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VOL. 37 | NO. 36 | Friday, September 06, 2013

Baker Donelson hires attorneys for two groups

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Baker Donelson has hired Klint Alexander for the firm’s Global Business Team, which concentrates on global trade and commercial transactions, dispute resolution and general business law, and David Sawrie for its Intellectual Property Group.

For more than 10 years, Alexander has represented and counseled businesses in the United States, the United Kingdom and other countries on global and domestic law matters. He served as a trade negotiator in the Clinton administration during the 1990s, where he led the U.S. negotiating team to the World Trade Organization for trade policy reviews and represented the U.S. in negotiations before the World Customs Organization in Brussels. He also served as a speechwriter and research assistant to former Secretary of Defense Harold Brown at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C.

A 1999 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, Alexander holds his bachelor’s degree in history from Yale, and a master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in England. He is a member of The Law Society of England and Wales and has a background in higher education, serving as Senior Lecturer in Law and International Politics at Vanderbilt University and the University of London’s Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. Alexander has authored and edited several books, book chapters and articles, including “Higher Education Law: Policy & Perspectives,” a book he co-authored in 2010.

Sawrie focuses his practice in patent law, where he counsels emerging growth technology companies in patent prosecution matters and IP protection strategies. He also provides support for IP litigation matters.

A 1999 graduate of the Vanderbilt Law School, Sawrie earned his Ph.D. in biostatistics and B.S. in electrical engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. During his doctoral training, Sawrie worked as a scientist in the arena of health care outcomes research, where he conducted statistical analyses and provided data management support in clinical trials ranging from small sample studies to a large multicenter phase III clinical trial. His background in the electronic arts includes interests in digital signal processing and database-backed web-application programming environments.

He also has a Master’s Degree in German Studies from Stanford University and studied abroad at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg in the Southern Black Forest.

LGM Pharma appoints new director of sales

Nashville-based LGM Pharma, a supplier of active pharmaceutical ingredients to various global pharmaceutical firms, has hired Davied Miller as director of sales, OTC Division.

Miller will be responsible for implementing and conducting sales strategies and improving customer relationships with pharmaceutical contract and private label manufacturing companies who use these APIs in their over-the-counter (OTC) finished dosage forms.

He was formerly a cardiovascular care specialist at Quintiles Pharmaceuticals/Abbvie, and prior to that was senior sales consultant with Novartis Pharmaceuticals. He is a graduate of the DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management in Florida.

Music City Center alumna joins Skanska

Skanska has hired Kristen Heggie as project manager for its Nashville office. In her new role, she will be involved with both preconstruction services and project management for strategic client accounts.

A Houston native, Heggie gained professional experience in Nashville working for five years with the Nashville Convention Center Authority, where she was on the team overseeing construction of the new Music City Center. She previously worked as a business consultant for Nashville-based InfoWorks, Inc.

She graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 2006, and earned a bachelor’s degree in human and organizational development.

TriStar Skyline names new medical staff officers

TriStar Skyline Medical Center has named the following officers to its medical staff:

Sunil Kaza, M.D., interventional cardiologist, president of the medical staff. He completed his residency and fellowship at West Virginia University Hospital in Morgantown, WV. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology and nuclear cardiology. Dr. Kaza follows past president of the medical staff, Christopher Colburn, M.D.

Daniel Scokin, M.D., president elect

My Nguyen, M.D., secretary-treasurer

Christopher Conley, M.D., department of medicine chair

Rob Dyer, M.D., department of surgery chair

Warwick honored by Leadership Franklin

Rick Warwick, editor of the Williamson County Historical Society Journal, has been named this year’s recipient of the Caroline J. Cross Award by Leadership Franklin.

Warwick is the author of several publications including “Historical Markers of Williamson County: A Pictorial Guide” and “Wish You Were Here: A Postcard Tour of Franklin and Williamson County”. He has served on the boards of the Tennessee Historical Society, Carnton, Carter House, the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County, and the Williamson County African American Heritage Society.

He moved to Franklin in 1970 and taught at Hillsboro School for 24 years. Following retirement from teaching, Warwick volunteered as the Heritage Foundation’s historian.

The award’s namesake, Cross, co-founded Leadership Franklin to gather current and emerging leaders to work together and with local leaders to develop initiatives that benefit Franklin and Williamson County across areas that include government, business, law enforcement, education, media, and quality of life.

The award was established to honor Cross and create an ongoing award that identifies a community leader who exemplifies the values and lessons of Leadership Franklin.

Tristar Summit adds pediatrician

TriStar Summit Medical Center has hired Sam Orr, M.D., a board-certified pediatrician, to its medical staff.

Orr earned his medical degree from the University Of Mississippi School Of Medicine in Jackson, and completed his residency in pediatrics at Scott & White/Texas A&M College of Medicine in Temple, Texas. He most recently served as a pediatrician at Scott & White Children’s Clinic in Waco, Texas.

Orr practices with Children’s Clinic East, located at 2025 North Mt. Juliet Road, Mount Juliet, and 3901 Central Pike, Hermitage.

Churchill Mortgage adds 3 employees in Brentwood

Churchill Mortgage, which provides conventional, FHA, VA and USDA residential mortgages across 30 states, has three employees in its Brentwood location.

Debbie Johnson comes aboard as a mortgage processer. She holds 18 STAR certificates from the Tennessee Credit Union League and the Credit Union National Association, Inc. for her successful completion of fundamental industry training courses.

Susan Watson and Karen Stone have been hired as underwriters. They have more than 50 years of combined industry experience.

Ingram Barge hires new senior VP of HR

Kim W. Nowell has been hired as senior vice president, human resources for Ingram Barge Company.

At Ingram, Nowell will have direct responsibility for overall planning and administration of both shore side and marine human resources. As part of the senior team, she will provide an enhanced focus on organizational development and succession planning, as well as talent acquisition and retention.

Nowell most recently served as chief people officer for Nashville-based Oreck Corporation, an international company of more than 1,500 associates. Prior to Oreck, she held the position of senior vice president of human resources with Direct General Corporation, based in Nashville.

Nashville School of Law alumnus joins faculty

Nashville School of Law alumnus and Criminal Court Judge Mark J. Fishburn has joined the faculty of NSL and will be teaching Moot Court II to fourth-year students beginning in February.

Fishburn has served as a judge in the Criminal Court, Division VI since 2003. Previously, he was a General Sessions Court judge and initiated a mental health court program in 2000. Prior to his service in the courts, he worked in private practice for 18 years specializing in criminal law, personal injury and worker’s compensation cases.

Fishburn earned his law degree from Nashville School of Law in 1979 and his undergraduate degree from University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1972.

Vanderbilt receives $1M in Komen cancer funding

Jennifer Pietenpol, Ph.D., director of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and professor of biochemistry, Carlos Arteaga, M.D., director of the Center for Cancer Targeted Therapies and associate director for clinical research at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, and Brian Lehmann, Ph.D., research assistant professor of Biochemistry at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, have been awarded $1 million in grants from Susan G. Komen, the largest nonprofit foundation supporting breast cancer research.

Pietenpol has been awarded $225,000 in breast cancer research grant funds from Komen to further her study of triple negative breast cancer, an especially aggressive form of the disease with a poor survival rate.

Arteaga will receive two grants totaling $325,000. The first award provides $250,000 to collect and study residual breast cancers that remain after neoadjuvant treatment. The second provides $75,000 for initiation and support of a Neoadjuvant Therapy Consortium between VICC and the Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Neoplásicas (INEN) in Lima, Perú.

Lehmann will receive $450,000 to investigate the role of the male sex hormone androgen in breast cancer subtypes.

The Komen Greater Nashville Affiliate has invested more than $4 million in community breast cancer programs in 11 counties in the past 12 years.

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