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Metro Codes Director, Deputy Director to Join Thompson Burton


Top two officials at the Metro Codes Department are leaving to join a new land use practice at Thompson Burton law firm. According to the Nashville Business Journal, in early June, the department’s director, Bill Herbert, and deputy director, Emily Lamb, will officially become partners at the firm, the pair told Nashville Business Journal in an exclusive interview. The move marks the latest recruitments for local attorney Jon Michael, who started Thompson Burton’s land use division last summer and also recently hired attorney Margaret Martin, who was once chief development officer for the Metro Nashville Airport Authority. The article continues to state, [Mayor Cooper] praised Herbert and Lamb for their work with Metro: “I am deeply appreciative of their dedication to Nashville, and look forward to continuing our work streamlining and updating the essential city services provided by our Codes team.” As someone who left Metro development services for a […]

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Thompson Burton PLLC Selected as 2022 Best Places to Work Honoree by Nashville Business Journal


Nashville, TN, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2022 – Thompson Burton PLLC was announced as a 2022 Best Places to Work honoree by Nashville Business Journal. The Best Places to Work honorees are the companies with positive work environments, bosses who inspire their teams and the ability to have fun while finding success across all parts of the business. To assemble the list, nominations were accepted from the public, and employees of nominated companies were asked to complete an online survey conducted by Quantum Workplace. The employee survey measures 10 key engagement categories, including team effectiveness, trust in senior leaders and manager effectiveness. Responses from each question of each completed survey are compiled and evaluated. Companies are ranked and winners are chosen in each size category by their composite score. Join us June 14 at First Horizon Park for this year’s Best Places to Work awards celebration! About Nashville Business Journal Nashville […]

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Nashville Attorney Margaret Martin Named Partner at Thompson Burton


Franklin, TN (April, 21, 2022) – Nashville attorney Margaret Martin has been named a partner in the Public Law practice at the Franklin, TN-based law firm Thompson Burton. Martin joins Thompson Burton after launching Martin Airport Law, the state of Tennessee’s only legal practice dedicated to aviation law and a certified DBE/ACDBE law firm. “Margaret has helped to establish our growing Public Law practice and provides a fresh start for our firm to get involved with international and local airports,” said Thompson Burton Co-Founder Kevin Thompson. “She’s developed a commanding presence in a very unique area of law. I’m confident that both Margaret and her excellent client base will deeply benefit from our results-oriented model.” Previously, Martin was the chief development officer for the Metro Nashville Airport Authority where she was responsible for the management of over $170 million in annual revenues and more than 2,500 contracts with airport tenants, operators, […]

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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    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

  • I have been blessed to have the legal advice of Cole Dowsley since the beginning stages of my company. He has been with me through EEOC investigations and employee lawsuits, customer contractual issues and was truly instrumental (putting it mildly) when it came time to the sale of my business to a large national investment group. In each event, he has delivered a solid product. The employee lawsuit was settled for 6% of the original asking price, the customer issues have always been handled without hurting our customer base and I sold my business for a healthy sum, while still negotiating the exit strategy I needed. He is a solid man who delivers strong influence to those sitting across the table or gentle influence, whichever is needed. His guidance with laws and regulations, business practice and consumer rights, internal policies and agreements, and third party negotiations and contracts were instrumental to our success! I can definitely say that Mr. Dowsley has treated, and will continue to treat, my businesses as well!

    Joshua D. Spradlin, Alliance Building Group

  • In real estate development, it's not a matter of if complex legal situations will occur, it's when. And when they do, we only turn to Thompson Burton PLLC. With substantial capital at risk, strategy, thoroughness, and timeliness are just a few of the elements that have to be flawless in execution. Time and time again, Thompson Burton delivers, exceeds expectations, and is a chief partner in our company's continued growth and success.

    Ryan Meadows

  • Kevin and I competed on the Track team. He quickly became a leader on the team and was a major contributor to the National Championship that Tennessee earned. He's a leader, a do'er. Kevin is someone I would trust both personally and professionally. He's one of the most solid all around guys - I think most people who know him would say the same.

    Matt Dewalt, Teammate

  • Kevin Thompson leaves an impression. Be it because he is sociable, intelligent, confident or all of the above, Kevin is sure to be remembered even after one meeting. And I am proud not only to have worked with Kevin, but also to call him my friend.

    Chris McCarty, co-worker

  • Kevin Thompson's service to our company was more than we expected. The whole process was excellent and we look forward to working with Kevin for years to come.

    Eric Gleaton, Co-Funder, Vonumental

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