We’re really pleased with the article the Nashville Tennessean published about the firm over the weekend. The article, which is titled “Law Firm Takes Unorthodox Approach”, highlights a few points about our unique philosophy and methods that set us apart. Our goal is to build a law firm for the 21st century based on creativity, technology, flexibility and innovation to more effectively and efficiently deliver legal services.
We couldn’t be anymore happy with the results at this point. In a little less than a year, we’ve opened our law office, added two fantastic commercial litigators, substantially grown revenue, grown our client base 4 fold, and established a summer associate program. Our next step is to start looking for a corporate/securities and intellectual property lawyer. Standby, this is just the beginning.
Thompson Burton, PLLC is pleased to announce the addition of two new litigation attorneys at the firm.
J. Cole Dowsley, Jr. has joined the firm as a partner and will lead the firm’s business litigation practice. Cole’s proven background in business and commercial litigation will expand Thompson Burton’s ability to serve its clients.
Cole advises business clients on a broad range of issues, including complex commercial litigation, contract disputes, employment matters, professional liability, entertainment litigation, and several other areas. Cole most recently was a partner at the Nashville law firm of Cornelius & Collins, LLP. “We’re very pleased to have Cole on our team,” said Kevin Thompson, partner and co-founder of Thompson Burton. “Having been a partner with a well respected litigation firm, Cole will add significant value to our clients across numerous industries.”
Cole has successfully represented businesses and individuals in a variety of industries throughout the state of Tennessee. His practice includes handling trials and appeals in state and federal court, in addition to alternative dispute resolution forums, such as mediation and arbitration. He also regularly works with clients to identify and manage risks and develop strategies to avoid lawsuits.
Cole received his J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he served on the Editorial Board of the Tennessee Law Review. He obtained his B.S. (Business Administration – Accounting) from the University of Tennessee, graduating magna cum laude.
He lives in Franklin, Tennessee with his wife, Nicole Dowsley.
Melissa has litigated a variety of actions in state and federal courts and in mediation and arbitration, including FINRA arbitration. She has represented clients with respect to a wide array of state, federal, and common law claims, including UCC issues, tort claims, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, consumer protection issues, products liability, premises liability, sexual harassment, Title VII, RICO, ERISA, TILA, RESPA, and other lending-related issues. Melissa has represented clients in many jurisdictions, including California, Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina.
Melissa most recently was an Associate at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP in Nashville. Melissa received her J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude and was appointed to the Order of the Coif.
Melissa lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, Walt Burton, and three year old son, Liam.
For more information, please contact Thompson Burton, PLLC at 615-465-6000, or visit the Thompson Burton website at www.thompsonburton.com. Thompson Burton, PLLC is located at Seven Corporate Centre, 840 Crescent Centre Drive, Suite 140, Franklin, Tennessee 37067.
On December 20, 2012, Bill Ackman, hedgefund manager at Pershing Square Capital, announced an “enormous” short position against publicly traded direct sales company Herbalife. Ackman laid out his argument at the Sohn Conference Foundation in Manhattan in a three-hour presentation entitled “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”
After the presentation, Thompson Burton PLLC partner and co-founder, Kevin Thompson, one of the top direct sales and MLM lawyers in the country, published his initial thoughts regarding Ackman’s short position and Herbalife’s decision to engage law firm Boes Schiller as its legal counsel. Kevin’s post was widely circulated on Wall Street, resulting in numerous investment managers contacting Kevin to discuss his opinion regarding Ackman and Herbalife. One of those discussions resulted in Robert Chapman of Los Angeles based Chapman Capital LLC authoring a guest post at thompsonburton.com entitled “Herbalife: Why I made it a 35% Position After the Bill Ackman Bear Raid”.
The next chapter in this story will likely unfold after Herbalife formally responds to Ackman at its own investor event currently scheduled for January 10, 2013.
Thompson Burton will no doubt continue to lead the discussion on this important conversation regarding the direct sales industry.