the dispute was whether the employee suffered a permanent impairment rating as …Read More

Tick-Tock, Time to Get Serious

November 1, 2017

By: David Barry “Time waits for no man,” “time is of the essence,” and “no time like the present.” Most of us have all heard these “time” honored clichés, and no doubt probably even said them to others. Whatever the context or sequence, “time” is a finite resource and indeed does matter. This is true …Read More

Paradigm: Cybersecurity Special Feature

October 27, 2017

The Fall 2017 edition of Paradigm, a publication for International Society of Primerus Law Firms, includes a special section on Cybersecurity featuring Julie-Karel Elkin. Read the full article here: Paradigm – Cybersecurity: It’s All About the Holes

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