11 Thompson Burton Attorneys Selected as 2021 Super Lawyers or Rising Stars


Thompson Burton is pleased to announce that 11 attorneys were selected as 2021 Mid-South Super Lawyers or Rising Stars. The selection process for this honor incorporates peer nominations, evaluations, and independent research. While up to five percent of the lawyers in the state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list. Congratulations to John J. Hollins, Jr. on being named Mid-South Super Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers in Tennessee! John J. Hollins, Jr. – Family Law The TB attorneys selected as 2021 Super Lawyers are: Walt Burton – Real Estate J.K. Simms – Employment and Labor Sarah Perky – Family Law Phillip G. Young, Jr. – Bankruptcy John J. Hollins, Jr. – Family Law Ronn Steen – Creditor Debtor Rights Jerry Taylor – Healthcare Cathy Speers Johnson – Family Law The TB attorneys selected as 2021 Rising Stars are: Melissa Burton – […]

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Cole Dowsley Becomes Tennessee Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator


Thompson Burton, PLLC is pleased to announce that partner Cole Dowsley recently became a Tennessee Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator. Cole has over 15 years of experience representing clients in all types of civil litigation matters. He now looks forward to using that experience as a mediator to assist litigants efficiently and effectively settle their cases. He completed mediation training at the Institute for Conflict Management at Lipscomb University. Cole’s current practice includes representing businesses and individuals as both plaintiff and defense counsel in trial, arbitration and mediation. In recent years, his practice has concentrated in commercial litigation, including of breach of contract cases, disputes among business owners, non-compete and non-solicitation cases, business torts, fraud and real estate disputes. In the past, Cole’s litigation practice has included premises liability, professional liability, employment law, construction, and personal injury cases. Cole is available to mediate all civil matters. Please contact him […]

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Federal Vaccine Mandate Looming: Employer FAQs


On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced his administration is taking several new steps to get more Americans vaccinated. Two of these moves have already been implemented as of early September: first, the President signed an executive order mandating vaccines for federal employees. That same day, he entered an executive order mandating vaccines for workers in most healthcare settings that receive Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement. The latter applies to hospitals, ambulatory surgical settings, home health agencies and more. The third action item, and the one creating perhaps the most controversy, is one that has not taken effect yet but has merely been proposed by the President: a vaccine mandate for many private employers. The mandate is expected to come in the form of an emergency temporary regulation issued by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (“OSHA”), much like what OSHA has already issued with respect to employers in the healthcare […]

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Eviction Ban: What it Means for Tennessee Landlords


The Supreme Court of the United States has struck down the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) ban on residential evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The eviction ban (sometimes called a “moratorium”) started back in March of 2020 when Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. Congress voted to extend the moratorium once in January of 2021, but then let it expire by its own terms. The executive branch then took matters into its own hands. The CDC issued its own eviction ban, which it continued to extend well into 2021. The CDC’s ban applied to all residential tenancies, unlike the ban passed by Congress which was narrower because it only applied to properties that were supported by government funds (i.e. had a loan backed by Housing and Urban Development, or “HUD”). The CDC also imposed criminal penalties on landlords who violated its moratorium. According to documents filed […]

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12 Thompson Burton Attorneys Selected as 2020 Super Lawyers or Rising Stars


Thompson Burton is pleased to announce that 12 attorneys were selected as 2020 Mid-South Super Lawyers or Rising Stars. The selection process for this honor incorporates peer nominations, evaluations, and independent research. Final selection results in only 2.5% of attorneys in the state being selected as Rising Stars and 5% of attorneys in the state being selected as Super Lawyers.   The TB attorneys selected as 2020 Super Lawyers are:   Walt Burton – Real Estate   JK Simms – Employment & Labor   Phillip G. Young, Jr. – Bankruptcy   Ronn Steen – Creditor Debtor Rights   Cathy Speers Johnson – Family Law   John J. Hollins, Jr. – Family Law   Sarah Richter Perky – Family Law   Jerry W. Taylor – Health Care   The TB attorneys selected as 2020 Rising Stars include:   Kevin Thompson – Consumer Law   Melissa Burton – Business Litigation   Justin […]

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