Reflections on 2017 and Plans for 2018


2017 was a banner year for Thompson Burton. And 2018 holds great promise. As a founding partner, I’m proud of our team’s professional achievements, whether making the Best Lawyer’s list or providing quality client service. I’m equally proud of our team’s commitment to family and their pursuit of individual passions outside of work hours. Walt and I believe Thompson Burton’s focus on balance and other core values is a competitive advantage when recruiting and retaining the best lawyers and staff. I hope 2017 was great for you and that 2018 is even better. We asked our team to share what they remember most about 2017 and what they are looking forward to in 2018. Here are their thoughts. What will you remember most about 2017? “Spending a little time with two very special little great nieces; the memorable and incredibly fun wedding of my niece, Elizabeth; and getting NUMEROUS big […]

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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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Equifax Cybersecurity Breach — What You Need To Know


By Thomas Ritter of Thompson Burton, PLLC The news that credit reporting agency Equifax suffered a data breach of sizable proportions (a projected 143 million people affected) set the information security community abuzz. The irony was not lost on anyone: One of the three main credit reporting agencies largely in charge of identity theft notification and prevention, Equifax’s loss of sensitive information now acts as a gateway into the future proliferation of widespread identity fraud. Although details continue to slowly emerge, here’s what we currently know, what’s important for you to know, and my suggestions on preventative measures and next steps. WHAT HAPPENED? Criminals gained access into Equifax’s internal system through a vulnerability in the company’s website software beginning in mid-May, and remained inside the system until late July. The perpetrators gained access to a variety of sensitive personally identifiable information, which includes (but may not be the entire scope […]

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