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Meet Jennifer Lankford, Thompson Burton’s Newest Partner


Lankford is the first associate in the firm to be named partner

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Thompson Burton Attorney Appointed To Board of Appeals by Gov. Haslam


Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed Thompson Burton attorney Jennifer Lankford to the Tennessee Board of Appeals, which hears complaints brought by preferred state employees appealing a demotion, suspension or termination. Lankford, who focuses on employment law, was the only attorney appointed to the Board of Appeals this year. “I am honored by Governor Haslam’s appointment and the opportunity to serve the state of Tennessee,” said Lankford. “The Board of Appeals plays an important role deciding disputes between state agencies and their employees. My expertise in employment law serves me well as a Board member.” The Board of Appeals is the third and final step in the administrative appeal procedure provided for preferred service employees. Preferred employees first appeal decisions to the appointing agency, then to the Tennessee Commissioner of Human Resources, before presenting their case to the Board. “Walt and I are proud of Jennifer’s appointment,” said co-founder Kevin Thompson. […]

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Thompson Burton Among “Best Law Firms” In Three Practice Areas


U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” has ranked Thompson Burton PLLC a top regional firm in three practice areas. Thompson Burton ranked in Tier 1 for: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Family Law Litigation – Bankruptcy “The rankings speak to the talent of the attorneys and staff,” said co-founder Walt Burton. “Kevin and I have always believed that if you put the team first, the results will follow.” The rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that included recommendations from both clients and peer attorneys. Clients provided feedback on firm practice groups, expertise, responsiveness, understanding of a business and its needs, cost-effectiveness and more. Peer attorneys voted on the law firm’s expertise, responsiveness, integrity, whether they would refer a matter to a firm and whether they consider a firm a worthy competitor.

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The firm has diverse practice areas, including commercial real estate, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, commercial litigation, direct sales and MLM, labor and employment, administrative law, corporate, entertainment law, and domestic and family law. Our clients range from fortune 500 companies and national banks, regional and community banks, borrowers, closely held corporations, real estate developers, property owners, investors, small businesses, start up entrepreneurs, to individuals.

What our clients say about Thompson Burton

  • I thought a matter concerning my license had been resolved over ten years ago. When I was informed that it was not and it threatened my current ability to practice nursing, I engaged Ms. Fisher's assistance. She promptly addressed the issue that concerned more than one state. She was cost conscience and kept me well informed through out the ordeal. I had easy access to Ms. Fisher whenever I had questions or concerns. She responded quickly and was straight forward with advice. She made me feel at eased with the process and that I had her full support. Should I ever have another need for legal representation, I will not hesitate to contact Ms. Fisher. I highly recommend her and her friendly, helpful staff.

    Dianna Latimer

  • Alex Scarbrough was referred to me by another attorney because of her understanding and expertise in dealing with the TN Board of Nursing. Her efforts were invaluable to me. Alex navigated through the paperwork and legalese, making everything so easy for me to understand. She promptly resolved my case within one week with a positive outcome. This relieved me of a great amount of stress and allowed me to continue with what is very important to me, nursing.
    I cannot praise or thank Alex enough for her caring, efficient, and intelligent manner in which she put me at ease and disposed of this situation.

    Mary Frances Elmore

  • I had never been in trouble requiring an attorney before. Although I had caused my own problems, I was still scared to death. I needed an advocate to help me sort through the legalese and complexity. I found that in Alex. I really appreciate the communications. She was quick, no matter the day, whether by phone or by email. My experience could not have been better. I hope I have no further need, and I hope I have no one close to me who might need her services, but you can bet she will be recommended if that situation does arise!

    Larry Crockett

  • I was very impressed with the personal care given during the entire process of my dealing with the Dept. of health. Alex was always professional and friendly. She made sure I had access to either her or another person for questions during the entire process. She was very open and friendly when answering all my wife's questions as well.
    I am very pleased with the service and friendly care given during this very unpleasant time in my life.

    Jeff Miller

  • was recommended by another attorney and his comment 'She works hard' proved reliable as my experience has shown. After engaging a previous attorney that ended in a disaster, I was very reluctant to retain another attorney but after talking with Alex, we decided to go ahead. Alex not only did all she stated but went above and beyond my expectations resulting in an outstanding outcome.
    So, would I recommend her to anyone? Of course and if another situation arose, I would not hesitate to engage her services again.

    David Cox

  • Kevin, your expertise, professionalism and exemplarity services well performed have been invaluable to our Company. So much so that not only did we feel the best possible gesture to show our appreciation with paying your firm in full well in advance of our contract being due, I just had to write and share that in all my decades in the business world, you, your partner and your team are the first legal firm I’ve actually enjoyed sending money to. Thank you so very much; you are on my short list of highest priority for professional referral.

    Ken Stewart, ECOE

  • Kevin and I have worked together on a number of my projects. Kevin is a man of integrity and quite frankly, they just don't come much better. He brings his best to the table in everything he does. If I needed help with anything, Kevin was available. In the rare situation when I was not able to reach him, he replied to my messages within 24 hours.
    Kevin and I had the opportunity to be speakers at the grand opening of Moringo Organics in India. It was a great opportunity to get to know him on a personal level. If you're looking for someone to represent your company, Kevin brings more than his legal expertise to the table. He made himself available to a host of issues faced by the company. His experience and contributions were invaluable. With Kevin, we got more than a lawyer, we got a seasoned partner. I personally will be using Kevin on any and all my projects going forward.
    Thank You Kevin for not only being a great attorney but a friend as well.

    Robert James, Moringo Organics

  • The Direct Sales/Network Marketing/MLM Industry from all aspects and angles is a most difficult one to navigate through. And, like in all industries you have the "good guys" and the "bad guys" to filter through in an effort to reach your goals.
    I am very grateful to have met Kevin so early in the game. He has mentored and advised me from the outset when my business was just a thought in my head. That advice is priceless in an industry such as this. The scrutiny that we are all under, and the potential legal changes that are on the horizon, I am very thankful to have Kevin and his MLM business acumen in my corner.
    Thank you Kevin for everything you have done for me personally and for this great Industry!

    Mitch Buchwalter

  • Walt is an extremely knowledgeable attorney who can provide excellent advice on complicated real estate transactions ranging from leases to sales to tenant disputes. He understands the business needs of the large institutional owner to the small entrepreneur. He works well with opposing counsels of all personality types. Walt is sensitive to time pressures and will quickly (and accurately) finish tasks before tight deadlines.

    Jesse Harty, Asset Manager, Clarion Partners

  • Cole Dowsley and Thompson Burton PLLC are critical to my company's success as a growing small business. Their business law expertise has been very helpful in dealing with a variety of matters, ranging from contract negotiations to customer disputes. Cole always represents our interests with professionalism and integrity. I highly recommend his firm to other entrepreneurs and business owners to provide sound advice and representation for all legal matters.

    Jeff Stockon, Owner, ApexWorks, Restoration Service Experts

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