The Nashville Ledger
FLIGHT. 45 | NO. 45 | Friday, November 5, 2021
Baker Donelson has appointed two attorneys to executive positions in his health law group.
S. Craig Holden has been appointed Co-Chair of the Baker Ober Health Law Group, one of the largest health law firms in the country. He is co-chair of the group with Ashby Q. Burks, a shareholder in the company’s Nashville office.
The firm also appointed Michelle A. Williams to head its Center of Excellence for Healthcare Regulation.
Holden, a shareholder in Baker Donelson’s Baltimore office and a member of the firm’s board of directors, recently completed his term as president of the American Health Law Association. He was previously President and CEO of Ober, Kaler Grimes and Shriver, which merged with Baker Donelson in 2017.
Holden focuses his practice in healthcare law with a particular emphasis on issues involving Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse, drug pricing, Medicare, and third party reimbursement and compliance.
Among his many accolades, he was listed in The Best Lawyers in America in Health Care Law and was twice named by Best Lawyers Baltimore Health Care “Lawyer of the Year”. He has also been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading healthcare lawyer, both in Maryland and nationally. He has been named “BTI Client Service All-Star” and is listed in Who’s Who Legal in Healthcare.
Williams, shareholder of Baker Donelson, focuses his practice on the regulatory and structuring aspects of hospital mergers, acquisitions and integrations.
Williams, who was in-house legal counsel at Cleveland University Hospitals and the former Mount Sinai Hospital, has served in-house loan counsel at several university medical centers and has served as a commissioner on the Children’s Vaccines Advisory Committee, advising the Le US Secretary of Health and Human Services on the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Fund.
Williams has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America in Health Care Law since 2012 and has been recognized by Chambers USA since 2008. A graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, she is a member of the American Health Law Association, served as president of Georgia Academy of Hospital Attorneys and worked as a medical microbiology technologist before law school.
Stites & Harbison add Raque, Hutchison
Stites & Harbison, PLLC has engaged Attorney J. Ross Hutchison for the Company’s Construction Services Group as a member and Samuel A. Raque as a Registered Patent Attorney for the Intellectual Property Services Group and of business technology.
Raque’s practice will focus on the protection of intellectual property, including advising clients on patent infringement, patentability, patent drafting and patent prosecutions. Previously, he was a legal clerk with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in Alexandria, Virginia. Prior to that, he was a Mechanical Patent Examiner for the USPTO Patent Examining Corps.
Raque received his JD from Louis D. Brandeis Law School at the University of Louisville. He also received a bioengineering degree from the JB Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville.
He is admitted to practice in Tennessee and Kentucky. He is a member of the Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association.
Hutchison’s practice focuses on both litigation and transactional issues within the construction industry.
Prior to joining Stites & Harbison, Hutchison was a partner of a boutique construction company in Nashville.
Hutchison remains active in a variety of professional and civic organizations. He is a member of the American Bar Associations, Tennessee and Nashville, the Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel and the Associated General Contractors. He sits on the board of directors of AGC’s Construction Leadership Council.
Entrepreneur Center presents the NEXT Awards
The Nashville Entrepreneur Center, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs and local businesses across Middle Tennessee, recently honored 10 companies, two individuals and four Entrepreneur Hall of Fame inductees at its annual NEXT Awards .
There were 31 companies finalists in five industry categories and eight finalists for the 2021 Emerging Entrepreneur Award and the 2021 Entrepreneur Award. The industry category winners are:
Products, Services and Retail
• Emerging: Granite Test Prep, founder Grant Neely
• Market Mover: Thistle Farms, founder Becca Stevens
• Emerging: CodeX, co-founders Phil Henry, Christian Morsing & Byron Sommardahl
• Market Mover: Stratasan, co-founders Jason Moore and Brian Dailey
Real Estate, Hospitality and Construction
• Emerging: Pillars Development, Founder Edward Henley
• Market Mover: Certified Construction Services, Co-Founders Jared & Ashley Bradley, Scott DeLano
Music, sports and entertainment
• Emerging: Bauer Entertainment Marketing, Founder Brian Bauer
• Market Mover: mtheory Nashville, founder of Cameo Carlson
• Emerging: Advocatia, co-founders Ryan Brebner and Laura Robbins
• Market Mover: MediCopy, founder Elliott Noble-Holt
Other honors included:
Emerging Entrepreneur of 2021
• Joshua Mundy, Pivotal School of Technology
Entrepreneur of 2021
• Travis Messina, Contessa
2021 Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Inductees
• Leatrice McKissack, Former President and CEO, McKissack & McKissack
• Lucius E. Burch, III, President and CEO, Burch Investment Group
• Country superstar, bestselling author, chef, business owner and TV personality Trisha Yearwood
• Phil Bredesen, Former Mayor of Nashville and Governor of Tennessee, Founder of HealthAmerica Corp., Coventry Corporation, Qualifacts, Clinical Pharmaceuticals, Silicon Ranch and ClearLoop
Business Roundtable adds communications specialist
The Tennessee Business Roundtable has hired Jessica L. Davis as the Communications and Meetings Specialist.
Graduating in 2020 from the University of Tennessee at Martin, Davis earned a degree in communications, holding several related positions throughout her college career before launching an independent marketing and communications company that served clients in the north. -western Tennessee and nationwide.
Pazdur named publisher of the HarperCollins line
HarperCollins Christian Publishing has promoted Ryan Pazdur to Vice President and Editor of Zondervan Reflective and Study Resources. Pazdur will lead and manage the publishing programs for both product groups, including acquisition, editorial development and overall title strategy.
Pazdur joined Zondervan 13 years ago and has spent the past 10 years as an associate editor and editor. He began his tenure in the company by acquiring and editing religious, ministerial and academic books, and in 2019 helped lead the launch of the Zondervan Reflective imprint.
Previously, he spent 11 years as a pastor while also working as a freelance editor. As associate editor, Pazdur has worked on New York Times bestseller The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby, as well as with award-winning authors Timothy Keller and Pete Scazzero.
He has also developed and led publishing partnerships with Exponential Network, The Gospel Coalition, Saddleback, North Point Ministries and Seedbed Publishing.
Pazdur received degrees in English Literature and Engineering from Hope College, an MA in Divinity from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and an MA in Theology in Systematic Theology from Calvin Theological Seminary.
Osborne gets a new role in Trevecca Nazarene
Trevecca Nazarene University has promoted Patrick Osborne to vice president of graduate and adult education, school officials said.
Osborne has held academic leadership roles at Trevecca since 2019 and was appointed associate rector earlier this year. Previously, he worked as Vice President and General Manager at Lamar Advertising.
This summer, Osborne helped Trevecca secure a $ 1 million grant from the Tennessee Department of Education that will allow teachers across the state to earn free specials education or English as a second language mentions through TNU. .
Graduated in 2015 from Trevecca’s Doctor of Leadership Education program, Osborne received a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Morehead State University.
Osborne has been a member of the Nashville Sports Council since 2012.
Spry to lead HR at Gresham Smith
Gresham Smith, a national architecture and engineering firm, has appointed Tonya Spry, SPHR, SHRM-SCP as the firm’s director of human resources.
Spry has over two decades of experience in human resources leadership, which includes developing and implementing innovative approaches to attracting and retaining talent, fostering cultures of engaged employees, and creating strong professional development programs.
Spry graduated in Business Administration with a minor in Business Administration from Middle Tennessee State University and is a member of the National and Middle Tennessee Sections of the Society for Human Resource Management. Originally from Tennessee, she will be based in the firm’s Nashville office.