Thompson Burton PLLC law firm model featured at Vanderbilt Law School


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On October 7, 2013, Walt Burton (A&S, ’98) was a guest speaker for a new class at Vanderbilt Law School. The class is entitled Law Practice 2050 and is taught by Professor J.B. Ruhl (www.law2050.com). Walt spoke to approximately 45 students about his career path from law school to Troutman Sanders LLP in Atlanta to Thompson Burton PLLC in Nashville. He discussed how he and Kevin Thompson founded Thompson Burton as an alternative to other law firm models and how Thompson Burton distinguishes itself from other law firms. Specifically, Walt discussed the firm’s cloud-based technology, flexible fee structure for clients, low overhead, and its favorable attorney compensation program. Walt expressed his confidence in Thompson Burton’s model and cited the firm’s rapid but stable growth in its less than two years of existence as proof of the success of the model. The Vanderbilt Law School students in attendance seemed to enjoy […]

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Thompson Burton Adds Associate Attorney, Alex Scarbrough


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Thompson Burton, PLLC, has launched an Administrative Law practice with its announcement that Alex Scarbrough has joined the firm as an associate and will lead the firm’s administrative law practice. Alex’s knowledge and experience as a law clerk to the administrative law judges of Tennessee will expand Thompson Burton’s ability to serve its clients by providing quality defense services before healthcare related boards, including the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners and Board of Nursing. Alex comes to Thompson Burton from her tenure as a law clerk with the Honorable William J. Haynes, Jr., Chief Judge of the Middle District of Tennessee, U.S. District Court. Walt Burton added, “We’re very excited to welcome Alex to the firm.  She is a talented attorney and was highly recruited by numerous law firms.  We think she fits our culture perfectly.” In addition to Alex’s focus on advocating for her clients in administrative law, Alex […]

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Thompson Burton, PLLC Adds Employment Lawyer J.K. Simms


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Thompson Burton, PLLC Adds Employment Lawyer J.K. Simms The rapidly growing law firm of Thompson Burton, PLLC, has launched an Employment Law practice with its announcement that J.K. Simms has joined the firm as a partner and will lead the firm’s employment law practice. J.K.’s proven background in employment law will expand Thompson Burton’s ability to serve its clients both from a litigation avoidance and litigation defense standpoint. J.K. comes to Thompson Burton after having led and served as Chair of a Labor and Employment Practice Group at the Nashville law firm of Cornelius & Collins, LLP since 2007. J.K. brings extensive experience representing companies and individuals at the state level throughout the State of Tennessee and in every federal court district in the State of Tennessee.  He has also handled appeals at the state and federal level, including arguing an appeal before a sixteen-judge en banc panel at the […]

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Thompson Burton in the News: Walt Burton Selected as Guest Columnist for Nashville Business Journal


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Thompson Burton PLLC partner Walt Burton was recently selected to do a bi-monthly guest column for the Nashville Business Journal.  When asked about the opportunity, Walt commented that he is having fun writing about commercial real estate issues that “aren’t necessarily entirely legal in nature.”  “The trick is to figure out what I want to write about each week.  There are endless legal topics that I could write about, but most of them would probably bore the NBJ’s audience to sleep.  I have to strike the right balance between interesting content and relevant legal issues.”  Walt’s columns can be found here.

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Thompson Burton In The News: Firm Featured as Model for Alternative Work Environments


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Melissa Burton was recently featured in “Alternative Work Environments: Workable for Nashville Lawyers,” written by Nashville attorney Bart Pickett, published in the June, 2013 issue of the Nashville Bar Journal. In the article, Melissa discusses the positives and negatives of her alternative work arrangement.  She says she is “professionally as happy as she has ever been.” At Thompson Burton PLLC, we are not beholden to traditional models. If an alternative work arrangement makes sense and doesn’t negatively impact client service, we are willing to work with the attorney or staff member.

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