Equifax Cybersecurity Breach — What You Need To Know


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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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Thompson Burton Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America® 


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Seven attorneys selected by national peer-review for honor Thompson Burton PLLC announces that seven of its attorneys have been named to the 24th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, including: David P. Cañas Bankruptcy John J. Hollins Jr. Family Law Cathy Speers Johnson Family Law J.K. Simms Employment Law – Management Ronald “Ronn” G. Steen Jr. Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Litigation – Bankruptcy Phillip G. Young Jr. Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law A.J. Reed, who joined the firm last week Real Estate Law “We continue to see these types of peer recognition rankings for our firm and our attorneys,” said Kevin Thompson, co-founder of Thompson Burton. “When we started Thompson Burton, Walt Burton and I knew that creating a performance-driven model would help bring in the best of the best to our firm.” For the 24th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 7.4 million votes were analyzed, which […]

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Thompson Burton Announces Hiring of A.J. Reed


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Nashville-Area Law Firm Adds Another Transactional Attorney to its Roster of Legal Experts Thompson Burton PLLC is pleased to announce that A.J. Reed has joined firm as a partner. He will concentrate on real estate development and corporate/securities. Reed was most recently an attorney at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP where he concentrated on commercial real estate development and finance, retail and healthcare leasing, government zoning issues, build-to-suit retail and commercial projects. “A.J. brings a wealth of knowledge about real-estate transactions and further solidifies the firm’s expertise in this practice area,” said Founding Partner Walt Burton. “A.J. was on many firms’ radar, and he chose to join Thompson Burton.” Prior to Waller, Reed practiced at Spragins, Barnett & Cobb PLC in Jackson, Tenn., and Glankler Brown PLLC in Memphis. He was also a trust officer at Morgan Keegan Trust in Memphis. “Thompson Burton represents everything I am looking for in a law […]

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Ronn Steen Discusses Bankruptcy on Impact Makers Radio


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Thompson Burton attorney Ronn Steen was a recent guest on Impact Makers Radio. Ronn discussed his passion for and challenges when helping commercial landlords facing bankruptcy with either their businesses or their tenants. You can listen to Ronn’s entire interview on Impact Makers Radio.

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Thompson Burton Welcomes Chandler Farmer


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Every business leader I know worries about recruiting and keeping talented people. Without them, any business suffers. Conversely, one of the most affirming moments is when top talent wants to join your business because of the opportunities and the culture you helped create. Thompson Burton is pleased that Chandler Farmer is joining us as an Associate in mid-May. While Chandler could have joined any firm in Middle Tennessee, he wanted and elected to join our firm. Chandler represents the bright, young talent that co-founder Kevin Thompson and I have prioritized recruiting the last few years. He was most recently a law clerk for the Honorable Frank G. Clement Jr. at Tennessee Court of Appeals. He graduated first in his class at Belmont University College of Law in 2015. He interned with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Attorney’s Office of Middle Tennessee. And he was an editor of the […]

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